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NZLA Annual General Meeting 2016

The NZLA AGM will be;

  • 7pm Tuesday 25th October
  • at Tamaki Yacht Club

All welcome. Come along and have your say.

Change of Date for Laser Standard and Masters World Champs in Croatia

In order to accommodate the shipping schedule for charter boats, the dates for the following World Championships have been adjusted by one week:

2017 Laser Standard Men's World Championship
Split, Croatia
New Dates: 12 – 19 September 2017

2017 Laser Masters World Championships
Split, Croatia
New Dates: 21 – 30 September 2017

New Zealand's first Olympic Laser Medal - amongst others

Big excitement as Sam Meech won the Bronze medal in the Laser in Rio.

It's hard to believe we haven't had one before. But very nice for Sam that 4 years of effort have paid off so nicely.

Sam's 10 prelim race results indicated how tricky the conditions could be in Rio
19, 3, 5, 6, 14, 17, 13, 6, 12, then 1st (nice)
That placed him 3rd going into the single medal race, where a cool head delivered a 4th in the race and the Bronze medal. WhooHoo! - in a nail biting kind of way.

NZ sailors in other clases;

  • Blair Tuke and Pete Burling locked up the 49er Gold before the mdeal race - awesome.
  • 49erFX girls - Alex Maloney and Molly Meech get Silver. They peaked at the right time with a fantastically sailed regatta.
  • Womens 470 - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie also get Silver. Filthy luck with a UFD and earlier lost protest put gold just beyond reach. But the points were so close they had to sail a very good medal race to get 2nd and not 5th.
  • Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were 4th just 3 points shy of a Bronze medal - an amazing result really.
  • Finn sailor Josh Junior kept his cool to climb back to 7th overall after a patchy start to the regatta, then an impressive come back.
  • Mens 470 - Daniel Wilcox and Paul Snow-Hansen were 10th - after a 6th in the medal race.

So all NZ sailors made their top 10 medal race. Which is amazing in itself.

Then 4 crews go on to win a medal, playing a big part in NZ's biggest every medal tally at one Olympics. What a credit to all the sailors, coaches and the whole YNZ Olympic program.

All Rio Sailing Results on Google

2016 South Pacific Laser Masters in Brisbane

All Results

Four kiwis were included in the 50 strong fleet for the South Pacific Laser Masters at RQYS. We encountered a variety of conditions, from very light to a distinctly testing 20+ knots, but could not fail to enjoy the sun and balmy 27 degree days as a mid winter break from the wet and windy weather back home.

Day 1 dawned with a 4 to 6 knot breeze, just sufficient for racing to commence on time and freshening a bit for race 2. Day 2 blew out any cobwebs with a strong offshore breeze and typical Moreton Bay short steep chop for both races. The wind averaged about 20 knots but with gusts over 30 recorded at nearby Brisbane airport, the day proved a challenge for many in the fleet and the source of great discussions sitting in the sun at the bar afterwards! Day 3 was a drift out and tow back with no racing possible after the light offshore breeze refused to freshen to race strength. The final day started with a couple of false starts in a westerly breeze but this was then replaced with an unsteady NE sea breeze which allowed two good races to wrap up a successful series.

In the Radials Mike Knowsley (M) sailed an excellent and consistent series to finish a creditable 3rd overall, even after being "robbed" (shades of the underarm incident??) of a 2nd over the line in race 1 by an eagle eyed race officer at the start. Our other Radial rep, Roger Winton (GM) from Whangarei suffered a bout of flu which contributed to his having an up and down series to finish mid fleet in 11th overall.

In the Standards the overall results were significantly affected by a couple of unusual factors. In race 3 the majority of the fleet rounded the wrong top mark, demonstrating that ex world champions are not always right and should not always be followed, which really mixed up the results for that race with many sailors withdrawing. The results were also skewed by current GM world champion, expat Kiwi Gavin Dagley, missing the first 2 races after misjudging the start badly by missing his plane to the contest! Anyway the net result was that few in the  Standards were able to post consistent results and I ended up 4th overall in spite of an at times inconsistent effort and Chris Sadler (GM) finished 6th overall after a strong series which suffered from a couple of very unlucky breaks when right in the hunt in several races.

Overall a very enjoyable series and to cap it off there was good interest from many of the Aussies there in coming to the WMG next April.

Nick Page

Volunteers required for the 2016 Youth Worlds in Auckland in December

The 2016 Youth worlds are now in Auckland, from the 14th-20th December.

http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news/201605/auckland-confirmed-for-2016-youth-sailing-world-championships

At this stage there are 394 competitors, 77 coaches, 27 team leaders entered from 60 different countries. There will be 120 x Lasers Radials, 30 x 420s, 30 x 29ers, 20 x Nacra catamarans and 60 R:SX sail boards coming from all parts of the globe in 19x 40’shipping containers.

Yachting NZ is calling for over 200 any volunteers that can help with this huge event.

They need people to help with the many jobs organising the event as well as on and off the water volunteers during the event.

If you can help in any way please register to volunteer at the 2016 youth worlds.
 

NZL sailors off to Laser Radial Youth World Champs in Ireland

Laser Radial Youth World Championships 23rd-30th July, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • Josh Armit
  • George Gautrey
  • Alistair Gifford
  • Jason Hewitt
  • Albert Stanley
  • Blake Woodfield
  • Olivia Christie

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
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