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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

2014 South Island Laser Champs Results

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  • 29 and 30 Nov 2014
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Panmure RSA Regatta 2014 Results & Report

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club has completed yet another very successful RSA Laser Regatta with participants coming from provinces of the far North, Taipa, Onerahi, Southern territories, the Waikato, Lake Ngaroto as well as locals such as French Bay, Weymouth and Pupuke.

A large fleet of lasers hit the water in moderate Easterly breezes of 8 to 12 Knots & steady, giving the valiant laser sailors some very exciting and tactical sailing to get their teeth into. The local PLSC boys did prevail on the day with Dario Motta winning not only his Standard division but for the third consecutive year, the RSA Laser Trophy for overall winner and Kevin Welsh winning the Radial division. There were some very close battles fought thoughout the day. Garth Briden, Jock Bilger with the help of Kim Ardmore kept the races turning over at great pace enabling the fleet to enjoy 5 races. This was followed by a yummy roast lamb on the spit & prize giving. Our sponsors this year have been very generous in their support of the PLSC Regatta which saw all those attending taking away spoils of the battle. Thanks goes to our sponsors for their continuous support: the RSA, CRC,, Waipuna, Yeeha, Auckland Seaplanes, Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland Marine Centre, The Watershed, Joy Adams Sails, Sugarcrafts, Survitecgroup, Boating NZ, YMCA, Boat books, Flyajet and Coromondel Cacti.

Click here for the results and photos of the day

2014 Auckland Laser Champs Report

The Auckland Laser Champs at Tamaki over the weekend provided a full variety of conditions over the two days for the 25 sailors who rolled up on Saturday morning.

NZMT Marine Turbochargers New Zealand Laser Champs - Final Day 4

Stunning Conditions again for the final day

We were fortunate to enjoy another stunning blue sky day with a great sea breeze for the final day of the National Laser Champs in Nelson. Racing again started as soon as the sea breeze filled in just after midday, with 4 races being completed for the Open divisions and 3 for Masters, meaning that all divisions were only one race short of the programmed number despite the loss of races at the beginning of the contest.

The breeze steadily built through the afternoon, topping out at about 15 knots. The slightly lighter breeze, combined with the tide being later than yesterday meant there were considerably smaller waves that we had for yesterday afternoons races. However, the tide again caused some issues on the start line in the later races, with several sailors again suffering OCS’s for premature starts due to the tidal effect on the line.

In the Open Andy Maloney held his lead to win convincingly from Dutch sailor Nicholas Heiner with Tom Saunders in third.  Past champion Mike Bullot was fourth, followed by our other Dutch visitor, Rutger Van Schaardendurg,  who ended up 5th after having to count a DNF in spite of several race wins.

In the Radial leading Women’s sailor Sara Winther won overall from top youth sailors Trent Rippey and Sefton Cole. Susannah Pyatt however had a very strong day including a 1st and two  2nd’s to rise to 4th overall. Leading Women’s Youth sailor was Ali Nightingale in 9th overall.

Lachy Grimwade had a great day with 3 firsts in the 4.7 to take the title from Japanese visitor and top female sailor Emily Koya.

Defending champion, Apprentice Chris Decke, won a very close contest in the full rig Masters to take the title from Master Andrew Dellabarca with Apprentice Kent Copplestone sailing extremely consistently for third overall. He was followed by master Owen Anderson in 4th, with Nick Page taking the Grand Masters title and holding on to 5th overall. Bob Blakey was the leading GGM’s in 11th overall.

In the Masters Radial Apprentice World Champion Scott Leith continued to dominate and took the overall title winning every race. Richard Blakey moved up to second overall , overhauling Ed Tam who held onto 3rd. Mike Keeton was the leading GM in 4th and Jim Quinn the leading GGM in 11th.

Overall the contest was extremely well run by Nelson Yacht Club and delivered wonderful conditions for the final 2 days after a frustrating start. The Open and Radial fleet will now be moving to Sail Auckland, the second NZ team qualifying regatta for the season. Next years contest will be at Takapuna Boating Club in January 2015 and we look forward to a large fleet and more high quality racing.

Final Results

- Nick Page


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