Nelson's Laura Harding won the Laser 4.7 section in Nelson Haven on Sunday. Photo: Marc Palmano/Shuttersport.

Locals clean up at SI sailing champs


It was a clean sweep for Nelson sailors at the South Island Laser Championships over the weekend.

Laura Harding won the Laser 4.7 class, Josh Edmonds won the Laser radial class and Paul McNabb won the Laser standard class.

The two day regatta was raced in Nelson and race officer Geoff Pitcaithly says it was great sailing conditions.

“We could not have got better sailing conditions, it was perfect on both days.”

The competition was a good warm up for the local sailors who will host the country’s best when the Nelson Yacht Club hosts the Laser national championships in mid-January, says Geoff.

“The numbers weren’t huge for the South Island champs which took the gloss off it a bit but we’re expecting much bigger for the nationals. We’re probably looking around 100 boats for that.”