Congratulations to Sam Meech, who has been selected to represent NZ in the mens Laser at the Rio Olympics.
Josh Junior has been selected in the Finn. The mens Laser and Finn are the last sailing classes to be selected.
More on the Yachting New Zealand site.
Sailing for NZ Olympic selection is a tough sport. Only one sailor can be selected in each class.
The mens Laser spot was a hard fought battle between Sam Meech and Andy Maloney. Either sailor would be a top contender in Rio. Sam, Andy and Mike Bullot have consistently been in the top 10 at international regattas over the past 2 years. With Tom Saunders steadily closing in.
Sara Winther will be disappointed to miss selection in the Radial as she sat very close to the threshold laid down by YNZ.
And Sussanah Pyatt has been improving her position on the international stage.
NZL in the mens Laser
In the Radials
In other clases
We are part way through a busy round of Laser World Champs in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Sailors report it is a beautiful sailing venue.
Womens Radial and Masters Radial are complete, with Mens Open and Masters Standard yet to come.
All results and and report at www.laserworlds2016.org.
For NZL sailors in the Women's Radial
In the Masters Radial
The 3rd edition of the Auckland Women Laser Championships was held at Point Chevalier Sailing Club on 30th April with women sailors from all around Auckland participating in this fantastic event: Waiheke Boating Club, Kohimarama Yacht Club, Torbay Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club, Pupuke Boating Club, and of course the host club.
Andrew Maloney displayed great consistency to win the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía, just 2 points ahead of sailing legnd Robert Scheidt.
Andrew McKenzie was a creditable 34th in the 152 boat fleet.
In the Radials Sussanah Pyatt was 30th and Sara Winther 32nd out of 84.
And Josh Junior won in the Finn.
The 2016 Auckland Masters was held at Tamaki on Saturday 2 April.
The fleet of 25 Full rigs and 9 Radials arrived to a promise of a building N to NW wind for the day. Unfortunately it was not to be and we never got much over 5 knots all day which, combined with an offshore power boat race through our course at lunchtime, resulted in only 3 races being completed before a rain squall completely killed the breeze for the day.
The light and patchy conditions made consistency almost impossible, with everyone getting caught in holes and unfavourable shifts at times. The first race started on time and in the Standards ancient local knowledge proved the difference with GGM and Tamaki commodore Bob Blakey somehow finding his own breeze in the middle of the course to take the lead at the half way point and carry on to an epic victory. Not to be outdone the next generation of Blakey made it a father and son double with Master Richard winning the Radials first race.
The fleet now alerted to the Blakey magic was on their toes for the second race, managing to relegate both Blakey’s down the fleet showing that even at Tamaki lightning doesn’t strike twice! Team Hamilton visitor Ken Atchison (AM) enjoyed an all the way victory in the Standards while AM Scott Leith managed to show the Radials that he was on form after all and the first race 3rd was an aberration. In the 3rd Race Chris Brodie (M) backed up a 2nd in Race 1 with a convincing victory in race 3 to take out the Standard trophy from Ken with former top Laser sailor Mark Oliver (M) getting back into a Laser after many years to start his training for the World Masters Games and secure 3rd overall. First GM was another Hamilton visitor Scott McDougall in 4th overall.
Whangarei visitor GM Roger Winton was victorious in R3 of the Radials but Scott’s second was just enough for him to come out on top by a point from Roger with Richard a couple of points back in 3rd the first Master.
So another strong Masters turnout for the Roast Beef sandwiches at the prize giving and thanks to sponsors Smart Marine and Watershed for some great prizes.
Murrays Bay SC hosted the 2016 Auckland Laser Championships this weekend with the 46 Standard and Radial sailors facing a variety of challenging conditions over the 2 days. The fleet included a strong international contingent, who were competing as a prelude to Sail Auckland next weekend, with sailors from Canada, China, Korea, Singapore and South Africa competing in addition to a good cross section of the local Laser fleet.
The start of racing on Saturday was delayed due to an unstable SW breeze fighting a forecast sea breeze that in fact never eventuated. Racing finally got underway in a light and very shifty SW breeze which constantly challenged all the sailors with major shifts and pressure variations from less than 5 knots to an occasional 12 knot puffs which seemed to appear from nowhere. The scheduled 3 races were completed with the cream as usual rising to the top in spite of the challenges. So after day 1 world top 40 ranked sailor Colin Cheng from Singapore led the Standards with reigning Apprentice World Champion, and current MBSC commodore, Scott Leith leading the Radials.
Day 2 provided significantly more breeze, with a tricky & variable 10 knot SW for the first race shifting to the South and strengthening to about 15 knots for the final 2 races, which still delivered plenty of shifts and pressure variations.
In the Standards Colin Cheng held onto his overnight lead with a strong 1/2/1 record to win convincingly over South African sailor Stephano Marcia with Chinese sailor Jianan Wu in third. First under 21 sailor was Tim Adair from Murrays Bay in 7th overall while the first master was another local, Dean Drummond in 9th overall.
In the Radials Scott Leith was also able to hold onto his overnight lead, although two bullets for leading NZ women’s sailor Sara Winther did put some pressure on Scott and lifted Sara to third overall. Leading Youth, in 2nd overall, was a consistent George Gautrey, who continues a great streak of form following his excellent results at the recent ISAF Youth Worlds and NZ Laser Nationals. Visitor Kim Da Jeong was the leading female youth sailor.
So following this weekend successful regatta we can look forward to a top quality contest at next weeks Sail Auckland regatta also being held at Murrays Bay, with the NZL Laser team sailors and more international sailors joining the fleet.
|2nd||207559||Stefano Marcia||WYAC||open||(26 UFD)||1||4||2||7||2||42||16|
|5th||200817||Ning Zhao||Jiangsu||open||5||4||7||(26 UFD)||1||3||46||20|
|13th||196302||Lee Ein Hwan||Chungnam||U21||9||-20||8||9||15||16||77||57|
|15th||7||Dario Muto||PLSC||open||7||5||10||(26 DNC)||26 DNC||26 DNC||100||74|
|21st||17432||Greg Wishire||Thames||open||(26 UFD)||17||16||15||21||20||115||89|
|23rd||208517||Park Jong Kyun||Chungnam||U21||14||18||-25||22||22||22||123||98|
|3rd||202441||Sara Winther||Takapuna / Akarana||open||W||5||-6||6||1||3||1||22||16|
|6th||204111||Loic Eisenring||PLSC MBSC||U21||M||3||10||3||-11||5||5||37||26|
|7th||192281||Susannah Pyatt||MBSC||open||W||4||2||4||5||(22 DNC)||22 DNC||59||37|
|8th||182978||Joshua Bull||MBSC||Youth||M||(22 UFD)||8||15||7||7||10||69||47|
|13th||178671||Kim Da Jeong||Chungnam||Youth||W||10||5||5||-21||19||20||80||59|
|18th||207851||Megan Thomson||FBYC||Youth||W||18||13||(22 DNF)||16||22 UFD||7||98||76|
|21st||190329||Julia Francis||MBSC||open||W||(22 DNC)||22 DNC||22 DNC||19||18||15||118||96|