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The 2019/2020 NZ Laser Regatta Program

NZLA, together with YNZ and clubs throughout the country have again put together a regatta program aimed at meeting the aspirations of all our Laser sailing groups.
 
Groups we have focused on in preparing the program include;
  • Club Sailors
  • International sailors
  • Youths
  • Masters
  • Non-International Open sailors
  • Women sailors
So here's an outline of opportunities we see as being the focus for each of you in planning your season;
 
Club Sailors

There are over 40 yacht clubs in NZ where Lasers race, from Taipa in the north to Bluff in the south, and we see representatives from most of these clubs at interclub regattas and the Laser Nationals each season. NZLA is keen to continue to encourage and assist development and growth of Laser sailing at club level and continues to offer clubs coaching support from our top sailors. If you are interested in NZLA supported coaching at your club please contact us through the link on the website. 
 
Most clubs hold regular weekly racing throughout the summer season, typically from October to March, while some of the more prominent Laser clubs such as Pupuke and Tamaki have year-round club Laser racing programs. Details of club programs are best obtained directly from clubs, who will all welcome approaches from existing or aspiring Laser sailors wishing to try joining the fleet. So get your Laser on the water at the local club but also give a few interclub regattas, the NI, SI or Nationals a shot as set out below.

 
International Sailors

These days our top Laser sailors, both men and women, are full-time professionals, each working towards their ultimate goals of World Championship and Olympic success. Their competitive year is driven by the World Sailing international regatta program, as well as the Laser World Championship and for those fortunate enough each 4-year cycle, the Olympics. Their training programs are structured around those regattas and being professional sailors, while we see them training regularly in NZ, they are able to compete locally only occasionally, normally in our NZ Laser Nationals and the Yachting New Zealand’s Oceanbridge NZL Regatta.

  • NZ Laser Nationals (New Plymouth - 15th to 19th January 2020)
  • NZL Regatta (Auckland Venue TBC - 31st to 2nd Feb 2020)

Youth Sailors

There are extensive opportunities for male and female youth sailors to train and compete in the Laser Radial both in NZ and internationally. 
The key opportunities within NZ are based on an established YNZ training program (see YNZ's website) and a season-long program of local, national and international regattas. While there are many local interclub regattas around the country, for 2019/2020 season key NZ regattas where we expect a strong Radial Youth fleet include;

  • Wincham (Murrays Bay SC - 4th to 6th October 2019)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 23rd & 24th November 2019)
  • Canterbury Champs (Christchurch Yacht Club - 23rd and 24th November 2019)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 30th Nov & 1st December 2019)
  • SI Laser Champs (Ravensbourne - 30 November 2019)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (New Plymouth - 15th to 19th January 2020)
  • Oceanbridge NZL Regatta (Auckland Venue TBC - 31st to 2nd Feb 2020)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Tamaki Yacht Club - 18th & 19th April 2020)
Many youth sailors also take the opportunity to sail in international regattas. Some of the more popular will be;
 
  • Australian Youth Champs (January 2020)
  • World Youth Laser Champs (Poland - August 2020)
For the top male and female Laser youth sailor each season, selected by YNZ, there is also the opportunity to compete in the ISAF World Youth Championship.
 
 
Masters

Masters sailing is one of the stronger Laser sailing groups in NZ. There are opportunities for Masters to compete locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 
 
The main regional and national regattas attended by Masters sailors include;

  • North Harbour Masters (Pupuke - 10th November 2019)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 23rd & 24th November 2019)
  • SI Laser Champs (Ravensbourne - 30 November 2019)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 30th Nov & 1st December 2019)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (New Plymouth - 15th to 19th January 2020)
  • Tauranga Regatta (Tauranga - 5th & 6th February 2020)
  • Panmure RSA regatta (Panmure Lagoon SC - 15th March 2020)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (Paramata 29th March 2020)
  • Auckland Laser Masters (Tamaki Yacht Club - 18th April 2020)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Tamaki Yacht Club - 18th & 19th April 2020)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 16th & 17th May 2020)
This will be a big season for NZ Masters sailing with the World Laser Masters in Australia in March 2020. Internationally the main opportunities targeted by NZ masters sailors this season are likely to be;
  • World Laser Masters (22nd to 28th March 2020) 
  • South Pacific Laser Masters (Brisbane - July 2020)
 
Non-International Open sailors
 
Sailors who have graduated from the youth ranks but are not pursuing international professional success are welcome at all open regattas, with the main focus generally being;
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 23rd & 24th November 2019)
  • SI Laser Champs (Ravensbourne - 30 November 2019)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 30th Nov & 1st December 2019)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (New Plymouth - 15th to 19th January 2020)
  • Panmure RSA regatta (Panmure Lagoon SC - 15th March 2020)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (Paramata 29th March 2020)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Tamaki Yacht Club - 18th & 19th April 2020)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 16th & 17th May 2020)
Women Sailors
There is a program of women’s coaching regattas held in Auckland throughout the season. Details of the contacts and dates for the regatta are published on the NZLA website.
 
So get the boat ready, plan your season and we look forward to seeing you on the water. 
 
We are aware that there are many local regattas around the country not listed above where Laser’s compete. We are very happy to publicise these on the NZLA website so please submit details (blurb and NOR details) to us (webmaster@nzlaser.org) so they can be posted and send us reports on your event for us to publish on the website and let everyone know what is going on around the country
 
Nick Page

2018 Lake Dunstan BC Laser Regatta - Report

The Lake Dunstan BC Special Laser Regatta was held on December 8th & 9th 2018 and continues to build on previous editions.

Over the weekend there was around 25 Lasers in attendance from across the region including Invercargill, Bluff, Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anau and Auckland.

There was a range of conditions from light to very strong and as always with lake sailing it provided a few shifts calling for tactical skills from everyone.

The event was won by Daryl Parkes who sailed consistently throughout the regatta to add to his wins from previous years.

Lake Dunstan BC did a fantastic job once again and their continued focus on social Laser sailing is doing wonders for the sport in the region. The lake is an excellent sailing destination with scenery to match. The clubhouse is perfect for the social evenings and has plenty of room for camping around it.

The dates for 2019 are yet to be announced but keep an eye on the event calendar and make this a must-do for the upcoming season. We have identified another 15 lasers locally who could be convinced to attend the next one.

Phillip Bennett

More photos of the event on Facebook

 

 

2019 Northshore Freshwater Champs - Results & Report

All 2019 North Shore Fresh Waters Results

Josh Armit wins 2019 NSFW Laser Champs.

There were 40 competitors and a breeze between 6-25 knots from SW over the weekend 18 & 19 May 2019.

  • 1st Radial and 1st Woman overall Sara Winther
  • 1st Radial Youth and 2nd Radial Luke Cashmore
  • 1st Radial Master Werner Hennig
  • 1st Standard overall Josh Armit
  • 1st Standard Apprentice Master Dave Ridley
  • 1st Standard Master Tony Nicholson
  • 1st Standard Grand Master Mark Hursthouse
  • 1st Standard Great Grand Master Gary Lock

We had a great turnout and generous prizes.

Congratulations once again to to Garth Briden for getting another successful series in.

- John Dowsett - Commodore

2019 Smart Marine Auckland Laser and Laser Masters Championship - Results & Report

Results
Over 50 Laser turned up at Tamaki this weekend for the Auckland Laser Champs and Auckland Laser Masters Champs. In a new innovation this years the two events were combined, with the Masters being decided as a one day regatta over 4 races on Saturday as usual, but with a further 4 races on Sunday counting towards the Open Auckland championship, allowing Masters to elect to sail either a one or sail two days and qualify for both contests. This proved a very popular innovation with the sailors, with about half the Masters electing to only sail the Saturday while the other half carried on with the Open event on the Sunday. Unusually we therefore had two prize givings in one weekend, with Saturday's belonging to the Masters and Sunday being the turn of the Open sailors.
 
Unfortunately conditions on Saturday were, to quote one Master, rather sub optimal! Rain for much of the day, cold temperatures and a dodgy very light Southerly breeze that shifted and died regularly throughout the day provided a major challenge for PRO Garth Briden, let alone the sailors. Add to that the legendary Tamaki tide and slop and I think everyone was pleased to get ashore for a hot shower after 4 very testing races.
 
In Saturdays Masters Standards 4 different masters winners for the 4 races showed the quality of the fleet but in the end as usual consistency paid and Apprentice Dave Ridleys 1/2/2/3  was enough to secure the title by 3 points from leading Master Cris Brodie. Home club Masters Richard Blakey and Giles Grigg rounded out the top 4 with leading GM Mike Keeton coming out of retirement (again) to stamp his authority on the GM group with a couple of 3rd places underpinning his results. Gary Lock in 7th was the leading GGM. In the Radial Masters visiting Hamilton sailor Lucia Chagas (WM) took home the Radial Masters title and with it the Masters Womens title, pipping fellow Hamiltonian and leading GM Werner Hennig by a point. Behind them GM Kevin Welsh secured 3rd ahead of 3 sailors who were only split by a count back; club commodore Ross Roberts (M), Tauranga visitor Pete Thomas (GM) and yet another Hamiltonian Scott Mcdougal (GM).
 
So while the Masters trophies were back at the engravers the Open sailors, including about half the Masters who elected to sail both days, hoped for some better conditions on Sunday to complete the Open champs. Sure enough Sunday dawned sunny and with a 10 knot Southerly which, although gusty and shifty as is typical for Tamaki, provided a really great days racing. After day 1 Olympic squad sailor Josh Armit dominated the Standard results with 4 bullets. Unfortunately Josh could not sail Sunday, leaving it for the remaining Standard masters to fight it out with the rest of the open fleet for the title. At the end of the day it was again Apprentice Dave Ridley who took out the first 2 races of the day and followed up with a 3rd to secure the title. Chris Brodie won the last race of the day to secure 2nd overall on count back from an extremely consistent Giles Grigg with Wellington visitor Andrew Dellabarca having a much better day to claim 4th overall.
 
In the Radials the Youths dominated, with the top sailors continuing what has been fantastic season long tussle for supremacy. This weekend Harrison Baker overturned some of the earlier season results with a decisive series victory, including 5 bullets, over this years Youth Rep Luke Cashmore. Youngster Caleb Armit continued to show great promise with a 3rd overall, a point ahead of a consistent Thomas Mulcahy. First Woman was youth rep Sam Stock in 5th, with the first of the 2 day Masters Werner Hennig finding the pace of the Youths a hard act to match as the leading master in 7th.
 
Great prizes thanks to the contest sponsor Smart Marine while this years Laser traveller series spot prize winner was Matthew Rist from Manly, who takes home a new Laser sail courtesy of Dan at Watershed
 
So a very successful weekend and great to see a large Laser fleet out late in the season.
 
Nick Page
 

2019 Duncan & Ebbet Tauranga Centreboard Regatta - Results & Report

The Tauranga boat club held its annual dinghy regatta over the weekend of 16 and 17 Feb.  With the good entries it can now feature on the list of annual Laser regattas to attend!
 
We had participants from Wellington, Ohope, Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland who well outnumbered the locals. Rumour has it that there are a few more locals soon to join the fleet in Tauranga!
 
On Saturday we had 3 races in a cracking breeze from the south-west which tested everyone's stamina, not only on the water but also at the very social after match barbecue.  This was a great addition to the event with salads and rolls provided and bring your own meat.  
 
Sunday started off flat calm and gave us a chance to continue the yarns from the night before. We again had three races with a variety of winners. Kent Copplestone from Rotorua took out the full rigs with Werner Henning from Hamilton winning the Radials.
 
A big thanks to all those who competed with special thanks to those who travelled some long distances to take part.  
 
I look forward to more Laser sailors joining in next year and enjoying this fabulous sailing venue.  

Pete Thomas


 
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