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Kingston is a quaint town at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway where it exits Lake Ontario.
This was important because;
The net result of this was that sailing in Kingston posed many challenges to the mortals; as I said to one person who asked……train on Pupuke and expect the shifts to be larger and the pressure to be more variable……then add waves and current. Kingston is a tricky place to sail. The general wisdom was that you go left in Kingston. Well, with the exception of the last day when the rule definitely applied it was more like Right paid first beat, left second, left paid first downwind, right second etc etc. Really weird chop with reflection off the sea wall near the bottom of the course, just plain tricky. Question for the day for me was often: is a pressure knock better than a lull lift…….if only I knew the answer.
The really top guys, Scott, Adonis, Peter Shope in our GM fleet etc seem to have the speed to get there every race but for the rest of us the brain cells were fried by the end of each race.
Given the above, as usual the cream rose to the top and the results in most divisions were that the truly great sailors won, many good sailors did well but others just got confused and the rest of us wondered how the top guys did it with such consistency.
For team NZ that meant Scott did it again in the Apprentice Masters Radial, and congratulations to him on another well earned world title cube. Matt Blakey showed exceptional consistency to finish second and get a cube in the AM Standards behind current Greek Olympic sailor Adonis Bougiouris. Both Bob Blakey and Michael Shields showed that they had fried far less brain cells than many of the younger members of the team, with Bob 3rd in the GGM Standard and Mike 3rd in the Radial 75+ division. Other notable team performances were Mike Knowsley’s 4th in the Masters Radial and Roger Winton 7th in the GM Radials and Andrew Dellabarca, 11th in a very strong Masters Standard Fleet.
The rest of us enjoyed the regatta, recruited for the 2017 Masters Games in our spare time and generally enjoyed somewhat variable results on the water.
Given the at times trying conditions the regatta was extremely well managed and we are all looking forward to the opportunity to do it all again in Mexico in 2016 with the promise of “guaranteed” fresh sea breezes and real waves….time will tell.
In early July, Ali Nightingale, Megan Thomson and Lachlan Grimwade headed off for the (much warmer) waters of Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Week Regatta in the Laser Radial. The competition was the final of 3 regattas in the Australian qualifying series, drawing the most competitive youth sailors from across Australia making up the 47 boat fleet. Despite challenging and often light conditions, Ali finished up as 6th women and 19th overall, Megan as 13th women making 39th overall while Lachlan finished up 15th overall.
- Lachy Grimwade
We see Lachy also competed in the 4.7 for the Sail Brisbane. Getting 2nd overall in the 16 boat fleet.
The 2015 Laser World Championships wrapped up yesterday here in Canada, and it marks the end of a six week trip overseas competing at two major events. It was a very draining week of close racing, and I am now looking forward to getting home back to NZ to refresh ahead of flying out to Rio later this month.
Read my latest update on how the Worlds went by following the link here;
Thanks for all of the continued support!
1st July 2015
To all Laser grants recipients. Below are the opportunities so far for the upcoming season.
For those who missed out on coaching last season & the upcoming grants recipients, please get in early and volunteer to do your day. It helps strengthen the class and can be a great experience.
South Island venue - it would be preferable if we could get someone down south (South Island or Wellington) to attend, just to keep costs to a minimum for the Association. It is two days and there would be a payment for day two, assuming two days are not owed.
Nationals coaching- Once again, to keep costs to a minimum, first priority is for coaches already attending the nationals. Nationals we need 3 coaches per day.
Opportunities so far are:
Please get back to me on these.
NZLA Coach Co-ordinator
The latest round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped up last weekend in the UK. It was strange being back in Weymouth a few years on from the 2012 Olympic cycle, when our squad spent so much time training and racing there. The conditions felt very familiar and there was a fair bit of de-ja-vu going on!
Follow the link below to read my quick blog update on how the event unfolded for me, and what is coming up next.
Thanks to everyone for the continued support!
Looking forward to updating you all after the World Championships.
ILCA is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Laser Radial Women – World Championship regatta, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Because this event is serving as part of the Olympic qualification process, we want to assure each country that they will be guaranteed at least one entry in this regatta if a sailor from their country completes a paid application prior to the application closing date of 7 July 2015 and is able to complete the entry process in a timely manner.
As stated in the Notice of Race, "Sailors who do not apply by the application closing date may have very little chance to attend the regatta." Click here to read the Notice of Race.
An application is not completed until the form has been filled out and submitted, the contact email address has been confirmed and the US$50 application fee has been paid.
In order to start the application process, click here for the application form.
If you or your sailors are having any difficulty completing this process, please contact us so that we can address the problem as soon as possible.
The ILCA Team
The main points;
When checking your boat refer to
NZ sailors must be a member of the NZ Laser Association to sail in the National Champs.
Overseas sailors must belong to an equivalent overseas Laser Association.
Entry is $175 for each sailor.
If you are not yet a member of the NZ Laser Assoication, you can combine your $175 entry and $60 membership for a total of $235.
For NZ sailors, payment should be made directly to the NZ Laser account at ASB bank is: 12-3086-0109480-00
Include your name and sail number as references.
For international sailors making an international money transer, ASB’s SWIFT Code/BIC is: ASBBNZ2A
Otherwise international sailors can pay cash at the event, or contact the secretary for alternative options.
For registration + membership applications after about the 5th January we will not have mailed out membership info and handbooks. We will hold them for you to pickup at registration.
If you have any enquiries please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wednesday 20th Jan||
Measuring 2pm - 6pm
Registration 2pm - 6pm
|Thursday 21st Jan||
Measuring 10am - 6pm
Registration 10am - 12pm & 2pm to 6pm
|Friday 22nd Jan||
Registration 8:30am - 10am
2 races all fleets
|Saturday 23rd Jan||
3 races open fleets
2 races masters fleet
|Sunday 24th Jan||
3 races open fleets
2 races masters fleet
|Monday 25th Jan||
2 races all fleets
Measuring is officially on Thursday 21st Jan 11am to 5pm.
We may have early measuring on Wednesday 20th afternoon - so keep your eye out and get measured as early as you can to avoid the rush.
Late measuring is available Friday 22nd from 8am to 10am before racing. But try to avoid this time as it will be a rush for you and me, as I want to go racing too.
Check the online ILCA 2015 Laser Handbook for answers on what is legal on your boat.
Worth a look - just for the cover photo of Sam Meech.
Read more for all the details ...
It's usually not that bad. If you are sailing a normal unmodified Laser of any age we will get you through measuring.
We may check anything. But here are the most common things that need to be fixed to pass measuring.
No non-Laser Parts
We are very protective of the 'one design' aspect of the class. You will not be allowed to use any non-Laser parts such as sails, centre-board, rudder, vang assemblies etc, even if you have been using them for club racing.
We are fussy about sail numbers because they help the race officials and safety boats identify you quickly.
Bent and altered masts
The mast sections must be standard laser parts. The mast fittings must all be in the standard position.
Officially your mast sections must be straight. But we all know most top sections and radial bottom sections are a bit bent after normal use. So we permit a 'normal' amount of bend but will reject an excessive bend. The decision on normal or excessive is up to the measurer.
We measure the angle between the rudder and the rudder stock as it really affects the boats performance.
Many have the wrong angle, even new rudders. But it's easy to fix with a file or some electrical tape for packing.
Battens must be a standard laser part. They must not exceed the standard length. Even new ones do sometimes and we will get you to file them down to length. It's easy.
Mast retaining line
We insist on a mast retaining line. It's a safety thing. The best option is through the goose neck to the control line deck fitting.
Sail Numbers on your hull and trolley
Please have your sail number on both sides of your hull, near the stern. Numbers 40mm high or more.
Numbers in felt tip permanent marker are ok.
If you are temporarily using a number for this regatta and have old numbers on the hull, tape over them and write the new number on the tape.
Also put your sail number on your trolley to assist the volunteers who are helping you when you come in.
Buying parts at the regatta
The NZ Laser agent Dan Slater and his crew - The Water Shed will be at the Nationals.
They are a helpful bunch. They will have some parts and numbers for sale. But they can't guarantee to have enough of everything, so try to get everything sorted out before you arrive. Or ring them to pre-order.
www.nzwatershed.co.nz - Ph 09 489 6475 - 51 Barrys Pt Road Takapuna.
Advertising on your boat
See John Bullots advice on the advertising permitted on your Laser.
Questions about rules & measuring
First see if the online ILCA 2015 Laser Handbook answers your question.
Otherwise email me at: email@example.com