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2015 North Shore Freshwater Champs Report

2015 North Shore  Freshwater Champs

A 30 knot forecast plus a number of sailors over in Brisbane for the South Pacific Masters resulted in a slightly smaller than usual entry for the NSFWC at Pupuke on 16/17 May. However quality was there with 2 of our Open Worlds squad, defending NSFWC champion Andrew McKenzie and world top 10 ranked Mike Bullot fronting to give the locals something to aspire to in the Standards and World GM champion Mike Keeton and World cube winner Richard Blakey the form sailors in the Radial for the youth sailors to knock over. 

In spite of the forecast Saturday dawned with a nice Pupuke SW breeze, never really getting much over 12 knots but with shifts and pressure variations providing ample challenges for all. Sunday was again a SW breeze but lighter, around 5 to 8 knots all day. These conditions provided plenty of opportunity for all and no place was ever secure with some major shifts and gusts reshuffling both fleets in several races. 

As usual though the cream rose to the top. In the Standard fleet Mike showed his class with 5 wins from the 6 races, the sequence broken by Andrew who was deservedly victorious in race 3 and was right on Mikes heels in the other races, with the exception of the last where a major wind shift combined with a mainsheet that decided to come unkotted at a critical moment seeing him join the mortals in the bunch. There was a tight contest in the Masters, with GM Peter Kempkers victorious by 1 point from GM Nick Page after a very close series. Leading Master was Dean Drummond, who was still hoping for the forecast 30 knots even at the prize giving, in 5th, first Apprentice Rob Bland in 8th and GGM Ray Beale capping a consistent series with a 4th in the last race for 10th overall.

In the Radials Youth beat experience with Tim Adair putting together a great series to take out the overall win from newcomer and current Starling champion youth Josh Armit, who’s speed and consistency showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Third overall and first Master was Mike Keeton, who despite an ever increasing list of old age ailments seems to just keep pulling out the results on the water. He was followed by GM Kevin Welsh who managed a win in race 2 and was consistent all weekend. First women was Youth Libby Porter in 6th, who also showed flashes of brilliance in the challenging conditions with her best result a 2nd in race 2. 1st Master was Richard Blakey, who after a very challenging weekend was heard to comment on his love of the lake, while leading Women’s Master Georgina Wooldridge was happy to be on the water while husband Neil looked after the kids for the weekend rather than being able to demonstrate his prowess in the Standard fleet.

The contest was followed by the usual Pupuke prize giving, with an awesome range of prizes overshadowed only by commodore John Dowsett’s presentation skills (not matched this weekend by sailing skills we note). A great weekend and thanks to Pupuke and PRO Garth Briden for yet another quality regatta.

Nick Page

2015 Wellington Laser Champs Results

Full Rig:
1st Rob Woodward (and 1st Masters)
2nd Owen Anderson
3rd Rodney Studd

Radial
1st  Edmund Tam (and 1st Masters)
2nd Olivia Christie (1st Youth and 1st Female)
3rd Bruce Jones

The Laser Champs were held as part of the Evans Bay Regatta.

Full Results for the Evans Bay Regatta

2015 Auckland Masters Laser Champs Results & Report

The 2015 Auckland Masters Championships, held at Tamaki on Saturday 21st March, attracted almost 40 entries with 25 Standards and a good group of Radials. 5 races were completed for both fleets in tricky E to NE breezes between about 5 and 12 knots. Seas were typically lumpy Tamaki sea breeze conditions with the heavy harbour traffic adding to the wind against an outgoing king tide for 4 of the 5 races.

In the Radial there was a very tight contest with current World GM champion Mike Keeton eventually prevailing by one point with a 1,1,1,2,3 scoreline over Richard Blakey, who made the podium in Hyeres in the Masters division, with a 1,1,2,2,3 scoreline. Third was Whangarei visitor Roger Winton who managed to get between Mike and Richard a couple of times and was unlucky not to pull off a win in one race. Shaaron Mckee was the leading Women’s Masters Radial sailor.

In the Standards reigning National Masters champion AM Kris Decke from Whangarei ended up winning convincingly with 4 bullets after starting slowly, having got caught on the wrong side of the beat in the first race. Second was expat Kiwi GM Gavin Dagley, now resident in Melbourne, who managed to show consistent form in all 5 races to convincingly win the GM division from third placed Nick Page (Pupuke), who was fortunate to be able to discard a meltdown in the 4th race. Leading Master was local Tamaki sailor Nick Brewer, back in the Laser after focussing on sailing the Mistral with his kids in recent times. Leading GGM was Bob Blakey, who showed he is still a force to be reckoned with a 2nd in one race in spite of turning 70 in the next few days. It was great to see 5 GGM’s in the Standard fleet, with Bob, Sandy Grigg, Jack Hansen, Dave Almond and Derek Bond all mixing it up during the day.

Nick Page

Results

2015 Auckland Laser Champs Results

A generally light regatta. Both days started with an Easterly before swinging to the North. And a solid breeze for the end of the second day.

Garth did well getting us all 6 races.

The racing was fair and the good guys still won.

This year the Chinese team dominated the Standard fleet finishing in the top 3 places with J. Zhou the champion. They have been training in Auckland and taking part in the NZ Laser Champs, Auckland Laser Champs and Sail Auckland.

 The Radial fleet was closely fought. Tim Adair was the eventual winner after only winning 1 of the 6 races, and only 3 points separated the top 3.

Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Nationals Final Day 4 - Maloney Victorious

The Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Nationals concluded today with all divisions completing the scheduled two races meaning that all races for the series were completed on schedule for the first time at a Laser Nationals in several years. Todays races were held in light and very shifty SW winds with a strong tide but pretty flat water, which provided a change from the sea breeze conditions over the preceding three days. So overall Takapuna provided beautiful sailing conditions and with exceptional organisation on and off the water from Takapuna Boating Club this ensured an exceptionally successful contest.

In the Open division overnight leader Andy Maloney was victorious overall, recording his first race win of the series in the first race today followed by a 2nd in the final race to win by three points from fellow NZL squad members Tom Saunders in second, Sam Meech in third and Mike Bullot in fourth. Maloney won out overall through consistency, with his worst counter a 3rd even though he only scored a single race win. By contrast all his NZL team mates won more races but were less consistent overall. Leading visitor was China’s Jianan Wu in 5th who was followed by Under 21 winner Andrew McKenzie in 6th.

In the Radials Youth George Gautrey capped off an exceptional series with a 3/1 record today to convincingly take out the Radial division overall by a 14 point margin as well as the Male Youth title. Second overall was female Olympic hopeful Susannah Pyatt, who got the better of last years champion and our 2012 Olympic rep Sara Winther who ended up 4th. Another to have a great day was Youth Alastair Gifford from Queen Charlotte YC who matched Gautrey with a 1/3 record today to secure third overall. Ali Nightingale had another consistent day to overtake Jia Kim of Korea and secure the Female Youth title and George Lane in 5th was the first Radial Open sailor.

In the Masters Radial Scott Leith maintained his perfect record to secure another overall Radial Masters title from two other AM’s, Ed Tam in second after a 2/2 result today and Tony Evans in third. Leading Master was Richard Blakey in 4th and leading GM Kevin Jenkins from Onerahi in 5th who will be exceptionally pleased to have bettered current GM Radial World champion Mike Keeton, who had a challenging day to end up 9th overall. Jim Quinn took the GGM honours from Greg Fry.

In the Masters Standards Kris Decke convincingly secured the title again with victory in the first race of the day. He was followed by leading GM Peter Kempkers in second who had an excellent series to lead first Master Mark Patterson who was third overall. They were followed by Pupuke's AM Rob Bland in 4th and GM Nick Page in 5th. Chris Sadler won the day with a 2/4 record to end up second Master and 8th overall.

In the 4.7 Phillip Governale was again victorious to secure the title from Emiri Koya.

Nick Page

Photos courtesy of Lissa Reyden on LiveSailDie.com and lissaphotography.co.nz.

2015 NZ Laser National Champs Final Results

Barfoot and Thompson 2015 New Zealand Laser National Championships

Takapuna Boating Club

Updated 20 Jan 2015




















  Fleet Division Nat Sail No HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett
1st Laser 4.7 U 18 Male NZL 201517 Philip Governale WBBC 1 1 (2) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 9
2nd Laser 4.7 U 18 Female JPN 173423 Emiri Koya MBSC (4) 2 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 26 22
3rd Laser 4.7 U 18 Male NZL 177771 Joe Gauld FBYC 2 3 3 (4) 3 2 2 2 2 4 27 23
4th Laser 4.7 U 18 Female NZL 172034 Aleisha Ferguson Ngaroto 3 4 4 3 (5 DNF) 4 4 4 4 2 37 32



















Rank Fleet Division Nat Sail No HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett
1st Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 206419 George Gautrey MYC 3 2 1 5 (15) 2 3 2 3 1 37 22
2nd Laser Radial Women NZL 192281 Susannah Pyatt MBSC/RNZYS 9 1 2 10 3 4 2 3 (14) 2 50 36
3rd Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 207850 Alastair Gifford QCYC 2 5 3 1 (29) 9 11 6 1 3 70 41
4th Laser Radial Women NZL 202447 Sara Winther TBC/RAYC (15) 4 9 7 2 5 1 1 12 5 61 46
5th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 195538 Tim Adair MBSC 4 3 16 4 5 6 6 (17) 4 10 75 58
6th Laser Radial Open NZL 192612 George Lane MBSC 14 9 6 (21) 1 1 4 5 5 14 80 59
7th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 206423 Sam Simpson KYC 17 15 4 12 14 11 9 11 (21) 6 120 99
8th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 208363 Leonard Takahashi-Fry MBSC 20 (34) 12 7 17 14 18 4 10 9 145 111
9th Laser Radial Youth Male FRA 199044 Mael Le Pen CCV 13 7 22 23 4 10 7 8 (29) 23 146 117
10th Laser Radial Women NZL 198113 Elise Beavis MBSC 7 20 19 14 8 12 16 (25) 16 7 144 119
11th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 181720 Josh Armit MBSC 1 17 7 13 16 26 (53 UFD) 19 19 4 175 122
12th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 201519 Scott Inglis LTYC 6 14 23 19 24 (29) 12 16 6 12 161 132
13th Laser Radial Youth Female NZL 206030 Ali Nightingale CBYC 41 (44) 17 22 12 3 10 7 8 13 177 133
14th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 193052 James Jennings MBSC 23 12 27 20 23 7 13 12 2 (36) 175 139
15th Laser Radial Youth Female KOR 195536 Jia Kim BSF 11 6 25 2 13 18 28 (36) 25 17 181 145
16th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 196415 Charles Corston CBYC (36) 11 13 25 9 8 31 10 9 30 182 146
17th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 191621 Travers Cole CBYC 24 18 10 3 10 16 5 27 34 DPI1 (53 BFD) 200 147
18th Laser Radial Youth Male USA 204101 Parker Hughes ACRACING 30 21 28 (33) 6 13 8 23 30 18 210 177
19th Laser Radial Youth Male FRA 202375 Cyril Fortin SRC 12 16 (35) 27 26 21 26 13 32 15 223 188
20th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 206025 Henry Gibbs WBBC 35 10 31 16 18 17 19 (53 DNC) 23 20 242 189
21st Laser Radial Youth Male FRA 201630 Nathan Le Pen CCV 18 8 30 26 11 35 15 32 (41) 19 235 194
22nd Laser Radial Open NZL 192287 Zak Merton TYPBC 16 28 15 11 12 ZFP 10 19 27 20 (53 RET) 53 DNC 254 201
23rd Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 181964 Blake Woodfield LTYC 26 (53 DSQ) 21 9 20 23 38 15 13 39 257 204
24th Laser Radial Women NZL 198108 Libby Porter KYC 31 13 26 8 30 27 24 26 26 (34) 245 211
25th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 198110 Callum Radford QCYC 5 22 11 24 (53 DNF) 42 35 9 22 53 DNE 276 223
26th Laser Radial Open NZL 195542 Sam Barnett TYPBC 28 26 36 18 (40) 39 21 24 7 28 267 227
27th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 206027 Dylan McKinlay T.Y.P.B.C 8 23 32 34 27 22 23 28 (40) 40 277 237
28th Laser Radial Open GBR 196711 Peter Ballantine SYC 27 32 38 30 19 28 17 18 (53 BFD) 33 295 242
29th Laser Radial Open NZL 196405 Hamish Clark QCYC 22 25 24 29 32 38 14 38 31 (43) 296 253
30th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 192267 Bryn Bennett WBBC 38 (43) 18 41 39 36 20 34 17 11 297 254
31st Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 207493 Lachlan Grimwade FBYC/PT CHEV 33 24 (34) 17 28 34 33 30 34 21 288 254
32nd Laser Radial Women COK 195712 Teau McKenzie SCI 34 38 5 42 36 25 37 (45) 11 27 300 255
33rd Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 196881 Henry Gautrey MYC 37 40 9 (53 BFD) 25 20 53 UFD 14 53 BFD 8 312 259
34th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 202688 Samuel Rushton TYPBC 10 37 37 32 41 15 25 37 27 (44) 305 261
35th Laser Radial Open NZL 198115 Jono Francis WBBC/RPNYC 32 19 41 36 (44) 24 32 31 18 32 309 265
36th Laser Radial Youth Female FRA 171703 Lauren Hautier CNC 25 29 20 35 22 46 (47) 42 20 26 312 265
37th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 208339 Sam Beckman MBSC 19 33 14 31 35 (53 RET) 36 29 53 DNE 24 327 274
38th Laser Radial Youth Female NZL 195548 Olivia Christie WBBC 45 39 45 (53 BFD) 21 32 22 33 28 35 353 300
39th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 190332 Kiriffi Leilua TSC (48) 36 39 28 37 30 34 22 39 45 358 310
40th Laser Radial Open NZL 184218 Matthew Giles MBSC 39 (53 DNC) 40 39 43 33 29 43 36 16 371 318
41st Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 192630 Dougal Frame CBYC 43 30 29 (53 BFD) 31 37 30 41 24 53 BFD 371 318
42nd Laser Radial Youth Male SUI 204111 Loic Eisenring PLSC 29 27 43 43 (46) 40 41 21 46 29 365 319
43rd Laser Radial Open NZL 193063 Craig Atkinson NPCL 42 42 33 15 (47) 43 42 44 38 38 384 337
44th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 195541 George Kirkman KYC 44 35 (46) 37 34 44 46 40 37 22 385 339
45th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 196877 Sam Hassall MBSC 21 31 48 40 38 41 40 39 (53 BFD) 53 BFD 404 351
46th Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 179334 Thomas Morton KYC 40 41 (47) 38 33 45 44 47 33 31 399 352
47th Laser Radial Youth Female NZL 207851 Megan Thomson FBYC (47) 46 44 45 42 31 39 35 35 37 401 354
48th Laser Radial Women NZL 197253 Rosa Hill NPCL 46 45 42 44 (48) 48 45 46 42 41 447 399
49th Laser Radial Women NZL 208518 Julia Francis MBSC 49 47 50 46 45 47 43 49 (53 BFD) 25 454 401
50th Laser Radial Open GER 192613 Lukas Altenbach PLSC (51) 48 49 48 50 51 50 51 44 42 484 433
51st Laser Radial Youth Male NZL 196879 Cooper Hopman KYC 50 49 51 47 (53 DNF) 50 49 50 43 47 489 436
52nd Laser Radial Youth Female NZL 196885 Anna Breen TYPBC (52) 50 52 49 49 49 48 48 45 46 488 436



















Rank Fleet Division Nat Sail No HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett
1st Laser Standard Open NZL 181961 Andrew Maloney MBSC 2 2 3 (4) 2 3 2 3 1 2 24 20
2nd Laser Standard Open NZL 207860 Thomas Saunders TYPBC 4 1 1 3 (9) 5 3 2 3 1 32 23
3rd Laser Standard Open NZL 208517 Sam Meech TYPBC 1 3 2 1 3 6 (25 UFD) 4 2 3 50 25
4th Laser Standard Open NZL 208337 Michael Bullot MBSC 5 (10) 6 9 1 1 1 1 4 4 42 32
5th Laser Standard Open CHN 208525 Jianan Wu JWA 3 6 (25 DSQ) 2 6 9 8 6 10 5 80 55
6th Laser Standard U 21 NZL 207496 Andrew McKenzie RAYC (13) 5 8 6 7 7 6 5 7 6 70 57
7th Laser Standard Open AUS 208360 Mitchell Kennedy MYC/RQYS 6 4 4 7 (10) 8 5 10 5 9 68 58
8th Laser Standard Open KOR 201497 Jeemin Ha HDO 8 8 7 (11) 4 2 9 8 9 8 74 63
9th Laser Standard Open CHN 203460 Jinfu Zhao JWA 10 11 5 8 5 4 4 11 (23) 11 92 69
10th Laser Standard Open CHN 209889 Ning Zhao JWA 9 9 9 5 8 (14) 10 12 13 7 96 82
11th Laser Standard Open DEN 205317 Patrick Dopping ES (22) 12 11 12 14 10 7 7 8 14 117 95
12th Laser Standard Open ISR 195011 Shahar Jacob Sdot-Yam 15 7 15 10 13 15 (25 UFD) 9 6 10 125 100
13th Laser Standard U 21 NZL 208358 Cullen Le Roy TYPBC 7 13 13 13 15 13 13 18 11 (22) 138 116
14th Laser Standard Open CAN 187147 Daniel Barry CANDB15 12 14 10 15 11 (21) 19 13 14 18 147 126
15th Laser Standard Open NZL 181994 Dean Drummond PBC 21 (23) 12 14 12 12 14 15 12 20 155 132
16th Laser Standard U 21 NZL 199225 Matthew Kempkers WBC 17 17 14 (23) 18 11 11 14 19 17 161 138
17th Laser Standard U 21 IRL 208523 Dan O'Beirne R.St.G.Y.C. 11 18 17 (19) 19 17 17 17 16 15 166 147
18th Laser Standard U 21 NZL 197252 Keith Inglis LTYC 18 (21) 20 18 16 20 16 16 15 12 172 151
19th Laser Standard Open COK 195704 Taua Elisa Henry MSC 19 16 16 17 (20) 18 15 20 17 16 174 154
20th Laser Standard U 21 NZL 196866 Chris Tulley RBC 16 15 18 22 21 16 12 21 18 (24) 183 159
21st Laser Standard U 21 NZL 202850 Sefton Cole CBYC 14 20 (25 DNF) 16 17 19 18 23 22 19 193 168
22nd Laser Standard Open FRA 171713 Vincent Trinquet CNC 20 19 (25 UFD) 20 24 22 22 19 21 13 205 180
23rd Laser Standard U 21 NZL 192636 Callum Foley-Logan Nelson 23 (24) 19 24 22 24 20 24 20 23 223 199
24th Laser Standard U 21 NZL 196871 Ben Warren TYPBC 24 22 (25 DNF) 21 23 23 21 22 24 21 226 201

















Rank Fleet Division Nat SailNo HelmName YachtClub R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st Radial Master Apprentice Master NZL 208521 Scott Leith MBSC & PBC (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 7
2nd Radial Master Apprentice Master NZL 202441 Edmund Tam WBBC 7 (32 UFD) 3 2 5 6 2 2 59 27
3rd Radial Master Apprentice Master NZL 188802 Tony Evans MSC 6 4 4 3 (10) 4 3 4 38 28
4th Radial Master Master NZL 185806 Richard Blakey TYC (16) 2 12 6 2 2 7 8 55 39
5th Radial Master Grand Master NZL 186656 Kev Jenkins Onerahi 11 5 5 5 6 (13) 6 3 54 41
6th Radial Master Grand Master NZL 206029 Kevin Welsh PLSC 8 7 2 4 11 8 (19) 5 64 45
7th Radial Master Master NZL 201518 Hamish Atkinson NPCL/CYC 3 11 (13) 7 3 9 4 11 61 48
8th Radial Master Master NZL 148894 Roger Winton OYC 4 12 7 8 7 3 8 (20) 69 49
9th Radial Master Grand Master NZL 193076 Mike Keeton WBC 2 (32 UFD) 10 12 4 5 9 12 86 54
10th Radial Master Master NZL 187892 Werner Hennig HYC 5 10 6 11 13 (15) 5 10 75 60
11th Radial Master Master NZL 202918 Mike Knowsley TYC 9 3 16 9 8 11 (18) 17 91 73
12th Radial Master Master NZL 186661 Greg Corston CBYC (21) 6 8 16 14 7 17 6 95 74
13th Radial Master Master AUS 181997 Scott McDougall HYC 15 8 9 15 21 16 (23) 7 114 91
14th Radial Master Master NZL 207863 Arthur Ferguson Ngaroto 12 20 (21) 10 16 12 11 13 115 94
15th Radial Master Grand Master NZL 187891 Pete Thomas WBC 17 9 (32 UFD) 13 12 14 15 15 127 95
16th Radial Master Master NZL 179384 Georgi Yankov PBC 13 17 14 14 17 (21) 13 14 123 102
17th Radial Master Grand Master NZL 206418 Bruce Jones WBBC 10 15 (32 UFD) 17 18 18 12 16 138 106
18th Radial Master Great Grand Master NZL 195546 Jim Quinn TYC 14 13 (24) 20 15 10 20 21 137 113
19th Radial Master Master NZL 157154 Grant Cooze OYC (26) 23 11 18 25 23 16 9 151 125
20th Radial Master Great Grand Master NZL 208359 Greg Fry FBC 20 14 15 19 20 22 21 (32 DNF) 163 131
21st Radial Master Apprentice Master NZL 199285 Robert Anderson PCB 22 19 19 25 9 20 22 (32 DNC) 168 136
22nd Radial Master Master AUS 188804 Fiona Blincoe TSC 19 16 17 21 (27) 24 24 19 167 140
23rd Radial Master Apprentice Master NZL 148891 Vladimir Minkov PBC (28) 26 20 27 26 28 14 18 187 159
24th Radial Master Master NZL 161266 Don Christie WBBC 24 21 23 22 22 25 (27) 22 186 159
25th Radial Master Grand Master RSA 160112 Peter Clayton BSC 18 22 18 23 23 26 (32 DNC) 32 BFD 194 162
26th Radial Master Great Grand Master NZL 180209 Garth Cheyne MYC 25 18 22 (32 UFD) 19 19 32 DNC 32 DNC 199 167
27th Radial Master Grand Master NZL 190329 Paul Francis TSC (32 DNC) 32 DNC 32 DNC 32 DNC 24 17 10 23 202 170
28th Radial Master Master Women NZL 184692 Diana Brown POYC 23 25 25 24 28 (29) 26 25 205 176
29th Radial Master Master NZL 196876 John Berry PBC 27 24 26 26 (31) 27 25 24 210 179
30th Radial Master Master Women NZL 195516 Kirsty MacDonald PCSC 29 (32 UFD) 27 28 29 30 28 26 229 197
31st Radial Master Grand Master NZL 162120 Michael Gibbs MYC 30 (32 UFD) 28 32 DNC 30 31 32 DNC 32 DNC 247 215

















Rank Fleet Division Nat SailNo HelmName YachtClub R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 199238 Kris Decke OYC 2 3 1 2 2 1 1 (11) 23 12
2nd Standard Master Grand Master NZL 199220 Peter Kempkers WBC 10 6 2 4 1 2 5 (12) 42 30
3rd Standard Master Master NZL 162087 Mark Patterson HYC 7 1 3 11 9 7 13 (17) 68 51
4th Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 184216 Robert Bland PBC (22) 18 4 3 21 10 10 1 89 67
5th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 198107 Nick Page PBC 14 14 (23) 6 11 6 3 15 92 69
6th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 198112 Murray Thom MSC 25 9 (29) 7 4 4 21 2 101 72
7th Standard Master Grand Master GBR 162576 Terry Scutcher SSC 1 5 11 5 10 3 (44 DNC) 44 DNC 123 79
8th Standard Master Master NZL 185383 Chris Sadler TYC 3 (37) 31 10 14 18 2 4 119 82
9th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 181993 Graeme Tee POYC 9 8 9 9 20 8 20 (22) 105 83
10th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 193125 David Lowe PBC 16 13 6 15 (30) 25 4 9 118 88
11th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 208520 John Showell PBC 19 7 14 14 16 11 7 (28) 116 88
12th Standard Master Master NZL 199216 Andrew Dellabarca WBBC 4 4 19 1 3 (44 DNF) 17 44 DNC 136 92
13th Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 192705 Ken Atchison HYC (27) 10 16 13 8 26 16 6 122 95
14th Standard Master Master RSA 181163 Ken Tarboton POYC 8 19 13 16 (26) 12 9 19 122 96
15th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 172219 Barry Cutfield POYC (24) 24 7 12 23 19 12 5 126 102
16th Standard Master Master NZL 195549 Tony Nicholson PBC/MBSC (31) 31 17 19 22 16 8 3 147 116
17th Standard Master Master NZL 174323 Greg Wilshire MYC (44 DNC) 16 5 44 BFD 17 5 6 24 161 117
18th Standard Master Master NZL 192280 Don Harland Tyc 21 20 8 17 25 13 (26) 13 143 117
19th Standard Master Master NZL 196875 Neil Wooldridge PBC 11 11 25 18 24 (31) 11 18 149 118
20th Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 171098 Chris Shannon NPC 30 27 (36) 22 6 17 15 8 161 125
21st Standard Master Grand Master NZL 196909 Garry Lock RNZYS 18 17 24 27 15 14 (29) 10 154 125
22nd Standard Master Grand Master NZL 163947 Mark Hursthouse PBC 15 15 10 8 28 29 (41) 25 171 130
23rd Standard Master Master NZL 172224 Luuk van Basten Batenburg PCB 13 28 20 20 5 20 32 (34) 172 138
24th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 192308 Ian Wallace PLSC 5 25 18 21 29 (39) 25 16 178 139
25th Standard Master Master AUS 174320 Grant Abicht S.P.C.C. 29 12 21 (44 BFD) 35 21 14 14 190 146
26th Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 193124 James Lett PBC 20 21 15 25 (40) 24 22 20 187 147
27th Standard Master Great Grand Master NZL 196411 Bob Blakey TYC (32) 2 28 24 19 32 18 29 184 152
28th Standard Master Master NZL 196410 Rob Woodward WBBC 34 29 (35) 23 7 15 28 23 194 159
29th Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 202872 Karl Nicholson WBC (39) 26 22 26 12 22 19 35 201 162
30th Standard Master Master NZL 197255 John Hayman Pupuke 17 (44 UFD) 34 29 13 30 36 7 210 166
31st Standard Master Master NZL 192701 Robin Simpson TSC 6 22 27 32 32 27 23 (38) 207 169
32nd Standard Master Grand Master NZL 180213 John Dowsett PBC 12 23 26 31 (37) 35 31 37 232 195
33rd Standard Master Grand Master NZL 198105 Paul Thomas WBBC 33 33 12 28 31 (40) 34 32 243 203
34th Standard Master Apprentice Master NZL 158881 Ben Molloy PBC 35 34 (39) 35 27 28 24 21 243 204
35th Standard Master Apprentice Master ITA 203774 Marco Canegallo PLSC 26 32 33 33 33 23 (39) 26 245 206
36th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 196418 Peter van Ryn MYC 23 35 (44 UFD) 44 BFD 18 9 44 DNC 44 DNC 261 217
37th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 162124 Chris Trudgen MYC 37 30 32 36 (38) 34 27 27 261 223
38th Standard Master Master NZL 197253 Lachlan Hill NPCL 38 39 (40) 30 34 33 30 30 274 234
39th Standard Master Great Grand Master NZL 181719 Sefton Powrie WBC 28 38 30 34 (41) 36 38 40 285 244
40th Standard Master Grand Master NZL 181878 Wayne Ferguson PBC 36 36 38 (44 BFD) 36 38 37 33 298 254
41st Standard Master Master Women NZL 203773 Chantal Grass PLSC 42 42 37 38 (43) 42 35 31 310 267
42nd Standard Master Master NZL 196883 Phil Jones TSC/PCB 40 40 41 37 (42) 37 33 39 309 267
43rd Standard Master Grand Master NZL 161275 Jay McJorrow MYC 41 41 (44 DNC) 44 DNC 39 41 40 36 326 282

Photos from the 2015 NZ National Laser Champs

Lissa Reyden's excellent photos are on LiveSailDie.com. 2 samples below.
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Beach and boat park shots taken by our secretary Karen Grimwade are at Nationals NZlaser on Flikr.


 

Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Nationals Day 3 Report

All fleets again completed their scheduled races on the penultimate day of of the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Championships at Takapuna. The sea breeze filled in earlier than on the previous two days, with a good 10 to 15 knot NE by the midday start time and pretty choppy conditions. This breeze held for the first race for all divisions but it started to ease for the second race and just held for the third before a SW change came in just as the last division finished. The course was set directly off Takapuna Beach, unlike the previous two days when we sailed further to the North. This meant that the there was a strong tidal flow across the whole course, resulting in long challenging beats against the tide.

In the Open division it was Mike Bullot’s day with three wins out of three. However both Andy Maloney (3/2/3) and Tom Saunders (5/3/2) had consistent days to hold first and second overall while overnight leader Sam Meech had, in his own words, “a shocker” with a 6/UFD/4 to drop him to third overall with Bullot rising to 4th. All members of the NZ Olympic squad these four are well ahead of the rest of the fleet overall and are separated by only 7 points going into tomorrow’s final two races, leaving them all with a chance at the title and the opportunity to strengthen their claim to the NZ Olympic slot. Other notable performances in the Open fleet today were Andrew McKenzie, who has all but assured himself of the under 21 title with a strong 7/6/5 today and Jinfu Zhao from China who’s 5/4/4 today gives him the potential for a top 5 overall finish and overhauling countryman Jianan Wu who is currently 5th.

In the Radial the honours for the day were shared between leading youth George Gauntry (2/3/2) and our 2012 female Olympic rep and defending champion Sara Winther (5/1/1). This leave George with a handy 6 point lead going into the final day with Sara 3rd overall and trailing our other female Olympic aspirant, Susannah Pyatt, by 5 points. Also making strong moves up the rankings today were Radial Open leader George Lane (1/4/5) who is up to 5th overall and Christchurch Youth Female sailor Ali Nightingale who’s 3/10/7 today has seen her close to within a few points of current YF leader Jia Kim from Korea who had a difficult day.

In the Masters AM Scott Leith continued his dominance in the Radial, and with a first as a discard seems unlikely to be challenged for the title. Leading Master Richard Blakey, a cube winner at this years Masters Worlds in Hyeres, enjoyed todays conditions and his 6/2/2 record moves him up to 4th overall just behind consistent AM’s Tony Evans and Ed Tam. Leading GM Kevin Welsh is 5th overall and while he found the going a bit tougher today he still holds a handy 4 point lead over reigning GM Radial World Champion Mike Keeton. Leading GGM is Jim Quinn from French Bay. In the full rig reigning champion AM Kris Decke has a good lead overall and was again consistent with a 1/2 day, matched by second placed overall GM Peter Kempkers. Unfortunate sailor of the day was Andrew Dellabarca, who was required to retire from the second race when leading as he collected a second yellow flag for the regatta. Leading Master is Mark Patterson in 4th overall.

Philip Governale again dominated the small 4.7 fleet with 3 wins to hold an unassailable lead while Joe Gauld also had a great day with three 2nd placings.

Tomorrows forecast has a light SW in the morning with a sea breeze in the afternoon. With the same first race start of noon for the last day there may be some challenges for PRO Ian Clouston to get the final two races for all fleets completed before the 3.30 deadline depending on how early the sea breeze arrives.

Nick Page

Correction: An earlier version of this report stated an earlier start time for the final day. That was not correct, the start time on Sunday is noon as per the original schedule.

Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Championships - Day 2 - The sea breeze kicks in

Day 2 of the Barfoot and Thompson NZ Laser Nationals provided beautiful sailing, with the sea breeze slowly building throughout the racing. The first race started in about 5 knots with the breeze building to 8-10 knots for the second race and peaked at around 12-15 knots for the third with typical choppy sea breeze waves. All divisions completed their scheduled races with 2 for the Masters and 3 for the Open fleets.

In the Open the top 5 places remained the same with Sam Meech holding his overall lead with a 1/2/3 day to lead by 3 points from Andy Maloney (2/3/4) and Tom Saunders (1/3/9). Leading overseas sailor Jianan Wu from Korea again had a consistent day as did Mitchell Kennedy from Australia to hold their 4th and 5th places respectively. We are now halfway through the series and with the discard kicking in tomorrow it remains an extremely tight race for the top spot between the 3 NZ Olympic squad members.

In the Radials Olympic aspirant Susannah Pyatt has leapfrogged the Youths to lead overall by a point from leading youth George Gautrey. Tim Adair (Y), Sara Winther and Alastair Gifford (Y) round out the top 5 but again the order is likely to change tomorrow as several sailors will be looking forward to the discard coming into play. Leading youth female continues to be Jia Kim form Korea who had an excellent 2nd in todays second race to hold 8th overall. The extra breeze in the last race allowed Open sailor George Lane to score a bullet to be the leading Open sailor in 6th place overall.

In the Masters the top placings remained true to form with Scott Leith taking out both Radial races to maintain his perfect score and AM Kris Decke scoring a 1/2 in the Standards to hold a commanding lead. In the Radials Apprentice Tony Evans held on to second overall to be followed by two GM’s, Kevin Welsh and Kev Jenkins who both had greta days with two top 5 placings. In the Standards Mark Patterson (M), UK visitor Terry Scutcher (GM) and Peter Kempkers (GM) from Wakatere are all dead heated on points to hold second third and fourth overall. Andrew Dellabarca in 5th is also poised once he is able to discard a 19th from the first light wind race this morning and Pupuke’s Robert Bland had a great day with a 3/4 to show potential to upset the leaders in the remaining races.

In the 4.7 the honours were shared today between first day leader Philip Governale and Japanese visitor Emiri Koya, both scoring a 1/2 today to leave Philip still leading overall.

The forecast for tomorrow is 15 knot Northerlies which should again provide great racing conditions. Many of the masters will be hoping the breeze kicks in earlier than today so they get to enjoy the fresher breeze that the Open fleets had for their 3rd race today.

Nick Page

Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Championships - Day 1 - Challenging conditions for the start of racing

Racing got underway today in the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Nationals off Takapuna Beach, Auckland. The morning was fine and calm but by scheduled race start time at 1pm the 5 divisions making up the fleet of 153 were on the water and waiting for the sea breeze to settle for racing to get underway.

This never really happened, with the breeze clocking to an unusual due North direction but building sufficiently for racing to get underway by about 2pm. The breeze showed promise of building to a true sea breeze but in the end stayed as an unstable 5 - 8 knots with large shifts and pressure variations. This provided challenging tactical conditions, particularly as the course was set near the main shipping channel which resulted in strong tidal flows across the course to add to the challenges of the unusual breeze. However the conditions allowed all divisions to complete the schedules 2 races and as usual the cream rose to the top in spite of the unusual breeze, although there was a lot of up and down results for sailors further back in the fleets.

In a quality Open fleet of 24, with almost half of these sailors visiting from overseas, the NZ Olympic squad members Sam Meech, Andy Maloney and Tom Saunders fought out close contests in both races with only a single point separating the 3 of them at the end of the day. These 3 have a useful points lead on the next two sailors Jianan Wu from China and Mitchell Kennedy from Australia. Andrew McKenzie had a strong 5th in the second race to be the leading U21 sailor.

In the largest fleet, the Radials with over 50 sailors, the youth sailors have shown the way with George Gautrey, Alastair Gifford and Tim Adair all having two top 4 results to be separated by only 2 points. Susannah Pyatt is the leading female sailor in 4th place with leading female youth sailor the visiting Jia Kim from Korea and George Lane the leading Open Radial sailor in 9th overall.

In the Masters fleets defending champions lead both the full rig and the Radials, with AM Kris Decke holding a single point lead over visiting UK GM Terry Scutcher in the Standards while in the Radials AM Scott Leith dominated the fleet with two decisive victories to lead from AM Tony Evans and M Mike Knowsley. Unluckiest master of the day was probably Mark Patterson, who would have led overall if not for a masters moment, missing the finishing line while in 3rd place in the first race but making amends by winning the second. GGM Bob Blakey proved age was no barrier by leading for much of the second race, only to bemoan the arrogance of youth when he surrendered his lead to Mark!

In the small 4.7 fleet Worser Bays Philip Gouvernale was victorious in both races to stamp his authority on the fleet with Japanese sailor Emiri Koya getting a 2nd in the race 2 to lead the girls.

The forecast for tomorrow is again for a sea breeze so hopefully the fantastic run of weather in Auckland will continue and provide quality conditions for the 3 races scheduled for the Open fleets and 2 for the Masters.

Nick Page

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