In the Mens Radial
At the Under 21 World Champs at Mdemblink Netherlands
In the Standard mens
And in the womens Radial
It will be another eventful sailing season finishing off in 2016 with the Auckland Women Laser Champs on 30th April. These are just some of the events to get you all up and ready for the Masters World Games in April 2017. You can all participate in the games with a bit of practice and help.
And help is what you will get on Saturday 5th September with a great coach to brush up your skills, our coach will be Mike Bullot a talented member of the 2015 YNZ sailing team, who came 3rd in the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta this year.
What do I need to bring?
Boat - If you have your own boat, it is preferable that you bring it for the coaching session so that any adjustment tips learnt can be customised to your boat. If you do not have a boat and want to attend Point Chevalier Yacht Club has some lasers that could be used, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the Club.
What else can I do?
Bring a sailing friend.
Find members of the 1979 Women Laser team and get them back into Laser Sailing. This coaching session would be a great refresher for them. (See photo below)
Hope to see you all on the 5th September, it will be a 10:30am start, so make sure you are all rigged by that time.
Photo courtesy of SailingShot.com
Kingston is a quaint town at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway where it exits Lake Ontario.
This was important because;
The net result of this was that sailing in Kingston posed many challenges to the mortals; as I said to one person who asked……train on Pupuke and expect the shifts to be larger and the pressure to be more variable……then add waves and current. Kingston is a tricky place to sail. The general wisdom was that you go left in Kingston. Well, with the exception of the last day when the rule definitely applied it was more like Right paid first beat, left second, left paid first downwind, right second etc etc. Really weird chop with reflection off the sea wall near the bottom of the course, just plain tricky. Question for the day for me was often: is a pressure knock better than a lull lift…….if only I knew the answer.
The really top guys, Scott, Adonis, Peter Shope in our GM fleet etc seem to have the speed to get there every race but for the rest of us the brain cells were fried by the end of each race.
Given the above, as usual the cream rose to the top and the results in most divisions were that the truly great sailors won, many good sailors did well but others just got confused and the rest of us wondered how the top guys did it with such consistency.
For team NZ that meant Scott did it again in the Apprentice Masters Radial, and congratulations to him on another well earned world title cube. Matt Blakey showed exceptional consistency to finish second and get a cube in the AM Standards behind current Greek Olympic sailor Adonis Bougiouris. Both Bob Blakey and Michael Shields showed that they had fried far less brain cells than many of the younger members of the team, with Bob 3rd in the GGM Standard and Mike 3rd in the Radial 75+ division. Other notable team performances were Mike Knowsley’s 4th in the Masters Radial and Roger Winton 7th in the GM Radials and Andrew Dellabarca, 11th in a very strong Masters Standard Fleet.
The rest of us enjoyed the regatta, recruited for the 2017 Masters Games in our spare time and generally enjoyed somewhat variable results on the water.
Given the at times trying conditions the regatta was extremely well managed and we are all looking forward to the opportunity to do it all again in Mexico in 2016 with the promise of “guaranteed” fresh sea breezes and real waves….time will tell.
In early July, Ali Nightingale, Megan Thomson and Lachlan Grimwade headed off for the (much warmer) waters of Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Week Regatta in the Laser Radial. The competition was the final of 3 regattas in the Australian qualifying series, drawing the most competitive youth sailors from across Australia making up the 47 boat fleet. Despite challenging and often light conditions, Ali finished up as 6th women and 19th overall, Megan as 13th women making 39th overall while Lachlan finished up 15th overall.
- Lachy Grimwade
We see Lachy also competed in the 4.7 for the Sail Brisbane. Getting 2nd overall in the 16 boat fleet.
The 2015 Laser World Championships wrapped up yesterday here in Canada, and it marks the end of a six week trip overseas competing at two major events. It was a very draining week of close racing, and I am now looking forward to getting home back to NZ to refresh ahead of flying out to Rio later this month.
Read my latest update on how the Worlds went by following the link here;
Thanks for all of the continued support!
The latest round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup wrapped up last weekend in the UK. It was strange being back in Weymouth a few years on from the 2012 Olympic cycle, when our squad spent so much time training and racing there. The conditions felt very familiar and there was a fair bit of de-ja-vu going on!
Follow the link below to read my quick blog update on how the event unfolded for me, and what is coming up next.
Thanks to everyone for the continued support!
Looking forward to updating you all after the World Championships.
Measuring is officially on Wednesday 18th Jan 2016 11am till 5pm.
We may have early measuring on Tuesday 17th afternoon - so keep your eye out and get measured as early as you can to avoid the rush.
Late measuring is available Thursday 19th from 8am to 10am before racing. But try to avoid this time as it will be a rush for you and me, as I want to go racing too.
You are allowed to use the new class legal MKII Standard Laser sail at the nationals.
Read more for all the details ...
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.
We are fussy about sail numbers because they help the race officials and safety boats identify you quickly.
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 all know most top sections and radial bottom sections are a bit bent after normal use. So we permit a 'normal' amount of bend but will reject an excessive bend. The decision on normal or excessive is up to the measurer.
We measure the angle between the rudder and the rudder stock as it really affects the boats 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 do 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. The best option is through the goose neck to the control line deck fitting.
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.
Also put your sail number on your trolley to assist the volunteers who are helping you when you come in.
Buying parts at the regatta
The NZ Laser agent Dan Slater and his crew - The Water Shed will be at the Nationals.
They are a helpful bunch. They will have some parts and numbers for sale. But they can't guarantee to have enough of everything, so try to get everything sorted out before you arrive. Or ring them to pre-order.
www.nzwatershed.co.nz - Ph 09 489 6475 - 51 Barrys Pt Road Takapuna.
Advertising on your boat
See John Bullots advice on the advertising permitted on your Laser.
Questions about rules & measuring
First check online;
Otherwise email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For mere mortals the competition seemed tough. You could feel you sailed ok, but end up further back than you'd hoped. The marked shifts were hard to predict at times. Picking the gate at the start of the second beat often played a big part.
But the 3 or 4 guys with consistently good results in each fleet were simply the fastest through the water.
Matt Blakey had a real battle. He needed his win in the final race 8 to just retain his Standard title after a count-back to break the tie with room mate Nick Skulander. Quite different from last years clean sweep, and hopefully enough to keep him coming back, as it definitely wasn't boring.
Scott won the radials again although he didn't have it all his own way in every race. Aussies Mark Kennedy, Danny Fuller and Zac Skulander were fast and ready to grab a race when they got the shifts right.
2015 North Shore Freshwater Champs
A 30 knot forecast plus a number of sailors over in Brisbane for the South Pacific Masters resulted in a slightly smaller than usual entry for the NSFWC at Pupuke on 16/17 May. However quality was there with 2 of our Open Worlds squad, defending NSFWC champion Andrew McKenzie and world top 10 ranked Mike Bullot fronting to give the locals something to aspire to in the Standards and World GM champion Mike Keeton and World cube winner Richard Blakey the form sailors in the Radial for the youth sailors to knock over.
In spite of the forecast Saturday dawned with a nice Pupuke SW breeze, never really getting much over 12 knots but with shifts and pressure variations providing ample challenges for all. Sunday was again a SW breeze but lighter, around 5 to 8 knots all day. These conditions provided plenty of opportunity for all and no place was ever secure with some major shifts and gusts reshuffling both fleets in several races.
As usual though the cream rose to the top. In the Standard fleet Mike showed his class with 5 wins from the 6 races, the sequence broken by Andrew who was deservedly victorious in race 3 and was right on Mikes heels in the other races, with the exception of the last where a major wind shift combined with a mainsheet that decided to come unkotted at a critical moment seeing him join the mortals in the bunch. There was a tight contest in the Masters, with GM Peter Kempkers victorious by 1 point from GM Nick Page after a very close series. Leading Master was Dean Drummond, who was still hoping for the forecast 30 knots even at the prize giving, in 5th, first Apprentice Rob Bland in 8th and GGM Ray Beale capping a consistent series with a 4th in the last race for 10th overall.
In the Radials Youth beat experience with Tim Adair putting together a great series to take out the overall win from newcomer and current Starling champion youth Josh Armit, who’s speed and consistency showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Third overall and first Master was Mike Keeton, who despite an ever increasing list of old age ailments seems to just keep pulling out the results on the water. He was followed by GM Kevin Welsh who managed a win in race 2 and was consistent all weekend. First women was Youth Libby Porter in 6th, who also showed flashes of brilliance in the challenging conditions with her best result a 2nd in race 2. 1st Master was Richard Blakey, who after a very challenging weekend was heard to comment on his love of the lake, while leading Women’s Master Georgina Wooldridge was happy to be on the water while husband Neil looked after the kids for the weekend rather than being able to demonstrate his prowess in the Standard fleet.
The contest was followed by the usual Pupuke prize giving, with an awesome range of prizes overshadowed only by commodore John Dowsett’s presentation skills (not matched this weekend by sailing skills we note). A great weekend and thanks to Pupuke and PRO Garth Briden for yet another quality regatta.