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2014 South Pacific Laser Masters - Brisbane

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.

2014 SPLM Results

- Nick Page

Lachie Grimwade 4th at the 2014 Australian Midwinter Youth Championships


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.

Mike Bullot 6th at 2014 Kieler Woche


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.

Andy Maloney Wrapup on the 2014 Laser Europeans in Croatia

Hi Everyone!

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. 

Cheers!
Andy

Ali Nightingale and Trent Rippey YNZ Sailor Profiles

Click through to YNZ on our Laser youth sailors

YNZ and AON Insurance packages for yacht clubs

The following letter from YNZ introduces insurance packges they have negotiated for yacht clubs with AON.

2014 North Shore Freshwaters Wrapup

Pupuke Boating Club hosted the 2014 Fresh Water Champs over the weekend of 17 and 18 May.

The regatta was well attended with 40 boats, 26 in the full rig class and 14 in the radials. It was classic autumn conditions on the Saturday with a relatively steady 15-18 knot breeze from the south. With a relatively short start line there was a real emphasis on clear air and having the ability to get on the right side of the first shift in order to stay at the top of the fleet.

Andrew MacKenzie from Kohimarama Yacht Club showed his intensions early in the full rig winning every race on the first day. The competition for the remaining places in the top ten was very tight with many of the sailors exchanging places during the first day.

In the radial fleet Scott Leith continued his dominant form on the first daywith his closest completion coming ftrom James Jennings and Richard Blakey.

Sunday dawned cold, crisp and sunny, had no real breeze to speak of. The race committee was fortunate enough to get away one start late in the day. This was very much a light air affair with thin veins of pressure providing good rewards to those who were able to keep their heads out of the boat.

The final race on the Sunday allowed each sailor to drop one race so in the end it was the results on the Saturday that largely determined the results.

The Pupuke Boating Club again enjoyed very generous sponsorship with a well attended prize giving with great spot prizes up for grabs. All in all it was another great weekend and Pupuke Boating Club is looking forward to hosting the event again in 2015.

- Ben Molloy

NZL Gold and Bronze at 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta

Sam Meech has won Gold at the 2014 Delta Lloyd regatta in Medemblik Holland.
And Mike Bullot's bronze vaults him back to the front of the elite Laser sailors after many years away.
But wait there's more;
with Thomas Saunders 5th and Andy Maloney sixth.

Across in the womens fleet Sara Winther was 11th.

A good rundown and video interview with Sam at  www.sail-world.com

Full results at results.deltalloydregatta.org

Andy Maloney on his Silver at Heyres

Hey everyone!

The second and final European leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2014 wrapped up last weekend in Hyeres, France. All of the top competitors were there, making it the most competitive fleet we have raced in since the 2013 Laser Worlds in Oman last November. I had a consistent week, finishing up with the Silver at the end of it all. Click on the link below to read my blog with a bit more about the week went;

http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog/andy-maloney/2014/04/30/back-on-the-podium---hyeres-2014

Make sure to keep following my Facebook page AndyMaloneySailing for more regular updates while I am over here in Europe for the next couple of months!

Thanks for all of the continued support!
Andy

Great Results for NZL at ISAF World Cup Hyeres

Andy Maloney has got a Silver medial in the ISAF World Cup in Heyres, France. He had a good chance for gold with a final race battle against Aussie Tom Burton. He comments in the sailworld.com article linked below.
Sam Meech held onto 9th overall. Those top 10 results are important for determinging the support each sailor gets from APRC via Yachting NZ.
Thomas Saunders was 15th and Andrew McKenzie 97th.

Over in the Radials Sara Winther was 18th and Ali Nightingale 64th.

Top results came in other classes

  • 470 girls Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie won their 2nd ISAF regatta in a row
  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke another gold in the 49er, with Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski 4th
  • 4th for Josh Junior in the Finn and 21st for Andrew Murdoch
  • 7th for Natalia Kosinska in the RSX

Great overall result for the NZL team, putting them at the top of the medlas alngside Aussie and Poland

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=121536&refre=y&ntid=118&rid=6&su...

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