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Another relatively short three week stint overseas and back is now complete. This time with the main event being the first European ISAF Sailing World Cup event of 2015, held in Hyeres, France. It was the debut event in which a new format has been adopted by ISAF, where only the top 40 Laser sailors in the world could compete. This made for extremely tight racing from day one with no 'warm-up' qualifying series like in the past.
I've written a quick blog update on the trip and how the regatta unfolded. Click the link below to have a read on my thoughts from the few weeks away, and what's coming up next... Enjoy!
Thanks for the continued support! It is never forgotten :)
Saturday afternoons - 2-3 short races starting at 1.30pm.
The 2nd edition of the Auckland Women Laser Cup held at French Bay Yacht Club was a huge success. Eleven women sailors from French Bay, Kohimarama, Panmure, Point Chevalier, Pupuke and even as far as Worser Bay came to participate in this great event. A glorious autumn sun glistened on the Manukau harbour setting the stage for a great regatta with winds ranging from 5 to 15 knots and some racing tidal currents towards the end challenging all sailors.
There was some very close racing in the A fleet for 1st place between Libby Porter from Kohimarama and Megan Thomson from French Bay. Libby finally won the day by winning the last race and coming back for the second time in a row with the impressive Auckland Women Laser Cup donated by Jim Quinn. Megan came a very close second and Georgina Wooldridge from Pupuke came third and first Master Women. First Junior was Aleisha Ferguson from Panmure.
The B division was won by Annika Greve from Worser Bay, second place and first Master went to Annie Mills from Panmure and third place to Ngaio Balfour from French Bay. This was a fantastic effort for this group as this was for many their very first regatta.
A special thanks needs to go to French Bay Yacht Club for hosting a great regatta, we all enjoyed the friendly welcome, the help with the trailors, the yummy baking and a good burger after a day racing and some great prizes.
Next year the regatta will be hosted at Point Chevalier Yacht Club, so if you missed this one make sure you are all there!
10 women attended the Laser Coaching session today at French Bay Yacht Club. We had women from all over NZ and Auckland attending: Port Ohope, Worser Bay, Point Chevalier, Pupuke, Panmure and French Bay attending. A nice 15-25 knot breeze gave us some challenging conditions to apply our tips from our 2 fantastic coaches: Rachel Basevi and Jim Quinn, there were some acrobatic pirouettes around the reaching, windward, leeward course but eventually each laser was going faster. Everybody came back with some new knowledge that they will apply while racing at their respective Clubs.
So a big thank you must go to Rachel and Jim for sharing their experience and giving us valuable personalised feedback to each of us, we really appreciated it. A special thanks needs to go to French Bay for hosting such a fantastic event, we all enjoyed the yummy baking after a hard day sailing.
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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.
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.