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Oceania Fiji Laser Masters Championships 13 -19th October

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The inaugural Oceania Fiji Laser Masters Championships are coming up. The event is being held at the five star Sofitel Resort Denarau Island, Fiji. This is a great venue with warm water and good sailing breezes. 100 brand new Laser charter boats will be supplied for the event.


The event for Standard and Radial rigs will be held from 13th to 19th October 2018. All Masters age categories will be catered for as well as a novel Corinthian category for 21 to 34 year old Laser sailors.


Charter bookings are open & will be on a first come first served basis, book early so you don’t miss out. The Notice of Race is HERE and you can click the link HERE to secure your charter.


Fiji Airways and Sofitel have special discounted rates for flights and accommodation for the event. Click HERE to get information and book a fly and stay deal.


The event web site https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/ has details and links to book a charter.

Victoria to Host 4 World Championships in 2020

VLA_LogoThe Victorian Laser Association (VLA) has been awarded the rights agreements to conduct a series of National, Regional and World Championships in Melbourne and Geelong in the January – March period of 2020.

The event schedule (registration and racing days) is;

Sandringham Yacht Club

  • 2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (Jan 1-8)
  • 2020 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship (Feb 9-16)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championships (Feb 21-28)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championships (Feb 21-28)

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

  • 2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Championship – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (March 15-18)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (March 19-28)

Pre-Christmas local regattas and training opportunities will also be available in the lead up to these major championships.

The VLA is working closely with Australian Sailing and the Sail Melbourne International Regatta committee to coordinate the programming of Sail Melbourne with these Laser events.  The Regatta Organising Committee is  working with the ALCA, ILCA, host clubs and Laser builder PSA to make this an unprecedented summer of sailing for the Laser global fraternity.

Please email jack.graves@bigpond.com if you are interested in:

  • assisting the organising committee as a volunteer
  • volunteering opportunities at the regattas
  • receiving information regarding Sponsorship opportunities

Inaugural Women’s Laser Regatta DBSC 8-9 September 2018

DBSC Womens Regatta LogoHosted by Double Bay Sailing Club this is a regatta run by women, coached by women and competed in by women of all ages and skill in Laser Radial and 4.7.

The event will be on September 8 and 9, 2018.

  • Saturday 8 Sept – Coaching, Optional Racing, Fun Dinner with Inspirational Guest Speaker
  • Sunday 9 Sept – Regatta and Prize Giving 4.7 & Radial Fleets

All female Laser sailors are invited to join the fun!
Register your interest at www.dbsc.com.au

See the event flyer HERE. For more information please contact Event Secretary: Christine Patton Email: christine@bermudamarine.bm Phone: +61408871741

2018 South Pacific Laser Masters 13-16 July

RQYS_Laser_LogosSouth Pacific Laser Masters are on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly Queensland between 13th and 16th July 2018.

Entry includes four days of great racing Friday nibbles, Saturday Regatta Dinner and Sunday presentation BBQ. All this for $195 for entries place HERE  before 6th July. For those slow off the starting line there is a $50 late fee for entries up to 13th July.

The Notice of Race is HERE.

World Sailing Review of Events for 2024 Paris Olympics

WS_LogoWorld Sailing’s mid year meeting was held last weekend in London. One high profile subject discussed was the sailing events and equipment to be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics (Marseille).

At the 2017 November World Sailing meeting it was resolved for the 2024 Olympics to keep the 49er, 49erFX, the mixed Nacra 17, the Laser and Laser Radial and to review the 470, Finn and RS:X Boards. There has been (and still is) much heartfelt concern and debate about the dropping of the traditional Olympic boats the Finn and 470 which have been in the games since 1952 and 1976 respectively. There is a post below covering this issue.

The WS decisions on the review last weekend are HERE .

In summary the current five RS:X, Finn and 470 events are to be replaced with;

  • Men’s Windsurfer
  • Women’s Windsurfer
  • New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Kiteboard

The equipment to be used and the format of the new events will be evaluated further and discussed at the 2018 WS Conference later this year and final decisions taken in December 2020. There is a humorous take on the decision HERE  however imagination and some difficult decisions will be needed to deliver on the WS goals for these new events.

As for the Laser while the event and format is retained for the 2024 Olympics the equipment supply will be evaluated later this year in a process which WS term “anti-trust review”. This review will look at all aspects of the Laser equipment including suitability for the Olympic Event, prices, manufacturing, availability and supply around the world. The final outcome of the review is expected in November 2018. Given the current testy relationship with the world’s largest Laser supplier the outcome of this review is somewhat uncertain.

2018 East Coast Championship GRSC 9-11 June

GRSC_LogoThe 2018 East Coast Championship will be held at Georges River 16′ Sailing Club over the June long weekend 9-11 June 2018.

This event is being run by the NSW Opti Association and Georges River Sailing Club for invited classes which include Laser 4.7 and Radial.

The Notice of Race is HERE. Online entries can be placed HERE.

The venue is Georges River 16′ Sailing Club Sanoni Ave, Sandringham, NSW

Contact for further information: Jeremey Atkinson (M) 0414778535 (E) jeremey@optinsw.org.au


World Sailing Olympic Classes Debate

We can foil -  But do we want to?

We can foil – But do we want to?

We normally avoid commenting on sailing politics however you may be interested to hear that the Executive Committee of World Sailing are considering bringing in major changes to the classes for the Paris Olympics of 2024 (and presumably to Los Angeles 2028 and beyond).

There is a view opposing the move and an online petition which outlines the issue HERE. The petition to date has 23,000 signatures including that of Victor Kovalenko (Head Coach AUS Olympic Team) and multiple AUS 470 Olympic medalist Mathew Belcher. The petition summarises the World Sailing proposal in the following words;

“World Sailing’s far-reaching proposal moves the focus from accessible classes like the Laser Radial to a technology-driven format demanding wholesale replacement of expensively acquired boats and equipment. It is now possible that up to eight of the 10 current Olympic sailing disciplines will be dropped for Paris 2024….the Olympic format under consideration by World Sailing sees the Finn, 470 Men and Women, Windsurfer Men and Women, Laser and Laser Radial all possibly dropped for the 2024 Olympic Regatta. Only the 49er and 49erFX will remain…..Instead World Sailing propose a wholesale switch of emphasis to foiling and foiling equipment……”

In the interest of balance, in a rather rambling letter, World Sailing’s President Dane Kim Anderson provides a response to the criticism HERE.

Perhaps the International Olympic Committee can follow WS’s lead and change some other sports to spark them up. Perhaps we could have flippers in the swimming events or Oscar Pistorius type appendages on the runners or hang glider assisted long jump – the mind boggles.

There is a good opinion piece on the Sailing World web site on the subject HERE.

Double Bay SC Winter Championship Series

DBSC_Logo_SmallDBSC are running a Winter Championship Series.

The series will comprise up to 21 30 minute races with 3 races every second Sunday, starting 6 May and ending 29 July.

There is no cost to race just turn up. All are welcome, including visitors from other clubs.

Other arrangements  are;

  • 8am launch for 8.30am start
  • Course is triangle, sausage and upwind finish
  • 5 minute starts with Radials & 4.7s start at 1 minute and Standards at zero
  • Same start and finish line
  • Races run by rostered DBSC volunteers
  • 30 boats have indicated participation so far
  • There will be a perpetual championship trophy that the winner can display at their club until the next series

Laser Events List

NSW&ACT_Laser_Logo_SmallThe main Laser events coming up are listed on our web site under the Events tab.

If you know of other events which may be of interest to the wider Laser sailing community then please let us know HERE.

The main NSW & ACT Laser District events for next season are;

Event Host Club Dates
Coast Championships Vaucluse Yacht Club 27-28  October 2018
State Championships Canberra Yacht Club 24-25 November 2018
State Masters Championships South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club 2-3 March 2019
Metropolitan Championships Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 16-17 March 2019

We are starting to think about events for 2019/20 season so if your club has an interest in hosting one of our events please contact us HERE.

World Laser Masters Dun Laoghaire Entry Offers

Dun Laoghaire Masters logoEntry offers for the Laser World Masters Dun Laoghaire Ireland 7-15th September 2018 have been sent to all 33 active Australian applicants. The list and status is HERE .

The event web site HERE has lots of information.

Olympian and Medal Winning Olympic Coach Rory Fitzpatrick has documented the expected conditions on Dublin Bay HERE and radial master Sean Craig gives good advice on what sort of race gear to pack for the variable Dublin weather HERE.

Sunday Morning Winter Sailing at Hunters Hill

HHSC_FlagHunters Hill Sailing Club, supported by BoatCrewGear.com and BoatRopes.com.au are delighted to present the 2018 “Pleasant Sunday Morning” Winter Race Series.

Come along and enjoy the winter sailing on the waters adjacent to Hunters Hill Sailing Club.

The Race Series is open to all off the beach dinghies, and will be raced in mixed fleets along yardstick speed ratings in a relaxed racing environment. Canteen facilities will be open for competitors, families and supporters.

Race days are 6th May, 3 June and 5 August 2018 and entry is $44.00 per boat for the series.

More information is HERE and you can enter HERE .

Metropolitan Championships Drummoyne SC

Daniel Costandi 4.7 Winner

Daniel Costandi 4.7 Winner

The NSW & ACT Metropolitan Championships were held over the weekend of 17-18th March at Drummoyne Sailing Club. DSC is a fabulous club with a great rigging area and on and off water facilities.

There were 77 entries for the event over the three fleets – 4.7 – 20 entries, Radial – 33 entries, Standard – 24 entries.

The regatta was in two parts with a gentle 9-12 knot easterly on Saturday followed by a boisterous 18 gusting to 30 knot north westerly on Sunday.

RO Col Chidgey set the sailors some challenges. Considering the tight race track defined by the west harbour islands and the many moored craft Col opted for journey courses rather than our normal trapezoid (essentially windward and return courses). There were two days of starboard rounding courses. This combined with restrictions on sailing inside moorings (including very many with little more than a small red float to mark them) lead sailors to refresh their knowledge of RRS rules which we seldom need to consider in our events. Some sailors managed the new situations and environment better than others.

Five races, of the scheduled six, were completed – two on Saturday and three on Sunday.

Zoe Thompson clear Radial Winner

Zoe Thompson clear Radial Winner

The 4.7′s were dominated by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) who comprised 11 of the entries and the first five places. Daniel Costandi won all three of the breezy day races and won from Jack Ferguson who won both of the light wind races. Third was Sylvie Stannage who as well as RSYS also sails from adjacent Hunters Hill Sailing Club.

The Radials were dominated by the fabulous trio from WA lead by Zoe Thompson who won counting three first and one second place. Fellow WA sailors Elyse Ainsworth was second and Jacinta Ainsworth third. Jack Littlechild from RSYS and Double Bay SC was 4th and first Under 19 and Henry Otto from the same clubs was 5th and first Under 17.

In the Standards Nic Skulander from Woollahra SC counted three bullets in a convincing win from Oskar Hansen and Zac Skulander both from Middle Harbour ASC. Oskar was the first Under 21.

The full results of the event are HERE.

The DSC did a great job in staging this regatta. Thanks to DSC Commodore Grant Wakefield, Sailing Manager Peter Robinson and Col Chidgey and their teams for a great regatta.

There are some terrific photos of the event by Peter Robinson linked below. Just click the thumbnail to see the photo full screen.


Voting on ILCA 2018 Rule Changes

ILCA_New_Logo_SThis year ILCA proposes seven rule changes concerning fittings, mast sleeves ropes and future rule change voting method itself.

You can see the detail of the proposed changes, none of which are particularly contraversial, by clicking on the survey link HERE. Voting can also be accessed through a link on the ILCA website www.laserinternational.org

Voting on 2018 ILCA Rule Changes began on 7th March 2018 and will conclude on 7th September 2018. All members of any Laser District may vote – one vote per member.

ILCA encourages members to have their say on these rule changes so we can be sure that the rules reflect the opinion of members around the world.

Metro Championships Drummoyne 17-18th March

DSC_Logo_300The Metropolitan Championships are coming up on the weekend of 17-18th March at Drummoyne Sailing Club.

The Notice of Race is HERE and entries can be placed  online HERE or on Saturday 17th at the club. Entry is $60 or $30 for sailors under 21.

Current Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE. Change already incorporated into SI’s is HERE.

Drummoyne Sailing Club has great facilities and offers viewing of the race track in most breezes. The club’s web site HERE  has information on the club’s dining and facilities. The club is located at 2 St Georges Crescent Drummoyne. Google Map location  HERE.

This will be a fun venue with racing around the islands in the more traditional triangle, windward/return format.

There is good rigging area however car parking in the area is tight. Recommended parking is in the large adjacent Birkenhead Point Centre. Birkenhead parking information is  HERE.

Oceania & Australian Masters – Mooloolaba


Entries are open for the 2018 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Championships run by the Maroochy Sailing Club  and sailed from Mooloolaba between 9-12 February 2018.

This will be a cracker of an event and not to be missed.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. You can enter online HERE.

For masters sailors who are planning to enter the next World Masters event at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (7–15 September 2018) this event will be one of your last chances to gain entry ranking points (see HERE).

The event web site is HERE.

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