In the Mens Radial
At the Under 21 World Champs at Mdemblink Netherlands
In the Standard mens
And in the womens Radial
It will be another eventful sailing season finishing off in 2016 with the Auckland Women Laser Champs on 30th April. These are just some of the events to get you all up and ready for the Masters World Games in April 2017. You can all participate in the games with a bit of practice and help.
And help is what you will get on Saturday 5th September with a great coach to brush up your skills, our coach will be Mike Bullot a talented member of the 2015 YNZ sailing team, who came 3rd in the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta this year.
What do I need to bring?
Boat - If you have your own boat, it is preferable that you bring it for the coaching session so that any adjustment tips learnt can be customised to your boat. If you do not have a boat and want to attend Point Chevalier Yacht Club has some lasers that could be used, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the Club.
What else can I do?
Bring a sailing friend.
Find members of the 1979 Women Laser team and get them back into Laser Sailing. This coaching session would be a great refresher for them. (See photo below)
Hope to see you all on the 5th September, it will be a 10:30am start, so make sure you are all rigged by that time.
Photo courtesy of SailingShot.com
Kingston is a quaint town at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway where it exits Lake Ontario.
This was important because;
The net result of this was that sailing in Kingston posed many challenges to the mortals; as I said to one person who asked……train on Pupuke and expect the shifts to be larger and the pressure to be more variable……then add waves and current. Kingston is a tricky place to sail. The general wisdom was that you go left in Kingston. Well, with the exception of the last day when the rule definitely applied it was more like Right paid first beat, left second, left paid first downwind, right second etc etc. Really weird chop with reflection off the sea wall near the bottom of the course, just plain tricky. Question for the day for me was often: is a pressure knock better than a lull lift…….if only I knew the answer.
The really top guys, Scott, Adonis, Peter Shope in our GM fleet etc seem to have the speed to get there every race but for the rest of us the brain cells were fried by the end of each race.
Given the above, as usual the cream rose to the top and the results in most divisions were that the truly great sailors won, many good sailors did well but others just got confused and the rest of us wondered how the top guys did it with such consistency.
For team NZ that meant Scott did it again in the Apprentice Masters Radial, and congratulations to him on another well earned world title cube. Matt Blakey showed exceptional consistency to finish second and get a cube in the AM Standards behind current Greek Olympic sailor Adonis Bougiouris. Both Bob Blakey and Michael Shields showed that they had fried far less brain cells than many of the younger members of the team, with Bob 3rd in the GGM Standard and Mike 3rd in the Radial 75+ division. Other notable team performances were Mike Knowsley’s 4th in the Masters Radial and Roger Winton 7th in the GM Radials and Andrew Dellabarca, 11th in a very strong Masters Standard Fleet.
The rest of us enjoyed the regatta, recruited for the 2017 Masters Games in our spare time and generally enjoyed somewhat variable results on the water.
Given the at times trying conditions the regatta was extremely well managed and we are all looking forward to the opportunity to do it all again in Mexico in 2016 with the promise of “guaranteed” fresh sea breezes and real waves….time will tell.
In early July, Ali Nightingale, Megan Thomson and Lachlan Grimwade headed off for the (much warmer) waters of Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Week Regatta in the Laser Radial. The competition was the final of 3 regattas in the Australian qualifying series, drawing the most competitive youth sailors from across Australia making up the 47 boat fleet. Despite challenging and often light conditions, Ali finished up as 6th women and 19th overall, Megan as 13th women making 39th overall while Lachlan finished up 15th overall.
- Lachy Grimwade
We see Lachy also competed in the 4.7 for the Sail Brisbane. Getting 2nd overall in the 16 boat fleet.
The 2015 Laser World Championships wrapped up yesterday here in Canada, and it marks the end of a six week trip overseas competing at two major events. It was a very draining week of close racing, and I am now looking forward to getting home back to NZ to refresh ahead of flying out to Rio later this month.
Read my latest update on how the Worlds went by following the link here;
Thanks for all of the continued support!
1st July 2015
To all Laser grants recipients. Below are the opportunities so far for the upcoming season.
For those who missed out on coaching last season & the upcoming grants recipients, please get in early and volunteer to do your day. It helps strengthen the class and can be a great experience.
South Island venue - it would be preferable if we could get someone down south (South Island or Wellington) to attend, just to keep costs to a minimum for the Association. It is two days and there would be a payment for day two, assuming two days are not owed.
Nationals coaching- Once again, to keep costs to a minimum, first priority is for coaches already attending the nationals. Nationals we need 3 coaches per day.
Opportunities so far are:
Please get back to me on these.
NZLA Coach Co-ordinator
The latest round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped up last weekend in the UK. It was strange being back in Weymouth a few years on from the 2012 Olympic cycle, when our squad spent so much time training and racing there. The conditions felt very familiar and there was a fair bit of de-ja-vu going on!
Follow the link below to read my quick blog update on how the event unfolded for me, and what is coming up next.
Thanks to everyone for the continued support!
Looking forward to updating you all after the World Championships.
ILCA is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Laser Radial Women – World Championship regatta, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Because this event is serving as part of the Olympic qualification process, we want to assure each country that they will be guaranteed at least one entry in this regatta if a sailor from their country completes a paid application prior to the application closing date of 7 July 2015 and is able to complete the entry process in a timely manner.
As stated in the Notice of Race, "Sailors who do not apply by the application closing date may have very little chance to attend the regatta." Click here to read the Notice of Race.
An application is not completed until the form has been filled out and submitted, the contact email address has been confirmed and the US$50 application fee has been paid.
In order to start the application process, click here for the application form.
If you or your sailors are having any difficulty completing this process, please contact us so that we can address the problem as soon as possible.
The ILCA Team