2017 Bayleys Taupo NZ National Laser Champs

2017 Bayleys Taupo NZ National Laser Champs

We were back at the Lake Taupo Yacht Club for the 2017 NZ National Laser Champs.

Protest Committee


2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals - Day 4 - Nationwide storm seals results

The final day of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo dawned with strong Northerly winds and heavy rain from the weather system that affected most of NZ today. Contrary to the forecast the wind moderated a bit and the skies cleared as the morning progressed and the PRO and his team were out on the course looking to get the races started on time. Alas it was not to be and with a 30 knot squall coming through the course just before the D flag was due to go up, gale warnings in place and the wind forecast to rise even further during the afternoon the decision was made to abandon racing for the day and declare yesterdays results as final for the contest.

So after 3 days quality racing in fresh conditions defending champion Andrew McKenzie was crowned NZ Laser champion again in the Open fleet but we have new champions in the other 3 fleets. Outstanding youth sailor Josh Armit was victorious in the Open Radial fleet while apprentices Phil Wild in the Masters Radial and Anthony Merrington in the Masters Standard both won their respective titles by just a single point.

Other division winners included last years Radial champion George Gautrey, who picked up the Under 21 cube in the Standard fleet and Open Women's champion Susannah Pyatt and Youth Women's champion Olivia Christie in the Radials. In the Standard Masters Giles Grigg was second overall and the leading Master, Peter Kempkers the leading GM and John Pitman from New Plymouth the first Great Grand Master. In the Radial Masters Richard Blakey was only 1 point behind Phil to be leading Master, Hamish Atkinson from Naval Point in Christchurch, host for next years Nationals, was the leading GM and Gus Fry from last years hosts Muritai the leading GGM.

So an extremely successful and well run contest is concluded with many sailors looking to meet again in only a couple of weeks at the Oceanbridge NZL regatta at Murrays Bay. Special thanks to LTYC for hosting the contest so well and Bayleys Taupo for their support of the regatta.

- Nick Page

2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals - Day 3 - Down to the wire

Day 3 Results

Day 3 of the Bayleys Laser Nationals started as forecast with a light , and much warmer, northerly breeze but this quickly freshened through the day providing a challenging gusty ands shifty offshore breeze for the later races. The race committee, led by PRO Gerald Martin from Napier, again did a fantastic job in testing conditions to set fair but challenging courses.

In the Open the day belonged to NZL squad member Tom Saunders who won both Races 7 and 8 to win the day following a third in the days first race to move up to second overall. However not be outdone defending champion Andrew McKenzie was 2nd in all 3 races to retain the overall lead by 3 points. Chinese sailor Jianan Wu was top 5 in each race but slipped to third overall ahead of the winner of todays first race, teammate Ning Zhao. NZ sailors George Gautrey and Matt Kempkers both has solid days to hold 5th and 6th overall ahead on the other Chinese team sailors.
In the Radial Youth Josh Armit stamped his authority on the regatta to lead with two wins, split by a discard 9th in the second race of the day. Tied with Josh going into the day Alastair Gifford had a solid day and is now clear second over leading Woman Susannah Pyatt, who won the second race of the day and was able to discard an OCS in the first race to have a solid 10 point lead over second women's sailor and now 4th overall Stephanie Devaux Lovell. World Masters champ Scott Leith's challenge for the Open title evaporated today with and OCS in the first race and gear breakage in the third race dropping him well down the table. Open sailor George Lane and local Youth Blake Woodfield both had consistently strong results in all 3 races to sit 5th and 6th overall.
Expat Australian Anthony Merrington (A) was the sailor of the day in the Masters, winning both races to take the overall lead by a solitary point from overnight leader Giles Grigg (A), who has a handy 6 point lead on third placed defending masters champion Andrew Dellabarca (M), who had a costly capsize at the gybe mark in the second race when leading. Former NZ open champion Mark Oliver (M) holds 4th overall ahead of leading GM Peter Kempkers who was consistent in both races. Former champion Kris Decke's OCS in the first race of the day put pay to his title challenge while Master Tony Evans lapped up the condition with a 3rd and 4th to move to 6th overall.
In the Masters Radial leader Apprentice Phil Wild and 2nd overall placed Richard Blakey (M) are locked in a close battle after both scoring a 1st and 2nd today to be separated by a single point overall. Defending champion Ed Tam is third overall after a couple of 5th today. Leading GM Hamish Atkinson had a tough first race but did enough in the second to hold off Werner Hennig (M) and second GM, former World GM champion Mike Keeton who managed a 3rd in one race today to be 6th overall.
So with one day to go there is still everything to sail for for the leaders in every division. Tomorrows forecast is not promising, with Taupo due to get the brunt of the low pressure system crossing the country tomorrow so if there is sailing it is again likely to be a windy couple of races to finish the series. 
- Nick Page

2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals - Day 2 - Wrap up Warm for the Taupo Summer!

Fresh snow overnight on the mountains at the southern end of Lake Taupo and a moderate SW breeze meant that sailors arriving at the yacht club this morning were greeted by bracing temperatures which resulted in most sailors wearing enough layers of clothing when going on the water to qualify for Michellin man ads. However the clouds mostly cleared, the sun came out and the breeze moderated to provide a challenging but beautiful days sailing with all races completed to schedule. While breeze had a little more South in it than yesterday and was much lighter it was again challenging for all with strength varying from almost nothing to 15 knots and 20 degrees shifts, all every few minutes, combing to significantly shake up the results in several divisions and make consistency hard to achieve.

Day 2 Results


In the Open there is a fantastic contest developing between the NZL and Chinese teams. New Zealand sailors are 1,3, 5 and 7 at the end of day 2 with the Chinese team 2, 4, 6 and 8th. Still leading is defending champion Andrew Mckenzie, but only by a single point from Jianan Wu who had a really strong day and was the model of consistency with two first and a second. Tom Saunders is only 4 points back in 3rd overall with recent youth graduate George Gautrey scoring a bullet in the last race to move up to 5th overall.


In the Radial another fantastic contest is developing. After 5 races top youths Alastair Gifford and Josh Armit are tied on points with a good break on third place Susannah Pyatt. Josh won one of todays 3 races while the other were won by master Scott Leith and youth Albert Stanley, both of who's overall ranking should benefit tomorrow once a discard comes in as both are currently carrying an OCS. Both Alastair and Josh have been super consistent so far so it may be a case of who blinks first in deciding the ultimate winner. Another notable feature is that there a 3 women in the top 6 with Stephanie Devaux Lovell in 4th and Youth Worlds rep Olivia Christie in 6th joining Susannah to keep the guys honest.


In the Masters race 3 was completely dominated by Nick Brewer from Tamaki. He picked the right hander on the first beat and was never threatened after that.  Race 4 was a completely different affair with the lead changing several times and was finally decided only as the fleet neared the finish line when Giles Grigg found some pressure in the left corner and sailed around the leading bunch to record the win. Mark Oliver and Anthony Merrington also featured at the top of the fleet in both races to consolidate top 3 spots overall with Giles. Defending champion Andrew Dellabarca and past champion Kris Decke both suffered from ending up on the wrong side of the first beat in both races to give themselves a challenge for the rest of the series.


In the Masters Radial overnight leader Phil Wild found the day more challenging, like Andrew and Kris in the Standards getting on the wrong side on the first beat to make life difficult for himself but still managed to lead overall at the end of the day. Race 1 was won by Werner Hennig from Hamilton, who managed to hold onto an early break while in race 2 Richard Blakey just scraped in on the line over GM past World Champ Mike Keeton, who enjoyed the lighter conditions today. Richard had a tough first race today and is another who will be looking forward to a discard coming into play. Leading Grand Master is Hamish Atkinson from Christchurch who has again shown super consistency to sit second overall while defending champion Ed Tam sits 4th after a tough second race.


With tomorrows forecast for completely different condition, light Northeasterlies, and half the series still to come there are sure to be opportunities and plenty of further challenges for all.


- Nick Page

2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals - Day 1 Results & Report


Fresh winds from the westerly quarter provided ideal but challenging conditions for the first day of the 2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo Yacht Club. Race 1 got underway after some complications caused by a front passing through with the wind changing from NW to WSW, requiring some adjustments to the course. The wind was blowing out of nearby Acacia Bay at 10 to 20 knots with plenty of big shifts and oscillations throwing up constant challenges to all the sailors and a few thrills and spills as the gusts came down the course. 


The fleet of 120 started in 4 divisions with the Standard Open, Radial Open, Masters Standard and Masters Radial all having between 30 and 40 on the start line. In the Open defending champion Andrew McKenzie and NZL squad sailor Tom Saunders face a tough challenge from the visiting Chinese team sailors. At the end of day 1 Andrew has well and truly laid down the gauntlet to defend his title with 2 bullets. The Chinese team had a great day with Ning Zhao in second, Jianan Wu in 4th and Yuchen Gu in 5th. Breaking them up is NZL squad member Tom Saunders in 3rd, scoring a 2nd and 4th with our recent Youth Worlds rep George Gautrey also close to the action, finishing the day 6th overall.


In the Radials top youth sailor Alistair Gifford has a stellar day to lead with a first and second from our other leading youth sailor Josh Armit, who won the first race and then backed up with a third in the second race. They are followed by top Master Scott Leith, who has elected to sail in the Open Radial fleet, and top Women's sailors Susannah Pyatt sits in 4th. Local Youth sailors Blake Woodfield wraps up the top 5 with a consistent 5th and 6th for the day.



In the Master Standard defending champion Andrew Dellabarca (M) had a tough first race after getting on the wrong side of a shift on the first beat but recovered to take out race 2 after a close battle with past champion Kris Decke (AM). Kris leads the day overall after notching up second in both races. Returning to the Nationals for the first time in several years Apprentice Giles Grigg had a fantastic first race to lead all the way and then did not get it quite right in the second race to finish the day equal 4th with Andrew. Second and third overall are leading GM's Peter Kempkers and Mark Oliver, who were both super consistent exchanging 3rd and 4th in the 2 races.


In the Masters Radial Apprentice Phil Wild won both races convincingly with Richard Blakey (M), defending champion Ed Tam (M) both consistent to hold second and third overall. GM's Kevin Welsh and Hamish Atkinson and Master Mike Knowsley are the next group all tied on 11 points after 2 races.


So with a forecast for a bit less but still a solid breeze from the WSW tomorrow, we look forward to more quality racing and the opportunity for the leader to consolidate their positions.

- Nick Page

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2017 NZ Laser Champs Entries

This is a provisional list of sailors who submitted an entry form.
Official entry is only complete when we receieve payment.

Last updated 17th Jan

Fleet First Name Last Name Sail Number
Laser 4.7 Under 18 Clementine Roe 158879
Laser 4.7 Under 18 Katie Reid 157141
Laser 4.7 Under 18 Scott Woodfield 145560
Laser Radial Open Alastair Gifford 207850
Laser Radial Open Alex Lee 188804
Laser Radial Open Blake Selley 208790
Laser Radial Open George Lame 192612
Laser Radial Open Scott Leith 208521
Laser Radial Women Julia Francis 208518
Laser Radial Women Kirsty MacDonald 197252
Laser Radial Women Susannah Pyatt 192281
Laser Radial Youth Albert Stanley 209281
Laser Radial Youth Amy Anderson 195538
Laser Radial Youth Annabelle Rennie-Younger 185811
Laser Radial Youth Ben Crane 208358
Laser Radial Youth Blake Nicholson 197247
Laser Radial Youth Blake Woodfield 181964
Laser Radial Youth Clementine Bretagne 163599
Laser Radial Youth Elly Warren 194550
Laser Radial Youth Finn Drummond 129793
Laser Radial Youth Harry Corston n/a
Laser Radial Youth Henry Goodall 196410
Laser Radial Youth Isabella Boyd 199211
Laser Radial Youth Jack Tripe 196881
Laser Radial Youth Jason Hewitt 209278
Laser Radial Youth Josh Armit 209259
Laser Radial Youth Joshua Bull 206381
Laser Radial Youth Lachlan Grimwade 202862
Laser Radial Youth Lewis Anderson n/a
Laser Radial Youth Marcus Van Dam N/a
Laser Radial Youth Olivia Christie 209279
Laser Radial Youth Philipp Governale 201517
Laser Standard Open Andrew McKenzie 210817
Laser Standard Open Ben Lutze N/A
Laser Standard Open Chao Gui 200585
Laser Standard Open Charles Corston n/a
Laser Standard Open Dean Drummond 181
Laser Standard Open George Gautrey 206419
Laser Standard Open Jianan Wu 211551
Laser Standard Open Jordan Zagonel N/A
Laser Standard Open Kayne Jacobson N/A
Laser Standard Open Matthew Kempkers 208519
Laser Standard Open Ning Zhao 210166
Laser Standard Open Richard Wright 210160
Laser Standard Open Rui Tian 219191
Laser Standard Open Samuel Rushton 202688
Laser Standard Open Thomas Saunders 197250
Laser Standard Open Tim Pitcaithly 181965
Laser Standard Open Yuchen Gu 200330
Master Radial Apprentice (35-44) Phil Wild 211509
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Bruce Jones 206418
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Gill Waiting 188800
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Grant Cooze 157154
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Hamish Atkinson 201518
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Kevin Jenkins 186656
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Kevin Welsh 206029
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Murray Gauld 177771
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Paul Francis n/a
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Paul Mygind 163927
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Roger Winton 202689
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Scott McDougall 181997
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Gus Fry 210505
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Michael Shields 180212
Master Radial Master (45-54) Darren Gosse 177778
Master Radial Master (45-54) Don Christie N/A
Master Radial Master (45-54) Dragos Blaga 186660
Master Radial Master (45-54) Edmund Tam 202441
Master Radial Master (45-54) Georgi Yankov 179384
Master Radial Master (45-54) Greg Corston n/a
Master Radial Master (45-54) John Beckett 207851
Master Radial Master (45-54) Michael Gray 161265
Master Radial Master (45-54) Mike Knowsley 202918
Master Radial Master (45-54) Richard Blakey 185806
Master Radial Master (45-54) Stew Taylor 192278
Master Radial Master (45-54) Werner Hennig 187892
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Anthony Merrington 210507
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Atchison Ken 192705
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Karl Nicholson 202872
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Kris Decke n/a
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Milton Bloomfield 159158
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Phil Clarke 192639
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Simon Beck 161275
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Barry Cutfield 172219
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Chris Sadler 210161
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Garry Lock 196909
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Graeme Tee 181993
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Mark Hursthouse 163947
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Nick Brewer 210794
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Nick Page 198107
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Paul Thomas 198105
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Peter Kempkers n/a
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Peter van Ryn 196418
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Ric Carr 198106
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Tom Kerr 198115
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Allan Bindon 210465
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Bob Blakey 196411
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Garth Cheyne 180209
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Ian Wallace 192308
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) John Pitman 163945
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Sandy Grigg 188808
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Steve Robertson 162117
Master Standard Master (45-54) Andrew Dellabarca 210488
Master Standard Master (45-54) Dean Roe 162133
Master Standard Master (45-54) Fergus Thomson 208887
Master Standard Master (45-54) Giles Grigg 211504
Master Standard Master (45-54) Graeme Reid 188811
Master Standard Master (45-54) Greg Wilshire 170536
Master Standard Master (45-54) Jonathan Gravit 176921
Master Standard Master (45-54) Marco Canegallo 193136
Master Standard Master (45-54) Mark Oliver 167127
Master Standard Master (45-54) Owen Anderson 196864
Master Standard Master (45-54) Phil Jones 196883
Master Standard Master (45-54) Rob Woodward 208529
Master Standard Master (45-54) Robert Anderson 190374
Master Standard Master (45-54) Thomas Schwarz 100428
Master Standard Master (45-54) Tony Evans 208337
Master Standard Master (45-54) Tony Nicholson 195549
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