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: email@example.com
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday afternoons - 2-3 short races starting at 1.30pm.
For mere mortals the competition seemed tough. You could feel you sailed ok, but end up further back than you'd hoped. The marked shifts were hard to predict at times. Picking the gate at the start of the second beat often played a big part.
But the 3 or 4 guys with consistently good results in each fleet were simply the fastest through the water.
Matt Blakey had a real battle. He needed his win in the final race 8 to just retain his Standard title after a count-back to break the tie with room mate Nick Skulander. Quite different from last years clean sweep, and hopefully enough to keep him coming back, as it definitely wasn't boring.
Scott won the radials again although he didn't have it all his own way in every race. Aussies Mark Kennedy, Danny Fuller and Zac Skulander were fast and ready to grab a race when they got the shifts right.
2015 North Shore Freshwater Champs
A 30 knot forecast plus a number of sailors over in Brisbane for the South Pacific Masters resulted in a slightly smaller than usual entry for the NSFWC at Pupuke on 16/17 May. However quality was there with 2 of our Open Worlds squad, defending NSFWC champion Andrew McKenzie and world top 10 ranked Mike Bullot fronting to give the locals something to aspire to in the Standards and World GM champion Mike Keeton and World cube winner Richard Blakey the form sailors in the Radial for the youth sailors to knock over.
In spite of the forecast Saturday dawned with a nice Pupuke SW breeze, never really getting much over 12 knots but with shifts and pressure variations providing ample challenges for all. Sunday was again a SW breeze but lighter, around 5 to 8 knots all day. These conditions provided plenty of opportunity for all and no place was ever secure with some major shifts and gusts reshuffling both fleets in several races.
As usual though the cream rose to the top. In the Standard fleet Mike showed his class with 5 wins from the 6 races, the sequence broken by Andrew who was deservedly victorious in race 3 and was right on Mikes heels in the other races, with the exception of the last where a major wind shift combined with a mainsheet that decided to come unkotted at a critical moment seeing him join the mortals in the bunch. There was a tight contest in the Masters, with GM Peter Kempkers victorious by 1 point from GM Nick Page after a very close series. Leading Master was Dean Drummond, who was still hoping for the forecast 30 knots even at the prize giving, in 5th, first Apprentice Rob Bland in 8th and GGM Ray Beale capping a consistent series with a 4th in the last race for 10th overall.
In the Radials Youth beat experience with Tim Adair putting together a great series to take out the overall win from newcomer and current Starling champion youth Josh Armit, who’s speed and consistency showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Third overall and first Master was Mike Keeton, who despite an ever increasing list of old age ailments seems to just keep pulling out the results on the water. He was followed by GM Kevin Welsh who managed a win in race 2 and was consistent all weekend. First women was Youth Libby Porter in 6th, who also showed flashes of brilliance in the challenging conditions with her best result a 2nd in race 2. 1st Master was Richard Blakey, who after a very challenging weekend was heard to comment on his love of the lake, while leading Women’s Master Georgina Wooldridge was happy to be on the water while husband Neil looked after the kids for the weekend rather than being able to demonstrate his prowess in the Standard fleet.
The contest was followed by the usual Pupuke prize giving, with an awesome range of prizes overshadowed only by commodore John Dowsett’s presentation skills (not matched this weekend by sailing skills we note). A great weekend and thanks to Pupuke and PRO Garth Briden for yet another quality regatta.
Photo - Sailing Energy
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 :)