April is around the corner and there are 2 fantastic events at French Bay Yacht Club for Women Laser sailors: the Womens Laser Coaching Session on 11th April and the Auckland Women Laser Championships on the 19th April.
A reminder is a 30th March dealine for the following Laser World Champs
Vanuatu has just experienced the worst cyclone in its history with wind gusts in excess of 340km per hour during cyclone Pam's peak and the Vanuatu Sailing Association (VSA) has contacted Yachting New Zealand with the following appeal for help.
1st Rob Woodward (and 1st Masters)
2nd Owen Anderson
3rd Rodney Studd
1st Edmund Tam (and 1st Masters)
2nd Olivia Christie (1st Youth and 1st Female)
3rd Bruce Jones
The Laser Champs were held as part of the Evans Bay Regatta.
The 2015 Auckland Masters Championships, held at Tamaki on Saturday 21st March, attracted almost 40 entries with 25 Standards and a good group of Radials. 5 races were completed for both fleets in tricky E to NE breezes between about 5 and 12 knots. Seas were typically lumpy Tamaki sea breeze conditions with the heavy harbour traffic adding to the wind against an outgoing king tide for 4 of the 5 races.
In the Radial there was a very tight contest with current World GM champion Mike Keeton eventually prevailing by one point with a 1,1,1,2,3 scoreline over Richard Blakey, who made the podium in Hyeres in the Masters division, with a 1,1,2,2,3 scoreline. Third was Whangarei visitor Roger Winton who managed to get between Mike and Richard a couple of times and was unlucky not to pull off a win in one race. Shaaron Mckee was the leading Women’s Masters Radial sailor.
In the Standards reigning National Masters champion AM Kris Decke from Whangarei ended up winning convincingly with 4 bullets after starting slowly, having got caught on the wrong side of the beat in the first race. Second was expat Kiwi GM Gavin Dagley, now resident in Melbourne, who managed to show consistent form in all 5 races to convincingly win the GM division from third placed Nick Page (Pupuke), who was fortunate to be able to discard a meltdown in the 4th race. Leading Master was local Tamaki sailor Nick Brewer, back in the Laser after focussing on sailing the Mistral with his kids in recent times. Leading GGM was Bob Blakey, who showed he is still a force to be reckoned with a 2nd in one race in spite of turning 70 in the next few days. It was great to see 5 GGM’s in the Standard fleet, with Bob, Sandy Grigg, Jack Hansen, Dave Almond and Derek Bond all mixing it up during the day.
The Resource Consent Application for a Community Marine Activity Hub incorporating a High Performance Centre for Yachting on the Northern Reserve in Takapuna has been notified.
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2015 is flying by! Another month of great training back in the NZ summer, and a couple of local events have now come and gone. Both Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, and the OKI 24 Hour race have been great tests for different reasons. Sail Auckland was a tightly contested battle, and the 24 Hour race was definitely a physical battle in some very testing conditions!
Click the link below to find out how I got on and what is up next...
Thanks for all the continued support!