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2019 South Island Laser Champs

On the 30th November and 1st December 2019, 13 Radials and about 5 4.7s arrived to a blustery NE.

A decision to race was delayed until 2pm. The wind hadn’t dropped much, and the decision was made to race. Sails were raised with difficulty and a number swopped to 4.7 rigs. At least the start line was very close to the launching site and the water was relatively flat. Spectators had a great view of the action as the wind blew mostly 20-30 knots with a few gusts in the low 30 knots.

We had 2 short races over an outer trapezoid course, some deciding to “granny gybe” thus avoiding a capsize swim. As far as I am aware Peter Graham and Hamish in the Radials and Morris Hall in the 4.7 made it around without a swim. Everyone was relieved to make it back to shore. Jenny Armstrong saying it was the windiest she had been out in her Laser!

Sunday brought nicer weather with a 10-15 knot NE. Jenny and Peter in the Radials sharing the 2 race wins each over 4 races. 

Thanks to Vauxhall yacht club for hosting the regatta. Well done to all.
Hamish Atkinson 201518 

Radial Results

4.7 Results

2019 Laser North Island Champs Results and Report

Standard, Radial and 4.7 Laser Results

We were back at the Napier Sailing Club's Summer Regatta for our 2019 North Island Laser Champs on 23rd & 24th November.

Napier SC always puts on a great event and this year it was the biggest, with over 200 boats across all the classes, from Opti's, Bic's through to the adult classes. Add some Hawkes Bay sun and warmth and it was a great start to the summer sailing.

The Lasers were on the outer Triangle/Windward/Leeward course along with Europes, OK's and Paper Tigers. Managing your position amongst the wider fleet was a big part of the weekend.

Saturday was a real challenge. The breeze was generally light to medium - but very unstable with short lived changes in wind direction and pressure. At times it was quite tricky keeping optimally trimmed and powered up in the small waves. Our RO Andrew had to reset the course before every race, and did well to get our 4 races in. The 3rd race was a bit dodgy for the Standards, crumping out a couple of times before a shortened finish. And the Radials had to abandon that start and were out fairly late getting their 4th race.

Sunday was lighter but actually more stable and we got our last 3 races in and back home fairly smoothly.

Most of us had our ups and downs, but as usual the best guys and girls were consistently at the front. They really earned their results.

Luke Cashmore won the Standards quite convincingly, ahead of the masters Dave Ridley and Andrew Delabarca.

Results were closer in the Radials. Youth sailor Caleb Armit had the measure of master sailor Phil Wild who finished just ahead of the first female Courtney Reynolds Smith. But all 3 sailors had wins.

Nathan Putt from Rotorua represented the 4.7s sailing within the other fleets.

Thanks again to the Napier SC for a well run and enjoyable regatta.

Canterbury Laser Champs 2019

2019 Canterbury Laser Champs Results

Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November, 14 Full rigs, 4 4.7’s and 4 Radials competed at Christchurch Yacht Club. The racing was combined with the P Class trials.

We had a good spring tide and a window to work with for the days races in the Christchurch estuary. 

Saturday the breeze came in and we had 10-15 knots NE in Race 1 and 15-20 knots for Race 2. On Sunday we started Race 3 in a NW 20 knots which shifted to SW after the first 2 legs, so there was a lot of “follow the leader” reaches. Race 4 saw a SW to NE wind shift with 2 minutes to go. So, a downwind start it was, with the course again being a difficult Outer 3 type. The race officer Peter Stokell tried in desperation to get another start but the wind was doing 360’s.

Thanks again to CYC for the great event. 

Hamish Atkinson South Island rep.

2019 North Harbour Masters Results & Report


A forecast of 20 to 30 knots freshening for a time in the middle of the day put quite a few off but after a couple of pretty fresh and gusty races to begin with the breeze dropped to around 10 knots for the final 3 races, giving everyone plenty of chances and allowing the fleet to avoid total exhaustion while providing extremely close racing, with many photo finishes right through the fleet.

There were quite a few swimmers in the first 2 races, with the very gusty northerly catching many out on the runs. This mixed up the results quite a bit, leading to an early discard for some of the favourites. In the end Cris Brodie (M) was a clear and well deserved winner in the Standards, showing consistent speed and tactics which enabled him to work up through the fleet on several occasions when he got back a bit early. Starting off the carpark with the breeze from the north provided some interesting challenges, with lulls, squalls and big shifts making getting to the first mark near the top of the bunch a bit of a lottery at times.
Second overall was GM Nick Page, who was looking good after the first 2 races and managed to be just consistent enough over the final 3 races to hold out Master Tony Nicholson. Tony a couple of great races, getting the bullet in race 2, but struggled for consistency and verticality, ending up 3rd overall. Other race winners in the Standards were GM Mark Hursthouse, who finished 4th overall and Thomas Borrmann, who did a horizon job on the fleet in race 4.
In the Radials, who started with the Standards, Apprentice Phil Wild managed a clean sweep, several times also beating almost all of the Standard fleet! Second was GM Werner Hennig who made the drive up from Hamilton for the day, while GM Jeff Coffin just pipped WM Georgina Wooldridge for 3rd spot.
Nick Page

2018 Lake Dunstan BC Laser Regatta - Report

The Lake Dunstan BC Special Laser Regatta was held on December 8th & 9th 2018 and continues to build on previous editions.

Over the weekend there was around 25 Lasers in attendance from across the region including Invercargill, Bluff, Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anau and Auckland.

There was a range of conditions from light to very strong and as always with lake sailing it provided a few shifts calling for tactical skills from everyone.

The event was won by Daryl Parkes who sailed consistently throughout the regatta to add to his wins from previous years.

Lake Dunstan BC did a fantastic job once again and their continued focus on social Laser sailing is doing wonders for the sport in the region. The lake is an excellent sailing destination with scenery to match. The clubhouse is perfect for the social evenings and has plenty of room for camping around it.

The dates for 2019 are yet to be announced but keep an eye on the event calendar and make this a must-do for the upcoming season. We have identified another 15 lasers locally who could be convinced to attend the next one.

Phillip Bennett

More photos of the event on Facebook



2019 Northshore Freshwater Champs - Results & Report

All 2019 North Shore Fresh Waters Results

Josh Armit wins 2019 NSFW Laser Champs.

There were 40 competitors and a breeze between 6-25 knots from SW over the weekend 18 & 19 May 2019.

  • 1st Radial and 1st Woman overall Sara Winther
  • 1st Radial Youth and 2nd Radial Luke Cashmore
  • 1st Radial Master Werner Hennig
  • 1st Standard overall Josh Armit
  • 1st Standard Apprentice Master Dave Ridley
  • 1st Standard Master Tony Nicholson
  • 1st Standard Grand Master Mark Hursthouse
  • 1st Standard Great Grand Master Gary Lock

We had a great turnout and generous prizes.

Congratulations once again to to Garth Briden for getting another successful series in.

- John Dowsett - Commodore

2019 Smart Marine Auckland Laser and Laser Masters Championship - Results & Report

Over 50 Laser turned up at Tamaki this weekend for the Auckland Laser Champs and Auckland Laser Masters Champs. In a new innovation this years the two events were combined, with the Masters being decided as a one day regatta over 4 races on Saturday as usual, but with a further 4 races on Sunday counting towards the Open Auckland championship, allowing Masters to elect to sail either a one or sail two days and qualify for both contests. This proved a very popular innovation with the sailors, with about half the Masters electing to only sail the Saturday while the other half carried on with the Open event on the Sunday. Unusually we therefore had two prize givings in one weekend, with Saturday's belonging to the Masters and Sunday being the turn of the Open sailors.
Unfortunately conditions on Saturday were, to quote one Master, rather sub optimal! Rain for much of the day, cold temperatures and a dodgy very light Southerly breeze that shifted and died regularly throughout the day provided a major challenge for PRO Garth Briden, let alone the sailors. Add to that the legendary Tamaki tide and slop and I think everyone was pleased to get ashore for a hot shower after 4 very testing races.
In Saturdays Masters Standards 4 different masters winners for the 4 races showed the quality of the fleet but in the end as usual consistency paid and Apprentice Dave Ridleys 1/2/2/3  was enough to secure the title by 3 points from leading Master Cris Brodie. Home club Masters Richard Blakey and Giles Grigg rounded out the top 4 with leading GM Mike Keeton coming out of retirement (again) to stamp his authority on the GM group with a couple of 3rd places underpinning his results. Gary Lock in 7th was the leading GGM. In the Radial Masters visiting Hamilton sailor Lucia Chagas (WM) took home the Radial Masters title and with it the Masters Womens title, pipping fellow Hamiltonian and leading GM Werner Hennig by a point. Behind them GM Kevin Welsh secured 3rd ahead of 3 sailors who were only split by a count back; club commodore Ross Roberts (M), Tauranga visitor Pete Thomas (GM) and yet another Hamiltonian Scott Mcdougal (GM).
So while the Masters trophies were back at the engravers the Open sailors, including about half the Masters who elected to sail both days, hoped for some better conditions on Sunday to complete the Open champs. Sure enough Sunday dawned sunny and with a 10 knot Southerly which, although gusty and shifty as is typical for Tamaki, provided a really great days racing. After day 1 Olympic squad sailor Josh Armit dominated the Standard results with 4 bullets. Unfortunately Josh could not sail Sunday, leaving it for the remaining Standard masters to fight it out with the rest of the open fleet for the title. At the end of the day it was again Apprentice Dave Ridley who took out the first 2 races of the day and followed up with a 3rd to secure the title. Chris Brodie won the last race of the day to secure 2nd overall on count back from an extremely consistent Giles Grigg with Wellington visitor Andrew Dellabarca having a much better day to claim 4th overall.
In the Radials the Youths dominated, with the top sailors continuing what has been fantastic season long tussle for supremacy. This weekend Harrison Baker overturned some of the earlier season results with a decisive series victory, including 5 bullets, over this years Youth Rep Luke Cashmore. Youngster Caleb Armit continued to show great promise with a 3rd overall, a point ahead of a consistent Thomas Mulcahy. First Woman was youth rep Sam Stock in 5th, with the first of the 2 day Masters Werner Hennig finding the pace of the Youths a hard act to match as the leading master in 7th.
Great prizes thanks to the contest sponsor Smart Marine while this years Laser traveller series spot prize winner was Matthew Rist from Manly, who takes home a new Laser sail courtesy of Dan at Watershed
So a very successful weekend and great to see a large Laser fleet out late in the season.
Nick Page

2019 Duncan & Ebbet Tauranga Centreboard Regatta - Results & Report

The Tauranga boat club held its annual dinghy regatta over the weekend of 16 and 17 Feb.  With the good entries it can now feature on the list of annual Laser regattas to attend!
We had participants from Wellington, Ohope, Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland who well outnumbered the locals. Rumour has it that there are a few more locals soon to join the fleet in Tauranga!
On Saturday we had 3 races in a cracking breeze from the south-west which tested everyone's stamina, not only on the water but also at the very social after match barbecue.  This was a great addition to the event with salads and rolls provided and bring your own meat.  
Sunday started off flat calm and gave us a chance to continue the yarns from the night before. We again had three races with a variety of winners. Kent Copplestone from Rotorua took out the full rigs with Werner Henning from Hamilton winning the Radials.
A big thanks to all those who competed with special thanks to those who travelled some long distances to take part.  
I look forward to more Laser sailors joining in next year and enjoying this fabulous sailing venue.  

Pete Thomas

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