Below is a Jon West photo which could contest action shot of the year. It is of Scott Farley on Sunday at the States when the wind had eased up a little but was still enough to blow Scott’s visor off.
Jon West retrieved the visor and, reunited with its owner, it will see many more Laser race days as we are sure will Scott and his son Tom. Father and son finished 12th and 5th respectively in the GRSC event.
You can see many more of Jon’s States photos on his web site Here.
States Winners – Photos by Jon West
The NSW & ACT State Championships were held at Georges River Sailing Club on 4-5 December. Day 1 saw 22 gusting to 28 knots SSW which tested the skill and endurance of the sailors. Day 2 presented a more manageable 15 gusting to 18 knot SE so no complaints about the wind.
The fleets were smaller than usual but no less competitive. In the Standards Brett Beyer Woollahra SC had a one point victory over Daniel Costandi who sails at GRSC, Double Bay and RSYS. Daniel was the first Under 21 and Alexander Bijkerk (also Under 21) from RPAYC was third.
In the Radials Sylvie Stannage HHSC/DBSC had a convincing win counting four firsts and a second and dropping a third place. She thanked her coach Brett Beyer among others for supporting her sailing. Second was Jeff Loosemore MHASC/GRSC closely followed by GRSC sailor David Early. Ashton Scott from RSYS was the first Under 17.
The 4.7s were won convincingly by Hamish Cowell from Blairgowrie YS and Brighton YC. Hamish counted three firsts and a second for his win. He was also first Under 18. Second and first Under 16 was Aidan Simmons from Indented Head YC. Nathan Deng from RSYS was very consistent and finished third. Pru Bennett was the first woman and finished 5th.
The results for the States at Georges River are Here.
Jon West’s photos of all the action are Here.
Daniel Costandi leading Alexander Bijkerk in the breezy Day 1 – Photo by Jon West
John West Action Photo from States 2020
Our State Championship is coming up at Georges River Sailing Club 4 & 5th December.
Sailing Instructions are now posted Here.
It is great that by this date we will be able to welcome all sailors from NSW & ACT and likely some from interstate.
Because the 2022 Australian Championships in WA have had to be cancelled the States will be the ranking event for NSW & ACT sailors for 2022 ILCA World Championships except ILCA World Masters.
Georges River Sailing Club as we all know is a great club and offers beautiful sailing on Botany Bay. It will be the venue for the 2023 Australian Championships 1-8 January 2023.
To compete in the States you will need to be a member of a Laser District. Our NSW & ACT membership runs from 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022 and cost $40 or $20 if you are under 21 at 1st October 2021. You can joint or renew membership Here.
We are all more into sailing than attending meetings however our NSW & ACT Laser District AGM is a chance to review what has happened in the past year and have an input into what should be done going forward.
This year the meeting will be held in the Sailing Office at Georges River Sailing Club on 9.00am Sunday 5th December co-incident with the State Championships.
The 2021 agenda, minutes from the 2020 AGM and reports for this meeting are Here.
The new ranking policy Here is based on results from the previous Australian Laser Masters Championships.
This policy is much simpler than the previous ranking policy issued in July 2017 which factors results from six World National and State Masters events. The new ranking regime is facilitated by the change to Australian Masters from 2022 all being stand-alone Masters events held in rotation between the eastern states.
With its adoption the ranking of sailors for all ILCA World Championships (Open, Youth and Masters) will be consistent and based on performance at the respective Australian Championships.
In summary ranking for May 2022 World Masters in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico will be based on results of the previous two World, National and State Masters events as per the existing policy Here. For the February 2023 World Masters in Pattaya, Thailand ranking will be based on the results of the Australian Masters February 2022 Westernport YC as per the new policy Here.
We posted in April 2020 Here about the reason for the update then requesting suggestions for changes.
In summary the Constitution needs to be brought into the 21st century, to reflect the new naming and class builder arrangements and to reform the representation and voting rights on the ILCA World Council and modernise its governance.
Information about the proposed changes and a link to the voting site are available for the next six months on the ILCA website Here:
This is a non controversial change and a yes vote is recommended.
On Sunday 14th November four clubs, Northbridge Sailing Club (NSC), Manly Yacht Club (MYC), Vaucluse Yacht Club (VYC) and Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club (MHASC), held the inaugural Battle of the Sound regatta for Laser/ILCA dinghies.
The Sound is that part of Sydney Harbour where Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour and North Harbour converge.
The weather gods produced a strong westerly breeze which increased over the course of the day, with gusts of 30 knots-plus during the afternoon.
Sixty-four competitors registered and 44 ‘brave souls’ (25 Radials and 19 Standard rigs) made it to the 1pm start in what could only be described as tough conditions, under the watchful eye of Olympic Race Officer Hughie Leicester.
The winning team from MYC took home the refurbished centreboard trophy.
The full results are Here.
More details of the event thanks to MHASC Commodore Chris Kelleway are Here.
ILCA has just announced that from 2022 the Apprentice Masters age range will be extended from 35-44 to 30-44.
ILCA says that it is excited about this change, which for the first time gives sailors under the age of 35 the opportunity to join the ILCA Masters World Championships and to enjoy the unique atmosphere of that fleet. All other Masters age categories will remain unchanged.
The new age range will apply for all ILCA District, Regional and World events including the upcoming 2022 Australian Masters at Westernport and the 2022 Masters World Championships in Mexico.
ILCA says that while it does not expect this change to dramatically increase the number of Apprentice entries in events it believes that by being more inclusive and “broadening the tent” to allow more adult sailors to enjoy Masters events it will attract more interest in the ILCA class from both grass roots and former competitive ILCA sailors looking to get back into our great sport.
The Masters at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria 25-28 February 2022 is definitely going ahead.
With the recent announcement of the plan by WA to open its borders it is expected that the event will be able to be run as the Australian Masters Championship but if it can’t be so named it will run as the Australian Masters Regatta.
Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.
The Australian Masters will be preceded by a two day coaching clinic 22-23 February.
Kerry Waraker – World Laser Legend Champion
We will not be able to run the 2021 Coast Championships at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club on 23 -24 October as planned. The event is now cancelled.
When we set the event timing we didn’t expect that COVID Delta would come along and upset our plans (and our lives).
It looks like most sailing clubs are planning to resume racing in early November and we are confident that our State Championships 4-5 December at Georges River Sailing Club will go ahead as planned.
Australian Sailing’s ran webinars in September featuring the 470 and Laser sailors.
If you missed the webinars you can see the recordings on YouTube on the following links;
- 470 Mat Belcher and Will Ryan 7pm Thursday 16 September
- Laser Matt Wearn Tuesday 21 September
- Laser Radial Mara Stransky Thursday 30 September
It tells the Laser story of Ian Bruce and Performance Sailcraft the company which he originally formed to produce and market it.
The movie shows one of the first ever big fleet Laser regattas held at Association Island, New York on Lake Ontario across the lake from Kingston (with Ian Bruce competing!). The movie has interviews with Ian, Bruce Kirby, and Laser sail designer Hans Fogh along with shots of Lasers being produced in Ian’s factory.
There is footage of Hans Fogh helming the prototype Laser in an October 1970 regatta held for boats under $1000 at the Playboy Club at Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. It was called ‘The America’s Teacup Regatta’. Ian and Hans decided to call the prototype the ‘Weekender’ with sail number TGIF, the abbreviation for ‘Thank God It’s Friday’.”
The movie is from the National Film Board of Canada archive Here
Despite high COVID cases and constraints the 2021 ILCA World Championships have so far been able to run and attract near capacity competitors. Over 800 sailors have competed in the Youth (4.7 and Radial) and the Under 21 Worlds in Europe. ILCA did a great job to pull this off.
You have to admire the tenacity of these young sailors navigating COVID exit and entry restrictions and travel difficulties just to be able to compete in these events.
Unfortunately due to Australia’s foreign travel ban no Australian sailors have been able to compete in these Youth Worlds events however Australian sailing managed to send two sailors to Under 21 Worlds and are sending Australian Sailing Squad members to the Radial Women’s Worlds in Oman in December and the Men’s Standard Worlds in Barcelona in November.
The sole Australian, Zac Littlewood from WA, had a dominant win in the 134 boat fleet in the just completed Under 21 World Championship in Gdynia Poland. Zac posted 5 wins and 2 seconds to win by 23 points. Top Australian Under 21 Women ILCA6 sailor Paige Caldecoat represented us in the U21 Women’s event in Gdynia finishing a creditable 18th in the 57 boat fleet. The full results are Men Women.
Travel bans look likely to persist for this year and in any event travel costs are through the roof, so the prospect of Australian sailors competing in the World Masters (Barcelona, November) are bleak. There are 260 entries for the Masters event which in better times might have been near the 400 entry limit.
ILCA have announced timing and venues for 2022 World Championships (except for ILCA6 Youth Worlds). Listing of the events is on the ILCA’s web site Here. Australian sailors will hopefully be free to travel to these 2022 events.
COVID restrictions what you can do, what you can’t do and where.
It is complicated but at least you can get out on the water in your Laser if you can stick to the exercise rules. These rules are summarised in the NSW Government flyer Here.
We understand that, like all the current COVID health orders, the aquatic exercise go/no go rules are being enforced so best to read up before venturing out to avoid State Revenue nabbing the funds you had set aside for a new sail or a hair cut, new PJs and a lockdown’s worth of coffees.
ALCA has announced that with regret, due to ongoing uncertainty about travel logistics and border closures, they have decided to cancel the Laser Australian Open & Youth Championships 1-8 January 2022 in Fremantle WA.
ALCA considered delaying the event to later in 2022 however there is no guarantee, with the strict stance taken by the WA Government, that this will be possible. ALCA COVID policy requires that sailors from all states and territories can travel quarantine free to and from the event for it to be the National Championship.
In place of 2022 Australian Championships each district has been invited to designate an event as the ILCA World Championships selection event. The results from these district events will be interleaved and scaled for size to rank sailors for 2022 ILCA World Championships. The ranking event for NSW & ACT sailors will be the NSW & ACT State Championships 4-5 December at Georges River Sailing Club.