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NZL Sailing Team at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

The NZL Sailing Team won the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and we are aiming to do the same in Bermuda this year. But it won’t be easy.
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup mirrors the America’s Cup in so many ways. Not only will the NZL Sailing Team be racing in the AC45s used in the America’s Cup World Series, foiling catamarans that can reach speeds of up to 40 knots, and be sailed between the Louis Vuitton series and America’s Cup in Bermuda but we will also be up against 11 other teams desperate to win. Many of those teams have large corporate sponsors behind them with multi-million dollar budgets.
We’re not so lucky. We have to fund our own campaign and need $200,000 to get to Bermuda. We have some generous backers but are still a considerable way short of our target to pay for insurance, training, flights, accommodation, food and associated costs of running the boat.
The 2013 NZL Sailing Team contained some of the brightest young talents of New Zealand sailing, including Olympic and multiple world champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who are key members of Emirates Team New Zealand’s 2017 America’s Cup challenge. Also on board were Guy Endean and Andy Maloney, who are also involved with Emirates Team New Zealand.
Four years on, we have similar aims. We are eight young Kiwi sailors aiming to do New Zealand proud once again. Please ‘give a Little’ to help this next generation achieve their dreams. Visit here to donate or go to;
Any support you can help with would be hugely appreciated and please feel free to share this with any of your friends.
Best regards
Dave Abercrombie
NZ Yachting

2017 NZ Laser Rankings

2017 NZ Laser Rankings for all divisions excluding Masters.

Any questions please;

  Nationals  Oceanbridge TOTAL RANK
Sam Meech Clause 18 Clause 18 0 1
Andrew McKenzie 1 2 3 2
Thomas Saunders 2 1 3 3
George Gautrey 3 3 6 4
Matthew Kempkers 4 4 8 5
Dean Drummond 5 7 12 6
YOUTH BOYS        
Josh Armit 1 1 2 1
Alastair Gifford 2 2 4 2
Blake Woodfield 3 3 6 3
Albert Stanley 5 5 10 4
Jason Hewitt 4 7 11 5
Lachlan Grimwade 7 4 11 6
Joshua Bull 6 6 12 7
Blake Nicholson 8 9 17 8
Harry Corston 9 8 17 9
Finn Drummond 11 13 24 10
Jack Tripe 15 12 27 11
Scott Woodfield 17 14 31 12
Susannah Pyatt 1 1 2 1
Olivia Christie 1 1 2 1
Annabelle Rennie-Younger 2 2 4 2
Isabella Boyd 5 3 8 3

Don't delay - be a World Masters Games competitor in sailing

Hey-there mature sailors (yes you, the one that is over 35 years old!) this is your last chance to enter the World Master Games sailed out of Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland, the site of the 2016 World Youth Sailing Championship.
With a grand opening ceremony at Auckland’s famous Eden Park, and activities all week at the Cloud, including the closing ceremony all included in your entry price, this is going to be big, but you have to be a competitor to join all the fun with 25,000 other athletes from around the globe.  
Don’t be shy…we know you want to get into life and not regret what is likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity on your doorstep!
Join some of the legends of yachting that have already entered; Mark Orams, Dan Slater, Bob Blakey, Peter Lester, Sir Stephen Tindall, Mark Littlejohn, Garry Lock, Rohan Lord, Rex Sellers, Scott Leith.
With 220 sailors already confirmed, and a 240 sailor allocation we are getting close to the capacity for entries. Entries close in just 2 short weeks, yikes… so don’t delay, enter today and secure your spot!
Sailed in the Laser Radial, Laser Standards and Weta (single or double) there is plenty of scope to sail in a class that suits you whether you are male or female.
Once you have entered then it's time to get ship shape and the following is available for you to use as training regattas;
Lasers Leadup Program
  • 25 & 26  February Auckland Laser champs at Murrays Bay Sailing Club, sailed in very similar waters to the World Master Games!
  • 5 March Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club 40th edition Regatta 
  • 11 & 12 March OKI 24-hour race held at Lake Pupuke by MBSC commemorating 50 years since the first 24-hour race.  Grab a team of 3 for a masters team or be daring and do it solo for the whole 24 hours!
  • 1 & 2 April Auckland Laser Masters Tamaki Yacht Club
  • 8 & 9 April North Shore Freshwaters Lake Pupuke
  • 15 & 16 April Pre-Worlds Masters Regatta Takapuna

Wetas Leadup Program
  • February 12, 19, 26 - Racing at Torbay Sailing Club
  • March 4-5 - WetaFest Manly Sailing Club
  • March 12, 19, 26  - Racing at Torbay Sailing Club
  • April 2 - Racing at Torbay Sailing Club

Let the World Masters Games Begin
  • 21 April WMG Opening Ceremony and Athletes Parade at Eden Park
  • 23 April Race 1&2 
  • 24 April Race 3&4 
  • 25 April ANZAC Day No Racing
  • 26 April Race 5&6 
  • 27 April Race 7&8 
  • 28 April Race 9&10 
  • 30 April Closing Ceremony

- Scott Leith

Applications open for 2017 Laser 4.7 and Under-21 World Champs in Belgium

Dear District Members,


Applications for entry will open Wednesday, 15 February 2017 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:


     2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships

     2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships


For both events, the deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 28 March 2017 at 23:59 Central US Time. 


You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 28 March 2017, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer. 


The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the district entry allocations.


2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships 

2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships 

We look forward to seeing you on the water!


Best regards,

The ILCA Team

World Masters Games 2017 Sailing: More than just a regatta

While sailing off the “City of Sails” East Coast Bays in Auckland, New Zealand in the World Masters Games regatta in April 2017 will be a great experience (these sailing waters are special), this event is more than a regatta. The World Masters Games (WMG2017) is a mega-event with a diverse range of 28 separate sports and an expected 25,000 masters athletes from all around the world.
The activities and opportunities associated with the WMG2017 will be highlights in themselves. The Opening Ceremony on the evening of Friday 21 April 2017 will be held at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park, home of international rugby and cricket and some of history’s most memorable sporting showdowns. New Zealand’s pre-eminent event producer, Mike Mizrahi, will be the creative visionary behind the WMG2017 Opening Ceremony which promises to be an occasion athletes and supporters will never forget. The opening ceremony will celebrate the unique culture of New Zealand and the spirit of masters athletes, combining use of cutting edge technology, live performances, a tribute to the 28 sports of the Games and the celebratory athletes’ march. Attendance at the Opening Ceremony is included in all WMG2017 registration packages.
During the 10 days of WMG2017 there will be a range of activities at the Games Entertainment Hub on Queens Wharf, at Auckland’s downtown waterfront. Examples include:
A Toi ora (living gallery) where visitors can experience some of New Zealand’s traditional arts such as carving and ta moko (tattoo).
Shed 10 - a key performance space with a full programme of entertainment; also featuring culinary activations including a selection of food and beverage stations.
The Garden Bar - characterised by relaxed Kiwi vibe with music and food to match.
The Forecourt – featuring roving performers, food trucks and pop up performance spaces, it will also be the start / finish area for the athletics road races and cycling time trial.
The closing ceremony on Sunday 30 April will also be a highlight and a chance to celebrate a fantastic 10 days of competing, sharing, and fun!
This is one of those opportunities that you will regret not doing. The sailing will be awesome, the Games themselves a great event to be a part of, and the chance to enjoy living life to its full through an active participation in sport should not be missed!
REGISTRATIONS OPEN UNTIL 31 January – don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
Sailing at WMG2017 will be held in Laser Standard, Laser Radial (men and women) and Weta trimaran classes (single and double handed). For more details, including information of charter boats see:

Volunteers needed for the World Masters Games

World Masters Games is coming up in April and we are expecting close to 150 Lasers and 60 Wetas for the sailing at Torbay, with sailors from all round the world entered. Its a lot of boats so we need lots of volunteers, both on and off the water to help run the regatta. So whether your partners sailing and you'd like to part of it as well or you can just give us a hand we would love to have your help.
Racing starts on Sunday 23rd April and finishes on Friday 28th April (no sailing on Tuesday 25th/Anzac Day). If you can help for a day or all week it will certainly be much appreciated.  
Masters regattas are always fun and social events. Come and  join in and spend a bit of time being part of the biggest sporting event in NZ this year, the World Masters Games. 
So if you can help please email by 20th January with your name and contact details and let him know which days you are available and what you would like to do.

Coach wanted for Calgary YC - May to August


Calgary Yacht Club 

P.O. Box 291, Station M, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2H9 

The Calgary Yacht Club, located in Chestermere, AB is seeking an experienced coach for our racing teams who will also take on the role of dedicated Club Coach. 

The ideal candidate will possess: 

- CanSail Level 4/5/6 

- Significant previous experience as a race coach 

- Both Laser and Optimist experience is essential 

- Strong organizational and communication skills 

- Knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing 

- Police Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening 

- Current Emergency First Aid and CPR 

- Current Boat Rescue 

- Current PCOC 


We offer: 

- Competitive wages based on experience and qualifications 

- A supportive board, staff and membership 

- The opportunity for input for program development 

- The largest educational, training and competitive centre for youth sailing in Alberta 

- Potential for assistance with accommodation 


The successful candidate will instrumental in helping to grow our youth program. Must be available from the beginning of May through the end of August. Preference will be given to a student that will be returning to school in the fall. 

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to

Enter the World Masters Games and be in the draw for a Volvo

By now you should know all the reasons why competing in World Masters Games 2017 is an unmissable opportunity? Well, now there’s another reason, and we think you’ll agree it’s amazing.


Volvo Car New Zealand, Official Vehicle Partner of WMG2017, is giving one lucky WMG2017 athlete a V60 Cross Country for keeps.


That’s right, any New Zealand resident registered to compete as an athlete in the Games before 3 March 2017 is in the draw to drive away one of WMG2017’s ex-fleet V60 Cross Country vehicles*. 


If you’ve already registered, you’re automatically in the draw. If not, what are you waiting for? Register now and make sure your name is in the mix for winning this incredible car. 


Sporty prizes up for grabs too

If you’ve got family or friends umming and ahhing about the Games, make sure they sign-up to our newsletter.


When they do, they’ll also be able to choose one of our four sporty prize draws*, including a Giant mountain bike, watersports kit, golf clubs, and family sports pack.

So sign up now and you could win big.

Team WMG2017

Over 35??? World Masters Games Sailing is for YOU.

Forget the Olympics, forget the social golf game, forget the lump of lead under the boat……...
This season offers you the best opportunity you will probably ever have to shake out the cobwebs and do what you always meant to do when you were young….compete in a world dinghy championship. Prove to yourself that you could always have done it, you just needed the opportunity, and here it is. Choose a Laser or choose a Weta and get into it.
World Masters Games sailing at Torbay from 22nd to 28th April next year offers you the opportunity to sail in a world class dinghy event in your own back yard and be part of what will be the biggest world sporting event of 2017. The World Masters Games will feature a spectacular opening ceremony at Eden Park and a full social program, which are included in your event entry fee and will give you the opportunity to mix with 25,000 other masters athletes.
With the whole season from now until April ahead of us there is plenty of time for you to get a boat, get sailing and enjoy the physical and mental challenges of competing against like minded Masters sailors from around the world.
So just for this season calm the Zephyr, cage the Tiger, sadden the Jolly, KO the OK. Haul a boat back from the beach, steal it off the kids, pick one up on Trade Me or go and see Roger at Weta Marine or Dan at Watershed for a flash new one and get on the water and join the rest of us for the summer. 
Remember the guys you were always going to beat years ago; Peter Lester, Murray Thom, Marko Orams, Steve Pyatt, Mark Oliver, Scott Leith, Dan Slater, Laura Baldwin, Michelle Bain (nee Baker) and many other; they will be there so have a go at them again. While you’re at it why don’t you grab some mates and put together a program for the summer and convince your mates overseas to come for a holiday and give it a go. Why not start with the Laser Freshwater Champs at Pupuke on 13th November or the Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay, on the 3rd and 4th December or join the regular Weta fleet at Torbay on Sundays.
But remember it's all about being there. Unrestricted entry gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail in an event like this in our own back yard and join in a great social program to back up the racing on the water.
So whether your 35 or 75 get a boat, start the program and join well over 100 sailors already registered and enter now. 
All the details and registration is at or Facebook Torbay Sailing Club – WMG 2017 sailing.

Laser Carbon top section finally here - almost

PSA will have the long awaited class legal Laser carbon top section available from 1st February 2017.
They are AUD850 in australia - with preorders accepted for AUD100 online at the PSA site.

In NZ they will be available from Dan Slater at The Watershed.

We are now taking pre orders for Feb delivery total cost is $1042 and the deposit is $200.
Sailors can call and make a CC deposit and the freight we will discuss at Nationals when we have more details but  would like to combine areas orders and freight.
- Dan Slater


The official word from the ILCA below:

Laser Class Announces New Composite Top Mast
The class legal composite mast will be available in early 2017.
5 December 2016
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a class-legal composite top mast section that is expected to be available for purchase in early 2017.
Because the new mast was designed with the exact same weight and bend characteristics as the existing aluminum upper sections, it will not provide a performance advantage but instead will eliminate the permanent bending problems associated with the aluminum spars.
"ILCA's policy regarding the introduction of new equipment is that it should always have the same characteristics as the existing equipment and that the new equipment should not give a performance advantage when raced alongside existing equipment," says ILCA Executive Secretary, Eric Faust. "The composite mast definitely meets that objective. It's been tested by some of the top Laser sailors in the world and they all agree that they can't determine any difference while sailing."
According to ILCA Technical Officer, Clive Humphris, "The new top section has been rigorously developed and tested over the past six years to assure that it is a 'like-for-like' part with the current mast. The advantage is that the new mast will be much more durable and won't be prone to permanent bending like the aluminum masts."
ILCA President, Tracy Usher, agrees. "I've sailed with a prototype composite upper while training in a wide variety of conditions -- I couldn't tell any difference between having this spar on the boat or using an aluminum one. I sail the same way and the boat seems to behave the same way. Everything felt the same."
"This is going to make Laser sailing easier for everyone," adds Usher. "Sailors won't need to carefully align their mast rivet when rigging or worry about straightening their masts after a day of heavy air sailing. It's going to be a big improvement for everyone!"
Because the composite mast is now a fully approved change to the Laser Construction Manual, there is no need for a change to the Laser Class Rules. As long as the mast is purchased from an approved Laser Builder or one of its authorized dealers, it will be legal for use at all ILCA sanctioned events.
The new mast specifications have been developed in close cooperation between the approved Laser Builders, World Sailing and ILCA. Because the composite top section is class legal and it will not provide any advantage in performance on the water, neither ILCA nor World Sailing anticipate that the use of the composite mast will need to be restricted for any future events. If it is subsequently determined that the use of the mast needs to be restricted, this will be controlled by Notice of Race on an event-by-event basis.
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