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Hi Everyone

 

Firstly thanks for the great turnout at the WMG and what a fantastic event, both on and off the water.

 

So many Lasers, such beautiful weather, such great racing and fantastic apres-sailing made it one of the best regattas I have been to and I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did.

 

So before you mothball the boat for the winter I thought I would rattle everyone's cage and get you to think about some opportunities to build on all you learned at Torbay.

 

1. Club sailing - keep the boat warm, make the effort and sail regularly at your club and keep the momentum going, which will get others to follow in your footsteps.

2. Next up - Queens Birthday Regatta at Port Ohope - 4th and 5th of June

3. Take a holiday South Pacific Laser Masters, Royal Queensland, Brisbane July 21st - 24th. Forget the dreary NZ weather, pop over to Brisbane for a long weekend in the warmth for what is always a good fleet, close racing and a great social program at one of the neatest venues in this part of the world. Charter boats will be available.

 

4. If you thought 170 Lasers at Torbay was good and the competition tough why not try 350 Lasers in Split, Croatia in September at the Laser Masters Worlds. If you want to go you need to get on and register smartly on the ILCA website as the event will be fully subscribed but hopefully all Kiwis that want to go will get a slot.

 

5. Forget the winter and start to plan for next summer, it's not that far away. There will be many great events but a few big ones to think about and to put in the diary;

 

  • North Island in Napier, last weekend of November (25th & 26th) - always a warm welcome and a good fleet.
  • NZ Nationals in Christchurch, Naval Point,  17th to 21st January. Plenty of SI sailors made it to Torbay so let's return the favour and all get down to Christchurch.
  • Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 9th to 12th February. Plenty of Aussies made the effort to come here for the WMG so let's return the favour. I believe they are targeting a fleet of 250 and need a few Kiwis to keep them honest. Charter boats will be available and the sailing conditions on the ocean off Mooloolaba promise to be awesome.

There will also be the usual range of local and inter-club regattas to get your teeth into. Check the NZLA website regularly.

 

So plenty of places to build on what you learned at Torbay and plenty more fun to be had. 

 

See you on the water somewhere.


Regards

Nick Page

2017 Northshore Freshwater Laser Champs Report & Results


 

Another stellar Laser regatta as the local Laser Masters fleet warms up for the World Masters Games, which kicks off in two weeks. Following last week's Auckland Masters at Tamaki, which attracted a record fleet of 66, this weekend 45 Masters and a few younger guys turned up for two days of light to moderate E/NE racing at Pupuke.
 
The lake provided typically challenging gusty and shifty conditions for the 31 Standard and 16 Radial sailors, not to mention challenges for race officer Garth Briden. Saturday was the lighter of the two-day, with 4 races completed in a 5 to 10 knot breeze that started in the E and moved around to NE during the day while on Sunday there was a bit more pressure with the early NNE gusting up to 15 knots before moderating and turning Easterly for the 3rd and last race of the day.

 

 

 

The Radial fleet saw a really close contest which was only decided in the last race. Youth Joshua Bull convincingly took out race 7 to secure the title by a single point from Master Richard Blakey, who was 2 points ahead of Apprentice Phil Wild with first GM Kevin Welsh in 4th. Kevin was unlucky not to take out the Masters title after getting a UFD when he had won race 3 on the water. Last weeks Radial winner at the Auckland Masters Werner Hennig was a close 5th followed by first women, Michelle Bain in 6th. Sueellen Davis kept Michelle honest in 7th overall, a great performance as she has only just got back into the Laser ahead of the WMG.

 

The Standard fleet was dominated by three sailors. Top youth sailor Josh Armit gave all the masters sailors a true lesson in lake sailing, with 5 wins and 2 seconds, and showing an amazing ability to read the conditions and either dominate from the start or work his way to the front of the fleet on the rare occasion he got buried and gave the rest of us a chance. Almost as impressive were Masters Rohan Lord and Giles Grigg. Rohan won the two races Josh when "stumbled" and was consistently in the top 5 in all the other races, as was Giles. While Josh and Rowan were able to break away from the rest of the front bunch to win their races there was incredibly close racing in the rest of the fleet, with the top half of the fleet regularly bow to stern at every mark throughout the races. This made consistency incredibly difficult to achieve and all the rest of the fleet ended up carrying a couple of higher scoring races. Third Master and 4th overall was local lake sailor Tony Nicholson, who had a great run of pin end starts and just pipped top GM Mark Oliver in 5th overall. Past multiple NZ Masters National Champion, Apprentice Kris Decke struggled for consistency and ended up first Apprentice but 7th overall.

 

Pupuke provided the usual generous selection of prizes to finish a very enjoyable weekend. The last formal warmup regatta before the WMG is at Takapuna Friday/Saturday next weekend then it is on to the big Masters' event of the NZ season, the World Masters Games at Torbay, with 10 races over 5 days certain to provide top quality racing for the 170 Laser Masters entered.

- Nick Page

Standard
 

pos class.div.sail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   dis net name club
1 Laser  O 7250 1 1 1 1 2 2 1   2 7 ARMIT Josh MBSC
2 Laser  M 10 7 5 3 4 1 1 3   7 17 LORD Rohan PBC
3 Laser  M 8808 3 4 2 3 4 5 5   5 21 GRIGG Giles TYC
4 Laser  M 5549 2 7 8 11 6 9 4   11 36 NICHOLSON Tony PBC
5 Laser  G 7127 4 8 4 8 7 7 10   10 38 OLIVER Mark HSC
6 Laser  M 4323 6 2 13 13 10 4 7   13 42 BRODIE Cris BYC
7 Laser  A 9238 8 3 15 12 5 3 15   15 46 DECKE Kris OYC
8 Laser  M 0151 5 9 6 14 3 ufd 11   30 48 DRUMMOND Dean PBC
9 Laser  G 8520 9 6 12 7 11 11 8   12 52 SHOWELL John PBC
10 Laser  G 8107 14 10 5 2 20 ufd 2   30 53 KEETON Mike PBC
11 Laser  G 1519 10 14 7 10 9 6 14   14 56 PAGE Nick PBC
12 Laser  G 6909 16 12 10 6 13 15 9   16 65 LOCK Garry PBC
13 Laser  G 0009 13 13 14 5 17 12 16   17 73 BORRMANN Thomas PBC
14 Laser  M 8881 12 17 18 15 14 13 18   18 89 ANDERSON Rob KYC
15 Laser  A 2705 19 18 9 dns 16 23 6   32 91 ATCHISON Ken HYC
16 Laser  M 2872 17 11 ufd 18 15 18 13   24 92 NICHOLSON Karl WBC
17 Laser  G 2259 18 19 11 9 18 19 21   21 94 DOWSETT John PBC
18 Laser  S 1512 15 16 ufd 19 12 14 19   24 95 PITMAN John NPYC
19 Laser  M 6528 11 15 17 17 19 17 dns   32 96 BATENBURG Luuk PBC
20 Laser  M 0537 21 20 19 20 23 24 22   24 125 CAMILLERI John PBC
21 Laser  G 0213 20 21 20 22 26 22 23   26 128 WADDELL Rob PBC
22 Laser  G 4689 22 22 21 21 24 25 24   25 134 SANDERS Dave PBC
23 Laser  G 3125 dns dns dns dns 8 16 17   32 137 LOWE David PBC
24 Laser  G 3947 dns dns dns dns 25 10 12   32 143 HURSTHOUSE Mark PBC
25 Laser  M 6871 dns dns dns dns 22 8 20   32 146 CANECELLO Marco PLSC
26 Laser  G 0545 dns dns 16 16 dns dns dns   32 160 ABICHT Grant TYC
27 Laser  G 2226 1 dns dns dns dns dns dns   32 161 IRWIN Murray PBC
28 Laser  M 6876 dns dns dns dns 28 20 25   32 169 BERRY John PBC
29 Laser  G 1878 dns dns dns dns 21 21 dns   32 170 FERGUSON Wayne PBC
30 Laser  S 2123 dns dns dns dns 27 27 26   32 176 WESTMORELAND Mickey PBC
31 Laser  M 7862 dns dns dns dns 29 26 27   32 178 BERRY David  

Radial

pos class.div.sail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   dis net name club
1 Radial  O 6381 3 4 4 1 2 6 1   6 15 BULL Joshua MBSC
2 Radial  M 5886 4 3 2 6 1 3 3   6 16 BLAKEY Richard TYC
3 Radial  A 5538 8 2 6 4 3 1 2   8 18 WILD Phil MSC
4 Radial  G 6029 2 5 ufd 2 5 2 4   17 20 WELSH Kevin PLSC
5 Radial  M 7892 1 1 5 7 4 5 6   7 22 HENNIG Werner HYC
6 Radial wM 6406 5 9 ufd 3 6 4 12   17 39 BAIN Michelle TSC
7 Radial wA 1 9 7 7 dns 7 10 5   17 45 DAVIES Suellen RAYC
8 Radial  M 7775 12 15 8 5 9 8 9   15 51 COFFIN Jeff PLSC
9 Radial  S 2968 10 14 3 9 10 11 11   14 54 KNOTT Barrie PBC
10 Radial  M 9384 11 10 10 ufd 8 7 8   16 54 YANKOV Georgi PBC
11 Radial  M 4468 6 6 1 8 dns dns dns   17 55 WOOLDRIDGE Neil WBC
12 Radial  A 8891 13 11 11 12 12 9 10   13 65 MINKOV Vlad PBC
13 Radial  O 2441 7 8 9 10 dns dns dns   17 68 DRUMMOND Finn MBSC
14 Radial  S 5806 15 12 12 ufd 11 12 7   16 69 SHEARMAN Geoff TSC
15 Radial wO 9211 14 13 ufd 11 14 14 13   17 79 BOYD Isabella BOI
16 Radial wM 7146 16 16 13 13 13 13 14   16 82 McKEE Shaaron PLSC

2017 Auckland Laser Masters Results and Report

There were testing conditions at Tamaki for the 2017 Auckland Laser Champs on the 1st and 2nd of April.
The 66 strong fleet is the largest we can remember in recent years, with many masters getting on the water time prior to the World Masters Games.

RO Garth Briden (who else) did an excellent job getting us 7 races in light and veering N to NE winds and big tides.

The first race on Saturday was light NE but fair. The first attempt at a second race was abandoned when a small group jumped out ahead while the majority parked up at the wing mark - a robust discussion on events ensued.

Some sailors waited ashore for the breeze to settle in. And when it did a pretty even second race was completed. The 3rd race was completed in a dying breeze that caught a few out.

4 races were completed on Sunday. Races 4 & 5 started in a Northerly breeze and a triangle, which shifted right half way through race 5. It hung in long enough to finish races 6 and 7 on a windward leeward course.

Garth tried to control the general recalls with the U flag as the tide flowing over the reef and under our bows pushed us over the line.

Despite the light breezes, the waves (some would say slop) could be worked - but carefully.

Even the successful sailors had a few trying moments. On the water Josh Armit was the most successful in the standard fleet. But he doesn't count as he's only 15 and we get sick of him winning everything.

Dan Slater eventually came out on top master in the Standard fleet.

And Werner Henning won the radial fleet on countback, being tied at the top with Richard Blakey.

Great to see Jim Quinn winning the Legends Radial division with a brand new knee.

For others Sunday's roast beef sandwiches were the most successful part of the regatta.

Many thanks to the volunteers at Tamaki and to the generous prize sponsors

  • Smart Marine
  • The Water Shed - thanks Dan Slater
  • nzsailing.net - thanks Mike Pasco

2017 Auckland Women's Laser Champs Results

Auckland Women Laser Championships - 18th March
 
A gorgeous day, some Hawaiian leis and big smiles from the Kohimarama organisers welcomed on 18th March eight women representatives coming as far as Port Ohope and Hamilton It was great to see sailors from 7 different clubs that are championing women sailing supporting this event.
 

It was the girl's regatta at Kohimarama, so the laser women were surrounded by the future new pool of women laser sailors hopefully, who were competing in Optimists or Starlings for the top spot.

 
Michelle from Torbay Sailing Club won the day after some tough competition between Libby from Kohimarama, the previous 3 times women reigning champion, who came second and Georgina from Wakatere Boating Club came third. Heather enjoyed learned a lot about choppy sea conditions and capsizing and will take these learning to the Laser World Champs in April at Torbay. Taylor showed up the next day at the Club wondering why nobody was there.
 
We would like to thank Kohimarama Yacht Club and the team of volunteers for making this another successful Auckland Women Laser Champs. All ladies thoroughly enjoyed it and enjoyed the treats: the voucher to PredictWind, the white rose and all the goodies in the pack.

Results

  • 1st Michelle Bain
  • 2nd Libby Porter
  • 3rd Georgina Wooldridge
  • 4th Kirsty MacDonald
  • 5th Helen Spencer
  • 6th Deborah Killen
  • 7th Heather Hourigan
  • 8th Chantal Grass
  • 9th Taylor Farrel
     

NZL Sailing Team at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

The NZL Sailing Team won the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and we are aiming to do the same in Bermuda this year. But it won’t be easy.
 
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup mirrors the America’s Cup in so many ways. Not only will the NZL Sailing Team be racing in the AC45s used in the America’s Cup World Series, foiling catamarans that can reach speeds of up to 40 knots, and be sailed between the Louis Vuitton series and America’s Cup in Bermuda but we will also be up against 11 other teams desperate to win. Many of those teams have large corporate sponsors behind them with multi-million dollar budgets.
 
We’re not so lucky. We have to fund our own campaign and need $200,000 to get to Bermuda. We have some generous backers but are still a considerable way short of our target to pay for insurance, training, flights, accommodation, food and associated costs of running the boat.
 
The 2013 NZL Sailing Team contained some of the brightest young talents of New Zealand sailing, including Olympic and multiple world champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who are key members of Emirates Team New Zealand’s 2017 America’s Cup challenge. Also on board were Guy Endean and Andy Maloney, who are also involved with Emirates Team New Zealand.
 
Four years on, we have similar aims. We are eight young Kiwi sailors aiming to do New Zealand proud once again. Please ‘give a Little’ to help this next generation achieve their dreams. Visit here to donate or go to;
 
 
Any support you can help with would be hugely appreciated and please feel free to share this with any of your friends.
 
Best regards
Dave Abercrombie
NZ Yachting

2017 NZ Laser Rankings

2017 NZ Laser Rankings for all divisions excluding Masters.

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  Nationals  Oceanbridge TOTAL RANK
OPEN        
Sam Meech Clause 18 Clause 18 0 1
Andrew McKenzie 1 2 3 2
Thomas Saunders 2 1 3 3
George Gautrey 3 3 6 4
Matthew Kempkers 4 4 8 5
Dean Drummond 5 7 12 6
         
YOUTH BOYS        
Josh Armit 1 1 2 1
Alastair Gifford 2 2 4 2
Blake Woodfield 3 3 6 3
Albert Stanley 5 5 10 4
Jason Hewitt 4 7 11 5
Lachlan Grimwade 7 4 11 6
Joshua Bull 6 6 12 7
Blake Nicholson 8 9 17 8
Harry Corston 9 8 17 9
Finn Drummond 11 13 24 10
Jack Tripe 15 12 27 11
Scott Woodfield 17 14 31 12
         
WOMEN        
Susannah Pyatt 1 1 2 1
         
YOUTH GIRLS        
Olivia Christie 1 1 2 1
Annabelle Rennie-Younger 2 2 4 2
Isabella Boyd 5 3 8 3

2017 RSA Regatta 40th Edition - Results and Report


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