Please select your home edition

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

by Michael Brown/Yachting NZ 21 May 2019 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

Youth AC: RNZYS crews named
The hosting club has named two teams, each consisting of two female and two male sailors The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has today announced that they will now be entering two teams into next year's Youth America's Cup event in Auckland, as well as announcing the sailors for both teams. Posted on 28 Jul
High profile entries for NZ Open Keelboat Nats
NZL Sailing Team entry will give the defending champions Knots Racing a run for their money. There is still over two months until the 2020 Theland NZ Open National Keelboat Championship, but it is looking set to be the best chapter in the events history, with a raft of big names already populating the eleven-strong entry list. Posted on 24 Jul
Meech adapts as Olympic countdown starts again
NZ's Bronze medalist in the Laser class from Rio looks to make the most of the change in schedule. Sam Meech should have been in the final throes of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics but the countdown clock has been reset due to Covid-19 and he's looking to make the most of it. Posted on 24 Jul
TYPBC Junior and Youth Frostbite regatta coming up
The event is being held as a replacement to the cancelled AIMS Games Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club are running their Frostbite Junior & Youth regatta on Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th September 2020 as a replacement for the cancelled AIMS Games sailing regatta. Posted on 15 Jul
Yachting NZ podcast: Ep. 14 with Harold Bennett
Harold Bennett, the principal race officer for five editions of the America's Cup, talks to YNZ. Harold Bennett is best known for being the principal race officer for five America's Cup between 2000 and 2013. Broad Reach Radio sits down to talk yachting in episode 14 of their podcast. Posted on 15 Jul
Strong interest in Mud House Women's Regatta
The fourth edition of the Mud House Women's Regatta is expected to feature more than 20 boats. It's an event that attracts world and Olympic champions through to absolute beginners and September's fourth edition of the Mud House Women's Regatta is expected to feature more than 20 boats. Posted on 1 Jul
Yachting NZ podcast: New episodes now online
Broad Reach Radio, the YNZ podcast features long form interviews with top NZ sailors. The podcast will feature a range of topics from interviews with top sailors of today and yesteryear to chats with people in the sailing and boating industries. Posted on 1 Jul
Situations vacant: marine industry jobs available
Lots of positions are available around the country for those with marine industry experience. If you're in the market for a new job and have got some skills and experience in the marine industry, take a look at the listings below for lots of exciting career opportunities that are available right now all over New Zealand. Posted on 1 Jul
Blakey knows where loyalties lie in eSailing champ
Matt Blakey grew up in NZ but will be representing Australia in Sunday's Zhik eSailing Champs. Matt Blakey doesn't think he has any split loyalties, even though he was born and raised in New Zealand but will be representing Australia in Sunday night's Zhik Trans-Tasman eSailing Championships. Posted on 8 Jun
Zhik Trans Tasman eSailing Champs: Meet the racers
12 competitors from NZ and Aus will be online to compete for the first eSailing Champ Coming up this Sunday June 7th, Zhik's Trans-Tasman eSailing Championships kicks off. Over the next few days, we will introduce you to the six sailors from New Zealand and six from Australia who will compete. Posted on 4 Jun
Cyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTERC-Tech 2020 Tubes 728x90 BOTTOMUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER