Laser Results & Reports

Laser regatta reports and results.
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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


 

2018 Canterbury Laser Champs Results & Report

On the weekend of 15th,16th December, we had 21 Full rig Lasers, 3 Radials, and two 4.7’s racing on the Christchurch estuary for the Canterbury Laser Champs. The Fleet launched from both CYC and Mt Pleasant Yacht Club. 
 
Saturday and Sunday saw light NE winds of between 5-8 knots. There was a tidal window to get the 3 races in each day. Races were around 35 minutes length and outer 2 courses were sailed. 
 
Competitors were from CYC, Mt Pleasant, and Naval Point.

2018 South Island Laser Champs Report & Results

The South Island Laser Champs were held at Nelson Sailing Club on December 1st and 2nd.

There were 18 Radials and 4 Full rigs entered from Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson and Picton.
 
On Saturday, sailors were held on shore until about noon (beats sitting on a millpond!). We then sailed out to the start line which felt like a race and a half in itself. The winds were 3-5 knots WSW moving to WNW later in the day and then dying away altogether after 3 races were done and dusted.

2018 North Island Laser Champs

Another great North Island laser Champs was held at the Napier Sailing Club as part of their annual Summer Regatta.

Laser Results

There were 149 entrants in the various classes of the regatta. Naturally, the biggest fleet was Lasers with 31 x Radials, 17 x Standards and 2 x 4.7's. But also good numbers of Opti's, Open Bic's, OK's and Piper Tigers - a real old school regatta atmosphere.

With the rain lashing the rest of the upper North Island, we probably had the best spot. Cloudy but warm, a few sprinkles on Saturday, but the worst of the forecast rain for Sunday held off till we were off the water and packed up.

The excellent Napier SC race committee got all 7 races, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. The Lasers shared the outer Triangle+Windward-Leeward course with the OK's and Paper Tigers. That made for some challenging bottom mark roundings - those Paper Tigers arrive from nowhere and can leave a big hole in the wind.

Saturday was light to medium breeze. One big right-hand shift caught some (well me) on the first beat of the standard fleet in the third race, but otherwise, it generally oscillated and was fair racing.

We were delayed 30 minutes at the start on Sunday when the wind died as we got out to the course. But were entertained by a decent school of dolphins (or maybe porpoises) who paralleled the boats as we warmed up in the filling breeze. We then go a medium strength breeze and busier sea state over the groundswell - making for some energetic sailing.

Josh Armit dominated the standard fleet winning every race. He was generally (but not always) in the front few sailors from the start. But really put distance on the chasers on each reach.

Dave Ridley was the next most consistent standard and leading master. He was followed by Luke Deegan who is recently back in the country and a great addition sailing at Lake Pupuke.

The Radials had a much tighter battle with master Scott Leith getting 4 bullets to Luke Cashmore's 3 bullets. They ended on equal total points, and Scott only one point clear to win after the drops. They were followed by Caleb Armit and Albert Stanley finishing on equal points, Caleb taking 3rd on countback.

Only one point shy of the boys was Annabelle Rennie-Younger as leading female and 5th overall. Second female and first youth female was Samantha Stock in 9th after having to drop a DSQ (there must be a story there).

Two 4.7's were mixing it up with the Radials. Jacob Goodall came out on top in all but one race over Charlotte Gray.

Thanks again to Napier SC and all the volunteers who put on such a slick event each year. And all the local and travelling sailors who made it such a great event.

2018 Auckland Women's Laser Champs Report

  • 2018 Auckland Women's Laser Champs
  • Saturday 13th October
  • See the report
  • Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Manly Mid Winter Regatta Report

The Laser classes were well represented at the Manly Mid Winter Regatta with 40 entrants over the Standard, Radial and 4.7 divisions.  The regatta was raced earlier this month between 7-9 July with a range of testing conditions from light to fresh.  Moderate conditions kicked off proceedings on day one with slight chop and around 12-15knots of onshore breeze.  While we battened down the hatches in apprehension of the big one to hit on Sunday, the breeze only got up to a modest 5-10knots.  However Monday was fresh with solid waves.
 
The highly competitive Radial fleet was dominated by Harrison Baker who won five of the nine races.  Jack Lee Rush and Thomas Mulcahy sailed well to be second and third respectively.
 
Matthew Rist was the top performer from Manly Sailing Club with a respectable 5th overall and relished the wild conditions on Monday: “The waves were a highlight for me since they were great for surfing, so there were big gains and losses on the downwind as well as on the beats.”
 
The standard division was taken out by Wellingtonian Andrew Dellabarca winning two of the four races sailed on Saturday before staying on to keep the young radial sailors honest on Sunday & Monday.  Chris Brodie and Gary Lock followed in 2nd & 3rd respectively.  A special mention goes to Dave Ridley who finished in 4th while sailing on a broken foot.
 
The growing 4.7 class was won by Burty Meffan with Kahurangi Nepia and Kaya Reese 2nd & 3rd respectively.
 
It was fantastic to have sailors from all over the country including Nelson, Dunedin and Wanaka as well as Napier, Wellington and Kerikeri.
 
A big thank you from Manly Sailing Club to all those who got involved both on and off the water and we look forward to hosting the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Laser Nationals in early January next year.
 
Phil.

 

South Pacific Laser Masters 2018

Results for the July 2018 South Pacific Laser Masters Results, Manly Brisbane

2018 Port Ohope Queens Birthday Regatta

Port Ohope hosted their annual QB Regatta.

A highlight was having a radial fleet of 11, including 5 women.
 
Helen Spencer (Hamilton/Tauranga) took out the radial fleet win overall with consistent 1sts & 2nds. Local Heather Hourigan drew on local knowledge to hold 4th overall, including one bullet.  Leny Woolsley (Ohope) and Fi Chapman (Tauranga) ventured into lasers for a new experience, having transferred from keeler backgrounds.  Young Clementine Roe (Taupo) got in there amidst the radials with her 4.7 and pulled off some fine starts and sailing (even with a smaller sail).
 
It was encouraging to experience women competing and encouraging new sailors from clubs around the BoP & Waikato region.

Photo: Clementine Roe, Helen Spencer, Fi Chapman, Heather Hourigan. Absent Leny Woolsley

- Helen Spencer

2018 Northshore Freshwater Champs Results & Report

34 sailors entered the 2018 Northshore Freshwater Champs.

All Results

Saturday had 12-18 knots from the Northwest with gusts up to 25 knots.

Sunday had sun and a shifty 8-12 knots from the West.

The Full rig numbers were down this year but the quality was excellent with Rohan Lord coming out top over Dave Ridley who was just ahead of Andrew Dellabarca who had driven up from Wellington.

Winner of the Great Grand Masters was Gary Lock who redeemed himself with a 3rd in the last race.

In the Radial there was an excellent turnout of youth, women and masters. Josh Armit series was ruined after a broken mast in race 2, but Luke Cashmore who won overall sailed a good series ahead of Harrison Baker. One to look out for was 13-year-old Caleb Armit who finished 5th.

1st Women was Samantha Stock in 7th and 1st Master Radial was Georgi Yankov in 12th.

Our thanks to Race officer Garth Briden and to Commodore John Dowsett for use of his boat in the trying Saturday conditions. Thanks to Sandy Wilson in the Tower and the rest of the committee who made it a successful day with generous prizes.

The next big Pupuke event is the North Harbour Masters in the 2nd week of November and there is regular sailing through the winter on Sundays at 1.30pm start time.

John Dowsett - Commodore Pupuke BC

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