The 3rd edition of the Auckland Women Laser Championships was held at Point Chevalier Sailing Club on 30th April with women sailors from all around Auckland participating in this fantastic event: Waiheke Boating Club, Kohimarama Yacht Club, Torbay Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club, Pupuke Boating Club, and of course the host club.
It will be another eventful sailing season finishing off in 2016 with the Auckland Women Laser Champs on 30th April. These are just some of the events to get you all up and ready for the Masters World Games in April 2017. You can all participate in the games with a bit of practice and help.
And help is what you will get on Saturday 5th September with a great coach to brush up your skills, our coach will be Mike Bullot a talented member of the 2015 YNZ sailing team, who came 3rd in the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta this year.
What do I need to bring?
Boat - If you have your own boat, it is preferable that you bring it for the coaching session so that any adjustment tips learnt can be customised to your boat. If you do not have a boat and want to attend Point Chevalier Yacht Club has some lasers that could be used, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the Club.
What else can I do?
Bring a sailing friend.
Find members of the 1979 Women Laser team and get them back into Laser Sailing. This coaching session would be a great refresher for them. (See photo below)
Hope to see you all on the 5th September, it will be a 10:30am start, so make sure you are all rigged by that time.
The 2nd edition of the Auckland Women Laser Cup held at French Bay Yacht Club was a huge success. Eleven women sailors from French Bay, Kohimarama, Panmure, Point Chevalier, Pupuke and even as far as Worser Bay came to participate in this great event. A glorious autumn sun glistened on the Manukau harbour setting the stage for a great regatta with winds ranging from 5 to 15 knots and some racing tidal currents towards the end challenging all sailors.
There was some very close racing in the A fleet for 1st place between Libby Porter from Kohimarama and Megan Thomson from French Bay. Libby finally won the day by winning the last race and coming back for the second time in a row with the impressive Auckland Women Laser Cup donated by Jim Quinn. Megan came a very close second and Georgina Wooldridge from Pupuke came third and first Master Women. First Junior was Aleisha Ferguson from Panmure.
The B division was won by Annika Greve from Worser Bay, second place and first Master went to Annie Mills from Panmure and third place to Ngaio Balfour from French Bay. This was a fantastic effort for this group as this was for many their very first regatta.
A special thanks needs to go to French Bay Yacht Club for hosting a great regatta, we all enjoyed the friendly welcome, the help with the trailors, the yummy baking and a good burger after a day racing and some great prizes.
Next year the regatta will be hosted at Point Chevalier Yacht Club, so if you missed this one make sure you are all there!
10 women attended the Laser Coaching session today at French Bay Yacht Club. We had women from all over NZ and Auckland attending: Port Ohope, Worser Bay, Point Chevalier, Pupuke, Panmure and French Bay attending. A nice 15-25 knot breeze gave us some challenging conditions to apply our tips from our 2 fantastic coaches: Rachel Basevi and Jim Quinn, there were some acrobatic pirouettes around the reaching, windward, leeward course but eventually each laser was going faster. Everybody came back with some new knowledge that they will apply while racing at their respective Clubs.
So a big thank you must go to Rachel and Jim for sharing their experience and giving us valuable personalised feedback to each of us, we really appreciated it. A special thanks needs to go to French Bay for hosting such a fantastic event, we all enjoyed the yummy baking after a hard day sailing.
There was great competition, sun, and fun on this glorious Spring day at the Inaugural Auckland Women Laser Regatta at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club (PLSC). 11 participants from as far as Port Ohope came to take part in this keenly contested regatta which even “old Hughie” smiled on, delivering a stunning day graced with tricky trade winds from the South West / East wafting over the Lagoon at 5 to 11 Knots which caused some havoc at times with its fickle nature. Five challenging races were held back to back with the ladies giving no quarter at the starts or for that matter throughout the days racing as battles continually developed around “the track”.
The Inaugural Auckland Women Laser Regatta is just around the corner, a few weeks away, so do make sure you all have it in your calendars. There are some great sponsors, prizes and an inaugural trophy for grabs kindly donated by Jim Quinn.
Saturday 11th October, 9:30am Start
Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club
Who can attend?
All Laser women sailors. There will be 2 fleets racing: A Fleet and a B Fleet.
A fleet: Proficient sailors, who have participated in an open fleet Laser regatta.
B Fleet: Sailors who have not sailed in an open fleet regatta. It is open to less experienced Laser Sailors. This fleet is to offer the less experienced sailors the opportunity to participate in their very first regatta.
How do I register?
A Notice of Race and a Registration form can be access from the link below. We would appreciate if you would let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend the regatta. For out of towners, some Club members have offered accommodation, so do let us know if you are interested.
See the Notice of Race
See you all soon on the water
Under Dario Motta's coaching guidance, 3 ladies from Point Chevalier and 6 from PLSC sailed the gusty waters on Saturday 2nd August at Panmure. There were certainly capsizes, everybody had a turn, some more acrobatic then the others but then the fleet took Dario's learnings into practice and sailed the course with more confidence. Sailors will be certainly practicing the rabbit drill starts for the big inaugural regatta in October. It was great day, the sun was even out. Thanks so much Dario for all your tips and Andrew for the rescues.
Photos of the day
Next Women event
The Inaugural Auckland Laser Women Regatta will be on 11th October at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club. Please make sure this date is all in your calendars, we have some great sponsors, an amazing new trophy up for grabs, it will be a great day. For those coming outside Auckland, some members have offered accommodation, so please let us know if you are interested. More info to come.
Following the tremendous positive feedback received from our last women coaching session and the eagerness of all to learn more skills, a new coaching session has been scheduled
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