2014 Laser Masters’ World Championships

Applications for entry for the 2014 Laser Masters’ World Championships will open Friday, 11 April 2014 (3.00 pm Aust Eastern Standard Time).

The deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 18 May 2014 at 23:59 Central Daylight Time.

You are encouraged to complete the entry application as soon as possible once it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 18 May 2014, you may have very little chance of attending this championship.

The links below will take you to the applications and provide more information about this championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

2014 Laser Masters’ World Championships
• Dates: Fri 3 October – Sat 11 October 2014
• Venue: Hyeres, France
• Click HERE for Masters’ Application

For more information about the ILCA application and entry process, please refer to the ILCA website pages at the links below:

Information for Sailors
Information for Districts

New Arrangements for ISAF Sailing World Cup

ISAFWorldCupLogoThe International Sailing Federation ISAF have announced new plans for the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

The new arrangements address the main concerns which the Laser Class had with the radical concept discussed last November.  Changes to the previous concept include classes will retain their world championship titles, more entries in the grand final for each class, retaining the name ISAF Sailing World Cup and having entry flexibility with wild cards.

You can see how the new Sailing World Cup will operate and how the circa 20 finalists will be selected on the ISAF web site here.

NB SailSports Winter Sprint Series

nbsailsportslogoThe NB SailSports Winter Sprint Series is on again this year. The venues and dates of the series are:

18 May: Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club – First warning 1pm, 3 races
29 June: Woollahra Sailing Club – First waring 10am, 3 races
20 July: Belmont 16ft Skiff Club – First warning 11am, 3 races
31 August: Gosford Sailing Club – First Warning 1pm, 3 races
20 September: Double Bay Sailing Club – First Warning 1pm, 3 races

There will be race prizes for Standard, Radial and 4.7 rigs provided five or more boats compete. There will be 15 races with 12 to count for the overall result so you can miss one venue and still get a respectable score.

The participation raffle prizes include a free trade in on your old boat for a brand new Laser. Each race completed gains the participant a raffle ticket, the more races you complete, the greater your chances of being the holder of the winning ticket that will be drawn at the final event at Double Bay Sailing Club. Other prize draw prizes include; new spars, sails, tillers and ropes.

Entry is $20 which can be placed online by credit card with NB SailSports here or in cash at the venue.

The Notice of Race for the Series is here. Sailing Instructions will be available at the venues.

NSW/ACT Laser Events for 2014/15

Below is the schedule of our NSW/ACT Laser events for next season.

Event Date Venue
Coast Championship 18-19 October 2014 Gosford Sailing Club
State Championship 22-23 November 2014 Belmont 16′s Sailing Club
State Masters 7-8 February 2015 South Lake Macquarie ASC
Metropolitan Championship 7-8 March 2015 Double Bay Sailing Club

You can see the Notices of Race by clicking the links in the table above.

These should be great events at fabulous venues.

We are always on the lookout for good event venues so if your club is interested in running an event in future seasons let me know. Most clubs have adequate facilities to meet our needs for these events. We pay $2,000 for the two day regatta to offset the club’s running costs.

There is a list here of all the local, national and international Laser events that we are aware of for next season.

Voting on ILCA Rule Changes

ILCALogoThe ILCA International Laser Class Association  is asking district members to vote on eight Laser class rule changes. To me these rule changes seem to be non controversial, largely reflecting formally into the Laser rules arrangements or interpretations which are already in place.

Voting on these ILCA rule changes began on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and runs until Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Voting is open to all district members – one vote per member. The results will be announced later in the year.

You can see the issues and vote online by clicking on the link here.

Woollahra Sailing Club Laser Coach Wanted

Marlena Berzins

Marlena Berzins one of the WSC 4.7′ers

Peter Heywood has a great youth 4.7 program going at WSC. He is looking for a coach. His advertisement for the position follows:

A laser coach is required primarily to train a group of young competent Laser sailors at Woollahra.

Training occurs during School Holiday Camps and weekly training sessions during winter and summer.

This would suit an accomplished sailor who is interested in coaching and extra income.

Assistance would be given to gain instructors certificate.

The coaching position can be augmented with weekend Race Management duties to provide a useful income.

Contact: Peter Heywood M: 0413758769

Metropolitan Championship at Lane Cove 12′ SSC

James Burman 350

James Burman HHSC on his way to a convincing win in the Standard Rig

Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club hosted the Metropolitan Championship on March 8 and 9 with 67 sailors entered.
The weekend’s racing started on Saturday with the Lane Cove Club running the Dash for Cash from the club-house in the Lane Cover River to the main race area near Clarkes Point Woolwich.  Winners were Jordan Makin in the 4.7, Shane Conly 1st in the radials (and 2nd overall), James Burman in the standard rigs. Full results of the dash for cash are here.

RO Col Chidgey ably supported by the large team from Lane Cove Sailing 12′ SSC had some work to do as the wind clocked right then left. They had the added challenge of fitting the standard Laser trapazoidal course into the relatively confined space between Long Nose Point Birchgrove and Cockatoo Island and as far as possible away from the ferry and power boat lanes.
Six races were conducted over the two days, challenging the sailors in the variable and shifty moderate winds.  On Sunday the boats were held on shore until 12.30 until the sea-breeze had worked its way up the river.  To ensure each fleet sailed 6 races, Col Chidgey started the last race of the Standard rigs under black flag, with 5 seconds to spare before the 3.30 race start cutoff.

In the Metro Series the easy winner in the Standard Rig was James Burman who won all but one of the six races. Second was Sean Feeney from MHASC and thrid William Dargaville from MHASC and RPAYC.

The Radials was a shoot out between Double Bay sailors Finn Alexander and Dennis Kuhlmann. They each posted two wins however Finn was a tad more constent and finished three points ahead of Dennis. Third was Ashely Stoddart from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

In the 4.7′s Jordan Makin from Gosford Sailing Club posted four wins to take the title follwed by Marlena Berzins from Double Bay and Great Grand Master David Adams from Dobroyd Aquatic Club. David despite his not so tender years sails a Mac 2 foiling moth when he is not Lasering so probaly found the going at the Metros rather tame. The full results of the event are here.

You can see some photos of the action on Sunday here

Corinna Hartas took some more action shots including the foiling Laser which you can see here.

Thanks must go to the Lane Cove 12′ SSC and its army of on and off the water helpers. These folks looked after sailors before during and after racing. The Club also donated the “Dash for Cash” prizes and arranged for donations of door prizes from MonkeyFist.com.au and a Laser sail donated by NB SailSports which was a door prize at the presentation. Thanks to those generous sponsors.


Dash for Cash and Win a Sail at Lane Cove Metros

Aus NotesThere is a chance to win a cash prize of $100 for the race from the Lane Cove Sailing Club to the start of the Metropolitan Championship near Clarkes Point Hunters Hill on Saturday 8th March.

In terms of reward for distance sailed this prize is among the best you will see. There are $100 prizes for each rig Standard, Radial and 4.7.

The basic rule is pretty simple you have to sail a Laser (of any rig) and the race starts at 12.45pm. If you need more detail please consult the race documents here.

On Saturday after racing there will be a sausage sizzle at the Lane Cove 12’SSC and a draw for prizes to be won by sailors present for:

  • A Zhik Backpack
  • A ZhikGrip II Laser Hiking Strap
  • 3 Zhik visors

On Sunday after racing there will be a presentation at the Lane Cove Club with finger food and $3 kebabs & salads & Lebanese bread.
There will be a new Laser sail given away from a draw of the sailors who are present at the club for the presentation on Sunday.
There will be prizes for all divisions and the open event plus encouragement awards. For the encouragement awards again you will need to be at the presentation at the Lane Cove 12′SSC to get the prize.

Come along enjoy the racing and maybe take home the big prize.

National Masters Gippsland Lakes Results


Congratulations to Victorian Laser Association and Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club for the running of the National Masters at Paynesville. The event went without a hitch and the venue proved to be a hit with the sailors and partners. Good sailing waters, friendly club, plenty of coffee shops and restaurants – what’s not to like.

Well done to all competitors. There were 143 entries (54 Standard, 82 Radial and 7 4.7′s) most of whom braved the circa 25 knot Sunday winds completing three races in conditions which were described as “character building”. Not bad for old B’s!

There are a couple of photos above including the latest innovation square rigged Laser – don’t think it will catch on though. Clear Masters winners David Early (Radial) and Brett Beyer with ALCA Chair Ken Hurling (Standard) are pictured. There are lots of photos of the event whch are linked at the GLYC site here.

The final results are at:

Standard and 4.7

Metros Lane Cove 12′ Skiff SC 8th & 9th March


The Metropolitan Championship is on the 8-9th March at Lane Cove 12 Foot Sailing Skiff Club.

Notice of Race and Sailing Intructions  are available online. You can enter online here or at the Lane Cove 12 Footers Club between 9.30 and 11.30am on Saturday.

The racing will be out in the open area between Hunters Hill Greenwich and Balmain. Our RO Col Chidgey identifies it as Mocooboolah which is the aboriginal name for the area around Hunters Hill and means “meeting of the waters”.

There is plenty of room for good Laser racing. Fleets of up to 50 and 60 yachts from Drummonyne, Greenwich Flying Squadron and Balmain regularly race here. There have been 12 footer’s Interdominion and 16 footer’s Nations on the same stretch of water. There is fantastic spectator viewing over the race track from Clarkes Point Hunters Hill.

Rigging will be at Lane Cove and if you like lots of space at Hunters Hill Sailing Club. Registration and beach entry will be at Lane Cove 12 footers Club as will the presentation ASAP after racing on Sunday. There will be a sign on and off sheets at Hunters Hill Sailing Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t forget to come to Lane Cove 12 Footers for the presentation and sausage sizzle after racing on Sunday.

As an extra encouragement for sailors to rig at and enjoy the hospitality of the Lane Cove 12′SSC the club is running a dash for cash starting at 12.45pm on Saturday at the Lane Cove Club and finishing near the Metros start line. There will be prizes for this and of course the main event. Metro prizes will be awarded for Open, Youth, Women and Masters categories.

Come along and enjoy the racing and support the Laser sailors at Lane Cove. These folk are some of the keenest Laserers around attending Masters State National and Worlds in numbers.