Introduction to the 2016/2017 NZ Laser Regatta Program

Another year older and another year wiser:  NZLA, together with YNZ  and clubs throughout the country have put together a program aimed at meeting the aspirations of all our Laser sailing groups.
 

Groups we have focussed on in preparing the program include;

  • Club Sailors
  • International sailors
  • Youth
  • Masters
  • Non International Open sailors
  • Women sailors

For up to date details on NZ Laser Racing also check these links;


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. We see representatives from most of these clubs at inter club regattas and the Laser Nationals each season. NZLA is keen 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 clue please contact us through the link on the website.
Most clubs hold regularly 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 direct 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 inter club 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, with sailors targeting the crucial milestone of being consistently ranked in the World Sailing top 30 to achieve automatic entry to the keys World Series regattas annually, 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 he this season the new Yachting New Zealand’s Oceanbridge NZL Regatta.
 

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 around an established YNZ training program

There is a season long program of local, national and international regattas. And many local inter club regattas around the country, for 2016/2017, which include;

  • Wincham (Murrays Bay SC - 1st & 2nd October 2016)
  • NZ Youth Trials (Gulf Harbour - 4th to 8th October 2016)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 3rd & 4th December 2016)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Lake Taupo Yacht Club - 19th to 22nd January 2017)
  • Oceanbridge NZL Regatta (Murrays Bay SC - 4th to 6th February 2017)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Murrays Bay SC - 25th & 26th February 2017)
  • 24 Hours Race (Lake Pupuke - 11 & 12th March 2017)
  • Fresh water Champs (Pupuke - 8th & 9th April 2017)
 
Many youths also take the opportunity to sail in international regattas. Some of the more popular will be;
 
Australian Youth Champs ( Adelaide - 10th to 14th January 2017)
World Youth Laser Champs (Medemblik, Netherlands - 11th to 18th August 2017)
 
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 (this year in Auckland in December 2016)
 
Masters Sailors
Masters sailing is one of the stronger Laser sailing groups in NZ. There are opportunities for Masters to compete locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 
 
A focus for NZ Masters sailors this year will be building up towards the Laser division in the 2017 World Masters Games held at Aucklands Torbay Boating Club, in April 2017. This is an open entry competition and offers a fantastic opportunity for all Laser Masters sailors to sail in what will be the largest Laser Masters sailing event in NZ since the 1993 Worlds. We expect a significant number of overseas sailors to attend and are looking forward to an exceptional regatta and overall WMG experience.
 
The main regional and national regattas attended by Masters sailors include;
  • North Harbour Masters (Pupuke - 13th November 2016)
  • SI Laser Champs (Ravensbourne, Dunedin - 19th & 20th November 2016)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club 26th & 27th November 2016)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 3rd & 4th December 2016)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Lake Taupo Yacht Club - 19th to 22nd January 2017)
  • Auckland Laser Championships (Murrays Bay SC - 25th & 26th February 2017)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (TBA)
  • Panmure RSA regatta ( Panmure Lagoon SC - 5th March 2017)
  • Auckland Laser Masters (Tamaki Yacht Club - 1st and 2nd April 2017)
  • Fresh water Champs (Pupuke - 8th & 9th April 2017)
Internationally the main opportunities targeted by NZ masters sailors this season are likely to be;
  • South Pacific Laser Masters (Brisbane - July 2017)
  • Laser Masters Champs (Split, Croatia -  21st to 30th September 2017)
 
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;
  • SI Laser Champs (Ravensbourne, Dunedin - 19th & 20th November 2016)
  • NI Laser Champs (Napier Sailing Club - 26th & 27th November 2016)
  • Sir Peter Blake Regatta (Torbay Sailing Club - 3rd & 4th December 2016)
  • NZ Laser Nationals (Lake Taupo Yacht Club - 19th to 22nd January 2017)
  • Auckland Laser Champs (Murrays Bay SC - 25th & 26th February 2017)
  • Wellington Laser Champs (TBA)
  • Freshwater Champs (Pupuke - 8th & 9th April 2017)
 
Women’s Sailors
Our womens rep Chantal Grass coordinates a program of women’s coaching and regattas held in Auckland throughout the season. Details of the contacts and dates for the regatta are published on the NZLA website.
 
 
Nick Page
NZLA Chairman