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Oceania & Australian Laser Masters - Mooloolaba

Well if you ever get an opportunity to sail a Laser regatta in Mooloolaba in the future TAKE IT.
 
Blue skies, beautiful 10 to 15 knot onshore winds everyday, real ocean swells, 30+ degree air temperatures, 160 odd boats (even if they were mostly Aussies!), excellent race management and easy rigging and launching in the estuary combined to deliver a near perfect regatta. The Standards all sailed as a single fleet, 70 boats on the start line posing some interesting starting challenges, while the Radials were split with the GGM's and Legends sailing in a separate fleet from the rest
 
The Kiwi contingent of 9 all enjoyed the regatta, why wouldn't you, and left with a few Aussie cubes in hand after 10 races over the 4-day long weekend. A standout was Matt Blakey, sailing under NZL even though he is currently resident on the wrong side of the ditch. He just missed winning the Standards on count back to the legendary Brett Bayer but took home the Apprentice champions cube. I managed to put together a consistent regatta for 12th overall and collected a cube for 4th placed GM. Cris Brodie also had a strong regatta for 13th overall, including what was almost an all the way win in race 9, just getting pipped at the post by Aussie Apprentice Nick Skulander. The other kiwis in the Standard fleet battled for consistency and ended up mid-fleet although all had races in the top bunch.
 
In the Radials, Hamish Atkinson was the standout kiwi and ended up 7th overall and winning a cube for 4th GM, with a win in race 8 being the highlight of his weekend. Roger Winton started the regatta on fire, being in the top 5 after 2 days, but found the slightly windier conditions on days 3 and 4 more challenging and ended up 9th overall.
 
Nick Page

Auckland Laser Champs - Torbay - Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2018

Well if you sailed in the Nationals and Oceanbridge you will be all warmed up and if you missed them you have missed some fantastic sailing so this is your chance for some quality big fleet racing this summer.
 
We all know Torbay is a great venue so the Auckland Champs on the 17th & 18th of February will be a great opportunity for everyone to get together and enjoy two days of quality racing. So wash the car and mow the lawns on the Friday, cancel the wedding, ignore the homework and get to Torbay and enjoy two days of quality racing at the last of the big 3 Laser events for this summer. 
 
See the Notice of Race and entry is on the day.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
 
Nick Page

Entry Application Dates for the ILCA World Champs

Dear District Members,
 
Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page
   https://sailing.laserinternational.org/
 
Please note the application opening and closing dates for 2018 Laser World Championships:
 
(1) Applications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 9 January:
 
   2018 ILCA Laser Radial Men's World Championship
   2018 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships
   2018 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
 
For all three of the above events, the deadline for receiving PAID applications for initial allocation of places is 20 February 2018 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 the 20 February 2018 deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer. 
 
(2) Applications for entry for two other World Championships will be accepted beginning Thursday, 1 March:
 
   2018 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
   2018 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships
 
For these two events, the deadline for receiving PAID applications for initial allocation of places is 12 April 2018 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 the 12 April 2018 deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer. 
 
Please Note: The 2018 World Championships for Standard Men and Radial Women are Organized by World Sailing as part of the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus. If you intend to compete in that event, you should coordinate with your Sailing MNA to obtain entry.
 
Best regards,
The ILCA Team

Laser Class Rule Changes from 1st January 2018

This advice from the ILCA.

The following class rule changes will be effective from 1st January 2018.

 
1) Electronic Compasses
Rule 22 was changed to allow the use of certain electronic digital compasses that are not GPS Enabled. ILCA will maintain a list of approved compasses on the ILCA website as an interpretation to the Class Rules. This rule change was approved with 81% "Yes" votes.
 
 
2) On-board Cameras
A new Rule 28 was added to allow the use of cameras while racing. This change was approved with 84% "Yes" votes.
 
3) Shock cord inhaul attachment
Rule 3(v)vi was amended to read "A shock cord may be used as an inhaul on the clew." This change removes the restriction on where the shock cord can be attached in the inhaul system. This change was approved with 89% "Yes" votes.
 
4) Cleat in Hiking Strap Control Line
Rule 17(c) was changed to allow the use of one cleat and one turning point in the hiking strap support line. The cleat and turning point must be "free floating" and may not be attached to the hull or the hiking strap. This rule was approved with 81% "Yes" votes.
 
For additional details about the rule changes, please see the announcement on the ILCA Website.
 


New Class Rule Interpretations
ILCA has approved several new rule interpretations that are effective immediately. ILCA Rule Interpretations are put in place to clarify existing Class Rules. Many of these interpretations are subsequently proposed as changes to the ILCA Class Rules. 
 
 
1) Approved Compasses List
In support of the rule change allowing electronic compasses, ILCA will maintain an online list of approved compasses that meet the requirements of amended Rule 22 Compass, Electronic Equipment and Timing Devices in the interpretations section of the ILCA Class Rules. 
 
2) Control Line Eye Splice
Rule 3(b)ii is interpreted such that the for a control line with a cover and a core, the cover may be removed near the load bearing attachment point for the purpose of making an eye splice.
 
3) Sail Buttons
The Laser Construction Manual requires that class legal sails must have attached near the tack an ILCA supplied sail button. The Fundamental Rule is interpreted to require that Standard MkII sails must have an orange sail button while Radial, 4.7 and older Standard MkI (cross-cut) sails must have a red sail button. This applies only to sails manufactured after 1 January 2001.
 


Upcoming Rule Change Proposals
The Technical and Measurement Committee suggested several new rule changes that were approved by the ILCA World Council to go before class members for a vote in 2018. The ILCA office will send out a special announcement in early 2018 with information and voting instructions.
 
New ILCA Chief Measurer Appointed 
At the November 2017 ILCA World Council Meeting, Aileen Loo or Singapore was appointed as the ILCA Chief Measurer, to serve until after the 2020 Olypmic Games. Please see our story on the ILCA website for details

 
Best regards,
The ILCA Team
 
International Laser Class Association 
Website: http://www.laserinternational.org 
 

Updated Interclub Laser Ladder

The first update of the NZ Interclub Laser Ladder for this season is now posted.

It includes this seasons Wincham, the NI and SI Champs, the SPBR and the NH Masters. Last years major regattas, especially the Nationals, still dominate the weightings and hence rankings but there are some notable changes, particularly in the youths.

 
Annabel Rennie-Younger has moved up to 2nd on the Radial ladder, behind only Josh Armit, having shown strong form this season. There is a great bunch of newcomers to the Youth group with some very consistent early season performances, most notable debutants being Luke Cashmore from Wakatere in the boys and Samantha Stock from Murray's Bay in the girls. Also showing up is the new Torbay squad including Charlie Loughran, Harrison Baker and Jayden Abbot.
 
Let me know if you spot any glitches. The next update will be after the Nationals which is likely to shake up the ladder in all divisions.
 
Nick Page

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
 

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