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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.

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 5

More of the same… really nice +/-15 knot on shore breeze with big waves. More pressure on the Southern Standard course that the Radials to the North and a bit more in the early races on both courses than the later.

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 4

Conditions today were similar to yesterday but a wee bit lighter for the Standards. 15 knot Easterly with quite big waves were the order of the day, think Takapuna in a solid sea breeze but with bigger waves.

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 3

Finally some breeze. Fleet launching was held until midday with the first starts on both courses at 1pm.

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 2

Another long day which finally yielded one race for most divisions. A very light southerly prevented any action until very late in the day, with launching delayed until well after 4pm for all fleets.

Laser Masters World Champs 2014 - Day 1

Well it did not quite start with a hiss and a roar……………absolute flat calm at the designated start time.

NZL Laser results at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Champs


Photo: Sailing Energy

All 2014 ISAF Sailing World Champs Results

A mixed bag for NZ Lasers at the ISAF Sailing World Champs in Santander, Spain.

This regatta was the first stage in qualifying national spots for the Rio Olympics. The NZ Yachting team were fortunate to qualify us for all classes we entered.

In the Mens Laser;

  • Sam Meech came out top NZL - making the gold fleet and 9th overall.
  • Andy Maloney was on target with one bullet but had his worst result in the 7th race, keeping him just out of the gold fleet for the first time in a while. See Andys blog.
  • Thomas Saunders 20th - a great result
  • Mike Bullot finished in 30th despite two top 5 results.


In the Womens Radial;

  • Sara Winther had a heartbreaker, finishing 11th, just outside the crucial top 10 benchmark.
  • Susannah Pyatt 51st
  • Ali Nightingale was 108th


NZL results in the other classes;

  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke having an outstanding regatta in the 49er to have won before the medal race was sailed.
  • Polly Powrie and Joh Aleh with silver in the 470. Top spot slipped away when they were caught on the wrong side of the course in the medal race.
  • Alex Maloney and Molly Meech fisnishing 12th in the 49erFX - a sign of how competitive the other crews have become in the last year.
  • Josh Junior and Andrew Murdoch 5 and 6 in the Finn. The NZ Finn spot for the Olympics is being very closely fought.
  • Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders 5th in the relatively new Nacra 17 class.
  • Jon-Paul Tobin 16th on the RS:X windsurfer.
  • And Natalia Kosinska 21st in the womens RS:X.

So some great results, but plenty of work to do. It sounded like pretty touch conditions to be consistent in.

Andy Maloney's Santandar Debrief


Photo: Sailing Energy

Hey Everyone!

My pinnacle event for 2014 concluded last week. I have written a short blog update to fill you all in with some of the details, how my week unfolded and what I am looking forward to next. (link below)

http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2014/09/24/2014-isaf-world-championships

Thanks to you all for the continued support!
Cheers,
Andy

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