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2017 North Island Laser Champs

25 Radial and 14 Standards enjoyed 2 days of great racing in Napier at the 2017 North Island champs, with 4 solid races on Saturday and 3 on Sunday leaving most sailors tired but happy with the weekend. There were sailors from throughout the NI, with a particularly strong team from Worser Bay there to challenge the rest. On both days we had light sea breezes, varying from about 6 to 12 knots, with choppy seas and overcast skies. The cloud limited the strength of the breeze particularly on Sunday and meant that it was patchier and shiftier than normal. This however made for great racing, with no lead ever completely safe and many place changes throughout the racing.
 
The sailor who really mastered the conditions was defending NI Radial champion and reigning U17 World Radial Champ Josh Armit. He dominated most of the Radial races, only blinking once to let U17 rival Luke Cashmore claim the bullet in race 6. Luke was a strong 2nd overall, putting together a very consistent series. 3rd and 4th, locked together as has been the case in several regattas recently, were Youth girls Olivia Christie and Annabelle Rennie-Younger. They finished equal on points, with Olivia coming out on top this time by virtue of the tie-break. Third Youth boy was Albert Stanley, from the strong Worser Bay team and 3rd Youth girl Samantha Stock from Pt Chev.
 
Ed Tam (M) was the leading master in the Radials in 6th overall, followed by Georgi Yankov (M) in 11th and Bruce Jones (GM) in 14th. 
 
In the Standards no one was able to dominate. Going into the last race there were 4 sailors still with a theoretical chance of winning the series. In the end, defending champion Andrew Dellabarca (M) showed his class, winning the final race to take the contest by two points from now Rotorua based Apprentice Kent Copplestone. Third two points further back was Cris Brodie (M) with first GM Nick Page a further point back in 4th. It was great to see the fleet bolstered by a mixture of old faces returning to the fleet and some new faces as well.  Mark Tillet from Manly was getting in some early practice for the 2019 Nationals, which will be held at his home club, and newcomers Kirk Vosper and Michael Coutts both reckoned that they enjoyed the challenge. 
 
The strong fleets this weekend at both Napier and at the South Island Champs held the same weekend at Naval Point indicate that we should have a good fleet for the Nationals so if you have not made a commitment yet get organised, get entered and we look forward to seeing you in Christchurch in January.
 
- Nick Page

Sheffield 2017 South Island Laser Champs

The Sheffield South Island Laser Championships were held at NPCL on the 25/26 November.

Entries were from as far afield as Dunedin, Picton and Nelson. There were 22 Radials and 7 Full Rigs competing. Race 1 on Saturday started in a light SW and had to be abandoned as the wind died away and the good old NE arrived. This meant a beat up the harbour to a different race course area. Racing got away again about 12-30 in a building Easterly and 3 races were completed in 14-21 knots.

Alistair Gifford, fresh from his 2nd place in the youth trials, dominated the Full Rigs with local hopefuls Tim Pitcaithly 2nd and Master Chris Shannon 3rd in each race.

In the Radials, previous winner Peter Graham from Dunedin had a 1,2,1 and female Master Jenny Armstrong (previous Olympic Gold 470 medallist) also from Dunedin was in a tied position with local Hamish Atkinson with 2,3,4 scorecards. Charles Corston won race 2 convincingly and then in race 3 dislocated his shoulder again so, unfortunately, had to painfully retire from the series.

On Sunday, we sailed a little further up the harbour with another 3 races in champagne 14-20 knot Lyttelton Easterly conditions.

For the Full Rigs, it was much of the same with Alistair getting 3 deserving bullets, followed by Tim with 3 seconds and Sean Thomson 3 thirds.

In the Radials, Peter also had 3 bullets, and Jenny and Hamish continued their 2,3,4 placings. Simon Wilson had blistering pace for a 2nd in Race 4 and 3rd in Race 5. Simon finished 4th overall and had some good capsize practice and may consider bringing his snorkel and mask up for the Nationals!

Full Rig prizes went to Alistair for 1st Youth, Tim for 1st Open and Sean for 1st Master. Radial prizes went to Peter for 1st Open, Jenny for 1st Female and 1st Master and Harry Corston for 1st Youth, and unofficially Greg Corston for the most UFD’s.

Thanks very much to Ross May the Race Officer, Phil Foulter race management, and the race boat helpers. Looking forward to some more of the same hopefully in January at the Sheffield Nationals.

See you all there!
- Hamish Atkinson

2017 North Harbour Masters

2017 North Harbour Laser Masters Results


A fine but chilly day with a gusty 8 to 12 knot southerly greeted the Masters for the 20th running of the North Harbour Masters at Lake Pupuke.

 

PRO Garth Briden was able to set a windward leeward course with just a very short offset reach at the top and the start finish line off the carpark. The course remained unchanged for the days 5 races. While this may imply that the breeze remained steady this was far from the case, with many large shifts and pressure lines offering plenty of opportunities up and down wind to those able to figure it out and leading to some dramatic place changes in many races.

 

Consistency, as is so often the case, was the key and those able to limit their day to at most a single discarded disaster were in the end at the top of the pile.  Local knowledge seemed to help some, although Phil Wild (A) from Manly was an exception to this, winning the Radials overall after overcoming Pete Thomas (GM) who had led after 3 races at the lunch break. Pete ended up third with Georgi Yankov (M) snatching second on a tie break. Both ended with identical scores, placings and discard with the tie only being broken on who beat who in the last race. Hamilton visitors Werner Hennig (GM) and Scott McDougall (GM) rounded out the top 5.

 

In the Standards Tony Nicholson (M) sailed super well all day, recovering from a couple of tricky mid race positions to count 2 bullets a 2nd and a 4th to win overall from Masters Rohan Lord in second and Dean Drummond third. The chasing pack of GM's was eventually led by John Showell, who took 4th overall after creating a mission for himself by getting an OCS in race 1. Gary Lock was 5th, convincingly winning race 4 after finding the shift of the day on the right hand side of the beat. GM Chris Brodie was 6th and Club stalwart (and secretary) Dave Lowe raised himself above the chasing pack with a well executed win in the last race, which he will no doubt use as justification  to delay getting a new boat for at least another 25 years!

 

The prize giving under the control of Commodore John Dowsett was as usual a highlight of the day. The next major regatta for many in the fleet will be the North Islands in Napier, which is sure to offer different conditions and a whole new set of challenges.

 

Nick Page

Successful Women Laser Coaching Session

Five lucky ladies from Point Chevalier, Maraetai and Panmure took the opportunity last Saturday to be coached by Sam Meech, who just hopped off the plane from his World Cup regatta win in Gamagori, Japan. Like dried out sponges, we soaked up his advice and wisdom on rigging, sail trimming for the different points of sail. He provided personal tips for all of us to improve our sailing techniques which we are all now looking forward to employing on the race course.

 
The coaching session was hosted at Maraetai Sailing Club, who welcomed us with open arms. Following a good work-out on the water,  Sean, the Commodore and Sue Whitiskie provided us all with some muffins and a hot cup of tea.  
 
We have to thank Sam Meech for his patience and invaluable tips to sail fast, the Laser Association for sponsoring the training session and Maraetai Yachting Club for supporting the promotion of Women Laser sailing.
 
 
- Chantal Grass

 

NZL Results at the 2017 Mens Laser Worlds in Split

Wrap at yachtingnz.org.nz

Gold fleet
1st: Pavlos Kontides (CYP) 1 1 1 3 1 (dnf) (26) 2 1 5 - 15 points
2nd: Tom Burton (AUS) (18) 2 6 7 1 1 5 4 4 (23) - 30 pts
3rd: Matthew Wearn (AUS) (9) 3 1 1 2 2 11 (24) 5 6 - 31 pts
. . .
8th: Tom Saunders (NZL) (15) 3 7 2 4 3 (23) 5 8 19 - 51 pts
12th: Sam Meech (NZL) 1 (4) 2 2 2 2 39 12 (40) 12 - 72 pts

Silver fleet
2nd: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) 46 5 2 11 13 (DSQ) 16 1 - 94 pts
11th: George Gautrey (NZL) 18 28 27 19 16 14 (bfd) 12 - 134 pts
 

Sam Meech & Tom Saunders 3rd & 4th and world champs test event

Sam Meech narrowly beat Tom Saunders by just 2 points after the medal race for 3rd place at the world champs test event in Aaarhus, Denmark.
Sam has his worst day on the first day - before regaining his composure to catch up over the rest of the regatta.
Yachting NZ Article


Thomas Saunders - care of YNZ
 

Josh Armit wins U17 division at 2017 Laser Radial Youth Worlds

Congratulations to Murray's Bay sailor Josh Armit who won the under 17 division of the 2017 Laser Radial Youth Worlds
The Murrays Bay sailor came remarkable 4th overall in the regatta which was sailed this year at Medemblik, in the Netherlands.

This fine result is not too much of s surprise for those of us who have watched and occasionally sailed against Josh (well were in the same race).

 

2017 South Pacific Laser Masters, Brisbane

6 Kiwis and 60 Aussies might seem a bit of a one sided contest but during 4 days of blue skies, light warm breezes and wonderful hospitality at the SPLM in Brisbane the Kiwis certainly held our own and were able to give the Aussies a few lessons on the way through.
 
We had a variety of breezes, mostly light and variable as is typical for this time of year in Brisbane, but we did enjoy a nice shifty challenging offshore (just) hiking breeze on day 3 as a change from the 4-8 knot "sea breezes" on the other 3 days. It was pretty much flat water the whole time but there were big tides that had to be respected and used wisely to get ahead of the very closely bunched fleets in both the Radial and Standard.
 
In the Radials it was a 3 way contest from the start between Kiwi Scott Leith (M) and Queensland locals Mark Kennedy (GM) and Danny Fuller (A). It was close all the way but Scott was able to keep control of the contest to win overall by a couple of points from Mark, with Danny having to carry a 15th from the second to last race to finish a few points further back.
 
After having a look at the forecast, waifes like Mike Knowsley (M) changed to the Standard fleet at registration and went on to record a couple of excellent bullets, joining GM's Chris Sadler and Gary Lock, who also scored bullets, in making sure the Aussies knew we were there. Unfortunately, unlike Scott in the Radials true consistency deserted all the Standard rig kiwis.
 
Local heavies ex World GM Champ Greg Adams & Brad Taylor (GM), Chris Dawson (GM) from Sydney and David Waite(M) from Perth ended up at the top of the Standard  results. They were closely followed by a flock of kiwis including Chris in 5th, GM's yours truely and Gary in 6th and 7th and Mike in 8th in the 35 boat fleet. GGM Bob Blakey finished mid fleet after pulling out early on the last day with the excuse of "having to get ashore to meet an old mate for drinks". Bob was spotted on the flight home the next day so it could not have been too tough a session.
 
So overall another great regatta to follow up on the trans tasman rivalries from the World Master Games and not a foil, X box or pedal in sight. 
 
Next opportunity to take on the Aussie Masters will be their Australian Laser Masters on the ocean at Mooloolaba in February, at which they tell us all kiwis will be welcome! They are expecting 250 masters so it should be a really great event so why not put it in the calendar and give it a shot.
 
Nick Page
 

2017 Northshore Freshwater Laser Champs Report & Results


 

Another stellar Laser regatta as the local Laser Masters fleet warms up for the World Masters Games, which kicks off in two weeks. Following last week's Auckland Masters at Tamaki, which attracted a record fleet of 66, this weekend 45 Masters and a few younger guys turned up for two days of light to moderate E/NE racing at Pupuke.
 
The lake provided typically challenging gusty and shifty conditions for the 31 Standard and 16 Radial sailors, not to mention challenges for race officer Garth Briden. Saturday was the lighter of the two-day, with 4 races completed in a 5 to 10 knot breeze that started in the E and moved around to NE during the day while on Sunday there was a bit more pressure with the early NNE gusting up to 15 knots before moderating and turning Easterly for the 3rd and last race of the day.

 

 

 

The Radial fleet saw a really close contest which was only decided in the last race. Youth Joshua Bull convincingly took out race 7 to secure the title by a single point from Master Richard Blakey, who was 2 points ahead of Apprentice Phil Wild with first GM Kevin Welsh in 4th. Kevin was unlucky not to take out the Masters title after getting a UFD when he had won race 3 on the water. Last weeks Radial winner at the Auckland Masters Werner Hennig was a close 5th followed by first women, Michelle Bain in 6th. Sueellen Davis kept Michelle honest in 7th overall, a great performance as she has only just got back into the Laser ahead of the WMG.

 

The Standard fleet was dominated by three sailors. Top youth sailor Josh Armit gave all the masters sailors a true lesson in lake sailing, with 5 wins and 2 seconds, and showing an amazing ability to read the conditions and either dominate from the start or work his way to the front of the fleet on the rare occasion he got buried and gave the rest of us a chance. Almost as impressive were Masters Rohan Lord and Giles Grigg. Rohan won the two races Josh when "stumbled" and was consistently in the top 5 in all the other races, as was Giles. While Josh and Rowan were able to break away from the rest of the front bunch to win their races there was incredibly close racing in the rest of the fleet, with the top half of the fleet regularly bow to stern at every mark throughout the races. This made consistency incredibly difficult to achieve and all the rest of the fleet ended up carrying a couple of higher scoring races. Third Master and 4th overall was local lake sailor Tony Nicholson, who had a great run of pin end starts and just pipped top GM Mark Oliver in 5th overall. Past multiple NZ Masters National Champion, Apprentice Kris Decke struggled for consistency and ended up first Apprentice but 7th overall.

 

Pupuke provided the usual generous selection of prizes to finish a very enjoyable weekend. The last formal warmup regatta before the WMG is at Takapuna Friday/Saturday next weekend then it is on to the big Masters' event of the NZ season, the World Masters Games at Torbay, with 10 races over 5 days certain to provide top quality racing for the 170 Laser Masters entered.

- Nick Page

Standard
 

pos class.div.sail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   dis net name club
1 Laser  O 7250 1 1 1 1 2 2 1   2 7 ARMIT Josh MBSC
2 Laser  M 10 7 5 3 4 1 1 3   7 17 LORD Rohan PBC
3 Laser  M 8808 3 4 2 3 4 5 5   5 21 GRIGG Giles TYC
4 Laser  M 5549 2 7 8 11 6 9 4   11 36 NICHOLSON Tony PBC
5 Laser  G 7127 4 8 4 8 7 7 10   10 38 OLIVER Mark HSC
6 Laser  M 4323 6 2 13 13 10 4 7   13 42 BRODIE Cris BYC
7 Laser  A 9238 8 3 15 12 5 3 15   15 46 DECKE Kris OYC
8 Laser  M 0151 5 9 6 14 3 ufd 11   30 48 DRUMMOND Dean PBC
9 Laser  G 8520 9 6 12 7 11 11 8   12 52 SHOWELL John PBC
10 Laser  G 8107 14 10 5 2 20 ufd 2   30 53 KEETON Mike PBC
11 Laser  G 1519 10 14 7 10 9 6 14   14 56 PAGE Nick PBC
12 Laser  G 6909 16 12 10 6 13 15 9   16 65 LOCK Garry PBC
13 Laser  G 0009 13 13 14 5 17 12 16   17 73 BORRMANN Thomas PBC
14 Laser  M 8881 12 17 18 15 14 13 18   18 89 ANDERSON Rob KYC
15 Laser  A 2705 19 18 9 dns 16 23 6   32 91 ATCHISON Ken HYC
16 Laser  M 2872 17 11 ufd 18 15 18 13   24 92 NICHOLSON Karl WBC
17 Laser  G 2259 18 19 11 9 18 19 21   21 94 DOWSETT John PBC
18 Laser  S 1512 15 16 ufd 19 12 14 19   24 95 PITMAN John NPYC
19 Laser  M 6528 11 15 17 17 19 17 dns   32 96 BATENBURG Luuk PBC
20 Laser  M 0537 21 20 19 20 23 24 22   24 125 CAMILLERI John PBC
21 Laser  G 0213 20 21 20 22 26 22 23   26 128 WADDELL Rob PBC
22 Laser  G 4689 22 22 21 21 24 25 24   25 134 SANDERS Dave PBC
23 Laser  G 3125 dns dns dns dns 8 16 17   32 137 LOWE David PBC
24 Laser  G 3947 dns dns dns dns 25 10 12   32 143 HURSTHOUSE Mark PBC
25 Laser  M 6871 dns dns dns dns 22 8 20   32 146 CANECELLO Marco PLSC
26 Laser  G 0545 dns dns 16 16 dns dns dns   32 160 ABICHT Grant TYC
27 Laser  G 2226 1 dns dns dns dns dns dns   32 161 IRWIN Murray PBC
28 Laser  M 6876 dns dns dns dns 28 20 25   32 169 BERRY John PBC
29 Laser  G 1878 dns dns dns dns 21 21 dns   32 170 FERGUSON Wayne PBC
30 Laser  S 2123 dns dns dns dns 27 27 26   32 176 WESTMORELAND Mickey PBC
31 Laser  M 7862 dns dns dns dns 29 26 27   32 178 BERRY David  

Radial

pos class.div.sail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   dis net name club
1 Radial  O 6381 3 4 4 1 2 6 1   6 15 BULL Joshua MBSC
2 Radial  M 5886 4 3 2 6 1 3 3   6 16 BLAKEY Richard TYC
3 Radial  A 5538 8 2 6 4 3 1 2   8 18 WILD Phil MSC
4 Radial  G 6029 2 5 ufd 2 5 2 4   17 20 WELSH Kevin PLSC
5 Radial  M 7892 1 1 5 7 4 5 6   7 22 HENNIG Werner HYC
6 Radial wM 6406 5 9 ufd 3 6 4 12   17 39 BAIN Michelle TSC
7 Radial wA 1 9 7 7 dns 7 10 5   17 45 DAVIES Suellen RAYC
8 Radial  M 7775 12 15 8 5 9 8 9   15 51 COFFIN Jeff PLSC
9 Radial  S 2968 10 14 3 9 10 11 11   14 54 KNOTT Barrie PBC
10 Radial  M 9384 11 10 10 ufd 8 7 8   16 54 YANKOV Georgi PBC
11 Radial  M 4468 6 6 1 8 dns dns dns   17 55 WOOLDRIDGE Neil WBC
12 Radial  A 8891 13 11 11 12 12 9 10   13 65 MINKOV Vlad PBC
13 Radial  O 2441 7 8 9 10 dns dns dns   17 68 DRUMMOND Finn MBSC
14 Radial  S 5806 15 12 12 ufd 11 12 7   16 69 SHEARMAN Geoff TSC
15 Radial wO 9211 14 13 ufd 11 14 14 13   17 79 BOYD Isabella BOI
16 Radial wM 7146 16 16 13 13 13 13 14   16 82 McKEE Shaaron PLSC
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