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Testing conditions for the first day of 2008 New Zealand Laser Championships
 
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2006 World Laser Radial Champion and Chinese Olympic hope Lijia Xu leads the Radial Fleet after Day 1
 
The wind ranged between 10 & 25 knots with big shifts from right and left at the first day of the 2008 NZ Laser Championships.  The big shifts made it hard to set a course and racing got underway an hour later than planned.  Most competitors also felt somewhat underdressed as the gusts to 25 knots meant that there was a lot of cold lake water being sprayed around.  The two planned races were completed in the exciting sailing conditions and all of the 144 sailors knew that they had been sailing when the returned to the beach at the picturesque Lake Taupo Yacht Club.
 
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3 day Laser Training Camp Sponsored by NZ Laser Association, YNZ, Peter Snell and Lake Taupo Yacht Club held just prior to the 2008 Nationals
 
Chinese Sailor Lijia Xu who was Laser Radial World Champion in 2006 leads the 78 strong Laser Radial Fleet with two wins today.  78 Sailors is a record for Laser Radial in NZ with the Mens, Women's and Youth World Championships being held at Takapuna in March ensuring that competition is fierce. The fleet has been split in two for Qualifying with a split to Gold and Silver Fleets at the end of the Regatta.  New Zealand's Jo Aleh & Mike Keeton are 2nd behind Xu with a win and a 2nd each as they sailed in the other fleet from Xu.
 
Rod Dawson & Blair Mclay shared a 1st and 6th each today to lead the Open Standard Laser fleet of 27 sailors.  Nick Croft leads the Laser 4.7 fleet with Nick Page leading the Masters fleet.  Sailing will be delayed tomorrow for the Offshore powerboat "Thunder on the Lake" with racing to resume at 15.30.  Follow link below to full results.
 
    
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