I am rebuilding an old laser and looking for parts :-
Chris Overy, mob 021 66 44 69 - Auckland
My 100-day stint overseas is over, arriving home yesterday after a very long plane trip! The time spent competing overseas in Oman, Europe and the UK the past 100 days has been invaluable and a great success. Here is the link to a quick blog update with a short summary of my overseas adventure, and what my next plans are;
http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog (be sure to click 'Full Story' to read the update)
Thanks for all of the continued support. The help from my suppliers and partners is very much appreciated, and the messages of encouragement and congratulations from all of you guys goes a long way!
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 www.deltalloydregatta.org has reports and results.
Sail World has a good wrap of the NZ efforts.
And a report from Andy Malony below ...
Read my update on how the event went here: http://www.andymaloneyracing.com/blog
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; https://www.facebook.com/AndyMaloneySailing
Thank you for the continued support!
The 2013 South Pacific Laser Master's is scheduled for Friday 12 – Monday 15 July 2013 at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. This regatta is designed specifically for Masters and as a prelude for the Master's Worlds (This year Oman, next year Hyeres, France).
Come up to warm, sunny Queensland for a great event.
Laser charters are available at;
Camping is available at RQYS.
For those less foolhardy souls, more salubrious accommodation is available at www.manlymarinacove.com/. So close that if you roll over thrice, you are in the RQYS bar.
Other great options are available at www.manlyharbourvillage.com/accommodation
Do come and join us- you will be made most welcome.
Qld Laser Assn Secretary.
Ian Neely at Yachting New Zealand is running a Youth Regatta for Radial, 420, 29er and RSX running for 3 days Saturday to Monday 1st to 3rd June at Wakatere Yacht Club.
Saturday- first race 11am, breifing at 10.
Sunday & Monday - first race 10:30am
Notice of Race & Ians Contact Details
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
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!
The NZ rankings for sailors wishing to compete at 2013 World Champs.
1. Rachel Basevi
2. Sara Winther
3. Susannah Pyatt
4. Ali Nightingale
5. Laura Lowther
1. Andy Maloney
2. Sam Meech
3. Thomas Saunders
4. Michael Cate
5. George Lane
6. Sam McKenzie
7. Jack Collinson
8. Tyler Russell
Youth rankings yet to be advised.
The carpark was bursting and the racing tight at the 2103 Auckland Laser Masters Champs at Tamaki on the Saturday 20th April.
We were pleased the boys from Onerahi YC in Whanagarei made the drive South again. They bolstered the contingent from Lake Pupuke, Wakatere and Panmure. As always Ken Atchison came up from Hamilton. Richard Blakey has seen the error of his ways and returned to the Laser after a 4 year break. And Murray Thom came out for the first time in a while. Both proved they haven't gone stale. Thanks to all the competitors for making it the strongest Auckland Masters for a few years.
The light forecast drew some sailors over to the 29 boat Standard fleet at the expense of the Radials with 8. We were also joined by some Phase 2s having their championship event.
The northerly conditions and Tamaki's signature lumpy seaway provided a perfect mixture of challenges. Good shifts exposed tactical options. It was lightish for 3 races and quite breezy for 2, with 17+ knots brought in by menacing rain fronts.
Race officer Garth placed us in our standard spot just off the club south of the shipping lane and nicely clear of Rangitoto. He mixed 2 triangle + windward-leeward races and 3 straight windward-leewards. The windward-leewards seemed more popular.
Both fleets were quite compressed and very competitive. 2 general recalls for the first Standard race was a sign of the attitude. Mark roundings were particularly busy. It was rare to get a comfortable gap to the boats behind on the runs rewarding good downwind technique in the waves. One radial race finished with a 4 way tussle for second that could have gone any way.
Scott Leith stood out in the Standard, dropping one 5th to net 4 bullets. Scott is training for the Open Radial Worlds in Ireland in September. Kris Decke pipped Murray Thom for second in a closer points tussle netting 10 and 12. All 3 leaders were close on the water.
The Radials had a real battle for top spot. Tom Speed and Roger Winton ended up tied with identical total 11 and net 7. But Tom won on count back with 3 wins to Rogers 2. Jim Quinn was 3rd. At the prize giving Bob Blakey pointed out 74yo Tom was the Auckland Masters oldest ever winner. Although Tom is generally more interested in being the winner and less interested in the age.
Thanks again to Garth Briden and his race team and Tony Beckett and his volunteers for putting on a great regatta.
You may be aware of the long running builders dispute between the designer Bruce Kirby and LaserPerformance (the builder and supplier of Lasers into UK, Europe and North America) over the non-payment of design royalties.
In the latest phase of that dispute Bruce Kirby in conjunction with Performance Sailcraft Australia and two new builders in the US and Europe have announced they are converting operations to produce exactly the same boat under a new brand name the 'Torch'.
A positive aspect is that Bruce Kirby and PSA's clearly stated motivation is to break a legal deadlock and reenable the worldwide production and supply of exactly the same boat as we are all sailing now - albeit under a different name.
While the eventual outcome of the dispute still remains far from clear to us, particularly on an International and Olympic basis, what is clear is that locally we will all be able to continue to purchase equipment for and enjoy competing in the best one design fleet in NZ and the world.
So while the Titans battle over the spoils lets just do our thing and keep doing what we have always done, enjoy sailing a great boat, and once the dust settles we will hopefully emerge with clear direction and a reinvigorated Class that will provide the platform for next 40 years.