NB Sailsports Sprint Series Georges River

The first round of the NB Sailsports Sprint Series was held at Georges River Sailing Club on Anzac Day. There were 43 entries with Standard Rig the strongest having 23 competitors.

Two races of the three scheduled were completed before everyone headed for shore to avoid the ominous looking storm which later caused havoc in Sydney further north.

With no breeze and a fair tide at 1.00 pm the start was delayed. A little later a nice 8 knot sea breeze gave pleasant sailing conditions on the two lap windward/leeward course set by R.O. Andrew McLauchlin.

The tide, which changed as the races progressed, proved to be important and those watching and following the locals heading towards the Towra shore did best in the run in tide in race 1.

Winners on the day were Malcolm Parker from David Early in the Standards, Finn Alexander just nudged out Jordan Makin in the Radials while Joshua Bull won the 4.7′s by a point from Charley Wells.

The full results are here.

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Events for 2015/16 Season

Time to start planning for next season. This will be a big one for us as we are hosting the Australian Open Laser Championship at Belmont over Christmas/New Year and the National Laser Masters Championship at Port Stephens 12-15th February 2016.

We have set our regatta program for next season as follows:

  • Coasts 17/18 Oct 2015 Port Kembla Sailing Club
  • Combined State Open and Masters 14/15 November 2015 Wangi WRSLASC
  • Nationals Belmont 16’s 27 Dec 2015 to 4 Jan 2016 Belmont 16’s SC
  • National Masters 12-15 Feb 2016 Port Stephens PSSAC
  • Metros 5/6 March 2016 Bayview BYRA

Because we have the Open Nationals and National Masters and a big Sail Sydney you will notice that we have combined the Open and Masters States just for next season.

Notices of Race, Sailing Instructions and online entry for all these events will be available on this web site.

We will be encouraging participation but also looking out for some assistance on the water and on the land with the running of the two big National Championship events. In particular because we expect these events to draw large fleets we are looking for additional RIB’s or similar craft, preferably with a driver to augment the fleet we have. If you are, or know someone who is, willing to assist and enjoy aspects of these prime events from close quarters while helping to make them memorable then please contact Kevin Phillips at chairman@laser.asn.au

If any clubs are interested to host any of our NSW/ACT events in season 2016/17 (a long way off I know) then please contact chairman@laser.asn.au. We pay $2,000 to offset host club’s costs and have race management logistics, race officer and some equipment to help clubs with events.

NB Sailsports Winter Series 2015

NB Winter Series logoThe NB Sailsports Winter Series is on again this year. The venues and dates for the series are:

  • 25th April: Georges River Sailing Club
  • 31st May: Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club
  • 21st June: Belmont 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
  • 2nd August: Gosford Sailing Club
  • 5th September: Double Bay Sailing Club

There will be three races at each venue. $20 entry online  here  or in cash at the venue.

The Notice of Race is here. Sailing Instructions will be available at the venue.

NB are again offering the major prize of a new Laser trade-up. Anyone who enters any of the six three race events can win this and other great prizes simply by participating. The more races you complete the better your chance to win a prize. There are of course prizes for the series winners in 4.7’s Radials and Standard rigs.

Rob McMillan at NB is further offering a $750 NB parts voucher to anyone who enters three of the series events and purchases a new Laser from NB before round one of the series. Rob’s offer and event flyer are here.

And if to much sailing is never enough RPAYC is running an ice breaker series starting on Sunday 17th May then every 3rd Sunday through to 16th August. The notice of race is here.

Manly YC Women’s Challenge 21st March 2015


Manly Yacht Club is running its 20th Helly Hansen sponsored Women’s Challenge which will include Lasers on Saturday 21st March 2015.

MYC says “We have a commitment to encourage, excite and support Women in sailing at every level of experience.
MYC invites our members and other female sailors around Australia to participate in the Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge 2015.
The event is being conducted over two days.
Lasers, Optis, PJs, MJs, Flying 11s and access dinghies competing on Saturday, 21st March 2015; with yachts whose overall length is between 6 and 20 metres competing on Sunday, 22nd March 2015.
Come race with Manly Yacht Club on beautiful Sydney Harbour and join us afterwards for the presentation of fabulous prizes supplied by our sponsor, Helly Hansen.
The One Design Trophy will be presented to the winner of the one design fleet with the most boats entered.”

Entry NoR SI’s and other information is on the MYC web site here.

Results Metros Double Bay


Ready for action at Double Bay SC. PNG and Cook Islands boats on the right

The Metropolitan Championship was concluded at Double Bay Sailing Club over the weekend. There were 123 competitors with eight countries represented along with sailors from NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. With a number of elite level sailors training in Sydney the visitors were well represented in the podium positions.

Winds were  good – a nice NE’er on Saturday and on Sunday a better than forecast southerly. The 4.7 and Radial fleets completed six races while the Standards wore themselves and RO Col Chidgey out with multiple black flag general recalls on Sunday and only completed five races.

On Saturday the Harbour was record busy with the huge Middle Harbour Yacht Club Regatta add to that the ferries, grand hot water boats and the odd seaplane. Our RO tried to set a course in Rose Bay away from the rather more crowded parts of the Harbour. The wind in Rose Bay was problematic and after an attempt to set a start line and course and, with some prompting from the Rose Bay ferry skipper, Col Chidgey moved to Plan B with a course between Clarke and Shark Islands which worked well.

On Sunday after a delay ashore to allow the wind to settle a useful southerly came in and a course off Double Bay worked well with little interference from the other maritime traffic.

The Standard rigs were dominated by the visitors with Colin Cheng from Singapore the run away winner followed by Chen Huichao from China with Fredrik Westman from Finnland 3rd. Thomas Vincent from McCrae YC in Melbourne, a regular competitor in our events, was the first under 21. In the Radials DBSC local Finnian Alexander won in a close contest with Middle Harbour ASC’s Stuart Plenderleith. Third was Australia’s top ranked woman Laser sailor Ashley Stoddart from Royal Queensland YS. In the 4.7′s Laura Thomson from Albury Wodonga YC was the run away winner from RPAYC sailors Nathan Bryant and Joshua Bull.

The full results are here. 

Thanks to our RO Col Chidgey and his on water team who jointly had a busy time setting and re-setting courses and start lines and managing the multiple starts and recalls. Thanks also to the great team at Double Bay Sailing Club for their organisation of the event.

There is a good write-up of the event on the DBSC web site here.

Metros at Double Bay 7-8th March 2015

DBSC_flagThe Metropolitan Championship is on 7-8th March at Double Bay Sailing Club. This is a great club and this will be a cracker event on Sydney Harbour.

Race Documents and Entry
The Notice of Race is here and the Sailing Instructions are here. You can enter the event online here or up to 11.30am on Saturday 7th at Double Bay.

Registration and Sign on and Off
Registration will be from 9.30 to 11.30am at Double Bay. If you are not rigging at Double Bay and you have entered online you can register (before 11.30am) and sign on and off by text message to 0427146400. You must include the sail number and skippers name in the text message.

There is only a limited amount of untimed car parking in Double Bay, and the council rangers are vigilant. DBSC has arranged day parking in the Double Bay Public school grounds, just 150m across the park from the club ($10 donation to the P&C). Trailers are allowed to be left in a designated area at the western end of Steyne Park. Other Parking options are the Cross St Car park @ $18/day and free untimed parking in the Marathon St area of Darling Point for those that (a) are feeling lucky and (b) don’t mind a hike up the stairs at the end of the day.

There is more event information on the Double Bay mini web site at http://www.dbsc.com.au/metros

The following is a message from DBSC Commodore Luke Parker

On behalf of all at DBSC, I’d encourage Laser sailors from far and wide to join us at the 2015 NSW Laser Metropolitan Championships. This is the first major regatta DBSC has hosted for many years, and we’re determined to make it a success on and off the water

We’ll be racing on Sydney Harbour, not far from the Bridge, the City, the Harbour Islands and Fort Denison. Its a spectacular and challenging place to race. Of course, we won’t have the harbour to ourselves, but we’ll be positioning courses to make the most of the prevailing winds with consideration of other traffic.

There’s an abundance of grassed rigging area, arrangements have been made for parking, our change rooms have ample hot water, you get a complimentary regatta T shirt, the canteen will be stocked and we have a $2 sausage sizzle after racing. What more could you want?

We look forward to racing with you on 7 and 8 March.


Applications for World Standard Men’s & Masters Close 4th March

Applications close on 4th March 2015 for the 2015 Standard Laser Men’s World Championship and the 2015 Laser Masters’ World Championship at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

To date there are 6 Australian applications for the Standard Men’s and 87 total. There are 31 Australian applications for the Masters out of a total of 249.

Information on and and applications for these events are here.


Vaucluse Regatta

The Vaucluse Yacht Club was proud to host the annual Vaucluse Regatta on 21st February. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling with conditions generally light and overcast however the race committee did an excellent job in ensuring that 3 races per fleet were held. The Laser class was well represented with 27 Standard rigs and 26 Radials.

Competition in the Standard Rigs was close over the 3 races with the wins shared between Elliot Scali, Andrea Oliveri and Sean Atheron-Feeney. The short course racing and light winds provided for plenty of tactical manoeuvring and with downwind finishes the trailing boats were always in the hunt. Overall Sean Atherton-Feeney from MHASC defeated Andrea Oliveri of DBSC by 1 point with Anthony Scali from Vaucluse Yacht Club third. The home team was well represented with 5 finishers in the top 10.

The Radial fleet was equally competitive with MHASC taking the honours with Stuart Plenderleith having a clean sweep followed by Vanessa Dudley and Marlena Berzins of DBSC third. Racing in the light conditions with a run-out
tide made the starts challenging. Back in the chasing group young Blake Selly was sailing well against the more mature sailors Peter Heywood and Jeff Loosemore.

Podium position results are here.

Vaucluse Club boasts open sailing waters and the ocean swell being so close to Sydney heads and provides outstanding sailing and waves in the usual North East summer breeze. The Vaucluse Yacht Club invites visitors to their regular racing on Saturday and reminds competitors that the Vaucluse Regatta will again be held in February 2016 and the club encourages all Laser
sailors to participate.

Laser Masters South Lake Macquarie

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Some of the 130 Lasers ready for battle at Sunshine

131 Lasers contested the NSW/ACT State Masters at South Lake Macquarie ASC on the weekend.

There were 59 Radials and 72 Standard Rigs with cube level entries in all age divisions except for Radial Apprentice.

There were entries from far afield around NSW from Canberra and welcome visitors from Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand. There were three current and five previous Laser World Masters Champions in the fleet so plenty of tough competition.

RO Col Chidgey judged the timing well, holding the fleets back on shore until the breeze steadied. In the end five of the six scheduled races were completed in fair sailing conditions with ENE breezes randing from 7 to 13 knots.

The races were run with single starts for each rig with long starting lines matching the 70 boat fleet.

In the Standard Fleet current World Masters champion Brett Beyer had a battle royal with MHASC master sailor Shaun Atherton-Feeney. Brett took the last three races to win on a countback. Third was Nic Skulander from Woollahra SC.

In the Radials the fleet win went to Georges River Master David Early. Second was  Canberra Grand Master Bruce Paine and third MHASC’s Vanessa Dudley. Vanessa also won the cube for the first woman.

The age division winners were;

Apprentice Masters Masters Grand Masters Great Grand Masters
1  Jeffrey Myers GRSC David Early GRSC Vanessa Dudley MHASC Robert Lowndes MHASC
2 Martin Wilson GRSC Bruce Paine CYC Kevin Phillips GSC
3 Russell Ford M16SC Jeff Loosemore GRSC/MHASC Kerry Waraker RQYS
4 Diane Sissingh MHASC Martin Linsley CYC/RANSA Tony Ryan CYC
5 Murray Walters RPAYC Martin White DBSC Timothy Alexander NSC
1 Richard Bott DBSC Brett Beyer WSC Stephen Gunther KBSC Mark Bethwaite DBSC
2 Nicholas Skulander WSC Sean AthertonFeeney MHASC Anthony Scali VYC Stephen Wawn RPEYC
3 Matt Blakey  TYC Jan Scholten ASC Rick Longbottom RANSA Michael O’Brien VYC
4 Zac Skulander WSC David Page HHSC Mark Phillips RANSA
5 Chris Caldecoat SLMASC Ian Young GRSC Peter Wallace DBSC/MHASC

The South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club did a fabulous both on the water and off. Thanks to the race and boat crews and the catering volunteers for their terrific job organising the racing and feeding the Laser sailors. We would love to come back for future events to Sunshine.

The full results are here;

Division Results

Fleet Results

A  few finishers were missed due to tight finishes and manouvering at the finish. Please email kevinphillips@teltrsa.com if you can clarify positions which affect your results.

2015 Laser World Championships – Men’s Standard and Masters

Applications for entry open Wednesday, 21 January 2015 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

For both events, the deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 4 March 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible once it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 4 March 2015, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

State Masters South Lake Macquarie 7th 8th February

southlakeslogoThe State Masters Championship is coming up on 7th and 8th February at South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club. The location is here.

This is always a great event and South Lakes at Sunshine a terrific sailing venue. In addition to nearby accommodation sailors can camp on the spacious grounds around the club on Sunshine Park for a small Council imposed fee (circa $30).

Cubes will be awarded for this event.

The Notice of race for the event is here and the Sailing Instructions are here. You can enter online here or on Saturday 7th February until 11.00am at the venue. Entry is $60.

golfsailorRob Lowndes has organised the traditional Masters Golf Tournament which this year will be held on Friday 6th February at Morisset Country Club with first tee time at 1.00pm. The Club is on Dora Street (the main drag into Morisset) here.

Some skill at golf is desirable but certainly not essential so come and enjoy lunch and team selection around noon on the day. Cost is $32 each plus $40 if you want a cart (shared between two).

It would be a great help if you let Rob Lowndes know if you are playing at least a week beforehand (SMS 0419 266 257, or email lowndesr@bigpond.net.au). And yes, it is still compulsory for Georges River SC members to turn and show us how it’s done.

World number one ranked Laser sailor Tom Burton and world-class Laser sailor, Ash Brunning will be coaching the H2O Team at the  Master’s on both race days at SLMASC. Two day coaching and debrief cost will be $200.

To book, email: info@h2o-sports-academy.com or call: 0473 026 445


Nationals at Mandurah WA

Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker Radial Start

Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker show how to sail in testing conditions – Photo by Rick Steuart

The National Open and Masters Championship was held over Christmas New Year at Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club WA. Sailing conditions were character building with mostly 15 to 25 knot SW’ly (220-230) winds on the Indian Ocean accompanied by large waves on the inside course set further from the shore.

Sailors enjoyed the sometimes wild rides and by and large managed the conditions well. Some of the masters and the younger and lighter sailors however found the going challenging.

There were 170 entries 50 4.7′s, 78 Radials and 42 Standard. The Radials had a split fleet with Gold and Silver fleet finals.

World number one ranked Tom Burton and Perth local Matthew Wearn were in a class of their own at the front of the Standard fleet with Tom winning enough of the races to wrap the series up with two races to go.

Tom acknowledged that this was one of the toughest he had sailed in effectively match racing in 20-25 knots with a very competitive Matthew Wearn. It wasn’t until the 3rd day that Matt was able to take a win from Tom and after that was able to win both races on the 5th day where his size and strength proved decisive allowing him to beat Tom to each top mark. Queenslander Ryan Palk was third on a count back with Matthew Wearn’s clubmate Luke Elliott fourth. Matthew Wearn was the winner of the Standard Youth division.

Burton Wearn Luke Elliott Ryan Palk Nationals

Tom Burton Luke Elliott and Ryan Palk (right to left) at the front of the Standard Fleet – Photo by Rick Steuart

The Radials were dominated by WA sailors with Alistair Young taking a narrow win from Tristan Brown with Conor Nicholas third. Tristan was also the winner of the Youth cube. Ashley Stoddart RQYS easily won the women’s event finishing a very creditable 5th overall.

Brody Riley from McCrae YC Victoria had a convincing win in the 4.7′s with WA local Caelin Winchcombe runner up after a countback from NSW sailor Jordan Makin.

Masters winners were in the Standard Chris Caldecoat NSW Apprentice, Grant Loveday WA Master, Gavin Dagley Vic GM and in the Radials Mark Kennedy Qld M, Jeff Loosemore NSW GM and David Edmiston NSW GGM.

The full results for the series are here and photos by Rick Steuart are here.


PSA Laser Training at H2O Sports Academy

H2OLogoThe H2O Sports Academy Australia is a new training centre based within the NSW Sport and Recreation Centre at Point Wolstoncroft on Lake Macquarie in NSW. Run by a team of Olympic sailors and windsurfers with the shared aim of inspiring and motivating others whilst sharing their knowledge and skills. Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/h2osportsacademy

PSA Laser Training will be held at H2O with 16 two day sessions programmed in February and March 2015. ISAF World number one ranked Tom Burton, Ash Brunning and Australian Olympic Team – Laser Radial Coach, Laura Baldwin-Caldecoat will be running the sessions. The full session details are on the H2O flyer here.

  • Charter boats are available or BYO.
  • Onsite self-catered or catered accommodation for all the family is available in March.
  • There’s a playground, giant board games, beach valley ball, stand-up-paddle and kayaking to keep your family entertained whilst you attend the Laser Training.
  • Cost is $200 per sailor per weekend (2 days 10am-4pm Saturday and 10-3pm Sunday)

You can book now my emailing info@h2o-sports-academy.com or call 0473 026 445.

H2O has places on its Holiday Sailing Camps for kids 8-18years on 19-23 January.

5-days of fun sailing, windsurfing, biking, swimming and other fun games such as beach valley ball, giant board games, playground, Hobie adventure sailing to Shingle Splitters for picnic, Hobie sail to Rafferties Resort for Ice Cream and for the main part sailing course in one of the following groups;

  • Learn to Sail
  • Learn to Race
  • Race Training

Non-residential camp, 9am-4pm price is $295.

Equipment: Laser 4.7 and Optimists

Bookings, email: info@h2o-sports-academy.com or call: 0473 026 445


State Championship Belmont 16′s Sailing Club


Ashley Stoddart leads the Radial fleet – photo Greg Cooke

There were 96 entries for the NSW/ACT States held over the weekend 22/23 November at Belmont 16′s. There were entries from all over the state with a number of interstate and international competitors (New Zealand, Italy and Singapore).

The Belmont 16′s Sailing Club is arguably the best set up on the best stretch of water for dingy sailing in the state. The weather and breezes were excellent relatively steady with just an element of switch to keep competitors on their toes.

The Belmont 16′s team of volunteers and our Race Officer Andrew McLachlan did a great job all weekend. The breezes were between 10 to 16 knots dominantly easterly. Courses were set well away from land eliminating any local knowledge advantage. . The race organisation and management could not be faulted.

There were 32 Standards entered and Colin Cheng from Singapore Sailing was the convincing winner with four firsts and two second places. Another international Italian Marco Gallo was second with Scott Sydney third. The youth winner (U21) was Thomas Vincent from McCrae YC in Melbourne. Thomas, who is a frequent participant in NSW/ACT events, was a creditable 8th overall in the hot Standard fleet.

Scott Sydney leads Colin Cheng in the Standards

Scott Sydney leads Colin Cheng – photo Greg Cooke

Ashley Stoddart from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Australia’s number one ranked Laser sailor convincingly won in the 49 boat Radial fleet from last years champion Finn Alexander from Double Bay SC. Finn was the first youth (U19) as well. Daniel Self another up and comming young sailor from RQYS was third. Ashley Stoddart also took the cube for first woman with Vanessa Dudley taking the women’s runner up cube. Vanessa was 8th overall in the Radials.

The 4.7′s saw a trifector for Royal Prince Alfred Sailing Club with the Anthony Hawke taking the winners cube on a countback. Nathan Bryant and Anthony had exactly the same results to count 3 firsts and 2 seconds however Anthony won the last race which made him the winner. Charley Wells was third and was the first female in the 4.7′s. There were 14 entries in the 4.7′s.

Thanks to the volunteers officials and helpers for making this event the great success that it was.

The full results are  here

There are some great photos by Chris Munro of Redhotshotz on Facebook – Saturday here Sunday here. You can buy the photos from Chris by emailing him at redhotshotz@bigpond.com quoting the photo number which you can see when you click on the thumbnail. Individual images are $20 or $80 for all the images Chris has of your boat.

Greg Cooke took many photos of the event as well and you can see his work on the follwing links

Saturday Photos
Sunday Photos



NSW/ACT AGM 9.00am 23rd November

Meeting CartoonThe Annual General Meeting of the NSW/ACT laser Association will be held at 9.00am at Belmont 16′s on Sunday 23rd November.

We normally hold the AGM co-incident with the Coasts in October however this was not possible this year for a number of reasons.

Come along and have your say about how our events and affairs are run.

We will be hosting the Nationals next year in NSW/ACT and we are looking for ideas and  volunteers to make these events truly great.

The Meeting Agenda is here.