Laser News

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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)

Stuff Article

2015 North Harbour Masters

The 2015 North Harbour Masters was held at Lake Pupuke on 8 November, attracting a good fleet of 26 Masters; 20 Standard and 6 Radial and including several out of town visitors. The weather gods turned on a beautiful el nino spring day, fine and warm but unfortunately with a very light and variable westerly breeze. 

All Results

Pupuke is never easy but with the wind regularly shifting up to 45 degrees and many flat spots between the puffs everyone found it challenging and no one was able to consistently dominate, although the Pupuke fleet members showed out in the final results, indicating that maybe local knowledge counted for something, even though none of us could actually figure out what! In the standards there were 5 different winners in the 5 races while in the Radial 3 sailors scored bullets.
 
At the end of the day the final results in the Standards came down to a countback, with Nick Page (GM) coming out on top from Gary Lock (GM) by virtue of having managed a win in race 2. There was another tie for 3rd and 4th with Tony Nicholson (M) edging out club commodore John Dowsett (GM), again by virtue of securing a race win. Club stalwart John was extremely unlucky not to triumph having the best 3 race score for the day (2,2,3) but getting caught out by shifts in the other 2 races.  It was great to see Michelle Bain (WM) join the fleet as the start of her preparations for the 2017 World Master Games Laser event at Torbay and we hope to see many more new or returning faces through the season as we build towards the 2017 contest.
 
In the Radials it again took a tie break to determine the winner by the slimmest of margins, with Murray Bain  (M) only triumphing by virtue of a superior discard from Georgi Yankov (M), with both sailors counting 2 wins and 2 seconds. Third and leading Apprentice was Vladimir Minkov.
 
So another successful start to the seasons Masters regattas and we look forward to strong fleets at the upcoming SI champs at Charteris Bay, NI’s in Napier and Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay over the next few weeks.
 
Nick Page

2 top 10 results for NZL Lasers at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi.
NZL Sailing Team’s Final Results.
  • Sam Meech – 8th
  • Mike Bullot – 10th
  • Andy Maloney – 11th
  • Sara Winther – 19th

Full Results

Sailors comments on yachtingnz.org.nz

NZLA Chairman’s Report 2015

Prepared for the NZLA AGM 20 Oct 2015
 
The Laser class has again led the way for dinghy sailing nationally with good fleets to many regattas across the country and we have again seen our sailors perform well at international level.
 
Internationally, while the court case with the licensee and builders remains unresolved it has been great to see the new Standard Rig sail released as of November and hopefully we will see progress on the other ongoing equipment issues, principally bending top and Radial bottom sections, shortly.
 
Congratulations to Scott Leith for landing another Radial World title. There were also many solid performances from our top Youth, Open and Masters sailors at international regattas.
 
Our grants and coaching initiatives has again continued and NZLA will continue to encourage and sponsor coaching this season for any club or group of Laser sailors. It is often difficult to find suitable slots where coaches are available and thanks to Mike Keeton for his continued perseverance in organising the class coaching.
 
The Nationals at Takapuna were a success with the total fleet of 150+ boats. We hope to see a continuation of the strong support from sailors at this seasons contest at Muritai.
 
This raises one of the issues currently facing NZLA. With the new ISAF world cup regatta format our top international sailors need to attend the ISAF Miami regatta in January 2016, meaning that they will be overseas and miss our Nationals. Your committee have discussed our options and agreed that for 2016 and 2017 we will continue with our Nationals in January as the advantages of these dates outweigh the disadvantages. However if the ISAF program remains unchanged we may need to consider a change, at least to the Open division Nationals, in the future.
 
The local initiative for women’s sailing and the special women’s regattas have continued this season with increasing participation and a special thanks to Chantal for her ongoing organisation of this program.
 
With the 2017 World Masters games Laser sailing at Torbay we are looking to attract additional Masters sailors to our fleets. The 2017 contest will be open entry and an ideal opportunity for Masters to join the class with a specific target in mind.
 
Financially we again enjoyed a satisfactory year and the association remains in good financial health.
 
A proposal was raised last year for NZLA to purchase boats for charter. After quite extensive investigation of the options we did not proceed with this as the potential costs and complications of owning, managing, storing and chartering boats were found to be just too difficult for an organisation of the nature of NZLA to commit too.
 
Karen Grimwade has again done a great job as our secretary. I again would like to thank all our committee for their input this year, particularly Mike Keeton who in the dual roles of Treasurer and Coaching Coordinator and Mike Knowsley for his ongoing work on our high quality and constantly evolving website. If anyone would like to join the committee or propose or discuss any Laser issue you are always welcome to contact me or any member of the committee via the NZLA website e mail contacts
 
Thanks and enjoy another season of challenges sailing a great little boat.
 
Nick Page -Chairman NZLA

The 2018/2019 NZ Laser Regatta Program

NZLA, together with YNZ and clubs throughout the country have again put together a regatta program aimed at meeting the aspirations of all our Laser sailing groups.
 
Groups we have focused on in preparing the program include;
  • Club Sailors
  • International sailors
  • Youths
  • Masters
  • Non-International Open sailors
  • Women sailors

So here's an outline of opportunities we see as being the focus for each of you in planning your season;

 
Club Sailors

There are over 40 yacht clubs in NZ where Lasers race, from Taipa in the north to Bluff in the south, and we see representatives from most of these clubs at interclub regattas and the Laser Nationals each season. NZLA is keen to continue to encourage and assist development and growth of Laser sailing at club level and continues to offer clubs coaching support from our top sailors. If you are interested in NZLA supported coaching at your club please contact us through the link on the website. 
 
Most clubs hold regular weekly racing throughout the summer season, typically from October to March, while some of the more prominent Laser clubs such as Pupuke and Tamaki have year-round club Laser racing programs. Details of club programs are best obtained directly from clubs, who will all welcome approaches from existing or aspiring Laser sailors wishing to try joining the fleet. So get your Laser on the water at the local club but also give a few interclub regattas, the NI, SI or Nationals a shot as set out below.

 
International Sailors

These days our top Laser sailors, both men, and women are full-time professionals, each working towards their ultimate goals of World Championship and Olympic success. Their competitive year is driven by the World Sailing international regatta program, as well as the Laser World Championship and for those fortunate enough each 4-year cycle, the Olympics. Their training programs are structured around those regattas and being professional sailors, while we see them training regularly in NZ, they are able to compete locally only occasionally, normally in our NZ Laser Nationals and the Yachting New Zealand’s Oceanbridge NZL Regatta.
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Manly - 11th to 15th January 2019)
  • NZL Regatta (Auckland Venue TBC - 1st to 3rd Feb 2019)
Youth Sailors

There are extensive opportunities for male and female youth sailors to train and compete in the Laser Radial both in NZ and internationally. 
The key opportunities within NZ are based on an established YNZ training program and a season-long program of local, national and international regattas. While there are many local interclub regattas around the country, for 2018/2019 season key NZ regattas where we expect a strong Radial Youth fleet include;
  • Wincham (Murrays Bay SC - 5th to 7th October 2018)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 24th & 25th November 2018)
  • SI Laser Champs (Nelson YC - 1st & 2nd December 2018)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 1st & 2nd December 2018)
  • Canterbury Champs (Christchurch Yacht Club - 15th & 16th December 2018)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Manly Sailing Club - 11th to 15th January 2019)
  • Oceanbridge NZL Regatta (Auckland Venue TBC - 1st to 3rd February 2019)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Tamaki Yacht Club - 6th & 7th April 2019)

Many youth sailors also take the opportunity to sail in international regattas. Some of the more popular will be;

  • Australian Youth Champs
  • World Youth Laser Champs 
For the top male and female Laser youth sailor each season, selected by YNZ, there is also the opportunity to compete in the ISAF World Youth Championship.
 
 
Masters

Masters sailing is one of the stronger Laser sailing groups in NZ. There are opportunities for Masters to compete locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 
 
The main regional and national regattas attended by Masters sailors include;
  • North Harbour Masters (Pupuke - 11th November 2018)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 24th & 25th November 2018)
  • SI Laser Champs (Nelson YC - 1st & 2nd December 2018)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 1st & 2nd December 2018)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Manly Sailing Club - 11th to 15th January 2019)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (TBA)
  • Panmure RSA regatta ( Panmure Lagoon SC - 24th February 2019)
  • Auckland Laser Masters (Tamaki Yacht Club - 6th April 2019)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Tamaki Yacht Club - 6th & 7th April 2019)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 18th & 19th May 2019)
 
Internationally the main opportunities targeted by NZ masters sailors this season are likely to be;
  • South Pacific Laser Masters (Brisbane - July 2019)
  • World Laser Masters (Holland - September 2019)
Non-International Open sailors
 
Sailors who have graduated from the youth ranks but are not pursuing international professional success are welcome at all open regattas, with the main focus generally being;
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 24th & 25th November 2018)
  • SI Laser Champs (Nelson YC - 1st & 2nd December 2018)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 1st & 2nd December 2018)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Manly Sailing Club - 11th to 15th January 2019)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (TBA)
  • Panmure RSA regatta ( Panmure Lagoon SC - 24th February 2019)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Tamaki Yacht Club - 6th & 7th April 2019)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 18th & 19th May 2019)
Women Sailors
 
There is a program of women’s coaching regattas held in Auckland throughout the season. Details of the contacts and dates for the regatta are published on the NZLA website.
 
So get the boat ready, plan your season and we look forward to seeing you on the water. We are aware that there are many local regattas around the country not listed above where Laser’s compete. We are very happy to publicise these on the NZLA website so please submit details (blurb and NOR details) to us (webmaster@nzlaser.org) so they can be posted and send us reports on your event for us to publish on the website and let everyone know what is going on around the country.
 
Nick Page
NZLA Chairman
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