Please select your home edition
Clipper Ventures

NZL Sailing Team: Meech fights back in Laser Euros - Day 2

by Michael Brown/Yachting NZ 21 May 18:25 PDT 22 May 2019
An Italian competitor finds a too small gap at the windward mark - Day 2 - European Laser Championships - Porto - May 21, 2019 © Joao Ferrand - Fotografia

Sam Meech isn't used to making too many mistakes but he still managed to limit the damage to remain in contention at the Laser European championships in Porto.

The world's No 1-ranked Laser sailor started the second day in 31st but climbed to 12th after banking a seventh and a fifth in his two races today. He knows he has plenty of improvement in him after mistakes have blighted three of his four races to date.

"I had a couple of absolute nightmares at the top marks today," Meech said. "I couldn't even buy a shift to come into the top mark on. I ended up underlaying one time and having to bail out and another time I ended up tacking too close and infringing someone and doing a 720 [degree penalty turn]. It was a pretty brutal first lap.

"Luckily the conditions were fantastic and I still had good speed and was going the right way most of the time so managed to catch up. But I really need to sort out the first half of the first beat and get up the front to make my life a bit easier."

George Gautrey doesn't feel like he's sailing particularly well, either, but registered another couple of handy scores to leave him in a good position early in the regatta. He was fourth and fifth in his two races to leave him 10th overall, nine points behind leader Luke Elliott of Australia.

Crucially for Gautrey he's been very consistent and his drop for his worst result is so far the seventh he scored in the second race. Many of those above him have much bigger discards which puts pressure on them not to slip up again.

"I don't feel as though I really sailed that well," Gautrey said. "I was getting good starts and had decent pace but I usually made some interesting decision on the second lap.

"It's good to get another couple of keepers but I will need to iron out the mistakes as we move towards the later stages of the event. I'm feeling good but there's plenty of room to step it up."

Tom Saunders has been frustrated by his results to date, lying 34th overall after a 16th and sixth on day two in Porto. "Playing catch-up seems to be a common theme for me," he said.

There's still plenty of time for Saunders to improve his position, with one more day of qualifying before three days of gold fleet racing.

Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom scored two wins to lead the Laser Radial fleet from Canada's Sarah Douglas and Emma Plasschaert from Belgium. New Zealand's Annabelle Rennie-Younger is 57th and Olivia Christie 61st.

Results and standings after day 2 of the Laser European championships in Porto:

Laser (162 boats)

1: Luke Elliott (AUS) 1 (10) 1 3 - 5 points 2nd: Karl Tapper (FIN) (30) 3 2 1 - 6 pts 3rd: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) (31) 1 2 4 - 7 pts

10th: George Gautrey (NZL) 5 (7) 4 5 - 14 pts 12th: Sam Meech (NZL) 3 (25) 7 5 - 15 pts 34th: Tom Saunders (NZL) 14 11 (16) 6 - 31 pts 149th: Luke Deegan (NZL) (51) 49 50 46 - 135 pts

Laser Radial (120 boats)

1st: Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 2 (3) 1 1 - 4 pts 2nd: Sarah Douglas (CAN) 3 (18) 2 6 - 11 pts 3rd: Emma Plasschaert (BEL) 8 (12) 2 2 - 12 pts

57th: Annabelle Rennie-Younger (NZL) (38) 32 24 17 - 73 pts 61st: Olivia Christie (NZL) 33 32 (61 DNC) 12 - 80 pts

Full results click here

Related Articles

Yachting NZ joins 50 other sports on new channel
Former America's Cup sailor heads up new TV initiative on Youtube and Free to Air Yachting New Zealand have joined more than 50 sports in a ground-breaking grassroots sport initiative launched today by Sky and Olympian and former America's Cup sailor Rob Waddell. Posted on 15 Nov
Dan Slater is NZ Sailor of the Year
Double World Champion named NZ Sailor of the Year at Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards Former Olympian Dan Slater was the big winner at the annual Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards after scooping the Sailor of the Year trophy on Friday night. Posted on 8 Nov
Top Kiwi windsurfers involved in Olympic trials
Yachting New Zealand reports on the trials for the Olympic Windsurfing Equipment The future of Olympic windsurfing is likely to be decided next month and it is appropriate that at the forefront of discussions are options put forward by a couple of Kiwis who once ruled the sport. Posted on 8 Oct
NZL Sailing Team: Kiwi sailors get heat treatment
Olympic bronze medalist Sam Meech is one of NZ's top athletes who have been using the heat chamber Olympic bronze medalist sam Meech is one of a number of New Zealand's top athletes who have been using the heat chamber at High Performance Sport New Zealand's base at the Millennium Institute. Posted on 8 Oct
Hal Wagstaff dies aged 88
Hal Wagstaff passed away recently aged 88 after a short stay in North Shore Hospital. There will be something, or more accurately someone, missing from this weekend's Yachting New Zealand annual general meeting and it won't feel the same. Hal Wagstaff passed away recently aged 88 after a short stay in North Shore Hospital. Posted on 8 Oct
Yachting NZ CEO pays tribute to Finn friend
International Finn Association executive board member Corinne McKenzie is stepping down after 19yrs Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie paid tribute to retiring International Finn Association executive board member Corinne McKenzie, who is stepping down after 19 years in the role. Posted on 7 Oct
Olympic boatbuilder has a 30 medal haul
Mackay Boats have won 30 Olympic medals since the 2004 in Athens and 114 world championships The 2016 Rio Olympics were hugely successful for New Zealand's sailors but even more so for a Kiwi boat building company. In all, Mackay boats have won 30 Olympic medals since the 2004 Athens Games and 114 world championships medals. Posted on 15 Sep
Sailing World Cup: Kiwis exit Enoshima on a high
New Zealand crews in action today at the Hempel World Cup Series regatta in Enoshima excelled Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox led from start to finish to win the men's 470 top-10, double points shootout to climb to seventh overall and Susannah Pyatt and Brianna Reynolds-Smith were third in the women's 470 race to also finish seventh. Posted on 1 Sep
Sailing World Cup: Kiwi 49erFX wins Silver medal
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech achieved a race win and a silver medal Alex Maloney and Molly Meech achieved more than a race win and a silver medal today at the World Cup Series regatta in Enoshima, they also enjoyed "redemption" after narrowly missing out on the medals the previous week. Posted on 31 Aug
Sailing World Cup: Meech returns to form in Laser
Sam Meech returned to form on Day 4 of the Enoshima Sailing World Cup Sam Meech decided he'd had enough of being beaten up so returned to the sort of form on Day 4 of the World Cup Series regatta in Enoshima that has made him one of the world's best Laser sailors. Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik ATR Aroshell SW FOOTERRS Sailing 2019 - FooterFestival of Sails 2020 GIF - FOOTER