Napier again hosted the contest as part of their Summer regatta, with competitors welcomed by 27degree temperatures causing many of the Wellington contingent to remark on the contrast with spring in Wellington! There was a fantastic turnout with over 50 Lasers entered and it was great to see a strong youth contingent and competitors from as far afield as Picton, Christchurch and Whangarei.
Saturday started with a nice 10 knot breeze and all fleets started on time at 11am. However half way through the first race things changed dramatically, with a 35 to 40 knot pressure line coming down from the shore causing some exciting moments for all and causing a fair degree of carnage with bent and broken yachts scattered around the bay. This resulted in the races being abandoned after the leaders finished and all boats being sent ashore. Unfortunately the winds did not moderate until late in the day so there was no more racing possible on Saturday.
Sunday however delivered fantastic conditions with a light sea breeze slowly building through the day and 4 quality races being completed.
In the 36 strong Radial fleet youth trumped experience with Josh Armit showing real class in winning two races in dominant style and backing that up with a 2nd and 5th to take the trophy ahead of Albert Stanley from Worser Bay and Alistair Gifford from QCYC who each managed a race win. There was a great turnout for the Youth girls fleet with strong top 10 performances from Ali Nightingale in 5thand Libby Porter in 8th the standouts. Leading Master was Ed Tam in 7th with GM Roger Winton sneaking into the top 10 to provide some balance to the youth domination.
In the Standards it was again a contest of youth vs experience with Master Andrew Dellabarca repeating last years victory in spite of a strong challenge from last years Radial winner, youth James Jennings who finished 2nd. Third was Greg Wiltshire from Howick, holding up the Auckland masters end of the contest in what is becoming an annual North vs South challenge. It was interesting to see 3 of the new standard sails being used but all we could conclude from the results was that they seem very close in performance to the old model and there did not seem to be any consistent speed advantage in the conditions we experienced.
The strong turnout at this regatta bodes well for the Nationals at Muratai in January so we are looking forward to strong Youth and Masters fleets being joined by Open and overseas sailors in what should again provide a quality contest.
There were 11 Radials and 2 Full Rigs with a good range of Masters, Open, Youth, and Women sailors.
Saturday was a nice NE wind building through the day starting at 10-15 knots and ending at 20-23 knots.
Peter Graham from Dunedin dominated the Radials with 1,1,1 score with Hamish on 2,2,2 and Neil Morris a GM also from Dunedin on 3,3,3.
In the Full Rigs Chris Shannon showed his class with a 1,1,1 and Daryl Parkes 2,2,2.
Ibobrufen and Panadol and a hot spa were definitely required on Saturday night by some Masters sailors! (Hamish).
Sunday saw a honking SW in the Bay which gradually reduced over the day and actually went around 180 degrees to the NE again by the end of Race 6.
Notably the Radials had a different winner in each race, which was nice to see. Daryl Parkes had good speed and won a couple of races from Chris in the Full Rigs, well done.
The 2015 North Harbour Masters was held at Lake Pupuke on 8 November, attracting a good fleet of 26 Masters; 20 Standard and 6 Radial and including several out of town visitors. The weather gods turned on a beautiful el nino spring day, fine and warm but unfortunately with a very light and variable westerly breeze.
Pupuke is never easy but with the wind regularly shifting up to 45 degrees and many flat spots between the puffs everyone found it challenging and no one was able to consistently dominate, although the Pupuke fleet members showed out in the final results, indicating that maybe local knowledge counted for something, even though none of us could actually figure out what! In the standards there were 5 different winners in the 5 races while in the Radial 3 sailors scored bullets.
At the end of the day the final results in the Standards came down to a countback, with Nick Page (GM) coming out on top from Gary Lock (GM) by virtue of having managed a win in race 2. There was another tie for 3rd and 4th with Tony Nicholson (M) edging out club commodore John Dowsett (GM), again by virtue of securing a race win. Club stalwart John was extremely unlucky not to triumph having the best 3 race score for the day (2,2,3) but getting caught out by shifts in the other 2 races. It was great to see Michelle Bain (WM) join the fleet as the start of her preparations for the 2017 World Master Games Laser event at Torbay and we hope to see many more new or returning faces through the season as we build towards the 2017 contest.
In the Radials it again took a tie break to determine the winner by the slimmest of margins, with Murray Bain (M) only triumphing by virtue of a superior discard from Georgi Yankov (M), with both sailors counting 2 wins and 2 seconds. Third and leading Apprentice was Vladimir Minkov.
So another successful start to the seasons Masters regattas and we look forward to strong fleets at the upcoming SI champs at Charteris Bay, NI’s in Napier and Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay over the next few weeks.
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The application process to enter the two 2016 Laser Masters World regattas in Mexico has officially opened.
Details from the ILCA below.
The application process is open till the 28th of December. All NZ applications will be subsequently ranked by the NZ Laser Association accoridning to the published selection policies. In all past years, everyone who wanted to go could go. We expect that to be the same this time.
Also note that there are now 2 separate regattas for the Radial Masters and Standard Masters. The reason given below.
Dear Laser Masters Sailor,
The ILCA will begin accepting applications to compete at the 2016 Laser Masters World Championships on 26 October 2015.
For information about the Championships and to fill out an application, please Click Here to access the ILCA events page.
The 2016 Laser Masters World Championships will take place on the Pacific Coast of Mexico on the waters of Banderas Bay. Sailing will be less than one kilometer off the beaches and will be based out of the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC). VYC offers a full bar and dining facilities as well as a hot tub, bathrooms, shower and locker rooms and a private swimming pool.
Accommodations: Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa in Nuevo Vallarta.
Paradise Village occupies a 12-acre private peninsula amidst a 440-acre beachfront community with a world-class marina, a European-style spa, a conference center, a tropical gardens, championship golf and beautiful white-sand beaches.
Each suite accommodation includes a fully equipped kitchen, marble bath and designer decor.
With nine casual to formal restaurants to choose from, Paradise Village guests can dine somewhere new each day, whether it is lunch at Kaybal Ocean Terrace, with seafood specialties in a beach setting, or Mayapan Garden Restaurant, serving fine Mexican cuisine each evening in the garden.
Paradise Plaza shopping center includes over 100 different stores.
Within the Paradise Village Beach Resort, you can easily walk between the Vallarta Yacht Club, local restaurants, the shopping center and your accommodations, avoiding the need for a car.
Vallarta Yacht Club and Paradise Village is a short 14 minute trip by road from the airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Before and after the event, travel to VYC and Paradise Village is available by taxi, bus and in some cases a Paradise Village shuttle. During the event, special Laser World Championships shuttles will be available for travel to and from the venue.
Why are there TWO Masters Championships?
Because there are limits to the number of charter boats that can be made available, a combined Standard and Radial Masters would mean that we could accommodate half as many sailors than if we made them separate events. Our goal is to give as many sailors as possible an opportunity to compete on the water and enjoy the venue.
Why are the two Masters Championships not scheduled back to back?
ILCA needed to schedule the Olympic class World Championships around various ISAF events. The host also has scheduling issues that needed to be addressed, and this was the best schedule that could accommodate all the needs and constraints we were having to consider. In the future, if we choose to have separate Masters regattas for Standard and Radial classes, we would aim to schedule them back to back when possible.
Can I compete at both the Radial and Standard Championship events?
Yes, you may submit application to each of the events and if there is space available you may compete at both events.
We hope to see you in Mexico!
The ILCA Team