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15 February 2005, 10:43 am
Bullot and Macky New Champions
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New Zealand Laser and Laser Radial Nationals
Napier, New Zealand

Michael BULLOT from Auckland is the New Zealand National Laser Champion having dominated the ISAF Grade 3 regatta held in Napier over the last four days. In the Laser Radial fleet, Athens Olympian, Sarah MACKY took out the Laser Radial title after a close tussle with 2004 New Zealand youth champion, Jo ALEH.
Bullot didn't need to compete in the final race of the regatta finishing 22 points ahead of second place-getter Blair MCLAY. The result follows a win at Sail Auckland last weekend and a strong regatta at Sail Melbourne in early January, where Bullot was the top Kiwi performer. He will be hoping to continue his form into the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Asia Pacific Regatta commencing in Wellington on Thursday.

Yachting New Zealand National Coach, Ian NEELY describes Bullot's impressive performance.

'Michael completely out-sailed the rest of the Laser fleet. His competitors are saying the same thing. He sailed smart, he sailed fast and was just consistently good throughout. He is still showing the benefits of travelling to compete in the Australian regattas and getting the trans-Tasman competition.'

Second place-getter Blair MCLAY, at 18 years-old is still eligible to compete at the ISAF Youth World Championships in 2005 and finishing so high in the New Zealand Open fleet bodes well for his future. McLay also sailed well in Melbourne finishing eighth in the Open Laser fleet showing he is well and truly in the league of the more senior sailors.

Laser Radial

New Zealand women made a clean sweep on the podium in the Laser Radial fleet beating current World Champion, Australian Krystal WEIR and a number of men to take out the top spots. Jo ALEH of Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland clocked up more race wins over the ten race contest but two-time Olympian and Kohi club-mate Sarah MACKY came in three points ahead with more consistent results.

The Laser Radial replaces the Europe as the single-handed women's equipment and will make its debut at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Yachting New Zealand's High Performance Manager, Peter LESTER is encouraged by the depth of the Radial fleet.

'Three of our hot young sailors beating the current World Champ; it's fantastic! Macky is showing her sailing credentials by getting out of a Europe and back into a Radial and winning National regattas. She won Sail Auckland just recently and no doubt she'll be a force to be reckoned with in Wellington at the Asia Pacifics as well.'

Laser Radial - Overall Top Ten

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 NZL Sarah MACKY 4 1 2 6 2 2 1 1 1 3 17
2 NZL Jo ALEH 1 10 5 1 1 1 5 3 2 1 20
3 NZL Sara WINTHER 11 2 3 4 6 5 4 4 4 2 34
4 AUS Krystal WEIR 2 6 7 3 3 3 3 8 5 5 37
5 NZL Scott BLAKEY 7 4 6 5 5 9 9 6 3 6 51
6 NZL Luke O'CONNELL 9 5 8 2 4 7 6 10 6 10 57
7 NZL Miranda POWRIE 16 3 4 13 11 4 8 2 9 4 58
8 NZL Max ANDREWS 5 14 1 11 7 6 2 DNE 7 9 77
9 NZL Jane MACKY 6 RAF 11 12 8 11 7 5 8 13 81
10 NZL Jane MONK 12 12 15 7 17 13 10 7 13 11 100

Laser - Overall Top Ten

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 NZL Michael BULLOT 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 1 1 DNC 14
2 NZL Blair McLAY 4 3 1 5 4 4 1 12 7 7 36
3 NZL David WEAVER 2 8 4 4 3 5 8 11 3 2 39
4 NZL Matt BLAKEY OCS 2 7 3 8 1 6 5 8 3 43
5 NZL Andrew MURDOCH 6 4 3 2 6 8 5 8 9 1 43
6 GBR Mark HOWARD 5 11 6 7 7 2 7 3 11 5 53
7 GBR Andrew COMMANDER 3 7 8 10 10 6 2 15 5 10 61
8 NZL Jason GEALE 7 OCS 10 14 13 12 12 2 4 4 78
9 NZL Matt COUTTS 10 5 9 11 12 11 9 21 14 9 90
10 NZL Robbie McMILLAN 9 6 DNC DNC 2 10 4 7 17 6 96
Jodie Perkins (As Amended by ISAF)
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