The Radial fleet saw a really close contest which was only decided in the last race. Youth Joshua Bull convincingly took out race 7 to secure the title by a single point from Master Richard Blakey, who was 2 points ahead of Apprentice Phil Wild with first GM Kevin Welsh in 4th. Kevin was unlucky not to take out the Masters title after getting a UFD when he had won race 3 on the water. Last weeks Radial winner at the Auckland Masters Werner Hennig was a close 5th followed by first women, Michelle Bain in 6th. Sueellen Davis kept Michelle honest in 7th overall, a great performance as she has only just got back into the Laser ahead of the WMG.
The Standard fleet was dominated by three sailors. Top youth sailor Josh Armit gave all the masters sailors a true lesson in lake sailing, with 5 wins and 2 seconds, and showing an amazing ability to read the conditions and either dominate from the start or work his way to the front of the fleet on the rare occasion he got buried and gave the rest of us a chance. Almost as impressive were Masters Rohan Lord and Giles Grigg. Rohan won the two races Josh when "stumbled" and was consistently in the top 5 in all the other races, as was Giles. While Josh and Rowan were able to break away from the rest of the front bunch to win their races there was incredibly close racing in the rest of the fleet, with the top half of the fleet regularly bow to stern at every mark throughout the races. This made consistency incredibly difficult to achieve and all the rest of the fleet ended up carrying a couple of higher scoring races. Third Master and 4th overall was local lake sailor Tony Nicholson, who had a great run of pin end starts and just pipped top GM Mark Oliver in 5th overall. Past multiple NZ Masters National Champion, Apprentice Kris Decke struggled for consistency and ended up first Apprentice but 7th overall.
Pupuke provided the usual generous selection of prizes to finish a very enjoyable weekend. The last formal warmup regatta before the WMG is at Takapuna Friday/Saturday next weekend then it is on to the big Masters' event of the NZ season, the World Masters Games at Torbay, with 10 races over 5 days certain to provide top quality racing for the 170 Laser Masters entered.
- Nick Page
|1||Laser O 7250||1||1||1||1||2||2||1||2||7||ARMIT Josh||MBSC|
|2||Laser M 10||7||5||3||4||1||1||3||7||17||LORD Rohan||PBC|
|3||Laser M 8808||3||4||2||3||4||5||5||5||21||GRIGG Giles||TYC|
|4||Laser M 5549||2||7||8||11||6||9||4||11||36||NICHOLSON Tony||PBC|
|5||Laser G 7127||4||8||4||8||7||7||10||10||38||OLIVER Mark||HSC|
|6||Laser M 4323||6||2||13||13||10||4||7||13||42||BRODIE Cris||BYC|
|7||Laser A 9238||8||3||15||12||5||3||15||15||46||DECKE Kris||OYC|
|8||Laser M 0151||5||9||6||14||3||ufd||11||30||48||DRUMMOND Dean||PBC|
|9||Laser G 8520||9||6||12||7||11||11||8||12||52||SHOWELL John||PBC|
|10||Laser G 8107||14||10||5||2||20||ufd||2||30||53||KEETON Mike||PBC|
|11||Laser G 1519||10||14||7||10||9||6||14||14||56||PAGE Nick||PBC|
|12||Laser G 6909||16||12||10||6||13||15||9||16||65||LOCK Garry||PBC|
|13||Laser G 0009||13||13||14||5||17||12||16||17||73||BORRMANN Thomas||PBC|
|14||Laser M 8881||12||17||18||15||14||13||18||18||89||ANDERSON Rob||KYC|
|15||Laser A 2705||19||18||9||dns||16||23||6||32||91||ATCHISON Ken||HYC|
|16||Laser M 2872||17||11||ufd||18||15||18||13||24||92||NICHOLSON Karl||WBC|
|17||Laser G 2259||18||19||11||9||18||19||21||21||94||DOWSETT John||PBC|
|18||Laser S 1512||15||16||ufd||19||12||14||19||24||95||PITMAN John||NPYC|
|19||Laser M 6528||11||15||17||17||19||17||dns||32||96||BATENBURG Luuk||PBC|
|20||Laser M 0537||21||20||19||20||23||24||22||24||125||CAMILLERI John||PBC|
|21||Laser G 0213||20||21||20||22||26||22||23||26||128||WADDELL Rob||PBC|
|22||Laser G 4689||22||22||21||21||24||25||24||25||134||SANDERS Dave||PBC|
|23||Laser G 3125||dns||dns||dns||dns||8||16||17||32||137||LOWE David||PBC|
|24||Laser G 3947||dns||dns||dns||dns||25||10||12||32||143||HURSTHOUSE Mark||PBC|
|25||Laser M 6871||dns||dns||dns||dns||22||8||20||32||146||CANECELLO Marco||PLSC|
|26||Laser G 0545||dns||dns||16||16||dns||dns||dns||32||160||ABICHT Grant||TYC|
|27||Laser G 2226||1||dns||dns||dns||dns||dns||dns||32||161||IRWIN Murray||PBC|
|28||Laser M 6876||dns||dns||dns||dns||28||20||25||32||169||BERRY John||PBC|
|29||Laser G 1878||dns||dns||dns||dns||21||21||dns||32||170||FERGUSON Wayne||PBC|
|30||Laser S 2123||dns||dns||dns||dns||27||27||26||32||176||WESTMORELAND Mickey||PBC|
|31||Laser M 7862||dns||dns||dns||dns||29||26||27||32||178||BERRY David|
|1||Radial O 6381||3||4||4||1||2||6||1||6||15||BULL Joshua||MBSC|
|2||Radial M 5886||4||3||2||6||1||3||3||6||16||BLAKEY Richard||TYC|
|3||Radial A 5538||8||2||6||4||3||1||2||8||18||WILD Phil||MSC|
|4||Radial G 6029||2||5||ufd||2||5||2||4||17||20||WELSH Kevin||PLSC|
|5||Radial M 7892||1||1||5||7||4||5||6||7||22||HENNIG Werner||HYC|
|6||Radial wM 6406||5||9||ufd||3||6||4||12||17||39||BAIN Michelle||TSC|
|7||Radial wA 1||9||7||7||dns||7||10||5||17||45||DAVIES Suellen||RAYC|
|8||Radial M 7775||12||15||8||5||9||8||9||15||51||COFFIN Jeff||PLSC|
|9||Radial S 2968||10||14||3||9||10||11||11||14||54||KNOTT Barrie||PBC|
|10||Radial M 9384||11||10||10||ufd||8||7||8||16||54||YANKOV Georgi||PBC|
|11||Radial M 4468||6||6||1||8||dns||dns||dns||17||55||WOOLDRIDGE Neil||WBC|
|12||Radial A 8891||13||11||11||12||12||9||10||13||65||MINKOV Vlad||PBC|
|13||Radial O 2441||7||8||9||10||dns||dns||dns||17||68||DRUMMOND Finn||MBSC|
|14||Radial S 5806||15||12||12||ufd||11||12||7||16||69||SHEARMAN Geoff||TSC|
|15||Radial wO 9211||14||13||ufd||11||14||14||13||17||79||BOYD Isabella||BOI|
|16||Radial wM 7146||16||16||13||13||13||13||14||16||82||McKEE Shaaron||PLSC|
RO Garth Briden (who else) did an excellent job getting us 7 races in light and veering N to NE winds and big tides.
The first race on Saturday was light NE but fair. The first attempt at a second race was abandoned when a small group jumped out ahead while the majority parked up at the wing mark - a robust discussion on events ensued.
Some sailors waited ashore for the breeze to settle in. And when it did a pretty even second race was completed. The 3rd race was completed in a dying breeze that caught a few out.
4 races were completed on Sunday. Races 4 & 5 started in a Northerly breeze and a triangle, which shifted right half way through race 5. It hung in long enough to finish races 6 and 7 on a windward leeward course.
Garth tried to control the general recalls with the U flag as the tide flowing over the reef and under our bows pushed us over the line.
Despite the light breezes, the waves (some would say slop) could be worked - but carefully.
Even the successful sailors had a few trying moments. On the water Josh Armit was the most successful in the standard fleet. But he doesn't count as he's only 15 and we get sick of him winning everything.
Dan Slater eventually came out on top master in the Standard fleet.
And Werner Henning won the radial fleet on countback, being tied at the top with Richard Blakey.
Great to see Jim Quinn winning the Legends Radial division with a brand new knee.
For others Sunday's roast beef sandwiches were the most successful part of the regatta.
Many thanks to the volunteers at Tamaki and to the generous prize sponsors
It was the girl's regatta at Kohimarama, so the laser women were surrounded by the future new pool of women laser sailors hopefully, who were competing in Optimists or Starlings for the top spot.
The 2016 Dunstan Special Laser Regatta was held on December 3rd & 4th.
The Laser North Island Champs was again held this year as part of the summer regatta at Napier Sailing Club on the weekend 26/27 November.
Saturday dawned with a moderate Northerly breeze to greet the fleet of 40 Standards & Radials as well as good fleets of OK's, Paper Tigers, Flying 15's etc which gave the regatta a great atmosphere. On the way out to the course the breeze shifted to the NW and started to freshen. The first race was held in about 15 knots, a typical shifty and gusty offshore breeze, which continued to freshen throughout the day, peaking at close to 30 knots by the finish of the 4th race. This resulted in many swims through the fleets and more than a few retirements in the latter races. Sunday carried on where Saturday left off, with the wind over 30 knots by 11am causing an early cancellation of the days racing.
In the 12 boat Standard fleet reigning National Masters champion and defending NI champion Andrew Dellabarca from Wellington was most consistent, winning 3 races to take out the trophy convincingly from Howick's Mark Oliver and Pupuke's Dean Drummond who were tied on points in 2nd and 3rd. Rob Woodward and I had a close battle for 4th with Robs young legs ultimately victorious to clinch 4th spot by a single point.
In the Radial's, with a good fleet of 27, defending NI champion and leading youth Josh Armit was able to successfully defend his title after an extremely close struggle with master Scott Leith and fellow youth George Gautrey, who's unfortunate OCS in the last race saw him finish down the order as there was no discard and ultimately cost him victory in that race and the series. Close behind Scott were another group of youths with Alastair Gifford, Blake Woodfield, leading women's youth Olivia Christie and Joshua Bull all sailing consistently to wrap up the top 6 slots. Second Master was Ed Tam in 7th, just holding out leading women's master Michelle Bain.
Napier again provided a great venue for us, with good racing and a great social in the evening. It was unfortunate that the gales that prevailed throughout the country over the weekend got the better of conditions on the Sunday but with 4 quality races on Saturday and close racing in both fleets everyone could go home feeling well challenged for the weekend and looking forward to next weeks Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay.
10 Laser Radial sailors gathered at Ravensbourne Boating Club in Dunedin on the 19th and 20th November. There were 8 Masters, 1 Youth and 1 Open fleet. Interestingly there were no Full Rigs or 4.7s. The racing was combined with the Bic Otago Champs.
On the Saturday, racing started at 11 o’clock with a 10- 14 knot NE. The wind steadily built over the day to reach 20-23 knots in race 4.
Peter Graham from Ravensbourne dominated the regatta with 3 race wins, followed by Hamish Atkinson from Naval Point club with 3 second placings. In race 4 , Hamish managed to come through in the final downwind leg to take a race win from Peter. 3rd overall was Neil Morris from Mc Andrew’s Bay Boating club with 5,3,4,3. 4th was Jenny Armstrong sailing a 3,4,5,4 series. This was Jenny’s second time in a Laser and she will be one to watch in the future. Jeremy from Vauxhall Yacht Club was 5th, Dragos from Otago Yacht Club 6th, Morris VYC 7th, Gwynn MBBC 8th, Graham VYC 9th and Oliver RBC 10th.
Unfortunately Sundays racing was blown out with a fierce SW gusting up to 40 knots.
Special thanks to Peter Graham Traffic Management and Control for sponsoring the regatta and to Ravensbourne Boating Club for hosting a great championship.
- Hamish Atkinson
Winner Peter Graham at the 2016 South Island Laser Champs (dog's name unknown)
Four kiwis were included in the 50 strong fleet for the South Pacific Laser Masters at RQYS. We encountered a variety of conditions, from very light to a distinctly testing 20+ knots, but could not fail to enjoy the sun and balmy 27 degree days as a mid winter break from the wet and windy weather back home.
Day 1 dawned with a 4 to 6 knot breeze, just sufficient for racing to commence on time and freshening a bit for race 2. Day 2 blew out any cobwebs with a strong offshore breeze and typical Moreton Bay short steep chop for both races. The wind averaged about 20 knots but with gusts over 30 recorded at nearby Brisbane airport, the day proved a challenge for many in the fleet and the source of great discussions sitting in the sun at the bar afterwards! Day 3 was a drift out and tow back with no racing possible after the light offshore breeze refused to freshen to race strength. The final day started with a couple of false starts in a westerly breeze but this was then replaced with an unsteady NE sea breeze which allowed two good races to wrap up a successful series.
In the Radials Mike Knowsley (M) sailed an excellent and consistent series to finish a creditable 3rd overall, even after being "robbed" (shades of the underarm incident??) of a 2nd over the line in race 1 by an eagle eyed race officer at the start. Our other Radial rep, Roger Winton (GM) from Whangarei suffered a bout of flu which contributed to his having an up and down series to finish mid fleet in 11th overall.
In the Standards the overall results were significantly affected by a couple of unusual factors. In race 3 the majority of the fleet rounded the wrong top mark, demonstrating that ex world champions are not always right and should not always be followed, which really mixed up the results for that race with many sailors withdrawing. The results were also skewed by current GM world champion, expat Kiwi Gavin Dagley, missing the first 2 races after misjudging the start badly by missing his plane to the contest! Anyway the net result was that few in the Standards were able to post consistent results and I ended up 4th overall in spite of an at times inconsistent effort and Chris Sadler (GM) finished 6th overall after a strong series which suffered from a couple of very unlucky breaks when right in the hunt in several races.
Overall a very enjoyable series and to cap it off there was good interest from many of the Aussies there in coming to the WMG next April.
The forecast glorious weather but light winds eventuated, but if anything it made a holiday weekend in the EBOP more appealing.
A good fleet of 25 Lasers, as well as 6 Jolly boats, 5 Zephyrs and 10 Opti's were on the water.
Great to see 5 women Laser entries, all sailing full rig!
On Saturday the race committee did great to get 4 races in, and even if relatively short triangle or triangle + Windward-Leeward. Sailing in Ohiwa harbour gives plenty of tactical options playing with the tides and sandbanks.
Regular visitors from Panmure, Ian Wallace, Paul Page and Andrew Coffin again gave top locals Barry Cutfield, Ken Tarboton and Mark mackintosh a run for their money.
The club put on a wonderful buffet that evening, with some 60 people cosily filling the club house.
Sunday saw very light winds again in the morning, but threatened to die out. The first race got started for a scheduled triangle with some 2-5 knots of breeze from the east, against an outgoing tide of 1 to 3 knots from the west. Interesting sitting with transom to the start line running at 'full' speed just to hold position. After a very quick beat to the top mark the fleet went for a reach into a channel current to the wing mark, hugging the banks as much as anyone dared. Leading around the wing mark was Luuk Batenburg, trying to keep cool with Paul Page on his transom. Not far behind the rest of the fleet bunched up for some fun at the mark. The second reach had to cross two other channels with a dying breeze. Local knowledge saw Barry Cutfield sneak along the tidal lee of the middle bank to cut across the current well below the bottom mark, rounding it and finishing to win the regatta just before the breeze gave up, so no-one else could get around, let alone finish within the time limit. Funniest race result ever with one 1st and 24 DNF's!
- Luuk Van Basten Batenburg
Photo - Hannah Morrison