Photo: Sailing Energy
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;
In the Womens Radial;
NZL results in the other classes;
So some great results, but plenty of work to do. It sounded like pretty touch conditions to be consistent in.
Photo: Sailing Energy
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)
Thanks to you all for the continued support!
Follow the link to read the Yachting NZ sailor profile of Bob Blakey, our past president of the NZLA
The 2014 Laser Radial Youth World Championship has wound up in Dziwnow Poland.
Team NZL gaining a lot of valuable international experience in the large fleets. Trent Rippey and Alexandra Nightingale had standout performances finishing just outside the top 10.
Very good and varied sailing and very competitive. I think all the Kiwi sailors would agree it was a tough event, a small mistake would lose you 10 or 20 places very quickly. That's big fleet sailing and that's why the experience is so important for them.
- Don Christie
I have moved to Auckland earlier in the year but my boat is in Queenstown! If anyone is able to help with relocating at any time I am happy to help with the costs etc :). Any help is appreciated, cant wait to get back on the water!
Phillip Bennett | email@example.com | 027 895 2975
Seven NZ sailors competed in the SPLM at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron over 4 days - 24-28 July.
Light winds and fine warm weather were generally the order of the day, with only one of the seven races completed having more than 8 knots of breeze. The wind was generally light and fairly shifty on shore breezes, with the exception of one race on Sunday completed in a very shifty SW breeze before this died and the sea breeze filled in later in the day.
It was a very successful regatta for the NZ team with Matt Blakey taking out the Standard Rig overall and Scott Leith victorious in the Radials. Other sailors having good regattas were Bob Blakey, 4th overall in the Standard Masters and first GGM, Nick Page 5th overall and first GM and Greg Wilshire, who had a great regatta but was unfortunate to get score OCS in the last race after another strong result.
RQYS is a magnificent venue and the regatta was excellently run both on and off the water. It was certainly no hardship having to put up with the 24 degree daytime temperature after leaving the wind and rain behind in Auckland and I would recommend it for a mid winter break to anyone thinking of competing in future years.
- Nick Page
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gough
Lachie Grimwade from French Bay YC had a strong regatta at the Australian Midwinter Youth Championships 2014, held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly Brsibane. Two firsts on day 1 racing set him up well, finally finishing 4th in the 39 boat fleet. Jordan Makin from Gosford Sailing Club won the event.
Masters sailors will be at the same venue in a few weeks for the South Pacific Laser Masters.
Photo : www.onedition.com
After a 4 year layoff Mike Bullot has slotted back into elite Laser competition with a 3rd in the Delta Lloyd regatta at Medemblik in May and now a 6th at Kieler Woche in Germany.
My first overseas trip of 2014 has wrapped up after the European Championships finished yesterday in Croatia. I am now on my way home, currently in Dubai in transit about to begin the long haul back to Auckland via Melbourne.
Croatia was an awesome place to train, race and explore over the final few weeks of my trip to Europe. Click the link here to find out how the end of my trip went and what I am up to next; http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2014/06/16/laser-europeans-2014---split-croatia
Thanks to everyone for the continued support! There has been a slight lack of blog updates over the past month, but be sure to follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AndyMaloneySailing?ref=hl as I update that much more regularly while training and competing.