New Zealand ILCA Nationals January 2022

An extremely successful 2022 ILCA (Laser) Nationals was held from 19th to 23rd January 2022 at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Picton in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. NZ Laser Association were incredibly lucky to be able to hold the regatta, with new NZ Government Omicron restrictions, which would probably have prevented sailing, coming into force the day after racing was completed.

Thomas Saunders ILCA 7 Winner – Photo by Live Sail Die

92 sailors from Youths to Great Grand Masters completed the scheduled 10 races in three fleets; ILCA 7 (Open and Masters), ILCA 6 Open (Youth, Open and Women) and ILCA 6 Masters. The standard of racing in all fleets was excellent, with close contests right through each fleet and no placing ever safe on the water in the generally fresh conditions.

Current World ILCA 7 champion Thomas Saunders was the ultimate winner in the ILCA 7 fleet with Caleb Armit leading the ILCA 6s and Greta Pilkington first women. A report by Nick Page is Here.

Full results are on the NZ Laser Association web site Here and reports and photos by Live Sail Die are at