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2018 South Island Laser Champs Report & Results

The South Island Laser Champs were held at Nelson Sailing Club on December 1st and 2nd.

There were 18 Radials and 4 Full rigs entered from Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson and Picton.
 
On Saturday, sailors were held on shore until about noon (beats sitting on a millpond!). We then sailed out to the start line which felt like a race and a half in itself. The winds were 3-5 knots WSW moving to WNW later in the day and then dying away altogether after 3 races were done and dusted.

2018 North Island Laser Champs

Another great North Island laser Champs was held at the Napier Sailing Club as part of their annual Summer Regatta.

Laser Results

There were 149 entrants in the various classes of the regatta. Naturally, the biggest fleet was Lasers with 31 x Radials, 17 x Standards and 2 x 4.7's. But also good numbers of Opti's, Open Bic's, OK's and Piper Tigers - a real old school regatta atmosphere.

With the rain lashing the rest of the upper North Island, we probably had the best spot. Cloudy but warm, a few sprinkles on Saturday, but the worst of the forecast rain for Sunday held off till we were off the water and packed up.

The excellent Napier SC race committee got all 7 races, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. The Lasers shared the outer Triangle+Windward-Leeward course with the OK's and Paper Tigers. That made for some challenging bottom mark roundings - those Paper Tigers arrive from nowhere and can leave a big hole in the wind.

Saturday was light to medium breeze. One big right-hand shift caught some (well me) on the first beat of the standard fleet in the third race, but otherwise, it generally oscillated and was fair racing.

We were delayed 30 minutes at the start on Sunday when the wind died as we got out to the course. But were entertained by a decent school of dolphins (or maybe porpoises) who paralleled the boats as we warmed up in the filling breeze. We then go a medium strength breeze and busier sea state over the groundswell - making for some energetic sailing.

Josh Armit dominated the standard fleet winning every race. He was generally (but not always) in the front few sailors from the start. But really put distance on the chasers on each reach.

Dave Ridley was the next most consistent standard and leading master. He was followed by Luke Deegan who is recently back in the country and a great addition sailing at Lake Pupuke.

The Radials had a much tighter battle with master Scott Leith getting 4 bullets to Luke Cashmore's 3 bullets. They ended on equal total points, and Scott only one point clear to win after the drops. They were followed by Caleb Armit and Albert Stanley finishing on equal points, Caleb taking 3rd on countback.

Only one point shy of the boys was Annabelle Rennie-Younger as leading female and 5th overall. Second female and first youth female was Samantha Stock in 9th after having to drop a DSQ (there must be a story there).

Two 4.7's were mixing it up with the Radials. Jacob Goodall came out on top in all but one race over Charlotte Gray.

Thanks again to Napier SC and all the volunteers who put on such a slick event each year. And all the local and travelling sailors who made it such a great event.

2018 The Water Shed North Island Laser Traveller Series

Due to popular demand, and with support from The Water Shed, we are going to have a North Island Laser traveller series.
 

The regattas which all count to overall series points are;
  • North Island Champs - Napier - 24th & 25th November 2018
  • Laser Nationals - Manly - 12th to 15th January 2019
  • Auckland Laser Champs - Tamaki - 6th & 7th April 2019
Prizes awarded for Standard and Radial (and 4.7 if sailed at the 3 regattas) and we will publish progressive results.
 
Overall lucky dip prize open to everyone who sails all 3 regattas, a new Laser sail courtesy of Dan at The Water Shed.

2018 North Harbour Masters

Patience was the name of the game at Sundays North Harbour Masters regatta.

5 races were scheduled and the fleet got on the water on time but the breeze refused to cooperate, boxing the compass and then fading out completely before a course could be set. After a nice chat and lunch ashore a light 5 to 8-knot Easterly breeze arrived, allowing the fleet back on the water for two races before the 3pm start close-off time . The breeze remained unstable all afternoon, with frequent large shifts and pressure variations challenging everyone.

 
Two sailors however mastered the conditions, GM's Dave Lowe in the Standards and Werner Hennig in the Radials. Both scored two convincing bullets in their respective fleets, showing that it was possible to master the tricky conditions. In the Standards Mark Hursthouse (GM) pipped Tony Nicholson (M) for second on countback while in the Radials Hamilton visitor Helen Spencer(WM) and local GGM Barrie Knott were tied in second place. Leading GGM in the Standards was Commodore John Dowsett, who finished the day with the usual entertaining prize giving.

2018 Auckland Women's Laser Champs Report

  • 2018 Auckland Women's Laser Champs
  • Saturday 13th October
  • See the report
  • Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

The Barfoot & Thompson 2019 NZ National Laser Champs - Manly

Manly SC at Whangaparaoa turns on some great racing at a beautiful location. So we are excited to be there for the 2018 NZ Laser Champs, kindly supported by Barfoot & Thompson.

  • Notice of Race
  • Entry Form
  • Friday to Tuesday 11th to 15th January 2019
  • Registration and Measuring Fri & Sat 11th and 12th
  • 4 days racing Sat to Tues 12th to 15th
  • There may be early measuring and registration on Thursday
  • There may be free coaching Thursday & Friday (more to come)
  • Regatta entry $200. NZ sailors must belong to the NZLA. If you need to join it's an additional $60.
  • Volunteers Needed
  • T-Shirts
  • South Island sailors - see the YNZ Bluebridge Ferry Discount

Charter boats

More will be added here as we get closer to the regatta.

2019 NZ Laser Nationals T-Shirts

Manly Sailing Club are proud to release the T-Shirt design for the 2019 Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Laser National Championships.  
 
These high-quality UV garments will be issued to all those who volunteer throughout the event and to competitors - free of charge.  
 
However, stocks will be limited so be sure to volunteer or enter soon and forward size preferences to phil_wild1@yahoo.co.nz


 

Laser Recycling

With the new season approaching there are a lot of young sailors looking to move into the Lasers and a real shortage of suitable second-hand boats available. 
 
So if you have an unused, reasonable race quality Laser sitting around why not put it on the market and let a new sailor start using it for the new season.
 
If you do have a boat can you please either;
 
1. email NZ Laser Assoc (webmaster@nzlaser.org) and we will list it on our website.
2. Pop in and see Dan at The Watershed, who has a list of potential buyers
3. Just list it in Trade Me

The Watershed : Laser Specials before price rises and 2nd hand boats wanted

Dan Salter of The Watershed advised us of the following . . .

We have been advised that the price of Laser Parts is going up. The biggest noticeable change is the sails as the USD strengthens all parts will increase from September 1st
I am going to place an order on Thursday 30th August at 430pm to buy sails at the old price. If sailors would like to order one of these sails at a special price it will be a pay -up-front deal.
We will need full Payment to confirm your order and all orders need to be in BEFORE Thursday 30th August at 4.30pm .
Orders can be made online   http://www.nzwatershed.co.nz/sails/
Orders can also be made at The Water Shed 09 489 6475 
  OLD PRICE SPECIAL PRICE NEW PRICE SEPT 1st
Laser 4.7 sail $898 $850 $999
Laser Radial Hyde Sail $898 $850 $999
Laser STD (Pryde) $1152 $1100 $1299

 

We also have lots of young sailors moving from into both the Radial and 4.7 looking for older boats so if you have an Old boat that you would like to sell please send me the details of what gear you have with it. Also, a price you want with some photos to shop@nzwatershed.co.nz 
 
Thanks
Dan Slater
 
THE WATER SHED 
51 Barrys Point Road
Takapuna
Auckland
New Zealand
Ph +64 9 489 6475
Mobile +64 21 555 356

Manly Nationals Volunteers

With the successful completion of the Manly midwinter regatta, the club is now turning its thoughts to January when it will be hosting us for the Laser Nationals from 12 to 15  January 2018. With Manly also hosting the BIC worlds in early January club volunteers will be at a premium so they are looking to the Laser community to assist with volunteers for running our Nationals.
 
We know it's a while away yet but if you may be able to assist (or know someone else that might) on or off the water the water, one day or every day please contact Phil Wild (phil_wild1@yahoo.co.nz, 021 933 841) and discuss when you can help and what roles you would like. 
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