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Panmure Lagoon SC 38th edition RSA Regatta - 22nd February 2015

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club has had yet another successful Regatta that saw 39 Laser sailors & their steeds from all over the World – Canada, Austria, Switzerland–as well as the North Island, Taipa, Onerahi, Hamilton and Lake Ngaroto come & do battle on this challenging spot of water in Auckland. The winds defied all predictions coming in at 8 t0 11 knots from the South West giving our illustrious race officer Garth Briden something to work with. He managed to fire off 4 races even though those errant jockeys pushed their valiant steeds across the line three times in false starts. Garth got the measure of those miscreants by black flagging the starts which brought those fiery steeds back under control. The fleets were very tight with even the top end being continuously hounded by the hoards doggedly nibbling away at their heels.

The day closed with a BBQ & lamb on the spit followed by Prize giving with Daniel Barry from Canada taking out the RSA trophy & some other great goodies, which included a top section, 2nd place went to Andrew Childs from Taipa with our own Paul Page taking out 3rd. The Radial fleet was taken out by Loïc Eisenring of PLSC with 2nd place going to Kailash Clearwater of Taipa & Kevin Welsh PLSC taking 3rd place. Jana Senn from Nautic Club Austria won the First Women trophy. This was followed by spot prizes. We have to thank to our invaluable army of helpers who kept the whole day running like clockwork and our Sponsors who donated an impressive list of prizes.

So we thank our generous Regatta sponsors: RSA, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, CRC, PredictWind, Auckland Seaplanes, the Water Shed, Survitec Group, Auckland Marine Centre, Red Carpet Tours, Boating NZ, Sugarcraft, Joy Adams Sails, Flyajet, Mortgage Express, YMCA and New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Results  http://www.plsc.org.nz/raceresults_files/RSARegatta2015.htm

Photos  https://www.flickr.com/photos/plsc/sets/72157648641055393/

Andy Maloney's post Miami update

Hi everyone!
 
It's been a while since my last update in September after the World Championships in Spain. A lot has happened between now and then. 2015 is now well underway and my first two events of the season have finished. The NZ Laser National Champs off Takapuna, and the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami. Click the link below to read a quick update on how everything has been tracking.
 
Happy 2015, and thanks for the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

Top 10 in Miami for Andy Maloney and Sara Winther

Andy Maloney had a solid finish at the Miami round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup to get 4th overall.
Sara Winther finished 9th, even after a frustrating yellow flag while running equal 2nd in the medal race.
Other Laser results were Sam Meech 13th and Mike Bullot 23rd.
And of course 2 gold medals for 470 crew Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie and Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech in the 49erFX.

Reinstate Sailing at the 2020 Paralympics

Radial sailor, Lachy Grimwade, drew our attention to Sailing having been dropped from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
And the online petition where you can show your support for having the decision reversed.

2015 Barfoot & Thompson Laser Nationals Pre Regatta Report

The 2015 Laser Nationals will be underway this Thursday at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland. It has attracted an excellent fleet of over 150 across 5 divisions, with sailors from all over NZ and 20 overseas sailors from 15 countries registered so far. Final entries close on Thursday but with a couple of days to go a quality contest is assured in all divisions with a wide cross section of sailors registered including our Olympic aspirants and many current and past National and Masters World champions.
 
In the Standard Open fleet NZ’s Olympic squad sailors, Sam Meech, Andy Maloney, Tom Saunders and Mike Bullot will be continuing their battle for ascendancy in the Olympic selection race. They have all been competing seriously on the world circuit and have all enjoyed top results in international regattas so will be keen to stamp their authority on the fleet in their home training ground off Takapuna. They will be tested by an up and coming group of NZ sailors, many recently graduated from youth ranks, and 10 overseas sailors from all corners of the globe.
 
An extremely strong turnout of youth sailors in the Radial division are sure to push our 2012 Olympic rep and current National champion Sara Winther and the other female Olympic spot contenders as well as the Open Radial sailors. Several of the youths have just returned from the Australian Laser Nationals and Youth week where James Jennings and Alastair Gifford had good results.
 
In the Masters Standard reigning champion Chris Decke is sure to be pushed hard by Andrew Dellabarca, fresh from a top performance at the World Masters in Hyeres. However he will not only face challenges from his normal NZ adversaries but also from visiting top UK GM champion Terry Scutcher. In the Masters Radials Scott Leith will again be hot favourite following his 2nd in Hyeres but he is sure to be tested by others including reigning World GM champion Mike Keeton.
 
With a promising long range forecast all is set for 4 days of quality world class Laser racing off Takapuna, commencing with two scheduled races on Thursday.

Nick Page
Chairman NZ Laser Association

Mike Bullot makes the podium at 2014 Sail Melbourne

The results demonstrate close competition among the top NZ Laser sailors as we get further into the Rio Olympic cycle.

Laser (39 boats)
3rd Mike Bullot
4th Sam Meech
6th Andy Maloney
11th Thomas Saunders
17th Andrew McKenzie
29th Cullen Le Roy

Laser Radial (30 boats)
11th Susannah Pyatt
18th Ali Nightingale
29th Julia Francis

All 2014 Sail Melbourne Results

The Watershed website now online

NZ's Laser distributor The Watershed now has it's website online at http://www.nzwatershed.co.nz.

2014 North Harbour Master Regatta Report

The Masters regatta season got underway at Pupuke on Sunday with the North Harbour Masters. An excellent fleet of 28 turned up for the days racing, with big names from the recent Masters worlds, Scott Leith and Mike Keeton both in attendance. With Windguru predicting maximum gusts of 4 knots from the SW for the day all but 4 sailors elected to compete in the Standard rig. As it turned out we got what was probably the first sea breeze of the summer and while it topped out at about 8 knots, probably averaging about 5 knots, and was pretty shifty all day it did provide a good racing conditions and 4 quality races were completed.

Not surprisingly given the very light conditions Radial sailors pretending they could muscle up and sail a standard rig dominated the competition.  Scott, who’s 1,1,2 record enabled him to sit out the last race as his discard, gave us all a bit of a sailing lesson, clearing out at the start several times but then having to out guess the shifts and light patches to keep the fleet at bay to win overall and 1st Apprentice. Mike managed to get past Scott in one race and was pretty consistent in the others to finish 3rd overall and first GM. Second overall and first Master was the Whangarei lightweight flyer Roger Winton, who had a great day with 4 top results giving him a clear second. Top GGM was Ray Beale.

In the Radials Kevin Welsh dominated the small fleet to win overall from local Georgi Yankov and legend Jim Quinn. The main contest of the day, the Rum spot prizes, were however dominated by true Standard rig sailors so order was returned to the regatta at the end of a great day.

The strong turnout at this regatta bodes well for the season and with the North Islands at Napier, Sir Peter Blake at Torbay and the Nationals at Takapuna over the next few weeks we are all looking forward to some more well attended quality masters racing this summer.

Nick Page

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Final Day

4 cubes for NZ. Fantastic.

Full Results

The Day dawned with thunder, lightening and torrential rain which did not look like the formula for racing for the final day. However after a delay of an hour the skies had cleared and we had an 8 to 10 knot Easterly with quite a bit of chop for the final races. Some fleets had 2 races today while others only managed 1. 

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 6

The penultimate days racing had weather pretty much as forecast. We had an Easterly not quite as strong as expected and a bit patchy at times but on average a good 15 knot breeze with waves, very similar to the last few days.

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