NSW ACT Laser Association

New Dates Men’s and Masters Worlds in Barcelona

Barcelona_Worlds_LogoDue to concerns of travel restrictions to Spain the ILCA has changed the dates of the Standard Men’s and Masters World Championships.


  • 2021 ILCA 7 (Standard) Men’s World Championship – 03-10 November 2021 (previously 09-16 September 2021)
  • 2021 ILCA Masters World Championships – 11-20 November 2021 (previously 17-26 September 2021)

The events will be held at the same venue – the Barcelona International Sailing Center in Barcelona, Spain.


Due to this change, the late application period has been reopened and the Entry Closing Date has been postponed. Details are posted on the ILCA web site.


Eight Bells – Bruce Kirby


Bruce KirbyBruce Kirby Canadian born sailing legend and designer of many boats including the Laser passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age.


Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. We was a pioneering sailing journalist, editor of One-Design and Off-Shore Yachtsman, which is still going today as Sailing World magazine.


A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15 he went on to become a world-class sailor and Olympian. He represented Canada in the 1956, 1964, and 1968 Olympics.


As well as designing the Laser some background of which you can find Here Bruce’s design career included a multitude of successful classes such as the Sonar, Kirby 25 and Ideal 18, America’s Cup Twelve Meters, production racer/cruisers and offshore racing boats.

Following Olympic Sailing

Olympic_Sailing_Logo_Circle_V2After a years delay and considerable uncertainty the Tokyo Olympics will kick off with the opening ceremony from 9pm AEST on Friday, July 23.


Sailing will commence on the 25th of July, with the medal races taking place from 31 July to 4 August. The schedule and Olympic sailing team information is Here.  Sailing is scheduled between 1.00pm and 7.00pm AEST each day.


Channel 7 has the broadcast and streaming rights to the Olympics in Australia. Highlight sports will largely be shown on 7′s free to air channels. In addition there are 7plus apps which will have over 40 channels streaming live action from the Games. You can download the 7plus iOS or Android app free from the App Store or Google Play Store. To view sailing simply log in to the app on your smartphone, tablet, go to the Olympics section and browse the streams to find sailing. You will then be able to watch the live action.



You can also access the Olympics streams on your computer. Right now the best place to go is 7plus.com.au/Olympics. Shortly before the Games sport specific pages will be launched. The one for sailing will be 7plus.com.au/olympic-games-tokyo-sailing.


You can also get 7plus on Fetch TV, Telstra TV, Apple TV 4th Gen+, Chromecast, Android TV, Samsung TV, Sony Linux TV, LG TV (2016 and later) and Playstation 4.


World Sailing has setup a site with all the Tokyo Olympic Sailing information at https://tokyo2020.sailing.org/news/ . You can subscribe on this site to get updates and results.


Best wishes to our 13 Olympic sailors and the entire 472 Australians who will compete in Tokyo. It has been a tough preparation for most of these athletes. There are links to the profiles of the 13 Australian Olympic sailors Here. Just click the photo to see the profile.


Australian Sailing says “Australia has a rich history of success in Olympic sailing and this year is no different with a number of strong Gold Medal chances alongside some young and emerging talent. Our Laser, Men’s 470 and Nacra 17 classes were all in the medals the last time they competed at a World Championships, and you can write off the other classes at your own risk. All our competitors have strong podium results on the international stage and it is the Olympics – anything can happen and probably will.”


Southeast Sailboats in the UK has a race track conditions and form guide for the Laser Men’s event Here and World Sailing has the guide to the top ranked Laser Women Here.

Mara Stransky & Matt Wearn in stronger conditions than are likely in Enoshima

Mara Stransky & Matt Wearn in stronger conditions than are likely in Enoshima

Two Single Handers Going Two Up to the Gold Coast

Disco Trooper Big & Small

Disco Trooper Big & Small


When too much sailing is never enough DBSC masters sailor Jules Hall and RPAYC and Avalon SC GM Jan Scholten are off at the end of the month (COVID permitting) to the Gold Coast via the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race in the two handed division.


The two normally battle it out on the Laser Masters race track but for this event they will be sailing Jules’ J/99 Disco Trooper Contender Sailcloth.


There is more on the CYC site Here.


SPLM Replaced With Open Two Day Event

QLA_LogoDue to the COVID-19 situation Queensland Laser Association has decided to replace the South Pacific Laser Masters Regatta with a weekend open (all ages) regatta on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July. This is similar to the situation last year. All entries for SPLM will be refunded.


A NOR for the replacement two day five race event has been issued Here. You can enter Here. Entry is $50.


Entries will be refunded if COVID restrictions do not allow the regatta to go ahead.


There is an opportunity for coaching on Friday 9th July before the event. Details of the coaching are in the NoR as is the email for expression of interest.


QLA says “Please go ahead and enter the event if you can, we would love to see you there! Last year we ended up with around 60 entries in similar circumstances.”

50th Anniversary Bash on Sydney Harbour


The Laser 50th Anniversary Event was held on Sydney Harbour on Sunday 20th June. The fleet of over 110 boats enjoyed the 10 -18 knots of breeze to complete the course from Farm Cove in front of the Opera House to Watsons Bay.


A number of interstate sailors who planned to participate were deterred by the mini COVID outbreak some others by the early start and the cold and rain. Those who did brave the conditions had a great time on the water and enjoyed the festivities, BBQ and prize draw back at Double Bay Sailing Club afterwards.


Pictured above is part of the fleet led by 13 times Laser World Masters Champion Brett Beyer sailing the prize 50 Anniversary gold boat donated by PSA. NB Sailsports also donated three ILCA sails for the draw.


Photos below are of Frant Bucek sailing his 1974 vintage Laser. The boat Frant insists is quite sound despite its years. The same could be said of many of the masters sailors on the day. The other is Peter (Pedro) Stephinson  sailing with Michael Blackburn’s sail and a boat from the Sydney Olympics in 2000. These Olympics were sailed on much the same water as the 50th event. Photos are by Aero Media


There are lots of photos taken by Jon West which can be viewed and purchased from his web site Here.


Story carried by Sail World is Here. Jeff Loosemore’s video perspective is Here.


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Laser 50th Celebration Event on Sunday 20th June at DBSC

50th Birthday_LogoThe Laser 50th Anniversary event is on this Sunday 20th June from Double Bay Sailing Club. If you had registered for the original date (30 May) you will have been contacted by DBSC. Please register if you had not done so before. Registration and detail information on the event are on the DBSC site Here.


The Sailing Instructions for the event are Here.


A BBQ will be held at DBSC after sailing and is free to all event participants and volunteers. Shared dollies will be available for visitors to use.


PSA and NB Sailsports have generously donated prizes for participation in the event. These will be awarded via a random prize draw after the Event at DBSC. Attendance at DBSC is encouraged, but is not required, to claim prizes.


PSA has donated a special edition gold ILCA hull to commemorate the Event, with hull number 218850. That donated boat will be offered as a hull-swap prize to the first name drawn at random. NB has donated three ILCA sails (the winner can choose 4.7, Radial, or Standard). Those donated sails will be offered one-each to the next three names drawn at random.


We are hoping to get 200 boats to make a great spectacle. DBSC have arranged to shoot video and drone footage with the bridge and Opera House as a backdrop. This record will be added to a collection of events being run around the world to commemorate this the 50th year of the Laser.


DBSC have done a fantastic job organising and publicising this event. Please come along and support them.

2022 Australian Open & Youth Championships NoR – Entries and Charters

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The 2022 Australian Laser Open & Youth Championship will be held at Fremantle Sailing Club WA between 1 to 8 January 2022.


The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter from 1 July Here.


A limited number of charter boats are available for the event from NB Sailsports. If you need a charter get in an reserve yours on the NB Sailsports web site Here


There is more information about Australian Championship events and their venues on the Australian Laser Championships web site.


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.

Downwind Speed Tips from Brett Beyer

There is a very good You Tube video interview with Brett Beyer it has some great tips on getting to the bottom mark faster HERE.


If you wonder why they are improving so much a lot of the Double Bay Sailing Club folks are participating the club’s very active coaching programs run by Brett. If you or your club have a need for speed (and who doesn’t) contact Brett. Brett’s email is in the photo below.


50th Anniversary Event Postponed to 20 June

With winds over 20 knots, rain and 15° temperatures forecast this Sunday Double Bay Sailing Club have decided to postpone the Laser 50th Anniversary Event to 20th June. Of course we regularly sail in such conditions (maybe not the 15°) but the aim of the spectacle would be greatly diminished and while Lasers can fly in over 20 knots the drone can’t.


The arrangements for 20th June then will be the same as outlined  previously Here. Folks who have already registered to participate will be emailed and invited to confirm that they can make the new date.


It is a pity about the weather. Mostly we have to worry about not enough wind at this time of year.

Nice sailing but not much of a spectacle

Nice sailing but not much of a spectacle

2022 Australian Masters – NoR Issued & Entries Open

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The 2022 Australian  Laser Masters Championship will be held at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria 25-28 February 2022. This event will be the first under the new rotation arrangement for the National Masters.


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


There is information about the event and the venue on the Australian Laser Championships web site.


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.

South Pacific Laser Masters 9-12 July

RQYS_LogoIt is on again. After a year in hibernation the NB Sailsports South Pacific Laser Masters is back in action at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron 9-12th July 2021.


This is always a great and popular event event orchestrated by Kerry Warraker and RQYS.


The Notice of Race is HERE. Entry for the eight race series is $200 and can be placed HERE.


If you don’t want to drive – event sponsor  NB Sailsports are offering charters for the event for $799. Book HERE.

Laser 50th Anniversary Event DBSC Bay SC 20th June

50th Birthday_LogoDouble Bay Sailing Club will host a large exhibition of ILCA Laser dinghies sailing on the iconic Sydney Harbour on Sunday, 20 June 2021, to mark the 50th anniversary of  Laser/ILCA class. The event was postponed from 30th May due to very unfavourable weather predicted for that day.


The club is inviting anyone who has access to a Laser across greater Sydney and beyond, to participate in this historic event.


Anyone is welcome to launch from DBSC and sail to the start line together, or sail from another club and meet at Farm Cove at 0930h. At the club street parking is available (unrestricted on Sundays) and trailers can be left outside the club.


Participants are invited to attend DBSC after the event for a free BBQ and prize draw. All visitors are welcome and club dollies will be provided for those that sail in.


There will be prizes for entering and participating, including a hull upgrade (donated by PSA) and three new sails (donated by NB Sailsports). You must enter and turn up on the day to be eligible to win (see the Notice of Event for terms and conditions). Thanks to the generous sponsors for donating these prizes.


DBSC are welcoming all (Laser) sailors from far and wide to join the event. If you don’t have a Laser, but would like to join email DBSC and we will see what we can do to help. If you have a laser (or a spare), but are unable to sail it at the event, please email DBSC if you would like to lend it to someone else to sail.


0830h – Launch from DBSC
0930h – All participants meet at Farm Cove

1000h – Event start from Fort Denison
>> sail to South Head as a single fleet
1300h – Free BBQ on the deck at DBSC – all welcome


Please register for the event on the DBSC web site HERE.

Double Bay Sailing Club Commodore, Andrew Cox, said, “The exhibition will be a visual spectacle, with up to 200 boats sailing en masse against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, in what we expect will be the largest single fleet of ILCA Laser dinghies ever to sail on Sydney Harbour, and possibly anywhere in the world.”


This is your chance in a lifetime to participate in this 50 year celebration.

National Open, Youth and Masters Championships

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Entries will be opening soon for both the Open & Youth Australian & Oceania Championships 1-8 January 2022 at Fremantle Sailing Club WA and the Australian Masters Championships 25-28 February 2022 at Westernport Yacht Club Victoria.


If you need a charter boat for either of these events then NB Sailsports is the place to go. Rob McMillan has opened charter bookings on his web site on the links below;


Open & Youth Nationals (Fremantle, WA)

Masters Nationals (Westernport, Vic) 


You can follow these National Championship events on our Laser Nationals web site at https://www.auslasernationals.com.au/ on the Australian Laser Nationals Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/auslasernationals/ or on the Australian Laser App which you can find out about and get links to download from Here.

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ILCA World Men’s Standard and Masters Championships

ILCA_New_Logo_SILCA have announced that applications for entry for the following ILCA World Championships will be accepted beginning Thursday, 15 April 2021:


  • 2021 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship
  • 2021 ILCA Masters World Championships


For the above events, the ILCA deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 20 May 2021 at 23:59 Central US Time.


Information about these ILCA Laser Worlds and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE


If these events can’t be held as World Championships due to travel restrictions there is provision for them to be run as International Regattas for those who can travel to and from the venue.


Unfortunately participation in 2021 ILCA World Championships by Australians is problematic due to the current Australian Government international travel ban.


Sailors considering entering these ILCA 2021 World Championship events should carefully read the “Entry Regulations” and Attachment 1 “Application and Entry Procedure” of the Notice of Race (the information appears in the NoR for each event). Check the Australian Government Smart Traveller web site advice. This includes the Australian Government’s overseas travel ban for citizens and permanent residents invoked in March 2020. Also relevant is the Australian Institute of Sports information on overseas travel for sport HERE.


For undeterred Masters sailors entry deadlines and cancellation options and costs are summarised on an ALCA information page HERE.

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