Australian Sailing has announced HERE that it has ceased running Australian Youth Championships. It will continue to run State Youth Championships once COVID-19 orders allow.
Following AS’s change ALCA has announced that it will be placing additional emphasis on Youth at the Australian Championship events. The Laser Australian Championships already include Youth categories as cube events. These championships will become the selection event for the Laser sailors in the World Sailing run Youth Sailing World Championships and are and will remain the ranking events for applicants for all ILCA World Championships.
ALCA will rename the Australian Championships as Australian Laser Open and Youth Championships. Going forward these championships will always be run as separate events from the Masters while the Australian Laser Masters will be run as a separate annual event.
The Australian Open and Youth Championship 6 year rotation around the states will be unchanged though as previously advised the WA event at Fremantle SC due to COVID-19 will be postponed for one year.
The separate Australian Masters event will be held on a three year rotation around the east coast mainland states.
ALCA expects that with the greater focus on youth in the National Open and Youth Championships and with the increase in emphasis and numbers in the 4.7 at these events the Laser Nationals will continue to grow and prosper.
The separate National Masters events have always been popular and very well attended. ALCA considers that running more of these will increase Master’s participation and interest.
The rotation sequence for these events will be as follows:
|Open & Youth||Masters|
|2021||No Event||No Event|
|2022||WALA (Fremantle)||VLA (Venue TBA)|
|2023||NSW & ACT (Georges River)||NSW & ACT (Port Stephens)|
|2026||TDLA||NSW & ACT|
The decision follows from the NSW Office of Sport recommendation last week that community sports organisations cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions including participants from different regions within Greater Sydney.
DBSC Commodore Andrew Cox’s notice on the event is HERE.
The club is really keen to run the event and it has been scheduled for 25-26 September in 2021.
Australian Sailing has issued guidance on running of club sailing and events which you can see HERE.
Pertinent to our NSW & ACT Laser events are the points:
• Club racing and regattas are able to continue, however clubs are being asked to avoid events where competitors are coming from areas outside your club’s metro areas where possible.
• Avoid travel to regattas outside your local area.
Our events this season are outside Sydney except for the Metropolitan Championship (Hunters Hill). Under this guidance we are advised to avoid running these events and in effect the vast majority of our sailors are advised not to attend them.
While the situation may change it seems unlikely that it will leading up to our planned Coast Championship at Port Kembla (24-25 October). So rather than leaving sailors hanging on we have decided to cancel the Coast Championship this year.
We are hopeful that our States at Belmont (5-6 December) will be able to proceed. We will review the situation in September.
Due to uncertainty about COVID-19 health orders and border restrictions, ALCA in consultation with event organisers WA Laser Association and Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC), has decided to postpone the 2021 Australian Laser Championships to 1-8 January 2022 at FSC.
The Australian Open Laser Championship rotation order is unchanged so an effect of this postponement is that our NSW & ACT hosted Australian Open and Australian Masters Championships will be delayed by one year. The now 2023 Australian Open Championships will be at Georges River Sailing Club 1-8 January 2023 and the Australian Laser Masters 2023 will be at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club 10-13 February 2023.
As you may be aware Australian Sailing has cancelled their Australian Youth Championships 2021 which were to be held at SoP YC WA. They had earlier conveyed their decision not to run National Youth Championships after 2021.
The Women’s Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club will be held on 26 and 27 September 2020, This will be the first Australian Laser regatta of the 2020-21 season.
After the success of the 2018 and 2019 regattas, the organising team of Clare Alexander and Christine Patton are back to present the not-to-be-missed annual event for women Laser sailors of all ages and abilities.
Due to the current COVID-19 public health advice and the safety plan adopted by Double Bay Sailing Club, the format of the regatta will be different from previous years.
The entry fee covers the cost of the sailing competition which includes 2 days of racing. Ten races are scheduled of which four will constitute a series. If permitted there will be other activities such as yoga, land-based classroom sessions, a dinner function, and presentations. If it is possible to run these additional activities then they will be included in the event fee.
To register for this event;
- Download and read the Notice of Race HERE
- Complete the Registration form HERE
- Once you submit the registration form, you will be re-directed to a payment page where you are required to pay the entry fee using a credit card
- You will receive email confirmation of your registration
Please feel free to contact Event Secretary Clare Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0409 391 304 with any questions about the NOR or the registration process.
Queensland Laser Association has cancelled the South Pacific Laser Masters scheduled for 7-10 August at RQYS. An open Laser event over the weekend 8-9 August will be run instead for those who are in, or can enter, Queensland.
QLA President Michael Wilson has issued the following release.
On behalf of the QLA I’m disappointed to advise that we have been forced to cancel the South Pacifc Laser Masters (SPLM) regatta due to competitors from New Zealand, Victoria and Greater Sydney being unable to attend.
If you have already entered we are in the process of returning your entry fee via RQYS.
In lieu of SPLM we are intending to hold a two day regatta, the Queensland Mid-Winter Laser regatta, on the same weekend which will be open to all Laser sailors, not just Masters. If you can travel to RQYS for the 8th and 9th August we would love to see you at this regatta.
A Notice of Race and entry registration will shortly be available on the RQYS web site.
The training camp is design to suit Laser 4.7 and Radial sailors looking to get the fundamentals of Laser/ILCA sailing well grounded, and be challenged by advanced skills and drills.
- When: 13-15 July, 0800 to 1200hrs each day
- Where: Hunters Hill Sailing Club
- Cost: $220 incl GST plus RevSports booking Fee
- Coach: Brett Beyer
You can book your place on the Hunters Hill Sailing Club web site at https://www.huntershillsailingclub.org.au/events/68445/
One of the first to get going is Royal Price Alfred Yacht Club. Their Seldon sponsored Winter Series kicks off on 14th June and runs every second week until 6 August.
If your club is running an open entry winter event then let us know and we will publicise it.
The new arrangements as applicable to sailing a Laser are summarised as;
- Club activities including racing can resume as long as the Public Health Order is complied with.
- No limit on the number of boats in a race.
- Outdoor activities only. Change rooms, canteens and kitchens should remain closed – arrive dressed and ready to sail.
- Coaching and onshore activities limited to 10 persons.
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable and follow the one person per 4 square metres rule ashore.
- Contact Tracing records must be kept.
The full update applicable for all forms of sailing are on the Australian Sailing web site HERE.
For the ACT the advice we have is HERE.
International Laser Class Association has been trying to find a viable arrangement to allow the Radial and 4.7 Youth and Under 21 World Championships to proceed. These events were scheduled for July and August in Italy and Poland. ILCA have now concluded that the three events can’t be run and they are cancelled. Notice is HERE.
It was fortunate as it transpired that, in spite of bush fire smoke and some ordinary winds, the main Men’s and Women’s Laser Worlds and the Radial Men’s Worlds were able to be concluded at Sandringham before CV emerged.
Planning for 2021 events has proceeded and dates and venues for five of the World Championships have been announced HERE. These and our NSW & ACT, Australian and Oceania events planned for 2020/21 are listed on the Events Page of this site HERE.
Photo by Michael Kurtz of the 125-foot historic 19 Metre Class Fife design Mariquita launched in 1911.
Social distancing almost as good as sailing your Laser.
While we have been getting on with sailing and enjoying a great summer of sailing the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has been going through a few dramas. Starting with the retention of our Olympic status leading to the need to open up the market for class builders complicated by trade mark issues and the licensing of new builders around the World – and did I mention a World pandemic leading to the cancelling and rescheduling of World Championships and the Olympics.
In spite, or perhaps in part because of these dramas, ILCA have undertaken a review of our nearly 50 year old and much amended constitution. This review hopefully will address issues resulting from the recent builder and trade mark changes but also to better equip the class to continue to prosper for the next 50 years.
Much of the existing constitution, which is online HERE, is still highly relevant so the idiom concerning babies and bath water will be respected. As well any changes will need the support off at least 2/3rds of the membership to be passed.
ILCA is calling for suggestions for changes from members. The details of how the change process is planned to go and how, where and by when members can suggest changes is on the ILCA web site HERE.
If you want to have your say now is your chance.
To relieve the tedium of life indoors most Laser sailors are getting out for regular exercise which is both conditionally allowed and encouraged under current Government regulations.
The NSW Government Office of Sport says on their web site HERE that during the COVID-19 pandemic “Where possible, it is important sporting clubs and organisations continue to allow people to exercise, so long as social distancing is practised and rules around public gatherings of no more than two people are complied with.”
As we know sailing your Laser gives you a pretty good work out on most days and a few sailors have asked can sailing a boat be counted as exercise under the new order of things. Well the answer is yes with some sensible restrictions.
Transport for NSW (ex Roads and Maritime Services ex NSW Maritime) further elaborates on their web site HERE.
“From 31 March 2020 NSW Government Public health directions have been updated requiring people to stay at home unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’.
You should only be on your boat alone, or with no more than one other person; or with family who ordinarily live in the same household as you.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ to use your boat could be to exercise (e.g. kayaking/sailing/paddling etc) or fish.”
It is not a Government regulation however a group of boats sailing together is highly visible so best to sail in ones or twos. If we are seen to be doing the right thing then hopefully no one will be prompted to change the rules.
We can’t find any specific references to sailing as exercise in the ACT however the ACT government has said exercise away from home was allowed in groups of no more than two and providing the strict 1.5 metre, social-distancing rules were kept. A spokesperson said “People are allowed to travel for essential reasons, including to exercise,”
Hope everyone is isolating in safety.
None knows how things will pan out in the next several months however planning for the best of a full season in 2020-21 following is the schedule of proposed Laser events.
|Women’s Regatta||Double Bay Sailing Club||TBA|
|NSW State Youth Championships||Point Wolstoncroft||3-5 October 2020|
|NSW & ACT Coast Championship||Port Kembla Sailing Club||24-25 October 2020|
|NSW & ACT State Open Championship||Belmont 16′s Sailing Club||5-6 December 2020|
|Sail Sydney||Woollahra Sailing Club||10-13 December 2020|
|Oceania & Australian Open & Masters Championships||Fremantle Sailing Club WA||1-8 January 2021|
|NSW & ACT State Masters Championship||Jervis Bay Sailing Club||13-14 February 2021|
|NSW & ACT Metropolitan Championship||Hunters Hill Sailing Club||6-7 March 2021|
There is a complete list of proposed events on the Events tab HERE
Following the postponement of the 2020 Laser Masters World Championships a number of other Worlds events are in question. The situation is uncertain and sailors should refer to the International Laser Class Association web site https://www.laserinternational.org/ for the latest information.
For longer term planning in 2022 it is our turn to host the Oceania and Australian Open and the separate Oceania & Australian Masters Championships. The dates and venues for these events are listed below.
|Oceania & Australian Open Championships||Georges River Sailing Club||1-8 January 2022|
|Oceania & Australian Laser Masters||Pt Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club||11-14 February 2022|