2016/17 NSW Youth Sailing Team

YNSW_LogoThe 2016/17 NSW Youth Sailing Team application is now open.
The YNSW Youth Sailing Team provides squad based coaching support for identified youth athletes selected from junior and youth classes. Classes for 2016/17 are: Optimist, 420, 29er and Laser (4.7/Radial).
Coaching is conducted by State Sailing Performance Coaches.
All current YST members who wish to reapply will need to do so.

For more information about the NSW Youth Sailing Team click HERE.

Applications close 1700 Friday 26th February 2016.


National Masters Port Stephens 12th to 15th February

EventLogoV2_Horizontal_TrimEntries are open for the 2016 Australian Masters Championship at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club. The event will run from 12th to 15th February 2016 and the schedule is here.

This will be the premier event for Laser Masters in Australia this year. Some of the best Laser Masters sailors in the world will be competing however  there will be great competition in the usual good spirit at all skill levels. If you don’t go to any other events in 2016 then don’t miss this one.

The Notice of Race is here.

Entry fee is $150 up until 1st February 2016. Entry after 1st February 2016 is $200.

Entries can be placed online on-line by clicking here.

Australian Laser Championships Belmont Results

Five times Australian Champion Tom Burton at Belmont

Five times Australian Champion Tom Burton at Belmont

The Australian Laser Championships at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club concluded on 4th January. With 195 entries from 12 countries and every state and territory in Australia the event was hotly contested.

Winds were lighter than normal and mostly in the range of 9 to 12 knots from the ESE to ENE. 11 of the scheduled 12 races were completed with one race lost to light and variable winds on Day 5.

The Laser Standard winner was Tom Burton (NSW) who is the ISAF number one ranked Laser Sailor and now five times winner of the National cube. Tom was pushed by ISAF number two ranked Mathew Wearn (WA). Third was Luke Elliott also from WA. These three dominated the Standard fleet and the results were finalised before the last two races. Full results for the Standards are HERE.

The results in the Radials went down to wire with World Youth Radial Champion Conor Nicholas (WA) just edging out Finn Alexander (NSW) with a win in the final race of the series. Finn, who held a small lead going into the last day, had a costly Rule 42 penalty 100 metres from the finish of race 10 leaving the result open to last race which Conor won. Brody Riley (VIC) was a comfortable 3rd followed by Manami Doi from Japan. Manami was the first woman just one point ahead of Ashley Stoddart (QLD). The full Radial Gold Fleet results are HERE.

The 4.7’s were dominated all week by young WA sailor Rome Featherstone. Rome had the series wrapped up before the last day and won from fellow WA sailor Hayden Coote and Jack Littlechild from NSW. The final results of the 4.7’s are HERE.

The library of photos of the event are linked HERE. All documents and information is at the dedicated event web site HERE.

The next Laser Australian Championship will be held from the Adelaide Sailing Club between 27th December 2016 and 4th January 2017. There is a Vimeo video on the South Australia 2017 titles HERE.

Applications Open for 2016 ILCA Events

Applications for entry for the following 2016 Laser World Championships are now being accepted.
     2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships
     2016 Laser Radial Men’s World Championship
     2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
     2016 Laser Under-21 Worlds Championships

For all the above regattas, the deadline to receive paid entry applications for initial allocation of places is 24 March 2016 23:59 Central US time.

Information about each of the ILCA Laser World Championships can be found at the ILCA  Events page HERE.

Normal Nationals Entries Extended to 8th December

Entries are rolling in for the Australian Open Laser Championship at Belmont. We have already received entries from top Australian Laser sailors and a dozen Internationals. You can check the entry list HERE.

We have extended the period for lodging normal entries for the Laser Nationals by one week to 8th December.

If you enter on or before 8th December the entry fee remains $300. After 8th December an additional late entry fee of $100 will be charged.

You can enter online HERE.

Regatta documents including the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and advice for Coach/Support Boats is HERE.

Enter Laser Australian Championship

EventLogoV20_Horizontal_sEntries are rolling in for the Australian Open Laser Championship at Belmont 16′s between 27 December 2015 to 4 January 2016.

The normal $300 entry closes after 1st December. After that date entry includes a late entry fee of $100.

This will be the best Laser regatta in Australia this season. Belmont 16′s is a fabulous club with great social and sailing facilities. The waters on Lake Macquarie are some of the best on the east coast of Australia. Being near to the Pacific Ocean the normal thermal sea breeze usually pipes up in the afternoon providing great and fair sailing conditions.

The notice of race for the event is HERE and you can enter online HERE.

Dont miss it!

2015 State Championships – Final Results


Final results for the NSW/ACT State Open and Masters Championship are linked below.

Congratulations to everyone who braved the rain to compete.

With 142 entries there was close racing in all four fleets. There were no protests which is indicative of the good spirit in which the event was contested.

Thanks to Wangi Amateur Sailing Club and all the volunteers for making the event possible.

Annual General Meeting Wangi 15 November

NSW_ACT_LogoAt the Laser Sates venue Wangi Amateur Sailing Club on Sunday 15th November at 9.00am the NSW/ACT Laser Association AGM will be held. The Meeting Agenda is HERE.

Come along and have your say about what we do.

States Open & Masters 14-15th November Wangi ASC

The combined Open and Masters State Championship will be held at WASC_LogoWangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on 14th and 15th November. This should be a cracker event on Lake Macquarie and a great lead up event to the Nationals at Belmont.

You can enter on line here or enter up to 11.30am at Wangi on 14th November. Payment on line is by Master or Visa Card and beach entry by those cards, Paypal or cash. Entry is $60 and $30 for sailors under 21.

You need to be a member of a Laser District to compete in this, and any local, national or international Laser event. Our membership runs from 1st October 2015 until 30th September 2016 and costs $40 and $20 for under 21′s. You can pay annual membership on line here or you can pay membership at Wangi.

The Notice of Race for the States is here and the Sailing Instructions are available on line here and at the event in printed form.

We will be running separate starts for Standard and Radial for Open and Masters and one start for 4.7′s – five starts in all.

Men’s & Women’s Laser Worlds 2015 Entry Open

Laser_Worlds_2016_LogoApplications for entry are now open for the 2016 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship and the 2016 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship.

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.

2016 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship
• Dates: Tuesday, 12 April – Wednesday, 20 April 2016
• Venue: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
• Application Deadline: 6 December 2015, 23:59 PM US Central time
• Click HERE for Radial Women Information & Application

2016 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship
• Dates: Tuesday, 10 May – Wednesday, 18 May 2016
• Venue: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
• Application Deadline: 28 December 2015, 23:59 PM US Central time
• Click HERE for Standard Men Information & Application

World Masters 2016 in Mexico Entries Open

VallartaYC_LogoThe ILCA has begun accepting applications to compete at the 2016 Laser Masters World Championships in Mexico.

For information about the Championships and to fill out an application, please Click the ILCA events page here.

The selection policy for the Masters Worlds for Australia is set out on the ALCA web site here.

So far everyone who wants to participate in World Masters has been accommodated however late applicants are may not know for sure until January. So, as always, it is best to apply early.

The Venue: The 2016 Laser Masters World Championships will take place on the Pacific Coast of Mexico on the waters of Banderas Bay.  Sailing will be less than one kilometer off the beaches and will be based out of the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC). VYC offers a full bar and dining facilities as well as a hot tub, bathrooms, shower and locker rooms and a private swimming pool.

Accommodations: Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa in Nuevo Vallarta.
Paradise Village occupies a 12-acre private peninsula amidst a 440-acre beachfront community with a world-class marina, a European-style spa, a conference center, a tropical gardens, championship golf and beautiful white-sand beaches.

The World Masters is being run next year as two events. Radial Rig from 22nd April until 30 April 2016 and Standard Rig from 20th May until 28th May 2016. This is because there are limits to the number of charter boats that can be made available, a combined Standard and Radial Masters would mean that ILCA could accommodate only half as many sailors as if they are sailed as separate events. ILCA goal is to give as many sailors as possible an opportunity to compete on the water and enjoy the venue. ILCA say that you may submit applications for both events and that if there is space available you may compete at both.

Why are the two Masters Championships not scheduled back to back? ILCA needed to schedule the Olympic class World Championships around various ISAF events. The host also has scheduling issues that needed to be addressed, and this was the best schedule that could accommodate all the needs and constraints in place.

Sail Sydney Laser Event 17th to 19th December Woollahra

Sail_Sydney_LogoSail Sydney this year at Woollahra Sailing Club will include 18 classes including Laser 4.7, Radial and Standard.

The Laser races will be from Thursday 17th December to Saturday 19th.

Details and entry are on the Sail Sydney web site here.

Coast Championship Port Kembla Sailing Club

59 Laser competed in the Coasts at Port Kembla.

Conditions were light and variable on Saturday and after an overnight southerly were a little better on Sunday. RO Andrew McLachlan and the slick Port Kembla Sailing Club on water team worked hard and six races were completed for the three rigs.

It was great to see 16 4.7′s competing, eight making their way from Royal Prince Alfred  Yacht Club complete with coach. Jack Littlechild from Woollahra and Double Bay SC’s was the clear winner in the 4.7′s winning four of the six races. Cameron Whiteside and Nathan Bryant both from team RPAYC were second and third. The first female in the 4.7′s was overall fourth place Tegan Hanrahan from Canberra YC.

Ashley Stoddart Australia’s number one ranked Laser women sailor made the journey down from Royal Queensland YS to take out the Radial event registering four wins in the process. Second was Blake Selley who sails at both Woollahra and Double Bay SC’s. Third was Jordan Makin from Gosford SC.

The Standard rig event was a Skulander quinella with Zac Skulander from Woollahra SC the clear winner with four bullets and brother Nicholas second. Thomas Vincent came up from McCrae YC in Melbourne to take third place.

Photos from the event courtesy of Port Kembla Sailing Club are here.

Final results after six races are linked below;

School's in RPAYC

School’s in RPAYC 4.7 team and coach crew

Willing Will

Youngest in the fleet Will McMillan (9)

Ashley Stodart

Ashely Stoddart on the way to Radial win

Hard Day at the Office

Peter Stephinson – A hard day in the office

Coast Championship 17th & 18th October Port Kembla Sailing Club

PKSC_LogoOur first regatta for the season is the Coast Championship which is on 17th and 18th October at Port Kembla Sailing Club.

This should be a good weekend away at a great sailing venue.

You can stay nearby or camp on the club grounds or sleep in a swag in the club. There will be meals available at the club including dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning. The menus are here.

The Sailing InstructionsNotice of Race and Venue information documents are linked in the Events Page of this site.

Entries using a credit card can be placed on line here or you can enter up to 11.30am at Port Kembla S.C. on Saturday 17th October using a credit card or cash.

Newcastle CYC Laser Friday Twilights Start 9 October

NCYC_Logo_LongNewcastle Cruising Yacht Club Laser fleet races on Newcastle harbour on Friday nights during summer. Their season starts on 9th October 2015. During daylight saving the Laser races are from 5.30pm and are usually finished by 7.30pm, or sunset, at the latest.

The fleet has grown from three boats five years ago to more than 20 each race. With the races being at the end of the week, there’s a casual but competitive atmosphere with everyone heading over to NCYC bar afterwards for a beer or “Laser burger”.

The club has built a launch pontoon off the end of one of its piers to give easy access into the harbour. The fleet has experienced phenomenal growth over the past three seasons due to the relaxed atmosphere, location and timing of the races. During daylight saving the NCYC races are from 5.30pm and are usually finished by 7.30pm, or sunset, at the latest.

Come along and enjoy the sailing and the après-sail scene and find out how to construct a “Laser burger”.

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