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Challenging Start to the 2010 Radial Worlds in Scotland

Consistency has been hard to come by for most sailors in the opening 2 days of the 2010 Radial World Champs in Largs Scotland.

The first race of the first day was a blustery south east test of hiking strength. The race comittee reporting up to 25 knots on the course. This gave way to a dimishing westerly in the second race. With big changes in direction and pressure, the race committee were happy just to have completed 2 races.

New Zealanders at 2010 Laser Radial Worlds and ISAF Youth Worlds

The womens and mens Laser Radial Worlds run from the 9th - 14th of July in Largs, Scotland.
Jessica Barrell, Rachel Basevi, Catherine Chimney, Miranda Powrie and Sarah Winther
will be representing New Zealand in the womens event.
In the mens event we have George Lane and Spencer Loxton.
The under 19 Laser Radial Youth Worlds follows on from 20th - 25th of July at the same venue. In that event we have Michael Cate, George Lane, Spencer Loxton, Josh Porebski and Sam Schofield.
Meanwhile across in Istanbul, Turkey Thomas Saunders and Molly Meech will be sailing in the ISAF Youth Worlds from the 11th - 16th of July.

Mike Bullot at Kiel Week 2010

Mike Bullot finished 9th overal with a 8th in the medal race at 2010 Kiel Week Regatta in Germany. There were 118 Lasers divided into 3 fleets. Light winds dirsupted 3 days leaving only 5 races sailed for the Lasers. Mikes scoreline was (5,11,1,4, 16). The first 3 races were on the first day in 18-20 knots. The 11th was looking like a bullet for most of the race till a committee bungle with the course lead him to the wrong mark.
This result follows on from a 5th at the recent Laser Europeans giving consistent results in the top 10.

Nic Croft receives St Johns Rotary Trust Scholarship

Yachting New Zealand have awarded Nic Croft of Manly Sailing Club the St John’s Rotary Trust Scholarship for 2010. The scholarship will allow Nic to compete at CORK International Regatta in Kingston Canada from 16th to 19th August. The regatta is focussed on youth development.

In the past 3 years Nic has progressed through the Laser 4.7 to the Radial and is now a member of the Yachting New Zealand Youth Squad coached by Ian Neely. He's a popular sailor and will be a great ambassador for NZ sailing. 

Mike Bullot 5th at the 2010 Laser Europeans

Mike Bullot (Canam Construction) kept his head to jump back to 5th overall with two 5ths on the last day of the 2010 Laser Europeans in Estonia.

Molly Meech and Thomas Saunders named in the 2010 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team

Molly and Thomas, both from Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club, have been named as  the Laser reps in the 2010 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team, along with 10 others in the RSX, 420, 29er and Multihull classes. The team is primarily coached by Ian Neely and Grant Beck, with the immediate focus being the Youth Worlds in Istanbul, Turkey from 8th to 17th July.
The full report at the

Ryan Amlehn Under 16 4.7 World Champion

 Nelsons Ryan Amlehn accepting his trophy as the 2010 Under 16 world champion in Thailand.


Mike and Andrew 3rd and 6th at the Princess Sophia Regatta

Mike Bullot. Andrew Murdoch, Josh Junior, Andy Maloney, Sam Meech, Max Andrews & Sara Winther at the Princess Sophia regatta.

Bruce Kirby on designing the Laser

Believe it or not the Laser original design is now 40 years old. In this Sail World article the designer, Bruce Kirby, talks about how the Laser came about ...

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