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Port Ohope YC Queens Birthday Regatta 2016

The forecast glorious weather but light winds eventuated, but if anything it made a holiday weekend in the EBOP more appealing.
A good fleet of 25 Lasers, as well as 6 Jolly boats, 5 Zephyrs and 10 Opti's were on the water.
Great to see 5 women Laser entries, all sailing full rig!

On Saturday the race committee did great to get 4 races in, and even if relatively short triangle or triangle + Windward-Leeward. Sailing in Ohiwa harbour gives plenty of tactical options playing with the tides and sandbanks.

Regular visitors from Panmure, Ian Wallace, Paul Page and Andrew Coffin again gave top locals Barry Cutfield, Ken Tarboton and Mark mackintosh a run for their money.

The club put on a wonderful buffet that evening, with some 60 people cosily filling the club house.

Sunday saw very light winds again in the morning, but threatened to die out. The first race got started for a scheduled triangle with some 2-5 knots of breeze from the east, against an outgoing tide of 1 to 3 knots from the west. Interesting sitting with transom to the start line running at 'full' speed just to hold position. After a very quick beat to the top mark the fleet went for a reach into a channel current to the wing mark, hugging the banks as much as anyone dared. Leading around the wing mark was Luuk Batenburg, trying to keep cool with Paul Page on his transom. Not far behind the rest of the fleet bunched up for some fun at the mark. The second reach had to cross two other channels with a dying breeze. Local knowledge saw Barry Cutfield sneak along the tidal lee of the middle bank to cut across the current well below the bottom mark, rounding it and finishing to win the regatta just before the breeze gave up, so no-one else could get around, let alone finish within the time limit.  Funniest race result ever with one 1st and 24 DNF's!

- Luuk Van Basten Batenburg


Photo - Hannah Morrison


 

Please stay well clear of divers on Lake Pupuke

For the Laser sailors using Lake Pupuke.
We have received the following notification from the Deputy Harbour master, advising us of a recent incident where Lasers have come too close to divers. And reminding us to give divers a wide berth on this shared waterway.
Good advice wherever we may be sailing with divers present.



Good afternoon Lake Pupuke water users
 
Subject : Divers using the lake – Alpha Flag


 
We recently had an incident on Lake Pupuke in which some sailing vessels (I think they were laser’s) were too close to some divers. The divers were displaying the alpha flag on a buoy.
Can I please remind all parties that when they see the alpha flag, please stay well clear – the rule is, less than 5kts within 200m.
 
Please be vigilant on the water, if you see the alpha flag, please give it a wide berth (and do not use it for a turning mark).
 
Remember, the lake is for everyone so please share with care.
 
Regards
Christiaan Moss | Deputy Harbourmaster Auckland Transport
Marine Rescue Centre, 3 Solent Street
Mechanics Bay, Auckland
Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142

NZL at 2016 Laser Standard Masters Worlds

Our NZL sailors at the 2016 Standard Masters worlds at Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
Left to right: Rob Woodward, Nick Page, Tony Nicholson, Bob Blakey, Andrew Dellabarca, Gavin Dagley, Luke Carter, Garth Briden and Greg Simon.

Andrew holds his cube for 3rd in the Masters division.
Gavin won the Grand Master s sailing for AUS. But Nick noticed a NZ sticker on his boat somewhere and he is in our photo - which sort of makes it an NZL win.

Everyone was saying it was well run, a fantastic venue and the hardest competition they have sailed against.

Full Results

2016 Collinson Forex Northshore Freshwater Champs Results & Report

The 2016 Collinson Forex Northshore Freshwater Laser Champs were held in moderate Westerly winds on Saturday and stronger SW winds on Sunday. After the weather forecast of gale force winds a lot of sailors failed to show.

Photo's on Flikr - thanks to John Adair.


 

In the Standard rig there were 20 sailors and in the Radial Rig 8 sailors. Winner of the Standards was Tim Adair, but his result wasn’t clear till after race 7 and a protest. He was pushed hard by Dean Drummond and Mark Oliver in 2nd & 3rdWinners of the races was shared around with Tim winning 2 races, Mark 2 races, John Showel 1 race, Chris Sadler 1 race and Greg Wilshire 1 race.
 
In the Radials winner Josh Armit made a clean sweep of every race, but was pushed by Grand Master Mike Keeton and Joshua Bull. 1st Radial Women was Georgina Wooldridge.
 
Race officer for the event was Dave West assisted by Sandy Wilson. Dave got all the 4 races in on Saturday to get the series in early, in case of a heavy forecast for Sunday.


Once again Pupuke BC put on a fine BBQ c/w refreshments and the prize giving was well received with Luke Batenburg winning the Top Section and Nigel Harford the Television.
 
Thanks to JD for use of his rescue boat and to the rest of Pupuke BC Committee for putting on a great event.

And special thanks for the support from Collinson Forex and all the sponsors.

Don’t forget North Harbour Masters Lake Pupuke in the 2nd week of November.


 

Standard


Rank HelmName Division R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett

1st
Tim Adair Open 2 1 2 1 4 (21.0 DNF) 3 34 13

2nd
Dean Drummond Master 3 3 3 2 2 4 -6 23 17

3rd
Mark Oliver Master -7 5 6 3 1 1 5 28 21

4th
John Showell Grand Master 1 -11 4 7 6 3 4 36 25

5th
Ken Atchison Apprentice 9 8 9 4 3 6 (21.0 DNS) 60 39

6th
Luuk Batenberg Master -14 7 11 14 5 5 2 58 44

7th
David Lowe Grand Master -12 6 8 6 10 7 11 60 48

8th
Gary Lock Grand Master 10 -16 10 12 8 2 9 67 51

9th
Ian Gladwell Master 6 9 12 8 7 9 (21.0 DNS) 72 51

10th
Chris Sadler Grand Master 16 12 5 5 (21.0 DNF) 13 1 73 52

11th
Mark Hursthouse Grand Master 4 4 15 11 -16 8 10 68 52

12th
Ray Beale Great Grand Master 5 13 7 -16 12 11 14 78 62

13th
Wayne Ferguson Grand Master 8 14 13 9 14 (21.0 DNS) 13 92 71

14th
Ian Wallace Great Grand Master -17 10 16 15 13 12 8 91 74

15th
Neil Wooldridge Master 11 2 14 10 (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 100 79

16th
Greg Wilshire Master 13 15 1 13 (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 105 84

17th
Ben Molloy Apprentice (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 9 10 7 110 89

18th
Nigel Harford Master 15 17 (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 11 14 16 115 94

19th
Rob Waddell Grand Master (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 15 15 15 129 108

20th
Grant Avichit Grand Master (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 12 138 117

 

Radial


Rank HelmName Division R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett

1st
Josh Armit Open -1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 6

2nd
Mike Keeton Grand Master -4 3 2 2 4 2 2 19 15

3rd
Joshua Bull Open 2 2 3 3 2 -4 4 20 16

4th
Finn Drummond Open -6 5 5 6 3 5 5 35 29

5th
Georgina Wooldridge Women 5 -6 4 4 5 6 6 36 30

6th
Pete Thomas Grand Master 3 4 (9.0 DNC) 9.0 DNC 9.0 DNC 3 3 40 31

7th
John Beckett Master -8 7 6 5 7 7 8 48 40

8th
Shaaron McKee Women 7 -8 7 7 6 8 7 50 42

Introducing the new and quite mega - NZ Laser Interclub Ladder

Recently retired, illustrious leader Chariman Nick has discovered spare time.

He has used it to prepare the NZ Laser Interclub Ladder.

Based on a meta-analysis spreadsheet borrowed from NASA, the ladder summarises the major national and interclub regattas we have results for.
In essence it shows where you rank in life. It makes miserable reading for some of us - but maybe not for you.

so Check it out

2017 NZ National Laser Champs at Taupo

We are excited to be back at the Lake Taupo Yacht Club for the 2017 NZ National Laser Champs.

  • Lake Taupo Yacht Club   - www.ltyc.org.nz
  • 18th to 22nd January 2017
  • Measuring Tuesday & Wednesday 17th & 18th January
  • Racing Thursday to Sunday 19th to 22nd January
  • Pre-regatta coaching - watch this space
  • Notice of Race - coming soon
  • Online Entry Form
  • Measurers Notes

Check back as we add more closer to the time.

Sam Meech selected to represent NZ in the Laser at the Rio Olympics

Congratulations to Sam Meech, who has been selected to represent NZ in the mens Laser at the Rio Olympics.

Josh Junior has been selected in the Finn. The mens Laser and Finn are the last sailing classes to be selected.

More on the Yachting New Zealand site.

Sailing for NZ Olympic selection is a tough sport. Only one sailor can be selected in each class.

The mens Laser spot was a hard fought battle between Sam Meech and Andy Maloney. Either sailor would be a top contender in Rio. Sam, Andy and Mike Bullot have consistently been in the top 10 at international regattas over the past 2 years. With Tom Saunders steadily closing in.

Sara Winther will be disappointed to miss selection in the Radial as she sat very close to the threshold laid down by YNZ.
And Sussanah Pyatt has been improving her position on the international stage.

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