NSW ACT Laser Association

East Coast Championship GRSC 11-13 June 4.7 and Radial

GRSC_Logo_smallThe Opti run East Coast Championship is on at Georges River Sailing Club over the June long weekend 11-13 June 2022.


The event includes Optis, 4.7 and Radials with other invited classes 29er, Techno293, Techno293+, IQFoil and Windfoil.


The Notice of race is Here. Entries can be placed Here.  Web page for the event is Here.


There will be lots of sailing action at the regatta and a chance to test the waters for the Laser Oceania and National Championships at the venue 1-8 Januray 2023.

Double Bay Winter Sailing

DBSC_LogoDouble Bay Sailing Club’s winter series kicks off on 8 May.


Each week races will count for both a championship and pointscore series. There will be a total of 30 races over 10 weeks to 24 July 2022 (that is, 3 races each Sunday). There will be no racing during the school holidays. (3 Jul, 10 Jul, 17 Jul).


You can subscribe to the calendar on DBSC website. Either sail over or rig at Double Bay, Sign on and off links are on the web site.


Starts will be at 08:30 (weather permitting) and there will be no start after 11:30. For further information, please read the Sailing Instructions.


If you want to improve your sailing over winter then Brett Beyer is offering his Winter Program at DBSC (BBWP) for 6 weeks (18 races) on 8 May, 15 May, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 24 Jul.  The cost of the program is $360 for all 6 weeks.


BBWP subscribers will carry a GPS during each race and will later receive a report and animation showing their GPS tracks vs the fleet, together with fleet-level commentary on each leg. Subscribers will also have access to Brett to ask questions on the water (not during the races) and can later ask questions on the weekly report. The terms of the program are available on DBSC website.


If any other clubs have winter racing open to visitors let us know and we will publicise it.

2022 South Pacific Laser Masters 9 April to 2 May RQYS

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The 2022 South Pacific Laser Masters in on 29 April to 2 May at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly.


This is always a great event and sadly missed during COVID.


The event web site with links to enter, and for the Notice of Race is Here.

Events Coming Up

Lots of sailing action coming up. The Laser District events we have scheduled or are aware of are listed below. If you have local events you would like us to include please let us know.


South Pacific Masters RQYS Manly, Qld 29 April – 2 May 2022 Event Site
Oceania Laser Masters DSC Darwin, NT 20-26 August 2022 Event Site
Coast Championships SLMASC Lake Macquarie 15-16 October 2022 Event Site
State Open & Masters Wangi ASC Lake Macquarie 19-20 November 2022 Event Site
Oceania & Aust Open & Youth GRSC Botany Bay 1-8 Jan 2023 Event Site
Australian Masters BSC Port Stephens 10-13 March 2023 Event Site
Metro Championships DBSC Double Bay 25-26 March 2023 Event Site


There is a complete list of events in Australia, Oceania and ILCA World Championships listed on our Events Page Here.


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States action from Georges River 2021 – Next season States (Open Youth & Masters) will be at Wangi – Photos by Jon West

Crowd Funding to Support Ukraine Sailors

EuroILCA_500EurILCA Chairman Jean-Luc Michon has announced a crowdfunding action to support the 17 ILCA sailors from the ILCA Ukrainian team and their coaches.


Jean-Luc said “The 17 Ukrainian sailors were outside of Ukraine, training or racing, when the war started. They can’t go back home as most of them are from Kiev or Odessa. They are looking desperately for help and support in order to keep sailing and competing.


The money we are collecting will solely go to the ILCA Ukrainian Team to support travelling, training, and racing.”


To get more information and contribute go to the GoFundMe page HERE.

2023 Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships

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The 2023 Oceania & Australian Open and Youth Championships will be held at Georges River Sailing Club on Botany Bay 1-8 January 2023.


After the disappointments of cancellation of the event scheduled in Fremantle, WA in 2021 and 2022 it will be great to stage these championships in 2023.


Botany Bay is a great venue for big sailing events with lots of open water and clear winds. The club is near to the airport and the surrounding suburbs have lots of accommodation options.


There will be great lead up events with the NSW & ACT Laser State titles at Wangi A.S.C. on Lake Macquarie in November 2022 and Sail Sydney on Sydney Harbour from Woollahra S.C. 13-18 December 2022.


The Notice of Race for this event is Here.


Entries can be placed $350 until 30th November 2022 Here and may be accepted with an additional $80 late fee after that date.


Charters will be available from NB Sailsports and Performance Sailcraft Australia.


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Matt Wearn current Australian and Olympic Laser Champions – Photo by Jesus Renedo

Metropolitan Championships 2022 RPAYC Pittwater


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Daniel Costandi & Sylvie Stannage Standard – Radial Winners in Action – Photos by Jon West


The Metropolitan Championships were held at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club over the weekend 5-6 March. There were 52 entries in the three fleets. It was great to see the roll up in the 4.7s.


There was some really close racing in conditions which started NE light and variable on Saturday and finished at 20 knots from the south on Sunday. All six races were completed with minimum use of the black flag by R.O. Andrew McLachlan.


In the 4.7 fleet the heat wins were shared around. In the end the the top two James Hayhoe (RSYS) and Ben Costandi (RSYS/GRSC) were the most consistent and finished in that order one point apart. Close behind was Harriet McLachlan (RSYS/DBSC). Harriet was the first Under 16 and first female. It is good to see a number of our 4.7 sailors entering for the Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal in August.


In the Radials there was a great battle and close racing between the top four women. The top three finished just two points apart with Sylvie Stannage (HHSC/DBSC) prevailing over Evie Saunders (MYC/DBSC) and Paige Caldecoat (WSC/B16s/NCYC). Evie was first Under 17. The first male was GGM Jeff Loosemore (MHASC/GRSC) who was fourth. Jeff demonstrated the results of heaps of practice in all conditions with a first and second in the final two races when the wind was really up. Brooke Wilson (RSYC/DBSC) was first Under 19.


In the Standards it came down to the last race with Daniel Costandi (GRSC/DBSC/RSYS) winning the race and the series by a point from Alexander Bijkerk (RPAYC/DBSC). Both sailors are up and coming Under 21s. Not far back was local GM sailor Jan Scholten (RPAYC/ASC). Jan’s Laser sailing has been affected by his campaign with fellow Laser sailor Jules Hall in the inaugural double handed division of the Sydney Hobart which they won.


Thanks to RPAYC for their fabulous organisation of this event for us – much appreciated. It is a great club with first class facilities and equipment and great support staff. Thanks also to our RO Andrew McLachlan for giving us another weekend of his busy life.


Thanks to Jon West there are photos from the event which can be viewed and purchased Here.


The division and fleet winners are listed below and the full results are Here.


Fleet 4.7 Radial Standard
1st James Hayhoe Sylvie Stannage Daniel Costandi
2nd Ben Costandi Evie Saunders Alexander Bijkerk
3rd Harriet McLachlan Paige Caldecoat Jan Scholten
Division 4.7 Radial Standard
First female Harriet McLachlan Sylvie Stannage
Under 16 Harriet McLachlan
Under 18 James Hayhoe
Under 17 Evie Saunders
Under 19 Brooke Wilson
Under 21 Daniel Costandi
Apprentice Viamo’oi’a Ripley Cam Edwards
Master Kerrie Shimeld Bill Nixey
GM Jenny Danks Jan Scholten
GGM Jeff Loosemore Warwick Foy


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4.7 action James Hayhoe and Harriet Mc Lachlan – Photos by Jon West

2022 Oceania Laser Masters Darwin SC 20-26 August

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The 2022 Oceania Laser Masters Championship will be held 20-26 August from the Darwin Sailing Club Fannie Bay, Northern Territory.


This will be a great and memorable event not to be missed.


The Notice of Race is Here. Entries/Registration are open until 20th June 2022 Here. Enter before 30 April 2022 and save $50.


It is a long drive so most sailors will prefer to fly and charter. A limited number of charters are available from PSA. Book your charter Here.


There is a flyer with more information Here and web information and links are Here.


Contact NT Laser District at ntlaser22@gmail.com or Darwin Sailing Club admin@dwnsail.com.au if you need more information.

Metropolitan Championships RPAYC 5-6 March



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The 2022 Metropolitan Championship is on at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Pittwater 5-6 March 2022.


The NoR is Here and you can enter for this event Here.


The Sailing Instructions for the event is Here.


This is a great club and always stages terrific events for us.


There is a Competitor Information Guide with location, parking, rigging and club facilities for the event outlined. The Guide is Here.


A reminder if you are bringing a support RIB overnight parking will be available on a first come first serve basis on the northern side of the services wharf. Check the Competitor Guide for more information and contact RPAYC Waterfront Team on 9998 3700 or waterfront@rpayc.com.au to arrange berthing for the weekend.

2022 Australian Masters Westernport

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Jeff Loosemore ILCA 6 GGM and Brett Beyer ILCA 7 GM winners – Jon West Photos


The Australian ILCA Masters was run very successfully between 25-28 February at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria. There were 106 entries with 31 ILCA 7s sailing in one fleet, 30 ILCA 6 Grand Masters in a fleet and the other ILCA 6 age divisions in a third 45 boat fleet.



The venue Balnarring on Westernport Victoria provided excellent open water and good clean winds. These combined with ocean and wind swells gave some exhilarating rides and fair racing. All ten scheduled races were completed with light breezes on day one followed by six races in 15 to 18 knots on days two and three and around 12 knots for the final two races. Tides were an issue in the second half of the series when they were pushing the fleet over the start line. On the final day the second ILCA 6 fleet managed four general recalls and three black flag starts before the final race got away minus the 25% of the fleet which were black flagged.



The Westernport Yacht Club did a fabulous job both on and off the water. Racing was run like clockwork and the logistics of launch and retrieval of the support boats from Westernport, Sommers and bay side clubs were run with military precision. Catering at the club after racing, the functions and free beer from an event sponsor Bright Brewery were all much appreciated by the sailors.



There was a two day coaching clinic lead by Brody Riley & VLA head coach Rhett Gowans  held before the series. This was fully subscribed and very successful.



The winner of the ILCA 7 fleet was Master Brett Bayer WSC/DBSC. Brett won six races edging out Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC. Sommers YC Apprentice Sean Bly was third. In the ILCA 6 GM fleet John Jager McCrae YC won by a point from Sandringham sailor James Mitchell with David Early GRSC third.



The full results with age divisions scored separately are Here.



The age division podium places are listed below.


Division 1st 2nd 3rd First Women
ILCA 6 Apprentice Vaimooia Ripley MHASC Vaimooia Ripley MHASC
ILCA 6 Master Owen Mc Mahon RBYC Danial Blight BSS/RQYS Gayl Robinson SYC Gayl Robinson SYC
ILCA 6 GM John Jager McCYC James Mitchell SYC David Early GRSC Christine Bridge RQYS
ILCA 6 GGM Jeff Loosemore GR/MHASC Tim Alexander NSC Michael Pitt RQYS
ILCA 6 Legend Kerry Waraker RQYS Lew Verdon MHASC Kevin Phillips GSC
ILCA 7 Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC Sean Bly Somers YC David Newman DBSC
ILCA  Master Rod Barnes DBSC Nick Alexander MHASC/DBSC Stuart Holdsworth RPAYC
ILCA  GM Brett Beyer WSC/DBSC Gavin Dagley PMYC Steve Gunther PMYC
ILCA  GGM Gary Martin Darwin SC Mike Stockdale PLYC


There are great photos by Jon West which you can view and purchase Here.

Lasernews History Collection Now Online

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Rob Lowndes has put together a collection of Laser newsletters “Lasernews” starting with the first in September 1974 through to the last in 2007. This gives a superb account of the history of the class in Australia and especially in the NSW/ACT District.


As a Laser 50th anniversary project Rob has had the Lasernews scanned and now posted on on this web site Here.  There is some background Here.


Rob has included a handy headline guide for each edition so you can browse though Laser history by subject as well as timeline. In compiling this collection and the guide I suspect that Rob has spent many hours combing the newsletters so, if he wasn’t before, he is by now the foremost source of factual Laser legend in the land.


Thanks to Rob for his work on this project and even greater applause for the authors and editors who compiled the newsletters over the years. Also thanks to Paul and Yoko Hargan who managed to collect and collate these pieces of history.

ILCA 2022 Handbook Now Available


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All you wanted to know about the class its rules and bylaws geography and news in one neat volume. The 2022 ILCA Handbook is now available online on the ILCA web site Here.


There are 10 years of Handbooks also available Here.

State Masters Port Stephens Wrap

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.                                                                 The State Masters at Bay Sailing Centre were a blast – well the wind was. Both days, 6 races in 22 gusting to 30 knots kept all the competitors on their toes and often on their centreboards.


There were 130 entries though not all made an appearance. Those that did enjoyed or endured some great sailing – many did both.


On Saturday racing was protracted due to the strong tide pushing the fleet over the line and the anchor on the start boat which would not hold despite having been used before with no problem. There were numerous U and black flag starts in the large Radial fleet of  over 70 boats – many times when the vast majority of the fleet was swept over the line.


On Sunday with a ginormous start boat anchor and the course moved south and less tide everything ran smoothly and RO Andrew McLachlan was a much less troubled  soul.


Needless to say the conditions were quite testing and many decided to take an early mark. Some normal Standard sailors decided to sail Radial which accounted in part for the unexpectedly large Radial fleet. Despite this there was some great racing.


The podium Division and Fleet places for the event are below and the full results are Here.


Division 1st 2nd 3rd
4.7 Fleet Sandy Kiernan NSC Pru Bennett RPAYC Diana Chen DBSC
Standard Fleet Matt Blakey PMYC Brett Beyer WSC Matthew Faddy VYC
Standard Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC David Newman DBSC Byron Georgouras VYC
Standard Master Matthew Faddy VYC Stuart Holdsworth RPAYC Rod Barnes DBSC
Standard GM Brett Beyer WSC Chris Dawson RPAYC Chris Rodowicz VYC
Standard GGM Paul Beath NCYC Mark Phillips RPAYC Warwick Foy MHASC
Radial Fleet Ian Young GRSC Jeff Loosemore MHASC GRSC Zac Skulander MHASC
Radial Apprentice Zac Skulander MHASC Alex Georgouras VYC Vaimoola Ripley MHASC
Radial Master Andrew Cox DBSC Ian Alexander DBSC Ian Saunders MYC
Radial GM Ian Young GRSC David Early GRSC Anthony Scali VYC
Radial GGM Jeff Loosemore MHASC GRSC Tim Alexander NSC Patrick Levy DBSC
Radial Legend Kevin Phillips GSC Kerry Waraker RQYS Brian Monkhouse VYC
Radial Woman Jenny Danks RPAYC Kerrie Shimeld RPAYC Kate McHugh DBSC


Thanks to the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and Sailing Manager Jack Buchan and his enthusiastic Port Stephens volunteers from the Bay Sailing Centre. Also thanks to our RO Andrew McLachlan who combines a busy paid job with being Commodore of Georges River Sailing Club and RO for us and other classes.


Special thanks to all the sailors who came out in great numbers to support the event and sailed their socks off with the aim to take home an acrylic cube. Thanks for following the COVID arrangements we put in place. Great to see turnout from smaller clubs like Northbridge who had 11 sailors and the larger clubs DBSC with 18, MHASC 17,  GRSC 13 and Vaucluse YC 10.


There are some great photos by Jon West which you can purchase from his web site Here. Photos on this post by Jon West.


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Radial fleet and Standard rig winner Matt Blakey (above) photos by Jon West


Laser Masters Golf

In spite of some rain with the gusty wind a large field of 18 turned out for the annual Laser Masters  Tournament at Nelson Bay.


Convincing winner was team Marty Wilson, Dave Early, Steve McCulloch and Phil Ipsen with a mere 65 hits on the 17 holes.


Other teams:

David Page, Ian Young, Chris Severn 72 hits Greg Annesley, Rob Lowndes, Bruce Hilleard, John  Smidmore 76 hits Murray Stone, Mark Hooper, Tim Neale 77 hits Peter Doyle, Matt Faddy, Per Gustafsson 77 hits.


A fun day.


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Laser Masters Golf Teams primed and ready to go.

Arrangements for State Masters Port Stephens

Final reminder on the NSW & ACT Masters 5-6 February at the Bay Sailing Centre (previously Port Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club) Soldiers Point.


The Sailing Instructions are Here. Enter online up until 11.30am 5 February Here, sign on and off each day Here.


There are 96 entries to 3 February. The Competitor List is Here.


With the current levels of COVID around we will be running the event as zero touch. The arrangements are.


  • The club have booked the Kangaroo Point Reserve (to the north of the club) and George Reserve (to the south) to augment the space around the club so sailors can spread out along the shore. Map showing the locations is Here.
  • There is no need to register and there will not be a briefing so there is no need to gather if you don’t choose to.
  • Any notices will be posted at the club as per SIs but also on our web site Here and on the Laser app details of which are Here.
  • The Bay Sailing Centre Café upstairs in the club will be open 7.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday and 7.00am to 12.00pm Sunday.
  • The bar also upstairs in the club will be open post sailing from 4.30pm to 7.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • We will run a presentation outdoors at the club ASAP after sailing on Sunday. If it is raining it will be upstairs in the club.
  • We will have a desk at the club to assist and to provide last minute entry and a PC for sign on/off if needed.


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