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2019 ILCA Laser Handbook

The 2019 ILCA Laser Handbook is now available online: http://www.laserinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Handbook_21...

2018 The Water Shed North Island Laser Traveller Series

Due to popular demand, and with support from The Water Shed, we are going to have a North Island Laser traveller series.
 

The regattas which all count to overall series points are;
  • North Island Champs - Napier - 24th & 25th November 2018
  • Laser Nationals - Manly - 12th to 15th January 2019
  • Auckland Laser Champs - Tamaki - 6th & 7th April 2019
Prizes awarded for Standard and Radial (and 4.7 if sailed at the 3 regattas) and we will publish progressive results.
 
Overall lucky dip prize open to everyone who sails all 3 regattas, a new Laser sail courtesy of Dan at The Water Shed.

2018 North Harbour Masters

Patience was the name of the game at Sundays North Harbour Masters regatta.

5 races were scheduled and the fleet got on the water on time but the breeze refused to cooperate, boxing the compass and then fading out completely before a course could be set. After a nice chat and lunch ashore a light 5 to 8-knot Easterly breeze arrived, allowing the fleet back on the water for two races before the 3pm start close-off time . The breeze remained unstable all afternoon, with frequent large shifts and pressure variations challenging everyone.

 
Two sailors however mastered the conditions, GM's Dave Lowe in the Standards and Werner Hennig in the Radials. Both scored two convincing bullets in their respective fleets, showing that it was possible to master the tricky conditions. In the Standards Mark Hursthouse (GM) pipped Tony Nicholson (M) for second on countback while in the Radials Hamilton visitor Helen Spencer(WM) and local GGM Barrie Knott were tied in second place. Leading GGM in the Standards was Commodore John Dowsett, who finished the day with the usual entertaining prize giving.

Laser Recycling

With the new season approaching there are a lot of young sailors looking to move into the Lasers and a real shortage of suitable second-hand boats available. 
 
So if you have an unused, reasonable race quality Laser sitting around why not put it on the market and let a new sailor start using it for the new season.
 
If you do have a boat can you please either;
 
1. email NZ Laser Assoc (webmaster@nzlaser.org) and we will list it on our website.
2. Pop in and see Dan at The Watershed, who has a list of potential buyers
3. Just list it in Trade Me

2018 Oceania Laser Masters Champs - Fiji

2018 Oceania Laser Masters Champs - Fiji

Please note some changes to this regatta;

  • both Radial and Standard fleets now sail from 11th to 19th October 2018
  • a new Corinthian division for age 21 to 34


All details at www.oceanialaserchamps.com

Josh Armit wins Gold at the 2018 Youth Worlds


Photo: Sailing Energy

Huge congratulations to Josh Armit who won the boys Laser Radial at the 2018 Youth Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Josh sealed the deal in the 58 boat fleet with a day to spare, then went on to get a second in the final race. He started the regatta with a 6th, his eventual drop race, then was a model of consistency, including 3 firsts, 2 seconds, a third, fourth and fifth.

Samantha Stock finished 20th from 46 in the girls Radial.

Josh and Samantha were part of a successful NZL team which include
- 2nd girls RSX Windsurfer (nice to see)
- 2nd in boys 29er
- 3rd mixed Nacra 15
- 5th Boys 420

All 2018 youth world results

More at YNZ

Silver for Sam Meech at the Princess Sofia regatta


© Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR

Sam Meech collected silver at the 49th Princess Sofia regatta in Palma, finishing off by winning the medal race.

Also in the Men's Laser - 8th Tom Saunders, 20th George Gautrey, 24th Andre McKenzie, 165th (silver fleet) Matt Kempkers

And in the Momen's Laser - 20th Suzanna Pyatt and 44th Olivia Christie.

Other podiums from the team NZL where silver for Alex Maloney and Milloy Meech in the 49erFX and bronze for Andy Maloney as he gets momentum in his Finn campaign.

More on Sail World

2018 OKI 24 Hour Race


The OKI 24 Hour Race 2018  
3-4 March 2018
 
 

2018 NZ Laser Open & Youth Rankings

2018 Open Rankings

Name Nationals Oceanbridge Total Ranking
Open Mens        
Tom Saunders Dispensation 1 1 1
Sam Meech Dispensation 2 2 2
Andrew McKenzie 1 3 4 3
George Gautrey 2 4 6 4
Alastair Gifford 3 5 8 5
Matthew Kempkers 4 6 10 6
         
Open Women        
Susannah Pyatt
1 1 2 1
Annabelle Rennie-Younger
2 3 5 2
Olivia Christie
3 2 5 3
Samantha Stock 5 4 9 4
Zelda Ladefoged
6 6 12 5
Isabella Boyd 8 7 15 6

2018 Youth Rankings

Only sailors who competed in both the ranking regattas have been ranked at this stage.
Any queries please contact Nick Page.

Youth Boys   Nationals Oceanbridge Total Ranking
Josh
Armit 1 1 2 1
Albert
Stanley 2 2 4 2
Luke
Cashmore 3 3 6 3
Harrison
Baker 4 4 8 4
Jack
Tripe 5 6 11 5
Jayden
Abbott 7 7 14 6
Lachy
Stewart 6 9 15 7
Ryan
Harden 10 5 15 8
James
Sheldon 8 8 16 9
Harry
Corston 11 10 21 10
Jack
Lee Rush 13 11 24 11
Charlie
Loughran 14 12 26 12
Henry
Goodall 15 14 29 13
           
 
Youth Girls
         
Samantha
Stock 2 1 3 1
Isabella
Boyd 4 2 6 2
 

Ed's Wellington Laser Sailing Update - February 2018

Hello All,
 
Here is a quick update to keep you informed on recent news and also a few details about the forthcoming events.
 
The Wellington Laser Champs will be hosted by Muritai Yacht Club as part of the Wellington Centreboard Regatta on the 10th of March 2018. The notice of race will soon be available on the WAY website: http://www.sporty.co.nz/wya
We are hoping to have this event added to the overall NZ ranking ladder for both the Masters and Open divisions.
The 2018 Laser Nationals were held at the Naval Point Club in Lyttleton. The regatta was held in spectacularly warm conditions with a predominately moderate easterly breeze and big waves. The Wellington fleet was well represented with podium results in the Youth, Open, Women, and Masters categories. Here is a summary of the Wellington sailors results:
  • Don Christie                                        7th Laser Standard Masters
  • Olivia Christie                                      7th Radial 3rd Radial Woman
  • Andrew Dellabacca                             1st Laser Standard Masters
  • George Gautrey                                  2nd Laser Standard Open
  • Bruce Jones                                        7th Radial Grand Masters
  • Albert Stanley                                      5th Radial Open and 2nd Radial Youth
  • Edmund Tam                                       1st Radial Masters
  • Paul Thomas                                      3rd Laser Standard Grand Master
  • Jack Tripe                                           9th Radial Open and 5th Youth
  • Rob Woodward                                   2nd Laser Standard Masters
Check out the following link for further results and a post-regatta report from the NZLA President -Nick Page: http://www.nzlaser.org/content/sheffield-2018-nz-national-laser-champs-naval-point
 
3. Oceanbridge NZL Regatta Murrays Bay 3 – 4th February 2018 results:
 
Laser Standard:
  • 4th George Gautrey
  • 9th Andrew Dellabacca
 
Laser Radial
  • 5th Albert Stanley
  • 11th Jack Tripe (6th Youth)
  • 4th Olivia Christie (2nd Female)

4. International Events and applications for entry:
  • Laser Masters World Championship- 7 -15 September 2018. Entry applications are open from 1 March 2018
  • 2018 Laser Radial Youth Championships – 18 – 25 August 2018. Entry applications are open from 1 March
  • 2018 Laser & Laser Radial Under 21 World Championships – Poland 1 – 8 July 2018. Entry Applications are now open.
Check on the laserinternational.org site for further details
 
5. Attention Worser Bay Laser sailors -The 2nd Worser Bay Beach Carnival is set to be held on Sunday the 4th of March 2018. In order to prepare for this event the WBBC laser fleet has been tasked with assisting to set-up the tents prior to the start of the carnival @ 8am and also to help pack up at 3pm. If I could please get some WBBC laser volunteers to assist it would be most appreciated – It was a fantastic event last well worth attending with a wide variety of water and land-based events as well as some great food.
 
6. Boats wanted / for sale. There are a couple of people that are currently in the market for boats. If you are thinking of selling a boat please let me know and I can refer you on to the interested parties.
 
7. Zephyrs National Championships - 22 – 25 February 2018 Worser Bay. Rob Bryant is still looking for a few volunteers. If you are available to help please email Rob at robdebbryant@gmail.com
 
8. Events in Auckland:

9. Be sure to check out the ‘Wellington Laser Masters’ facebook page for local and international events and news as well as the odd repost of any useful sailing tips and articles. Please feel free to click ’like’ on any content that you find useful or interesting so we can continue to put up relevant material and stop posting items that are not of interest.
 
If you have any feedback or suggestions then please let me know.
 
Regards,
Edmund Tam
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