Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

The Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs - Naval Point

Back to the South Island for the Laser Nationals at Naval Point Club Lyttelton - through the tunnel from Christchurch.

Kindly brought to us by Sheffield - sourcing, selecting and shaping leaders -

Boat Transport to the Laser Nationals in Christchurch

We are looking for sailors driving to Christchurch who can take extra boats. Or who can tow a bigger trailer with more boats. Or may want to share the drive.

The going rate is about $500 per boat - Auckland Christchurch return if not sharing the driving. It's a great way to reduce your costs.

Contact Nick Page at  if you are able to transport boats or would like to have your boat transported.

The Water Shed at the 2018 NZ Laser Nationals

The NZ Laser dealer, Dan Slater from The Water Shed, will be heading down to the National Champs.
He will have a selection of parts and accessories.
But if you need anything specific contact him early to make sure he has it for you.

Combined Starts at the 2018 NZ Laser Nationals

A smaller than normal number of Standard Open entries is expected for the 2018 NZ Laser Nationals, but we wish them to sail in a reasonably sized and competitive starting group.
So the Standard Open and Standard Masters fleets will be amalgamated into one start, but they will still be scored separately.

YNZ Bluebridge Ferry Deal for 2018 NZ Laser Champs

If travelling from the North Island to the 2018 NZ Laser Champs, check out the Bluebridge Ferry discounts arranged by Yachting NZ

It actually applies to any time you want to travel as a YNZ member.

Calling all South Island Sailors

As I hope you already know this seasons Laser Nationals are being held at Naval Point from the 17th to the 21st January 2018. The notice of race and entry form can be found on the NZLA website at 2018 NZ National Laser Champs - Naval Point.
There will be a good contingent of North Islanders attending but I am writing to ensure that we make the most of the opportunity of having the Nationals in Christchurch and get a many South Island sailors as possible at the event. There will be divisions for Youth, Open and Masters in both Radial and Standard rig so there should be a suitable division for everyone.
There will also be two days of coaching for competitors before the contest, organised by NZLA and conducted by some of our top sailors. There is no charge for taking part in this coaching so hopefully many of you can benefit from the opportunity to hone some skills that you can then apply in the contest.
So we would encourage you to enter early to assist NPCL with their planning and to encourage all your friends and club mates to give it a go and come and enjoy some top class racing and socialising. Also don't forget the South Island Laser Champs, coming up in a couple of weeks at Naval Point.
If anyone would like any further info please feel free to contact either me (Nick Page, 021 908 596, ) or the NPCL organiser Milton Bloomfield ( 
We hope to see you there.
Nick Page

Getting your boat Measured at the NZ Laser Nationals

Measuring is officially on Wednesday 17th Jan 2016 12pm till 5pm.
But we are likely to be measuring on Tuesday 16th afternoon - so keep your eye out and get measured early to avoid the rush.
Late measuring is available Thursday 18th from 8am to 10am before racing. But try to avoid this time as it will be a rush for you and me, as I want to go racing too.

Check the online 2017 ILCA Laser Handbook for answers on what is legal on your boat. It includes instructions for applying sail numbers.

Read more for all the details ...

  • Get measured before going to registration
  • To start you will be given a measuring form to fill in
  • Bring your sail with number correctly attached. We will unroll it to check everything.
  • Rig only the bottom section, boom and control lines. Do not rig the full mast and sail.
  • Get your foils, tiller and control lines out of the bag.
  • If anything needs fixing we note it on your form. You can jump the queue to have it rechecked for sign off
  • The registration people will need to see your signed off measuring form

It's usually not that bad. If you are sailing a normal unmodified Laser of any age we will get you through measuring.

We may check anything. But here are the most common things that need to be fixed to pass measuring.

No non-Laser Parts
We are very protective of the 'one design' aspect of the class. You will not be allowed to use any non-Laser parts such as sails, centre-board, rudder, vang assemblies etc. Even if you have been using them for club racing.

Sail Numbers
We are fussy about sail numbers because they help the race officials and safety boats identify you quickly.

  • You must use a unique sail number. Not used by anyone else in the regatta, even if they are in a different fleet. If you bought a second hand sail with numbers attached, make sure the person you bought it from is not using the same number on a new sail. If there are duplicates the sailor with a matching hull number has the right to use that number.
  • You must have a regulation sail number, regulation size, fixed in the regulation position and spacing on the sail.
  • Instructions come with the new sails, or see these online instructions for applying sail numbers.
  • Place the numbers accurately - position and spacing. If they are not right we ask you to do it again, which is expensive and time-consuming.
  • Most boats will have a 6 digit number, partial numbers are not permitted. Only very old boats will be allowed to use their original 4 or 5 digit number.
  • Your sail number does not need to match your hull number. But if they do not match, the sail number must not be an old style number for less than 6 digits. 
  • You do not need country letters at the Nationals. But if you have them they must be the regulation size and position on the sail.

Sail Numbers on your hull and trolley
Please have your sail number on both sides of your hull, near the stern. Numbers 40mm high or more.
Numbers in felt tip permanent marker are ok.
If you are temporarily using a number for this regatta and have old numbers on the hull, tape over them and write the new number on the tape.
Also put your sail number on your trolley to assist the volunteers who are helping you when you come in.

Bent and altered masts
The mast sections must be standard laser parts. The mast fittings must all be in the standard position.
Officially your mast sections must be straight. But we permit the 'normal' amount of bend these sections get with normal use. We will reject an excessively bent section - and that judgement is up to the measurer.

Rudder angle
We measure the angle between the rudder and the rudder stock as it really affects boat performance.
Many have the wrong angle, even new rudders. But it's easy to fix with a file or some electrical tape for packing.

Battens must be a standard laser part. They must not exceed the standard length. Even new ones do sometimes and we will get you to file them down to length. It's easy.

Mast retaining line
We insist on a mast retaining line. It's a safety thing. The best option is through the gooseneck to the control line deck fitting.

Buying parts at the regatta
The NZ Laser agents The Water Shed will be at the Nationals.
They are a helpful  and will have some parts and numbers for sale. But they can't guarantee to have enough of everything, so try to get everything sorted out before you arrive. Or ring them to pre-order. - Ph 09 489 6475 - 51 Barrys Pt Road Takapuna.

Advertising on your boat
See John Bullots advice on the advertising permitted on your Laser.

Questions about rules & measuring
First check online : 2017 ILCA Laser Handbook
Otherwise email me at:

Advertising Permitted on your Laser at the Nationals

John Bullot, one of our lead judges, points us to the regulations on advertising permitted on our Lasers at National and International competitions ...

The advertising that may be on a laser is controlled by the ISAF Regulation number 20, Advertising Code. 
This ISAF regulation can be found at
The laser class rules do not modify these ISAF regulations.  The same rules on advertising apply to any laser event be a national championship, a world championship or a club race.
You will note when reading this regulation that advertising is not very restrictive, however, there are some places (namely on a laser the from 25% of the sides of the hull) where no personal advertising is permitted and only the regatta organisers can place advertising.
Good Sailing
John Bullot
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