2013 NZ National Laser Champs

Laser Nationals Day Four - Ideal Conditions to Finish

Competitors enjoyed fine, sunny conditions with a 15 knot easterly for the final 2 races of the regatta. With the exception of a wind shadow from a departing cruise liner briefly affecting the course for the Masters the breeze stayed true throughout both races with good waves for downwind sailing.

Andy Maloney continued to dominate the open fleet to earn himself the title of NZ National Laser Champion 2013. Sam Meech was a clear 2nd followed by Thomas Saunders with Italian sailor Francesco Marrai taking the under 21 title from Jeremy O’Connell.

In the Radial fleet Andrew McKenzie continued his success to take both the Open and Youth Radial National titles. Matt Kempkers was runner up for both taking 2nd place overall from new Women’s Champion Rachel Basevi on countback. Second in the women’s division was Sara Winther who despite good results today was unable to overcome her slow start. The Radial Youth women’s title was won by Ali Nightingale.

New Masters competitor Kris Decke continued to perform strongly to take the overall Masters Title and the Apprentice Masters Division. Second overall and winner of the Masters Division was Andrew Dellabarca with the Grand Masters Division being won by Nick Page who was 8th overall.

In the Radial Masters, Scott Leith again proved his class with another 2 strong performances to win the overall title and the Apprentice division. Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch took out the Masters Division. Current World Radial Grand Master Champion, Mike Keeton took the Grand Masters Division despite still recovering from recent surgery while the Great Grand Master Division was won by Bob Blakey after a close contest with Garth Cheyne.

The 4.7s were won by Bryn Bennett from Worser Bay.
Today’s favourable conditions allowed all racing to be completed before 3pm, in stark contrast to Friday’s 7pm finish after 9 hours on the water for the sailors. The successful completion of the contest, with all scheduled races completed despite difficult conditions was a credit to the Napier Sailing Club Race Management Team. Next years Laser Nationals will be in Nelson which should again provide an excellent and testing venue.

NZ Laser Nationals Day 3 – Champagne Sailing at last!

Clear sunny conditions, a gentle sea breeze which never got over 12 knots and some waves to work with greeted the fleet today. Yesterday’s 180 degree shifts, calms and gales were forgotten and it was ideal sailing conditions for all, allowing the race officer to lay the course and run races continuously to get the regatta fully back on schedule.
Andy Maloney dominated the open fleet with three bullets from 3 races to lead overall from Sam Meech who had to be satisfied with three seconds today, leaving everything to play for in tomorrows final two races. Thomas Saunders continued to be the best of the chasers to hold third overall followed by two of our international visitors, Francesco Marri from Italy in fourth and Dutchman Nicholas Heiner in 5th.
The Radial fleet had 4 races today to catch up with the schedule as they did not complete any races on the first day. The day was dominated by last years youth rep, Andrew McKenzie, with three firsts and a third to lead convincingly overall. He is followed Second overall is overnight leader Rachel Basevi, who won one race today and had consistent results in the other 3 races. Matt Kempkers, defending champion and Olympic rep Sara Winther and Keith Inglis from Taupo round out the top five but have their work cut out to catch Andrew tomorrow.
In the masters Kris Decke stamped his authority on the fleet, with 3 wins from the 3 races. Clean starts and good old fashioned boat speed kept him at the front of the fleet, although Andrew Dellabarca from Muratai and Stuart Fanshawe from Thames both had very consistent days with top places in all three races. Andrew lies second with overnight leader Kent Copplestone now 3rd.
In the Radial Masters Scott Leith stamped his authority on the fleet with a second and two firsts to lead overall from Edmund Tam, who pulled off a win in the first race to go with a second and fifth. Others to have a good day were Mike Keeton who achieved two thirds and Pete Thomas a 3rd and 4th.
The 4.7s again had close racing among their small fleet with Bryn Bennett from Worser Bay enjoying a great day with 4 wins to lead from club mate Cain Anderson with Scott Inglis from Taupo in 3rd.
Tomorrows forecast is again for light to moderate winds. All divisions look like being down to the last race to decide the final results. With two races scheduled for all fleets tomorrow we hope for a repeat of today’s excellent sailing conditions.

Nick Page - NZ Laser Association Chairman

Laser National Championships, Napier – Day 2 - Challenges for all

Day two of the Laser Nationals got underway where day 1 left off; 180 degree wind shifts, zero to 25 knots every half hour and tricky tidal flows generally providing a nightmare for both the race committee and the sailors.
It was a long day on the water with the day was dominated by extremely unsettled conditions. There was unseasonal snow on the nearby ranges and very cold squally showers from the SW, with the NE sea breeze sometimes attempting an appearance between squalls. Later in the afternoon the wind settled in the SW with a solid but cold 20 knots gusting up to 30 knots at times providing new challenges after the torture of the earlier 180 shifts and calm patches.
With the testing conditions consistency was the name of the game and several of the favourites suffered from one or more hiccups during the day. Many will be looking forward to a discard coming into play after tomorrow’s races.
In the Laser Open division Andy Maloney and Sam Meech continued to fight it out at the front of the fleet and are only really separated by Sam getting becalmed in the wrong place at the wrong time in the first race of the day leading to a 10th place. Thomas Saunders continues to be the most consistent of the chasing pack, followed by Blair McLay and Dutch visitor Nicholas Heiner, who will be closer to the leaders when he can discard an OCS from yesterdays first race.
In the Radial fleet Rachel Basevi leads after a consistent day. She is followed by a closely packed group including Andrew McKenzie, who would have led but for a DNF in race 3, Susannah Pyatt who found the afternoon’s strong winds a challenge, Keith Inglis who also suffered from and OCS in race 1 and a consistent Cullen LeRoy. Favourite and defending champion Sara Winther had a tough day with and OCS in race 1 and a 19th in the flukey race 2 before recovering for a 1st and 5th in the last 2 races. Matt Kempkers also stood out and but for an OCS in race 2 would have been in the leading bunch.
In the Masters consistency was again the key. Kent Copplestone leads the Standard fleet, 1 point clear of defending champion Andrew Dellabarca with first time Masters competitor but former Laser champion Kris Decke tied on points with Rob Woodward 5 points back. In the Masters Radial an OCS to defending champion and 3 times World masters champion Scott Leith has left Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch leading overall from Kevin Jenkins of Onerahi. Proving that age is no barrier Great Grand Master Bob Blakey showed up many 20 or more years his junior finishing the day in 3rd overall.
In the 4.7s Scott Inglis from Taupo leads a close fought contest from Worser Bay sailors Cain Anderson and Bryn Bennett.
With light winds forecast for tomorrow continuing challenging conditions are likely to mean consistency is again the key, with 3 or 4 races scheduled for all fleets to catch up on races lost on the first day.

Nick Page - NZ Laser Association Chairman

Laser National Championships, Napier – Day 1 report

It was a frustrating day for all at the first day of the Laser National Championships at Napier Sailing Club.  The fleet of over 100 was on the water for the scheduled 1pm start but the wind spent the whole afternoon boxing the compass and constantly varying from nothing to 20+knots so only one race was completed for the Laser Open division with none of the other divisions managing to complete a race.
In the only race completed favourites Sam Meech and Andy Maloney dominated the Open Standard Laser fleet, finishing first and second in a race that became a reaching contest part way through as the wind repeatedly shifted. Both come to the championships having had strong seasons on the international circuit.  Others to have solid races included rising stars Thomas Saunders and Michael Cate, who will be looking to challenge the favourites for the balance of the regatta.
In the Radial fleet everyone is out to topple current National champion and NZ Olympic rep Sara Winther, who is back for another Olympic campaign. Others expected to feature in the women’s fleet include Susannah Pyatt , who was part of the match racing crew at the London Olympics, and Rachel Basevi who has been close to the pace for the last couple of seasons. In the Youth Radial we expect a close contest with the favourites including Andrew McKenzie, last years winner.
In the Masters two of our current trio of World Masters champions are in the Radial fleet, Scott Leith and Mike Keeton, with Mark Orams missing while he recovers from injury. In the Standard Masters Andrew Dellabarca is back to defend his title with a strong fleet of challengers looking to deliver a close contest.  A small fleet of 4.7’s has entered but with 3 of the fleet looking to represent NZ at this years World Championships we expect a hard fought regatta.
With the loss of races today an extra race for all divisions is now schedule for tomorrow and with fresh SW conditions forecast we hope to have a more productive day for all fleets.

Nick Page - NZ Laser Association Chairman

2013 NZ National Laser Champs Entries

Name Fleet Sail Number Nation Yacht Club
Cate, Michael Laser Open 196406 NZL Onerahi
Collinson, Jack Laser Open 198106 NZL Takapuna BC
Heiner, Nicholas Laser Open 200452 NED Wv almere
Lane, George Laser Open 192612 NZL MBSC
Leilua, Eroni Laser Open 190332 NZL Torbay SC
McKenzie, Sam Laser Open 195543 NZL Kohi YC
McLay, Blair Laser Open 196883 NZL Pupuke 
Maloney, Andy Laser Open 203776 NZL MBSC
Marrai, Francesco Laser Open 203688 ITY SVGDF
Meech, Sam Laser Open 196871 NZL TYPBC
Motta, Dario Laser Open 203773 NZL PLSC
O'Connell, Jeremy Laser Open 202863 AUS Sandringham 
Russell, Tyler Laser Open 181719 NZL Pupuke YC
Sandall, James Laser Open 192307 NZL Wairoa YC
Saunders, Thomas Laser Open 202679 NZL TYPBC
Wilson, Russell Laser Open 185803 NZL Torbay SC
Atchison, Ken Laser Apprentice Master 192705 NZL Hamilton YC
Copplestone, Kent Laser Apprentice Master 193059 NZL Worser Bay BC
Decke, Kris Laser Apprentice Master 168647 NZL Onerahi
Fanshawe, Stuart Laser Apprentice Master 159107 NZL Thames YC
Linford, Pete Laser Apprentice Master 177779 NZL PLYC
Nichloson, Karl Laser Apprentice Master 202872 NZL Wakatere BC
Shannon, Chris Laser Apprentice Master 171098 NZL Naval PT YC
Wilshire, Greg Laser Apprentice Master 174323 NZL Maraetai YC
Woodward, Rob Laser Apprentice Master 196410 NZL Worser Bay BC
Grass, Chantal Laser App Master Women 203774 NZL PLSC
Anderson, Doug Laser Master 174320 NZL Pt Chevalier YC
Anderson, Owen Laser Master 110010 NZL Worser Bay BC
Dellabarca, Andrew Laser Master 199216 NZL Worser Bay BC
Fey, Keith Laser Master 155391 NZL Parameta YC
Goedhart, Bernie Laser Master 155392 NZL Kapiti SC
Georgeson, Tom Laser Master 198438 NZL Kapiti BC
Nicholson, Tony Laser Master 195549 NZL Pupuke BC
Simpson, Robin Laser Master 192701 NZL Torbay SC
Van Basten Batenburg, Luuk Laser Master 172224 NZL Pupuke BC
Van Ryn Peter Laser Master 196418 NZL Muritai YC
Yovich, Bruce Laser Master 181962 NZL Onerahi
Lock, Garry Laser Grand Master 196909 NZL RNZYS
Lowe, David Laser Grand Master 150073 NZL Pupuke BC
McJorrow, Jay Laser Grand Master 161275 NZL Muritai YC
Page, Nick Laser Grand Master 198107 NZL Pupuke
Thomas, Paul Laser Grand Master 198105 NZL Worser Bay SC
Trudgen, Chris Laser Grand Master 162124 NZL Muritai YC
Wallace, Ian Laser Grand Master 192308 NZL PLSC
Beavis, Elise Radial Women 198113 NZL Murray's Bay SC
Basevi, Rachel Radial Women 185811 NZL Pukuke
Corston, Charlotte Radial Women 186661 NZL CBYC
Lowther, Laura Radial Women 202686 NZL RAYC
Pyatt, Susannah Radial Women 192281 NZL MBSC
Winther, Sara Radial Women 199211 NZL Takapuna BC
Hill, Rosa Bella Radial Youth Women 150048 NZL Naval Pt Yc
Nightingale, Ali Radial Youth Women 196911 NZL CBYC
Van Rennes, Natasha Radial Youth Women 197284 AUS Sandringham 
Broome,Nick Radial Youth 196412 NZL Napier SC
Burrow, Alex Radial Youth 196884 NZL MBSC
Cobb, William Radial Youth 196877 NZL MBSC
Cole, Sefton Radial Youth 191621 NZL Charteris Bay YC
Corston, Charles Radial Youth 196415 NZL CBYC
Cressey, Michael Radial Youth 162135 NZL Napier SC
Dey, Glen Radial Youth 186660 NZL Onerahi
Dixon, Luke Radial Youth 167146 NZL Napier SC
Faget, Tomothee Radial Youth 202375 FRA SRC
Fitzsimons, Berrick Radial Youth 192709 NZL Tauranga YC
Hughes, Matthew Radial Youth 196868 NZL MBSC
Kempker, Matthew Radial Youth 199225 NZL Wakatere BC
Le Roy, Cullen Radial Youth 195542 NZL Timaru YC
McKenzie, Andrew Radial Youth 202687 NZL Kohi YC
Miller, Jacob Radial Youth 196861 NZL Cambridge YC
Natusch, Peter Radial Youth 181715 NZL Napier SC
Tildesley, Ken Radial Youth 196880 NZL Worser Bay YC
Tulley, Chris Radial Youth 196866 NZL Timaru YC
Yovich, Jackson Radial Youth 175282 NZL Onerahi
Atkinson, Craig Radial Open 201518 NZL CYC
Inglis, Keith Radial Open 160137 NZL Taupo YC
Anderson, Robert Radial Apprentice Master 199285 NZL Pupuke
Fyfe, Michael Radial Apprentice Master 187886 NZL QCYC
Leith, Scott Radial Apprentice Master 202850 NZL Pupuke
Tam, Edmund Radial Apprentice Master 181949 NZL Worser Bay BC
Atkinson, Hamish Radial Master 193063 NZL CYC NPLC
Christie, Don Radial Master 161266 NZL Worser Bay BC
Coffin, Jeff Radial Master 177775 NZL PLSC
Cooze, Grant Radial Master 157154 NZL OYC
Corston, Greg Radial Master 202710 NZL CBYC
Hill, Lachlan Radial Master 193095 NZL Naval Pt YC
Jenkins, Kevin Radial Master 186656 NZL Onerahi YC
Johansen, Harald Radial Master 163923 NZL Napier SC
Knowsley, Mike Radial Master 187893 NZL Tamaki YC
Winton, Roger Radial Master 202689 NZL Onerahi YC
Yankov, Georgi Radial Master 179384 NZL Pupuke SC
Jones, Bruce Radial Grand Master 181969 NZL Worser Bay SC
Keeton, Mike Radial Grand Master 198110 NZL Wakatere BC
Thomas, Pete Radial Grand Master 187891 NZL Wakatere BC
Waiting, Gill Radial G Master Women 188800 NZL Napier SC
Blakey, Bob Radial GG Master 196411 NZL Tamaki
Cheyne, Garth Radial GG Master 180209 NZL Muritai YC
Ejlertsen, Per Radial GG Master 158885 NZL Napier SC
Inwood, Roger Radial GG Master 145578 NZL Napier SC
Phillips, Stephen Radial GG Master 163938 NZL MYC
Anderson, Cain Laser 4.7 177067 NZL Worser Bay YC
Bennett, Bryn Laser 4.7 192267 NZL WBBC
Grimwade, Lachlan Laser 4.7 145560 NZL French Bay YC
Inglis, Scott Laser 4.7 160130 NZL Taupo YC
Linford, Amy Laser 4.7 148903 NZL PLSC

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