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Andy Maloney reports from Hyeres

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 :)

Takapuna Boating Club 2015 Winter Series

Takapuna Boating Club is running a  fortnightly  Winter Series.

Saturday afternoons - 2-3 short races starting at 1.30pm.

  • June 6 +20
  • July 4 + 18
  • Aug 8 + 22
  • Sep 5 followed by BBQ and prizegiving
TBC Members free, visitors $10.
Information NOR and Sailing Instructions will be on the website mid May
We are expecting Lasers, RS:X, 3.7 and Idle Alongs
Adverse weather the cancellations will be posted on our website by 10am on the day.

2015 Auckland Women's Laser Championship - Results & Report

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!

Chantal Grass


Great day at the Womens Laser Coaching session at French Bay Yacht Club

Sore muscles and bones will be soaked in a lovely bath tonight but there will be some great smiles with it.

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. 

There is another great event next week for Women Laser Sailors, the Auckland Women Laser Championship at French Bay Yacht Club on 19th April. 8:00am registration, 9:00am briefing and 9:30am Start. Make sure you all attend!


2015 South Pacific Laser Masters

Rolling around once again, a bit earlier to get ahead of the masters worlds.
A great event and winter escape rolled into one.

  • South Pacific Laser Masters
  • 15-18 May 2015
  • Royal Queensland YS, Manly, Brisbane
  • Online entry and NOR

2015 North Shore Freshwater Champs

  • 2015 North Shore Freshwater Champs
  • Pupuke Boating Club
  • Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2015
  • Saturday first race 11:30am - 4 races back to back
  • Sunday first race 11:30am - 3 races back to back
  • Garth's Notice of Race has all the details

Takapuna Boating Club All Comers Regatta

Come join us at Takapuna Boating Club
for the End of Season “All Comers Regatta
25/26 April 2015.
Race Officer Richard Chitty
ANZAC Day warning gun at 1300hrs
Saturday 26 April warning gun at 1100hrs
BBQ and prizegiving to follow racing.
Fees for two days:- five races.
Single Handed $30                               Double Handed $50
View the NOR and complete the entry form on the website
deposit the required entry fee into the
TBC bank account number 12 3109 0044465 02.
Please ensure you add reference to class and sail number.

Please ensure you add reference to class and sail number.

We loook forward to seeing you.
Ph: 021 847 417

Women's events coming up at French Bay

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 Sailing Association Cyclone Pam Laser Appeal

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.

Vanuatu Sailing Association Cyclone Pam Laser Appeal

2015 Wellington Laser Champs Results

Full Rig:
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.

Full Results for the Evans Bay Regatta

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