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NZL at 2016 Laser Standard Masters Worlds

Our NZL sailors at the 2016 Standard Masters worlds at Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
Left to right: Rob Woodward, Nick Page, Tony Nicholson, Bob Blakey, Andrew Dellabarca, Gavin Dagley, Luke Carter, Garth Briden and Greg Simon.

Andrew holds his cube for 3rd in the Masters division.
Gavin won the Grand Master s sailing for AUS. But Nick noticed a NZ sticker on his boat somewhere and he is in our photo - which sort of makes it an NZL win.

Everyone was saying it was well run, a fantastic venue and the hardest competition they have sailed against.

Full Results

Introducing the new and quite mega - NZ Laser Interclub Ladder

Recently retired, illustrious leader Chariman Nick has discovered spare time.

He has used it to prepare the NZ Laser Interclub Ladder.

Based on a meta-analysis spreadsheet borrowed from NASA, the ladder summarises the major national and interclub regattas we have results for.
In essence it shows where you rank in life. It makes miserable reading for some of us - but maybe not for you.

so Check it out

Sam Meech selected to represent NZ in the Laser at the Rio Olympics

Congratulations to Sam Meech, who has been selected to represent NZ in the mens Laser at the Rio Olympics.

Josh Junior has been selected in the Finn. The mens Laser and Finn are the last sailing classes to be selected.

More on the Yachting New Zealand site.

Sailing for NZ Olympic selection is a tough sport. Only one sailor can be selected in each class.

The mens Laser spot was a hard fought battle between Sam Meech and Andy Maloney. Either sailor would be a top contender in Rio. Sam, Andy and Mike Bullot have consistently been in the top 10 at international regattas over the past 2 years. With Tom Saunders steadily closing in.

Sara Winther will be disappointed to miss selection in the Radial as she sat very close to the threshold laid down by YNZ.
And Sussanah Pyatt has been improving her position on the international stage.

NZL at Hyeres in 2016

Quite a few NZL crews at the Coupe du Monde de Voile at Hyeres.
Regatta site results and reports at swc.ffvoile.com.
YNZ report for the NZL sailors.

NZL in the mens Laser

  • Sam Meech had a great regatta to dinish 2nd just a few points behind the German sailor Philipp Buhl.
  • Andy Malony finished 5th - coming home strongly with 2, 7, 2.
  • Andrew Mackenzie 26th

In the Radials

  • Sara Winther was 11th

In other clases

  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had an other decisive win in the 49er - being 48 points ahead and unbeatable before the medal race.
  • Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie were 4th on the 470
  • Josh Junior 4th in the Finn and Andrew Murdoch 12th
  • Alex Maloney and Molly Meech  were 9th in the 49erFX

NZL Results at the 2016 Laser World Champs

We are part way through a busy round of Laser World Champs in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Sailors report it is a beautiful sailing venue.

Womens Radial and Masters Radial are complete, with Mens Open and Masters Standard yet to come.

All results and and report at www.laserworlds2016.org.

For NZL sailors in the Women's Radial

  • Sara Winther 11th, as she continues to push for an Olympic spot
  • Susannah Pyatt 19th - she should be happy with her best worlds result to date.

In the Masters Radial

  • Scott Leith won the apprentices again - with a fanatstic scoreline of 10 firsts and 2 seconds (which he could drop)
  • Richard Blakey 2nd Master loved it over there. Masters and apprentices sailed in a combined fleet - which made things more interesting.
  • Ed Tam 5th Master
  • Don Christie 24th Master
  • Hamish Atkinson 17th Grand Master
  • Roger Winton 26th Grand Master
  • Bruce Jones 32nd Grand Master

Andrew Maloney wins the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía

Andrew Maloney displayed great consistency to win the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía, just 2 points ahead of sailing legnd Robert Scheidt.
Andrew McKenzie was a creditable 34th in the 152 boat fleet.

In the Radials Sussanah Pyatt was 30th and Sara Winther 32nd out of 84.

And Josh Junior won in the Finn.

Andrew McKenzie's 2016 Campaign Update

Andrew's campaign update - Mixing it up in 2016, including a report on the NZ Nationals and European Champs.

RSA Laser Regatta - 39th Edition

The 39th RSA Regatta was held on the challenging waters of Panmure Lagoon.  They came from far and wide, Taipa to the North and Ohope to the South as well as Whangarei, Waikato and Auckland with one sailor coming from the UK making up a strong fleet of 41 Lasers split into 30 standards and 11 Radials.
 
The wind gods settled in with winds up to 8 knots from the East making for some highly tactical close racing. First start landed up as a general recall as boats charged over the line before the start gun but Garth Briden and Jock Bilger, our race officers gathered in the exuberant jockeys sending them gallivanting on their way with a successful restart. Four races were held in these moderate but tricky winds requiring a fair chunk of concentration to out manoeuvre the agile fleet. The winner for the day was Andrew Childs from Taipa Sailing Club in the Standard rig, he had travelled down 4 hours on the day to pick up the coveted trophy which he missed out on last year.  He was followed closely by Luke Deegan from SSANZ and David Giles from Weir Wood Sailing Club in the UK. The Radials was won by PLSC’s very own Kevin Welsh, Roger Winton from Onerahi Yacht Club was second and 3rd as well as 1st Junior Radial was Loic Eisenring from PLSC, with the Radial Women’s fleet taken out by PLSC’s Shaaron McKee.

The day ended with a BBQ and lamb on the spit followed by prize giving. Thanks must go to all our sponsors whom help to make this an extraordinary successful Regatta. We thank RSA for donating all the trophies as well as Waipuna, CRC, PredictWind, Auckland Seaplanes, Burnsco, Survitec Group, The Water Shed, Red Carpet Tours, Auckland Marine, Joy Adams Sail Repair, NZ SailingNet, FlyaJet, Sugarcrafts, YMCA and Auckland Maritime Museum for generously supporting our club by donating some amazing prizes for the sailors to take home. Thanks again to our sponsors for supporting our RSA Regatta. Thanks must also go to all the members who helped out on the day.

4 x NZL in Miami Gold Cup Laser Medal Race

Super impressive to see 4 NZLs in the 10 top Lasers that sailed the medal race at the Miami Gold Cup.
And congratulations to Sam Meech who was the leading Kiwi into the final day before finishing 3rd in the race to jump to 3rd in the regatta.
Final results were;

  • Sam Meech 3rd
  • Thomas Saunders 7th
  • Andy Maloney 9th
  • Mike Bullot 10th

Also amazing to see Robert Scheidt win the regatta at 42 - more than twice the age of the impressive young Perth sailor Mathew Werne.

Results

Youtube Video of all medal races (Laser Standard race from about 2 hr 52 Min mark)

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