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Delta Lloyd Regatta 2013 - Bronze for Andy Maloney and 5th for Sam Meech

Andy Maloney won the medal race to grab bronze at the 2012 Delta Lloyd Regatta at Medemblik, in the Netherlands. Sam Meech also finished strongly to get 5th. Olivia and Jo won their medal race and the regatta in the 470 womens, and Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox got silver in the mens 470.
The regatta site has reports and results.
Sail World has a good wrap of the NZ efforts.
And a report from Andy Malony below ...

Another event here in Europe has just wrapped up. I finished the Delta Lloyd regatta with a bronze medal, after a week of sailing in a range of conditions, some fairly extreme!

Read my update on how the event went here:

Be sure to click on the "Delta Lloyd Regatta 2013 - Bronze!.." post to read the full story.

Keep up to date more regularly during with short posts during events on my facebook page;

Thank you for the continued support!

Results from Hyeres

The final standings for out Laser Men at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres.
Andy Maloney and Sam Meech still at the sharp end of things in a regatta that saw the return of Robert Scheidt to Lasers, claiming a 2nd.

7. Andy Maloney
12. Sam Meech
23. Thomas Saunders
50. Andrew McKenzie
91. Michale Cate
107. Jack Collinson

And a regatta wrap from Andy Maloney

Hey everyone!

The latest ISAF World Cup event wrapped up a few days ago in Hyeres, on the South coast of France. Check out my quick blog update on the event here; (be sure to click 'full story' to read the update)

I am now in Lake Garda, Italy! A week of fitness and getting mentally refreshed will be followed by a week of competing in the Garda Olympic Week. Another great fleet is registered for what is sure to be an intense competition.

Thanks for the continued support!

Andy Maloney and Sam Meech 1st and 3rd at Princess Sofia

The 2013 seasons first big European regatta, the Princess Sofia Regatta in Mallorca was a brilliant start for the NZL Laser men. Andy Maloney's two bullets in the two medal races eased him past the leading Aussie, Tom Buton who OCS'd in the last race.
Sam Meech was third and Thomas Saunders 15th in the 119 boat fleet.

Andrew Murdoch and Josh Junior were  7th and 8th in the 72 strong Finn fleet.

All Results

Andy's latest wrap up and links below.

Hey Everyone!

Racing here in Palma at the first European stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup of 2013 has just wrapped up, and I am happy to come away with the win after having an awesome final day racing with two wins!

Here is a link to my blog where there is an update from the week of competition;

I have also created a short video update with some highlights of our NZL Laser team's adventure to Palma over the past few weeks, and the racing over the last week. It can be viewed by clicking on the following link;

I am looking forward to a week off the water and then getting back into it in the build up to the next event in Hyeres, France.

Thanks for all of the continued support,

NZL Lasers at Sail Melbourne & Sail Sydney

A great result for Sam Meech to wind the Open Lasers at Sail Sydney, holding off world #1 Austraia's Tom Burton.
With Andy Maloney 5th and Thomas Saunders 8th.

Another standout performance was Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech who one the 49erFX skiff at both Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney. The 49erFX is the new womens skiff for the Brazil Olympics.

All NZL Laser results from both regattas below.

2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup / Sydney (Sail Sydney)
YNZ Report
NZ Results


  • 1st Sam Meech
  • 5th Andy Maloney
  • 8th Thomas Saunders
  • 20th George Lane
  • 21st Andrew McKenzie
  • 22nd Sam McKenzie
  • 24th Jack Collinson
  • 25th Matthew Kempkers
  • 26th Michael Cate

2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup / Melbourne (Sail Melbourne) 
YNZ Report

NZ Results


  • 6th Thomas Saunders
  • 14th Andrew McKenzie
  • 15th Michael Cate
  • 21st George Lane
  • 23rd Sam McKenzie
  • 24th Jack Collinson

Laser Radial

  • 7th Susannah Pyatt
  • 14th Laura Lowther

Laser Radial Men

  • 6th Cullen Le Roy
  • 18th Jacob Miller

Minutes of the 2012 NZ Laser Association AGM

See attached Minutes of the 2012 NZ Laser Association AGM.
Thanks to all those who attended and to new comittee members Sam Meech, Andy Maloney, Ken Atchison and Mike Keeton.

2012 NZLA Chairman’s Report

The past season has again been successful for the class both locally and internationally.
From a successful Nationals at Worser Bay, excellent results for our open sailors on the world stage, an extremely successful Masters Worlds for our sailors in Brisbane to the amazing coverage from the Olympics it has been an interesting season.
Congratulations to Scott Leith for his second defence of his Apprentice Masters Radial World title and to Mark Orams (Radial Masters) and Mike Keeton (Radial Grand Masters) on their successes in Brisbane.  I would also like to specifically congratulate Andrew Murdoch for his strong showing in the Olympics. There were also many outstanding performances from our other top sailors at other international regattas including, Andy Maloney and San Meech in the open divisions and Pete Thomas’s 3rd in the Radial Grand Masters. This is again a reflection of the depth of our Laser fleet.
Our coaching initiatives continue and NZLA will continue to encourage and sponsor coaching this season and any club or group of Laser sailors should contact Bonnie, NZLA secretary, if they would like to arrange a coaching session.
The Nationals at Worser Bay were a success, with the at times challenging conditions for which Wellington is justly renowned making for exciting sailing for all. The reach back home on the first day was one to remember. Planning for the Nationals at Napier is well advanced and we again look forward to large fleets competing in all divisions.  Sail Auckland at Akarana was a success and they will again host the regatta this year.
On an international organisational level the uncertainty with the class builders in the Northern Hemisphere unfortunately continues. We hope that these issues are able to be resolved satisfactorily between the class and manufacturers and the future production of the class continues world wide without disruption. There have been distributor changes in NZ but we continue to enjoy good support for the class from the dealers.
We have unfortunately seen little progress with the challenges identified last year including our desire to increase the popularity of the class for women sailors at all levels and also arrest the decrease in the standard rig open fleet. We have canvassed some ideas in these areas but will continue to seek ideas to strengthen the fleet in both these areas.
Financially we enjoyed another successful season and the association remains in very good financial health.
I would like to thank all our committee for their input this year, with special mention of Mike Knowsley who continues to do a fantastic job in managing our website and Bonnie for her work as class secretary.
We have some new members on the committee but are always keen to see new blood so please let me know if you are interested.
If anyone would like to 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 looking forward to seeing many of you at regattas this season.
Nick Page
Chairman NZLA

Andrew Murdoch Photos 2012 Olympics

Photographer: Carlo Borlenghi

More images at

NZL Lasers at the 2012 Olympic Games

It's coming down to the wire now for our Olympic reps Sara Winther and Andrew Murdoch.
They are already pretty unique - Olympic Athletes - the pinnacle of our sport.
Our very best hopes and wishes for this final step in that long journey.

Both Mens and Womens events follow the same calendar from first race on the 30th of July to the medal race on the 6th of August.

The official Olympic Sailing site

The full Olympic sailing calendar at

Andy Maloney Update - Bronze at Kiel then on to an Extreme 40 cat

Hi everyone,

This is a fairly late update due to having poor internet connections at all of our latest hotels and accommodation here in Europe. I wrote this update a few days after the Kiel Regatta finished (end of June). Click on the link below to see how I finished up Kiel Week, and what we have been up to for the last few weeks...

Since that is a late update, I can give a brief update here on the last 2 weeks;

I had the awesome opportunity to join the Oman Air team in Porto, Portugal for the 4th Act of the Extreme Sailing Series. It was a completely different type of sailing to what I have ever done before, and I learned heaps while having a great time with a good group of guys. Besides the fact that the X40 racing takes place on 40 foot catamarans (a bit different to a Laser!), it was also raced inside the river in Porto resulting in very exciting close quarter racing. One of the awesome things about the event was the thousands of spectators that lined the river banks to watch and literally cheer the teams on, it was sailing like I had never experienced before! The team taught me so much in a short amount of time, and managed to come away with 3rd for the event. The next event is at the end of August in Cardiff, UK, and the team will be looking to improve on our performance in Porto. Here is a short video wrap up for the event in Porto, it gives you a good idea of the kind of racing that the X40's do!

I have now just arrived back in Weymouth, UK, to do a week and a half of training with Andrew before he competes at the Olympics in 12 days time. I'm looking forward to the week ahead, and hope to push Andrew hard this next week and get in the best possible position to win the Gold in 2 weeks time.

Thanks for everyone's support!
I'll update in a few weeks time when I return to New Zealand,

Andy and Sam do well at Kiel 2012

Andy Maloney was 3rd and Sam Meech 5th in the 20 boat fleet at Kieler Woche 2012.
Andrew Murdoch, Sara Winther and many of the other sailors aiming for the Olympics did not sail Kiel this year.
Kiel Mens Laser Results

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