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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;

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!

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 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

Lachy Grimwade wins the Laser 4.7s at Sail Brisbane

Congratulations to Lachy Grimwade who has won in the 17 boat Laser 4.7 fleet at Sail Brisbane.
A closely fought battle and nerve racking result, which Lachy won on countback after tying on final points with James Woodhouse and one point back to Noah Taylor.

Full results

Andy Maloney at Princess Sofia 2014

Hey Everyone,

The first big event of this three month, five regatta European stint wrapped up two days ago. I had a tough start to the event but was consistent throughout the six days and battled my way back to finish 5th overall. Click the link to read my brief update on the week of racing;

Looking forward to a week of training here in Palma before heading to Hyeres and getting into the build up for the next World Cup event there.

Thanks for all of the continued support!

Minutes of the NZLA AGM - 17th December 2013

Minutes of the NZLA AGM - 17th December 2013

Thanks to all those who attended. Particularly the judges John Bullot and Doug Elder who gave us a very helpful perspective on a number of issues.

Nick Page after 2 days at the 2014 Australian Laser Masters

After 2 days of 10 knots or less we look like getting a decent breeze today.

Andy Maloney's report from the 2014 NZ Laser Nationals

Hey Everyone,

I have just returned from Nelson where the 2014 NZ Laser National Championship was held. Click the link below to read my brief blog update on how the week panned out for me;

I hope everyone had a great holiday season, thanks for all of the continued support!


Scott Leith Interview

Interview with Scott Leith on the Murrays Bay site after his latest world masters win!-scott-leith-interview/128388/325504/

2013 Masters Worlds Wrap Up

Masters Worlds Wrap up

Another blue sky, light wind day completed the Masters Worlds in Oman on Saturday, with a light 5-6 knot sea breeze eventually filling in and allowing one further race on the full rig course and two races to be squeezed in on the Radial Course.

This was unfortunate for Ed Tam, who was holding 2nd, for a cube, after a 2nd in the first race of the day but his Brazilian opponent won the last race, pipping Ed for 2nd place overall by a single point. Others to have a good day were Hamish Atkinson with two top 10 places and Tom Speed with a 6th in the last race on the Radial course and Andrew Dellabarca with a 4th in the Masters Standard. Chip was only one top race from a cube position and was the second to top sailor in his division for the second half of the regatta. The rest of us finished the regatta in generally unchanged positions from day 5.

The contest was notable for a number of reasons, many of them predictable for the venue;

Scott Leith nailing another one! Kiwis in 3rd, 4th and 5th in the AM standard fleet must bode well for the future.

The conditions being very similar every day, 5 to 8 knot shifty Northerlyish breeze with chop, with a few knots more a couple of times but you had to be under about 80kg in the full rig and much less in the Radial to really claim to have hiked out during the regatta. Unusually we could not say, as they did for the Open a couple of weeks previously, "it's never like this". In our case the conditions were pretty much what was predicted, if anything a little lighter than expected.

Every division except the new GGM full rig was won by a "Radial" sailor. Scott in the AM's, Al Clark (CAN) in the Masters and Greg Adams (AUS) in the GM's all stepped up from Radial at Brisbane to full rig for this regatta. All are pretty much full time sailors, as were many of the winners in the Radial divisions and all showed their class consistently through the regatta.

The first ever Standard GGM fleet, dominated by Mark Bethwaite (AUS), who lost 5kg's to ensure he would be competitive for the event, but with Bob Blakey deservedly coming home with a cube after a strong second placing.

The second woman to ever win an open division, with Vanessa Dudley (AUS) triumphant in the Masters Radial against a really high quality fleet.

There was significant depth in every fleet, with pretty much every place hard to achieve and hard to defend in all divisions. Consistency was hardest to achieve, with many having a few good results offset by disasters of one sort or another. Only those with a consistent speed edge such as Scott, or able to get consistent clean start and hold their lane were able to feature consistently at the top of the fleets. It was noticeable that the speed advantage the top sailors enjoyed was eroded through the week as other worked out the optimum settings and techniques for the conditions. There were however many sailors who have achieved top results in previous Masters worlds buried deep in fleets in the final results, particularly those for whom a weight of 80kg (or even 90) or less is but a distant memory.

Talking to the team at the prize giving I think that we all head home having enjoyed the venue and the contest, with great sun tans, having eaten too much  and enjoyed the challenging sailing.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Nationals in Nelson in a few weeks and to qualifying for next years worlds in Hyeres. That contest is sure to provide different but no less challenging a regatta, with numbers of around 400 expected to attend making it possibly the largest Masters worlds ever. It will be great if we can see a strong Kiwi contingent there.

Nick Page

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