Women's Laser Sailing

2016 Auckland Womens Laser Champs

Many thanks to the generous sponsors

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.

 
A happy bunch of sailors ready to start the day
 
The Regatta was held on a bright sunny autumn day in rather light airs which ranged up to eight knots, requiring a fair chunk of skills in keeping those lasers gliding through the water as well as finding those wisps of breeze to fill the sails.
 
In the A fleet, competition was fierce throughout the day between the Master Women, Michelle Bain (NZ National Radial Champion -1987 & 1988) and Georgina Wooldridge (PBC), who were constantly chomping on the heels of Libby Porter (KYC). The last race was won by Michelle, who finally managed to catch up with Libby with that winning puff filling her sail.  Libby Porter won the day and the coveted Auckland Women Championship trophy for the 3rd time in a row. The trophy was generously donated by Jim Quinn.

Jim Quinn presenting the winner Libby Porter with the Auckland Women Champs Trophy
 
In the B fleet, Deborah Killen from Panmure dominated the fleet and even managed to catch up with the A fleet in a race, a great feat as she completed a Learn to Sail course just a year ago.  She was followed by Jemma Walden from Waiheke. Jemma won the inaugural J. Davern Trophy for 1st Youth, which was generously donated by Point Chevalier Sailing Club. Well done!
 
Kirsty McDonald did an amazing job organising the regatta with her team of helpers. The Point Chevalier Sailing Club members made everyone feel welcome; we were greeted with a fantastic race pack designed by Julie Davies and some yummy homemade scones and cookies made by Ros Quinn. At the end of a hard day of racing a sumptuous feast was waiting for us all. The regatta sponsors provided the winners with some generous prizes and a fantastic line up of spot prizes so that everyone came back up with some goodies. Thanks needs to go to all the sponsors for supporting this event, Burnsco, Mad Millie, North Sails, Rialto Cinemas, ecostore, Auckland Paddle Boarding
 
It was a fantastic event enjoyed by all and everyone came back with smiles on their faces and even a tan! Thanks Kirsty and Point Chevalier for such a memorable day!
 
All the Master Women cannot wait for next year’s Master World Games in Torbay if you are interested in attending contact Michelle Bain
 
cheers
Chantal Grass
Laser Association

Women Laser Coaching Session at Point Chevalier Sailing Club - 5th September.

On a blustery Saturday morning in early September 13 women laser sailors travelled from far and wide to Point Chevalier Sailing Club for a coaching session with acclaimed NZ Laser Radial sailor Mike Bullot.
 
After a couple of sailors dashed over to The Watershed for an early morning boom purchase we settled in for a really useful theory session with Mike. As conditions freshened we headed out into squally weather which saw the first of several capsizes but also some determined and exciting sailing by all. Mike sped around the fleet giving sailors feedback and useful advice and helping the rescue crew to keep everyone in their boats.
 
Thanks to fantastic support before, during and after the sailing from legend Jim Quinn, Commodore Peter Fletcher, Club Captain Ian Dobson, Crispin Balfour and several club rescue crew we had a fantastic day, followed by tasty afternoon tea - and even a couple of bottles of bubbles.
 
This is the third women’s coaching session that has dialled up challenging conditions but fantastic to see sailors at every level getting in there keen to learn. Clubs represented included Tauranga Yacht Club, Hamilton Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club,  Pupuke Boating Club, French Bay Yacht Club and Point Chevalier Sailing Club - so a fantastic turn out for conditions that had been forecast to be a bit on the wild side.
 
Thanks again to Mike for his time and valuable insights, to Chantal Grass for organising all of these coaching events and to the NZ Laser Association for their support of these great coaching sessions. 
 
 
Cheers
Kirsty Mac Donald, Point Chevalier Sailing Club
 

Women's Coaching Day 5th September 2015

Ladies it is time to lift off those blankets and dust off your wet suits.
The sailing season is beginning with
  • free Women's Laser coaching
  • 5th September 2015
  • at Point Chevalier Yacht Club
  • coached by Mike Bullot
  • email : grassc@gmail.com
organised by the NZ Laser Association.

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.
 


How can I attend?
Email Chantal at  grassc@gmail.com by 29th August if you are interested in attending, then I can advise Mike and the Point Chevalier Yacht Club of the numbers. There will be some yummy baking by the Club members to be enjoyed after a hard day on the water.

What do I need to bring?
Yourself.
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)

New Zealand Women’s Laser Championships, February 1979 at Taupo. Standing from left: Ann McDonald (third place, Auckland), Jan Shearer (Dunedin), Katherine Stewart (Taupo), Jan Hammond (Auckland), Anna Whitehead (Auckland), Miree Le Roy (Timaru), Rowena Carlson (San Diego USA), Jessica Trotter (Auckland), Millie Pickering (Picton), and Julia Gray (London, England). Seated from left: Philippa Binning (Auckland), Geraldine Pearce (Auckland), Margaret Ott (First Place Auckland), Marjorie Greenwell (Taupo), Margaret McEwen (Auckland), Joanna Stewart (Taupo). Missing from photo is second place getter Sheryl Smith (Tauranga) . Photo supplied by Ann Mc Donald for Sailing Away.
 

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.
Chantal
grassc@gmail.com

 

2015 Auckland Women's Laser Championship - Results & Report

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!

Cheers
Chantal Grass

 

Great day at the Womens Laser Coaching session at French Bay Yacht Club

Sore muscles and bones will be soaked in a lovely bath tonight but there will be some great smiles with it.

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 is another great event next week for Women Laser Sailors, the Auckland Women Laser Championship at French Bay Yacht Club on 19th April. 8:00am registration, 9:00am briefing and 9:30am Start. Make sure you all attend!


 

Inaugural Auckland Women Laser Cup - 11th October

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”.

Inaugural 2014 Auckland Women Laser Regatta

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
Kind Regards
Chantal Grass
PLSC Commodore
www.plsc.org.nz
 

Another successful Women's Laser coaching Day

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/plsc/sets/72157646143165955/

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.

Chantal Grass
www.plsc.org.nz

Women's coaching session 2nd August 2014

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

  • Saturday 2nd August - 9:30am
  • rig at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Click 'read more' for details.

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