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Report - Day 2 - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

Weatherman and weather agree
 
The supercomputers agreed with the weather gods today and we enjoyed 3 great races in a lovely 10-15 knot sea breeze, pretty much what was forecast. Everybody was ready to go at the midday start time but the PRO decided to wait half an hour for the sea breeze to settle in. There was a bit of ebb left in the tide when race 3 started at 12.30, enough to catch bag a few OCS's, but from then on the sea breeze settled, the tide turned, the cloud cleared and we enjoyed a beautiful day's sailing on excellent courses.
 
In  the Open Standards Andrew McKenzie (Kohi) and George Gautrey (Muritai) continued to battle it out at the front of the fleet with Andrew again winning the day with a 1/2/1, but having had to conceded one to George, who sailed a blinder to take out Race 4 and log a 2/1/2 for the day. The extra breeze today suited Matt Kempkers (Wakatere) who put together a 4/3/3 for the day but still trails 3rd placed Alastair Gifford from Queen Charlotte in the overall standings.
 
In the Open Radial fleet, there was no stopping Josh Armit (Murrays Bay) who really showed why he won the U17 worlds, being dominant in all 3 races today to reach the halfway point of the contest with a perfect score. Behind him, his Murrays Bay teammates, Women's Olympic hopeful Susannah Pyatt and Masters champion Scott Leith, had a close battle with Scott's 2/3/2 just pipping Susannah's 3/2/3. With the discard getting rid of Susannah's OCS from yesterdays race 1 these two are only separated by a single point going into day 3. Annabel Rennie Younger again had a solid day to hold 4th overall although Albert Stanley and Olivia Christie both had great days and are not far behind 5th and 6th. Samantha Stock continues to lead the Youth Women although Elly Warren found the conditions much more to her liking and closed the gap on Samantha considerably.
 
In the Masters Standard, the extra breeze was to the liking of Finn convert Ian Baker (Torbay), who flew upwind to take two Masters wins and jump up to second overall. However also enjoying the conditions was Wellingtonian and past champ Andrew Dellabarca, who scored a 2/1/2 to continue to lead overall. Behind these two there is a close group of aspirants, currently led by Nick Page (Pupuke) in 3rd overall, despite his succumbing to the outgoing tide start line trap in race 3, with a consistent Rob Woodward (Worser Bay) in 4th, while Cris Brodie (Pupuke) is now 5th after suffering speed wobbles and joining the Lyttelton Swimming Club in the last 2 races of the day.
 
In the Masters Radial local hero Hamish Atkinson found conditions a bit tougher today, scoring a 3/3/2 to sit equal on points with Ed Tam, who's 2/2/1 for the day looked impressive. However undisputed Radial Masters star of the day was ex-Olympian Jenny Armstrong (Dunedin) who gave the guys a sailing lesson and took out the first 2 races  of the day and now sits 3rd overall, tied with a consistent Werner Hennig (Hamilton) on points, just one ahead of Mike Knowsley who also had an extremely consistent day.
 
With the contest now at the halfway mark, it is difficult to think of any more ideal sailing conditions than we have enjoyed so far. The one thing all the forecasts agree on for tomorrow is that it will be hot, 31degrees predicted, but the wind is a different story with a range of possibilities proposed. Hopefully, we will again enjoy a solid breeze and continue the exceptional conditions we have enjoyed to date.
 
Nick Page
NZLA

Report - Day 1 - Sheffield 2018 NZ National Laser Champs

Subtropical Christchurch greets the Laser fleet

Results Day 1

 
A fantastic first day for the Laser Nationals with clear skies, 30-degree temperatures and a lovely 10-knot breeze. Every wind forecast site anyone could find agreed, 10 -15 knot NE sea breezes would be it for the day. The only dissenter was the wind itself which decided to come in from the South so with trepidation the race committee set a course up into Charteris Bay and sure enough the southerly settled in for the afternoon and gave us two interesting races. Pressure variations, tide, a shifty breeze and a small slop provided challenging conditions for all with a few tide-induced early starters and a few swimmers proving that the challenges of the day were real, even if the water felt like we were sailing off a tropical island.
 
The Standard Open and Standard Masters started together, with several of the Masters competitive upwind, but then the top Open sailors provided a masterclass in downwind sailing to put the Master's pretenders well in their place. In the Open there was very close racing between reigning champion and favourite Andrew McKenzie, George Gautrey from Muritai and Alistair Gifford from Tauranga. The three of them had a real tussle for the top spot in both races with Andrew just managing to get home first both times but only getting through on the last short beat to the finish in race 2. Unfortunately, George was OCS in race 2 to leave him some work to do to get back to the top of the table giving the third spot in race 2 to Rohan Lord, who had suffered an OCS in race 1.
 
In the Masters Standard fleet, the lead changed several times in both races with very close racing among the top group as well as the Masters mixing it with a few of the Open fleet. In Race 1 Andrew Dellabarca (M) from Worser Bay managed to prevail from GM Chris Sadler (Tamaki) showing exemplary masters downwind technique to secure 2nd spot followed by Cris Brodie from Pupuke. In race 2 it was a similar story with Andrew holding out Cris Brodie while GM Nick Page managed to capture third place.
 
In the Open Radials superior downwind speed saw reigning champion and 2017 World U17 Laser champion Josh Armit take both races convincingly. Behind Josh last years Youth Worlds rep Annabel Rennie-Younger had a very solid day with a 4/3 to sit 2nd and lead the World Masters Radial champion Scott Leith, who is tied on points with Albert Stanley from Worser Bay for 3rd. Women's favourite Susannah Pyatt was unfortunate to be OCS in the first race but made amends with a 2nd in race 2 while in the Youth Women Samantha Stock has a solid lead over the other Women's youth contenders.
 
In the Radial Masters, local knowledge must surely have helped with GM Hamish Atkinson having a blinder with two bullets. Pre-contest favourite Ed Tam (M, Worser Bay) is tied on points for second with GM Werner Hennig from Hamilton. Kevin Welsh (GM) from Panmure scored a strong second in race 2 to sit 4th overall.
 
So with 30-degree temperatures and a sea breeze again forecast for tomorrow it is anybody's guess what we will actually get but we will hopefully see 3 quality races for all fleets.
 
Nick Page
NZLA

2017 North Island Laser Champs

25 Radial and 14 Standards enjoyed 2 days of great racing in Napier at the 2017 North Island champs, with 4 solid races on Saturday and 3 on Sunday leaving most sailors tired but happy with the weekend. There were sailors from throughout the NI, with a particularly strong team from Worser Bay there to challenge the rest. On both days we had light sea breezes, varying from about 6 to 12 knots, with choppy seas and overcast skies. The cloud limited the strength of the breeze particularly on Sunday and meant that it was patchier and shiftier than normal. This however made for great racing, with no lead ever completely safe and many place changes throughout the racing.
 
The sailor who really mastered the conditions was defending NI Radial champion and reigning U17 World Radial Champ Josh Armit. He dominated most of the Radial races, only blinking once to let U17 rival Luke Cashmore claim the bullet in race 6. Luke was a strong 2nd overall, putting together a very consistent series. 3rd and 4th, locked together as has been the case in several regattas recently, were Youth girls Olivia Christie and Annabelle Rennie-Younger. They finished equal on points, with Olivia coming out on top this time by virtue of the tie-break. Third Youth boy was Albert Stanley, from the strong Worser Bay team and 3rd Youth girl Samantha Stock from Pt Chev.
 
Ed Tam (M) was the leading master in the Radials in 6th overall, followed by Georgi Yankov (M) in 11th and Bruce Jones (GM) in 14th. 
 
In the Standards no one was able to dominate. Going into the last race there were 4 sailors still with a theoretical chance of winning the series. In the end, defending champion Andrew Dellabarca (M) showed his class, winning the final race to take the contest by two points from now Rotorua based Apprentice Kent Copplestone. Third two points further back was Cris Brodie (M) with first GM Nick Page a further point back in 4th. It was great to see the fleet bolstered by a mixture of old faces returning to the fleet and some new faces as well.  Mark Tillet from Manly was getting in some early practice for the 2019 Nationals, which will be held at his home club, and newcomers Kirk Vosper and Michael Coutts both reckoned that they enjoyed the challenge. 
 
The strong fleets this weekend at both Napier and at the South Island Champs held the same weekend at Naval Point indicate that we should have a good fleet for the Nationals so if you have not made a commitment yet get organised, get entered and we look forward to seeing you in Christchurch in January.
 
- Nick Page

Sheffield 2017 South Island Laser Champs

The Sheffield South Island Laser Championships were held at NPCL on the 25/26 November.

Entries were from as far afield as Dunedin, Picton and Nelson. There were 22 Radials and 7 Full Rigs competing. Race 1 on Saturday started in a light SW and had to be abandoned as the wind died away and the good old NE arrived. This meant a beat up the harbour to a different race course area. Racing got away again about 12-30 in a building Easterly and 3 races were completed in 14-21 knots.

Alistair Gifford, fresh from his 2nd place in the youth trials, dominated the Full Rigs with local hopefuls Tim Pitcaithly 2nd and Master Chris Shannon 3rd in each race.

In the Radials, previous winner Peter Graham from Dunedin had a 1,2,1 and female Master Jenny Armstrong (previous Olympic Gold 470 medallist) also from Dunedin was in a tied position with local Hamish Atkinson with 2,3,4 scorecards. Charles Corston won race 2 convincingly and then in race 3 dislocated his shoulder again so, unfortunately, had to painfully retire from the series.

On Sunday, we sailed a little further up the harbour with another 3 races in champagne 14-20 knot Lyttelton Easterly conditions.

For the Full Rigs, it was much of the same with Alistair getting 3 deserving bullets, followed by Tim with 3 seconds and Sean Thomson 3 thirds.

In the Radials, Peter also had 3 bullets, and Jenny and Hamish continued their 2,3,4 placings. Simon Wilson had blistering pace for a 2nd in Race 4 and 3rd in Race 5. Simon finished 4th overall and had some good capsize practice and may consider bringing his snorkel and mask up for the Nationals!

Full Rig prizes went to Alistair for 1st Youth, Tim for 1st Open and Sean for 1st Master. Radial prizes went to Peter for 1st Open, Jenny for 1st Female and 1st Master and Harry Corston for 1st Youth, and unofficially Greg Corston for the most UFD’s.

Thanks very much to Ross May the Race Officer, Phil Foulter race management, and the race boat helpers. Looking forward to some more of the same hopefully in January at the Sheffield Nationals.

See you all there!
- Hamish Atkinson

2017 South Pacific Laser Masters, Brisbane

6 Kiwis and 60 Aussies might seem a bit of a one sided contest but during 4 days of blue skies, light warm breezes and wonderful hospitality at the SPLM in Brisbane the Kiwis certainly held our own and were able to give the Aussies a few lessons on the way through.
 
We had a variety of breezes, mostly light and variable as is typical for this time of year in Brisbane, but we did enjoy a nice shifty challenging offshore (just) hiking breeze on day 3 as a change from the 4-8 knot "sea breezes" on the other 3 days. It was pretty much flat water the whole time but there were big tides that had to be respected and used wisely to get ahead of the very closely bunched fleets in both the Radial and Standard.
 
In the Radials it was a 3 way contest from the start between Kiwi Scott Leith (M) and Queensland locals Mark Kennedy (GM) and Danny Fuller (A). It was close all the way but Scott was able to keep control of the contest to win overall by a couple of points from Mark, with Danny having to carry a 15th from the second to last race to finish a few points further back.
 
After having a look at the forecast, waifes like Mike Knowsley (M) changed to the Standard fleet at registration and went on to record a couple of excellent bullets, joining GM's Chris Sadler and Gary Lock, who also scored bullets, in making sure the Aussies knew we were there. Unfortunately, unlike Scott in the Radials true consistency deserted all the Standard rig kiwis.
 
Local heavies ex World GM Champ Greg Adams & Brad Taylor (GM), Chris Dawson (GM) from Sydney and David Waite(M) from Perth ended up at the top of the Standard  results. They were closely followed by a flock of kiwis including Chris in 5th, GM's yours truely and Gary in 6th and 7th and Mike in 8th in the 35 boat fleet. GGM Bob Blakey finished mid fleet after pulling out early on the last day with the excuse of "having to get ashore to meet an old mate for drinks". Bob was spotted on the flight home the next day so it could not have been too tough a session.
 
So overall another great regatta to follow up on the trans tasman rivalries from the World Master Games and not a foil, X box or pedal in sight. 
 
Next opportunity to take on the Aussie Masters will be their Australian Laser Masters on the ocean at Mooloolaba in February, at which they tell us all kiwis will be welcome! They are expecting 250 masters so it should be a really great event so why not put it in the calendar and give it a shot.
 
Nick Page
 

2017 Northshore Freshwater Laser Champs Report & Results


 

Another stellar Laser regatta as the local Laser Masters fleet warms up for the World Masters Games, which kicks off in two weeks. Following last week's Auckland Masters at Tamaki, which attracted a record fleet of 66, this weekend 45 Masters and a few younger guys turned up for two days of light to moderate E/NE racing at Pupuke.
 
The lake provided typically challenging gusty and shifty conditions for the 31 Standard and 16 Radial sailors, not to mention challenges for race officer Garth Briden. Saturday was the lighter of the two-day, with 4 races completed in a 5 to 10 knot breeze that started in the E and moved around to NE during the day while on Sunday there was a bit more pressure with the early NNE gusting up to 15 knots before moderating and turning Easterly for the 3rd and last race of the day.

 

 

 

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

Standard
 

pos class.div.sail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   dis net name club
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  

Radial

pos class.div.sail 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   dis net name club
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

2017 Auckland Laser Masters Results and Report

There were testing conditions at Tamaki for the 2017 Auckland Laser Champs on the 1st and 2nd of April.
The 66 strong fleet is the largest we can remember in recent years, with many masters getting on the water time prior to the World Masters Games.

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

  • Smart Marine
  • The Water Shed - thanks Dan Slater
  • nzsailing.net - thanks Mike Pasco

2017 Auckland Women's Laser Champs Results

Auckland Women Laser Championships - 18th March
 
A gorgeous day, some Hawaiian leis and big smiles from the Kohimarama organisers welcomed on 18th March eight women representatives coming as far as Port Ohope and Hamilton It was great to see sailors from 7 different clubs that are championing women sailing supporting this event.
 

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.

 
Michelle from Torbay Sailing Club won the day after some tough competition between Libby from Kohimarama, the previous 3 times women reigning champion, who came second and Georgina from Wakatere Boating Club came third. Heather enjoyed learned a lot about choppy sea conditions and capsizing and will take these learning to the Laser World Champs in April at Torbay. Taylor showed up the next day at the Club wondering why nobody was there.
 
We would like to thank Kohimarama Yacht Club and the team of volunteers for making this another successful Auckland Women Laser Champs. All ladies thoroughly enjoyed it and enjoyed the treats: the voucher to PredictWind, the white rose and all the goodies in the pack.

Results

  • 1st Michelle Bain
  • 2nd Libby Porter
  • 3rd Georgina Wooldridge
  • 4th Kirsty MacDonald
  • 5th Helen Spencer
  • 6th Deborah Killen
  • 7th Heather Hourigan
  • 8th Chantal Grass
  • 9th Taylor Farrel
     

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