News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery : 2011 Neil Pryde Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Day Two

2011 Neil Pryde Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Day Two

'Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club, venue of the 2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals'    Laura Baldwin    Click Here to view large photo

The picturesque beauty of Port Stephens Bay was masked by drizzle on the second day of the Neil Pryde 2011 Australian Laser Masters Championship but the grey day didn’t take away from any of the fun and enjoyment on the water for the 180 racers.

'The racing is really enjoyable; it was great fun out there, it wasn’t as physically demanding as yesterday with the wind strength a few knots less but instead it was a great tactical challenge. The fleet is really tight and the standard is high. It was very shifty and gusty; creating plenty of opportunity to makes gains and losses. This was the best day of racing I have had in years!' explained Stuart Holdsworth who is racing in the Laser Standard Apprentice Master fleet.

Current Laser Standard Apprentice Master World Champion, Bret Beyer is dominating the Laser Standard Apprentice Masters fleet with five straight race wins. Anthony Baisden (QLD) is in second with a four point cushion over Brett Morris (VIC).

The Queenslanders are sailing strong in the Laser Standard Masters fleet with Bradley Taylor leading and Greg Adams in second. Black flag penalties in the fifth race cost Sean Atherton Feeney (NSW) and Mark Tonner-Joyce (VIC) to slip from the podium positions.

A black flag penalty, written as; ‘BFD’ in the results indicates a false start, sailing over the start line within the final minute of the start, even just the bow of the boat poking over the line is enough to be disqualified from the race so great skills are required to handle the boat and to time the start accurately.

A discard comes into play after the first race today which will be welcomed by many. Each sailor gets to discard their two worst scores from their overall series with the second discard coming in after race nine.

The Western Australian sailors are shining in the Laser Standard Grand Master fleet with Colin Dibb leading the fleet with four race wins and Stefan Kurys-Romer in third.

'Everyone is so polite, one guy quite legitimately crossed me on Port and then apologised afterwards to which I told him he was well within his rights and praised him for his good judgement. It’s a very friendly fleet' said Laser Radial Apprentice Master, Ruth McCane (NSW).

Former Australian Laser Radial Champion, Richard Bott (NSW) is leading the Laser Radial Apprentice Master Championship with four race wins. Just three points behind is Victorian, Owen McMahon and Martin Wilson is in third.

David Early (NSW) took the lead from Mark Kennedy (QLD) and John Jagger is just one point behind in third in the Laser Radial Masters fleet. Vanessa Dudley is the leading lady in fourth place. Another lady in the same fleet, Monica Tunner had mixed emotions as she explained how she’d had both her best and worst moments, all in one race, 'I should have sailed conservatively, I was in the best position I have ever been in a race but my competitive spirit got the better of me and I pushed the limits and capsized! I love the challenge of racing Lasers; the standard of the fleet is high so the competition is great. I practically love the athleticism required and the not having to rely on a crew to go sailing'

The Laser 4.7 is making its debut as a Masters Class this year with seven entries. ALCA President, Ken Hurling is highly supportive of the class, 'I feel strongly that the Laser 4.7 should be instated as a class at the Laser Masters World Championship, it would gain great participation. We will continue to promote and support the growth of the class here in Australia'.

Martin Brady is leading the Laser 4.7 fleet but it was Claire Heenan from Gosford Sailing Club who had the best day scoring a second place and winning two races, moving her up to third place overall. Bronwyn Mitchell sits in second place just one point ahead of Claire.

Leader Boards (PROVISIONAL)

Laser Standard Apprentice
1 Bret Beyer (NSW) 5pts
2 Anthony Baisden (QLD) 12pts
3 Brett Morris (VIC) 16pts

Laser Standard Master
1 Greg Adams (QLD) 23pts
2 Chris Bolton (VIC) 30pts
3 Larry Kleist (NSW) 31pts

Laser Standard Grand Master
1 Colin Dibb (WA) 6pts
2 Mark Phillips (NSW) 17pts
3 Stefan Kurys-Romer (WA) 26pts

Laser Standard Great Grand Master
1 Graham Oborn (NSW) 6pts
2 Don Roach (NSW) 13pts
3 Maurice Meyer (QLD) 18pts

Laser Radial Apprentice Master
1 Richard Bott (NSW) 7pts
2 Owen McMahon (VIC) 10pts
3 Martin Wilson (NSW) 16pts

Laser Radial Master
1 David Early (NSW) 10pts
2 Mark Kennedy (QLD) 18pts
3 John Jagger (VIC) 19pts

Laser Radial Grand Master
1 John Sprague (NSW) 9pts
2 Michael Pitt (QLD) 13pts
3 Malcolm Parsons ((VIC) 14pts

Laser Radial Great Grand Master
1 Kerry Waraker (QLD) 14pts
2 Lew Verdon (NSW) 19pts
3 Kevin Phillips (NSW) 19pts

Laser 4.7
1 Martin Brady (NSW) 7pts
2 Bronwyn Mitchell (NSW) 14pts
3. Claire Heenan (NSW) 15pts

Results Link:

by Laura Baldwin


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

8:08 AM Sun 13 Feb 2011 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 Neil Pryde Australian National Laser Masters Championship

Related News Stories:

22 Oct 2013  Another week of the PSA New Laser and Rig Deal
15 Oct 2013  Great Laser boat and rig deal for the next two weeks
29 Sep 2013  Laser World Championships - Star studded entries confirmed
10 Aug 2013  Now more news on the foiling Laser
22 Feb 2013  Western Australia Laser Dinghy Championship 2013 - Crowded competition
14 Feb 2013  NB Sailsports and PSA End of Season Sale 23 / 24 Feb
23 Dec 2012  Laser Nationals 2012 - World’s No 1 heads fleet in Hobart
03 Jul 2012  Laser Radial Youth Championships Day 4 - The battles continue
02 Jul 2012  Laser Radial Youth World Championships 2012 – Day 3
30 Jun 2012  Laser Radial Youth Worlds 2012 day 2 - Not enough knots

News - USA and the World

America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell,

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong

HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle

America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ

Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.