2014 NZ National Laser Champs

NZMT Marine Turbochargers New Zealand Laser Champs - Final Day 4

Stunning Conditions again for the final day

We were fortunate to enjoy another stunning blue sky day with a great sea breeze for the final day of the National Laser Champs in Nelson. Racing again started as soon as the sea breeze filled in just after midday, with 4 races being completed for the Open divisions and 3 for Masters, meaning that all divisions were only one race short of the programmed number despite the loss of races at the beginning of the contest.

The breeze steadily built through the afternoon, topping out at about 15 knots. The slightly lighter breeze, combined with the tide being later than yesterday meant there were considerably smaller waves that we had for yesterday afternoons races. However, the tide again caused some issues on the start line in the later races, with several sailors again suffering OCS’s for premature starts due to the tidal effect on the line.

In the Open Andy Maloney held his lead to win convincingly from Dutch sailor Nicholas Heiner with Tom Saunders in third.  Past champion Mike Bullot was fourth, followed by our other Dutch visitor, Rutger Van Schaardendurg,  who ended up 5th after having to count a DNF in spite of several race wins.

In the Radial leading Women’s sailor Sara Winther won overall from top youth sailors Trent Rippey and Sefton Cole. Susannah Pyatt however had a very strong day including a 1st and two  2nd’s to rise to 4th overall. Leading Women’s Youth sailor was Ali Nightingale in 9th overall.

Lachy Grimwade had a great day with 3 firsts in the 4.7 to take the title from Japanese visitor and top female sailor Emily Koya.

Defending champion, Apprentice Chris Decke, won a very close contest in the full rig Masters to take the title from Master Andrew Dellabarca with Apprentice Kent Copplestone sailing extremely consistently for third overall. He was followed by master Owen Anderson in 4th, with Nick Page taking the Grand Masters title and holding on to 5th overall. Bob Blakey was the leading GGM’s in 11th overall.

In the Masters Radial Apprentice World Champion Scott Leith continued to dominate and took the overall title winning every race. Richard Blakey moved up to second overall , overhauling Ed Tam who held onto 3rd. Mike Keeton was the leading GM in 4th and Jim Quinn the leading GGM in 11th.

Overall the contest was extremely well run by Nelson Yacht Club and delivered wonderful conditions for the final 2 days after a frustrating start. The Open and Radial fleet will now be moving to Sail Auckland, the second NZ team qualifying regatta for the season. Next years contest will be at Takapuna Boating Club in January 2015 and we look forward to a large fleet and more high quality racing.

Final Results

- Nick Page

 

NZMT Marine Turbochargers New Zealand Laser Champs - Day 3

Sea Breeze Delivers

After two days of frustration we enjoyed a great Nelson sea breeze and were able to complete a full set of races in perfect Laser sailing conditions. Racing started as soon as the sea breeze filled in at about 12.30, with 4 races being completed for the Open divisions and 3 for Masters.

The breeze steadily built through the day. The first race was sailed in 8 to 10 knots with a slack tide. The breeze topped out at about 20 knots later in the afternoon and a strong ebb tide resulted in a big wind against tide seaway for the later races. The tide also caused some issues on the start line, with many sailors underestimating the drift in the last minute and consequently there were a few general recalls and quite a few sailors suffer OCS’s for premature start.

In the Open Andy Maloney leads from Dutch visitor Nicholas Heiner with Tom Saunders in third. Unfortunately the other top ranked NZ sailor, Sam Meech, was forced to withdraw from the later races due to an injury he sustained in training earlier this week.  Our other Dutch visitor, Rutger Van Schaardendurg, who was 4th in the recent World Laser Championships, incurred an OCS but otherwise had strong results today and remains in contention for the title once the discard comes into play tomorrow.

In the Radial leading Women’s sailor and last Olympic rep Sara Winther leads a closely bunched field from Trent Rippey, the leading youth sailor. He is followed by South Island youth trio Sefton Cole, Cullen Le Roy and Charles Corston, with local Nelson sailor Josh Edmonds in 6th. Leading Women’s Youth sailor is Ali Nightingale in 8th overall.

The 4.7’s enjoyed close racing and is led by Lachy Grimwade from Japanese visitor Emily Koya.

In the Masters Andrew Dellabarca prevailed in all 3 races but was OCS in one race, relegating him down the order and allowing defending champion Chris Decke to lead overall from Kent Copplestone and Pete Van Ryn, the leading Master. Nick Page leads the GM’s in 5th overall. In the Masters Radial Scott Leith produced another dominant performance with 3 wins to lead convincingly overall. The other standout performance of the day was Richard Blakey who was 2nd in all 3 races and is now 3rd overall behind a consistent Ed Tam in 2nd. Mike Keeton is leading the GM’s and Jim Quinn the GGM’s.

The forecast for tomorrow is similar to today so we hope to get another top days sailing for the final day of the championship.  With a discard coming into play for all divisions if we get a full compliment of races tomorrow there will potentially be some rearrangement of standings with several top sailors currently carrying OCS’s so there will be much to play for in tomorrows races.

- Nick Page - NZ Laser Association Chairman

NZMT Marine Turbochargers 2014 New Zealand Laser Champs - Day 2

All Racing Blown out
 
SW winds which never dropped much below 30 knots caused racing to be abandoned for the day at 4pm without anyone getting on the water.
 
Tomorrows forecast is for sea breezes so we are hopeful of getting a full days racing in and catching up on some lost races.

- Nick Page NZLA Chairman

NZMT Marine Turbochargers 2014 New Zealand Laser Champs - Day 1

Race Officers Nightmare
 
The day started as forecast with a fresh southerly gusting to 30 knots on course at launch time. After a few teething problems the fleet headed out with the prospect of 2 races in challenging conditions, with strong gusts in the harbour causing many capsizes on the way out. Once out in the bay the fleet was met with a dropping breeze, which then shifted 90 degrees and back again a couple of times just to challenge the race management team.
 
Racing eventually got underway in a 5 to 8 knot shifty SW breeze and strong tidal flow, which resulted in a challenging race close to the 90 minute time limit for all fleets.
 
In the open our Dutch visitors Rutger Van Schaardenburg and Nicholas Heiner came out on top after a close battle with local favourite Andy Maloney, with Andrew McKenzie and Tom Saunders also having good races.
 
In the Radial fleet youth sailor Trent Rippey, recently returned from a strong performance at the Radial Youth worlds in Oman, prevailed followed by 3 other youth sailors Alastair Gifford, Jackson Yovich and Sefton Cole who all lead home our women’s Olympic rep Sara Winther who finished 5th.  Laura Lowther and Ali Nightingale rounded out a strong performance for the women’s representatives.
 
In the 4.7 fleet Lachy Grimwade gave a dominant performance, winning by a wide margin from fellow French Bay sailor Joe Gauld.
 
The Masters results generally followed the form book with defending champions Scott Leith and Chris Decke winning their respective races. The talking point for the day however was Great Grand Master, septuagenarian Sandy Grigg, showing a clean pair of heal to many almost half his age, finishing second in the Standard Masters, with the other GGM in the fleet Bob Blakey also finishing strongly in 6th.
 
In spite of the race committees best efforts the wind did not cooperate so the second race was postponed until tomorrow, when all fleets will sail an extra race, weather permitting.

Nick Page - Chairman NZ Laser Association
 

NZ Marine Turbochargers 2014 NZ National Laser Champs - Nelson

Entry Instructions
Please help our busy secretary and follow these instructions to enter.

  1. Complete the entry form and email it to the secretary@nzlaser.org
  2. Pay with online banking to account 12-3086-0109480-00
  3. Put your name and sail number in the bank reference fields
  4. Entry Form
  5. Please Note: To sail at the nationals you must also be a fully paid member of the NZ Laser Association or the Laser association in another country. If you are not a member please join and pay at the same time as you enter.

Programme

Monday 13th Jan Be ready to sail for briefing at 11am.    
Tuesday Coaching 10am start.    
  Lookout for early measuring in the afternoon.    
Wed 15th Jan Registration 11am to 5pm Lower Lounge
  Measuring 11am to 5pm Lower Deck outside lounge
Thursday 16th Jan Registration 8am to 10:15am Lower Lounge
  Measuring 8am to 10am Lower Deck outside lounge
  Briefing
- including support boat skippers
- patrol boat skippers after sailors briefing
11am Aurora Lounge
Thursday 16th Jan Racing - 2 races all fleets 1pm first warning  
       
       
Friday 17th Jan 3 races open fleets
2 races masters fleet
12pm first warning  
       
Saturday 18th Jan 3 races open fleets
2 races masters fleet
12pm first warning  
  Biffet meal 7pm Aurora Lounge
       
Sunday 19th Jan 2 races all fleets 12am first warning  
  Prizegiving aftr racing Aurora Lounge

 

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