2021 NZ National Laser Champs

2021 Catalyst NZ Laser Nationals - Final Day 4

A fantastic final day of the 2021 Catalyst Laser Nationals at Worser Bay saw all fleets complete 3 races in a 15 to 25 knot northerly that fortunately eased slightly as the day progressed, contrary to the forecast. It was wind against tide, which gave some good waves and great downwind rides while making everyone work hard on the beats, but did prove a challenge for some resulting in a number of UFD’s .
In the Standards Olympic rep Sam Meech remained simply untouchable, winning every race and I think leading at every mark of the contest. It is Sam’s first NZ Laser Championship and was really an exhibition of supreme quality Laser sailing. George Gautry was on his heels the whole time, although Luke Deegan was able to break Georges run of seconds in the second race of the day, securing third overall in the process. A super consistent Luke Cashmore was 4th overall and was the leading U21 sailor, while leading Master Andrew Dellabarca continued his domination of the masters fleet finishing 5th overall. Leading Apprentice Master was Tim Pitcaithly from Nelson while Owen Anderson, sailing in his home waters, secured the GM title with 3 solid races today.
In the Radial fleet Thomas Mulcahy (Y) from Murrays Bay was almost as dominant as Sam was in the Standards, winning two of today’s 3 races to count 6 bullets and a second for a convincing and well deserved overall win. Second overall and winner of the final race was Matthew Rist from Manly, while open sailor George Lane had a great day with three 2nd places to get up to third overall. Olivia Christie was the leading woman in 5th with Greta Pilkington leading the female Youth group in 11th overall.
In the Radial Masters past Olympic champ Jenny Armstrong (WM) won on count back from Phil Wild (A), with Tauranga’s Pete Thomas leading the GM’s in third overall. Leading GGM was John Pitman in 8th overall.
Overall a very successful contest with Worser Bay living up to its breezy reputation but providing great racing and a wonderful venue in their new clubhouse complex.  Next years contest will be at Queen Charlotte, which is again sure to provide another excellent venue.

2021 Catalyst NZ Laser Nationals - Day 3

After loosing day 2 to 40+ knot gales we were all hoping the forecast was correct and wind would moderate by the 1pm start time today. And it did, a little. So today all fleets completed 2 races in a strong northerly Wellington “breeze” which gusted over 30 knots at times through the afternoon, accompanied by a 1 to 2m waves churned up by the incoming tide. There were plenty of swimmers and a bit of  broken gear but at the end of the day the club was buzzing with tales of survival and recovery. The stadium racing concept, sailing in the bay immediately in front of the club, absolutely came into its own today, allowing spectators a great view of the action and some, like GGM Mike Keeton, the ability to pop into the beach to recover from a wee swim and grab a cup o’ tea between races. 
The conditions certainly did not faze the top sailors. In the Standards Sam Meech again nailed both starts and landed 2 bullets, with George Gautry always in hot pursuit in both races. The two Luke’s; Deegan and Cashmore, Eroni Leilua and standout Masters Andrew Dellabarca were again in touch as the chasing bunch, with a gap back to the rest. Rob Woodward and Tony Nicholson had a great battle for the second Masters slot while only 3 points now separate Owen and Doug Anderson at the head of the GGM field, with Owen suffering from getting a bit keen at the start of the first race.
In the Radials, Youth sailor Thomas Mulcahy really stamped his authority on the contest with 2 more bullets. Nearest rival Caleb Armit (Y) was unlucky to collect an OCS in race 2, while 3rd placed Matthew Rist handled the conditions exceptionally well to secure a second and third today to stay in touch with the leading pair. His days results were matched by the leading woman, NZL squad member Olivia Christie, who consequently opened up a useful points gap on fellow squad member Annabelle Rennie Younger. Other standouts in the fleet were Blake Wood (Y), who’s 4th and 6th gets him up to 7th overall going into the final day, and Greta Pilkington, who had two top 10 finishes to secure her position as leading female youth.
In the Radial Masters today saw the top of the leader board tighten right up. With local Ed Tam winning the first race and Dunedin’s Jenny Armstrong the second only 2 points now separate the top 3, with Phil Wild just holding on the lead. These 3 are followed by a group of GM’s led by Pete Thomas, while 5th placed Mike Knowsley was a touch unlucky to fit in a quick swim while completing a penalty turn for touching the top mark while near the front in race 2.
Racing is scheduled to start early on the final day tomorrow, which looks to be fortunate with another gale warning coming into effect at lunchtime tomorrow. Hopefully we will squeeze in some final day racing and complete what has to date been an extremely successful, if rather challenging, regatta.

NZ Laser Nationals - Day 2 Racing Cancelled Saturday 23rd Jan

All racing has been cancelled for Saturday 23rd Jan at the NZ Laser Nationals, due to the high winds.

First race for Sunday is still scheduled for 1pm.

The Catalyst 2021 Laser National Champs - Worser Bay

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Worser Bay has brand new club rooms to show off, and a plan for stadium style racing out in front.

Check back here as we add more details.

Catalyst 2021 NZ Laser National Entries

Updated 18th Jan 2021

Fleet First Name Last Name Sail Number
Laser Radial Open George Lane 157710
Laser Radial Open James Bitchener 210827
Laser Radial Women Amy Anderson n/a
Laser Radial Women Annabelle Rennie-Younger n/a
Laser Radial Women Emily Overend 195545
Laser Radial Women Holly Curtis 196413
Laser Radial Women isabella boyd 91
Laser Radial Women Julia Francis 208518
Laser Radial Women Olivia Christie 217315
Laser Radial Youth Anna Martin 210825
Laser Radial Youth Blake Wood 217298
Laser Radial Youth Caleb Armit 209259
Laser Radial Youth Caleb Squire n/a
Laser Radial Youth Connor Adams 184222
Laser Radial Youth Dylan Forsyth 217424
Laser Radial Youth Edward Dewhirst 196410
Laser Radial Youth Emily McCarthy 136709
Laser Radial Youth Gabriella Kenton-Smith n/a
Laser Radial Youth George Pilkington 211574
Laser Radial Youth Greta Pilkington 217319
Laser Radial Youth Harry Edwards 210821
Laser Radial Youth Jack Bennett n/a
Laser Radial Youth Kaspian Evatt 178625
Laser Radial Youth Lilly-Marie Houry 210505
Laser Radial Youth louie poletti 208523
Laser Radial Youth Luke Squire n/a
Laser Radial Youth Matthew Rist 217849
Laser Radial Youth Max Beck 206025
Laser Radial Youth Molly Webley 208341
Laser Radial Youth Nathan Vince 217317
Laser Radial Youth Sophia Morgan 216173
Laser Radial Youth Teaghan Denney 142917
Laser Radial Youth Thomas Mulcahy 216172
Laser Radial Youth Thonas Link 216010
Laser Radial Youth Zac Floyd 212253
Laser Radial Youth Zach Stibbe 1930330
Laser Standard Open Albert Stanley 216178
Laser Standard Open Charles Corston N/a
Laser Standard Open Eroni Leilua 216199
Laser Standard Open george gautrey 214437
Laser Standard Open Harry Corston N/a
Laser Standard Open Lewis Anderson 195538
Laser Standard Open Luke Cashmore n/a
Laser Standard Open Luke Deegan 215931
Laser Standard Open Sam Meech 216175
Master Radial Apprentice (35-44) Phil Wild 211509
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) chris trudgen 205848
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) George willcock 196880
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Helen Spencer 212258
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Paul Francis N/A
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Pete Thomas 209280
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Rick Spencer 214992
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Robert English 174322
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Roger Winton 202689
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Scott McDougall 217619
Master Radial Grand Master (55-64) Werner Hennig 210481
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) John Pitman 211512
Master Radial Great Grand Master (65+) Paul Mygind 163927
Master Radial Master (45-54) Dragos Blaga 186660
Master Radial Master (45-54) Edmund Tam 212248
Master Radial Master (45-54) Jenny Armstrong 190330
Master Radial Master (45-54) John Beckett 207851
Master Radial Master (45-54) Mike Pasco 217844
Master Radial Master (45-54) Steven Richard Harris 208790
Master Radial Master (45-54) Tony Walker 191624
Master Standard Apprentice (35-44) Tim Pitcaithly 181965
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Barry Cutfield 172219
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Chris Sadler 217370
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Don Christie n/a
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Doug Anderson 217371
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Lachlan Hill 197253
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Mark Macintosh 196879
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Mike Knowsley n/a
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Nick Page 211519
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Owen ANDERSON 196864
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Paul Thomas 198105
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Staffan Persson 209894
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Tom Georgeson 199211
Master Standard Grand Master (55-64) Tom Kerr 198115
Master Standard Great Grand Master (65+) Mike Keeton 212250
Master Standard Master (45-54) Andrew Dellabarca 214438
Master Standard Master (45-54) Chris McCarthy 180208
Master Standard Master (45-54) Daryl Parkes n/a
Master Standard Master (45-54) Karl Nicholson 202872
Master Standard Master (45-54) Ken Atchison 192705
Master Standard Master (45-54) Kent Copplestone 193059
Master Standard Master (45-54) Kyle Adair 192279
Master Standard Master (45-54) Matthew St Amand 210462
Master Standard Master (45-54) Michael Gray 161265
Master Standard Master (45-54) Rob Anderson 168881
Master Standard Master (45-54) Rob Woodward 208529
Master Standard Master (45-54) rod studd 196872
Master Standard Master (45-54) Simon Beck 161275
Master Standard Master (45-54) Tony Nicholson 212266

Getting your boat Measured at the NZ Laser Nationals

Check the online ILCA Laser Handbook for answers on what is legal on your boat. It includes instructions for applying sail numbers.

Read more for all the details ...

  • Get your boat measured before going to registration
  • Start by filling in your simple measuring form
  • Bring your sail with numbers correctly attached. We will unroll it to check everything.
  • Only rig the bottom section, boom and control lines. Do not rig the full mast and sail.
  • Get your foils, tiller and control lines out of the bag.
  • If anything needs fixing we note it on your form. When you have fixed it, you can jump the queue to have it rechecked for sign off
  • The registration people will need to see your signed off measuring form

It's usually not that bad. If you are sailing a normal unmodified Laser of any age we will get you through measuring.

We may check anything. But here are the most common things that need to be fixed to pass measuring.

No non-Laser Parts
We are very protective of the 'one design' aspect of the class. You will not be allowed to use any non-Laser parts such as sails, centre-board, rudder, vang assemblies etc. Even if you have been using them for club racing.

Sail Numbers
We are fussy about sail numbers because they help the race officials and safety boats identify you quickly.

  • You must use a unique sail number. Not used by anyone else in the regatta, even if they are in a different fleet. If you bought a second-hand sail with numbers attached, make sure the person you bought it from is not using the same number on a new sail. If there are duplicates the sailor with a matching hull number has the right to use that number.
  • You must have a regulation sail number, regulation size, fixed in the regulation position and spacing on the sail.
  • Instructions come with the new sails, or see these online instructions for applying sail numbers.
  • Place the numbers accurately - position and spacing. If they are not right we ask you to do it again, which is expensive and time-consuming.
  • Most boats will have a 6 digit number, partial numbers are not permitted. Only very old boats will be allowed to use their original 4 or 5 digit number.
  • Your sail number does not need to match your hull number. But if they do not match, the sail number must not be an old style number for less than 6 digits. 
  • You do not need country letters at the Nationals. But if you have them they must be the regulation size and position on the sail.

Sail Numbers on your hull and trolley
Please have your sail number on both sides of your hull, near the stern. Numbers 40mm high or more.
Numbers in felt tip permanent marker are ok.
If you are temporarily using a number for this regatta and have old numbers on the hull, tape over them and write the new number on the tape.
Put your sail number on your trolley to assist the volunteers who are helping you when you come in.

Bent and altered masts
The mast sections must be standard laser parts. The mast fittings must all be in the standard position.
Officially your mast sections must be straight. But we permit the 'normal' amount of bend these sections get with use. We will reject an excessively bent section - and that judgement is up to the measurer.

Rudder angle
We measure the angle between the rudder and the rudder stock as it really affects boat performance.
Many have the wrong angle, even new rudders. But it's easy to fix with a file or some electrical tape for packing.

Battens must be a standard laser part. They must not exceed the standard length. Even new ones are wrong sometimes and we will get you to file them down to length. It's easy.

Mast retaining line
We insist on a mast retaining line. It's a safety thing. There are various options for tying the line. If you're not sure check with another sailor or the measurer.

Buying parts at the regatta
You can now buy genuine Laser parts from various retailers, such as;

Advertising on your boat
See John Bullots advice on the advertising permitted on your Laser.

Questions about rules & measuring
First check online: ILCA Laser Handbook
Otherwise email me: mikeknowsley@xtra.co.nz

Advertising Permitted on your Laser at the Nationals

John Bullot, one of our lead judges, points us to the regulations on advertising permitted on our Lasers at National and International competitions ...

The advertising that may be on a laser is controlled by the ISAF Regulation number 20, Advertising Code. 
This ISAF regulation can be found at   http://www.sailing.org/regulations
The laser class rules do not modify these ISAF regulations.  The same rules on advertising apply to any laser event be a national championship, a world championship or a club race.
You will note when reading this regulation that advertising is not very restrictive, however, there are some places (namely on a laser the from 25% of the sides of the hull) where no personal advertising is permitted and only the regatta organisers can place advertising.
Good Sailing
John Bullot
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