PSA Laser Training at H2O Sports Academy

H2OLogoThe H2O Sports Academy Australia is a new training centre based within the NSW Sport and Recreation Centre at Point Wolstoncroft on Lake Macquarie in NSW. Run by a team of Olympic sailors and windsurfers with the shared aim of inspiring and motivating others whilst sharing their knowledge and skills. Like them on Facebook:

PSA Laser Training will be held at H2O with 16 two day sessions programmed in February and March 2015. ISAF World number one ranked Tom Burton, Ash Brunning and Australian Olympic Team – Laser Radial Coach, Laura Baldwin-Caldecoat will be running the sessions. The full session details are on the H2O flyer here.

  • Charter boats are available or BYO.
  • Onsite self-catered or catered accommodation for all the family is available in March.
  • There’s a playground, giant board games, beach valley ball, stand-up-paddle and kayaking to keep your family entertained whilst you attend the Laser Training.
  • Cost is $200 per sailor per weekend (2 days 10am-4pm Saturday and 10-3pm Sunday)

You can book now my emailing or call 0473 026 445.


State Championship Belmont 16′s Sailing Club


Ashley Stoddart leads the Radial fleet – photo Greg Cooke

There were 96 entries for the NSW/ACT States held over the weekend 22/23 November at Belmont 16′s. There were entries from all over the state with a number of interstate and international competitors (New Zealand, Italy and Singapore).

The Belmont 16′s Sailing Club is arguably the best set up on the best stretch of water for dingy sailing in the state. The weather and breezes were excellent relatively steady with just an element of switch to keep competitors on their toes.

The Belmont 16′s team of volunteers and our Race Officer Andrew McLachlan did a great job all weekend. The breezes were between 10 to 16 knots dominantly easterly. Courses were set well away from land eliminating any local knowledge advantage. . The race organisation and management could not be faulted.

There were 32 Standards entered and Colin Cheng from Singapore Sailing was the convincing winner with four firsts and two second places. Another international Italian Marco Gallo was second with Scott Sydney third. The youth winner (U21) was Thomas Vincent from McCrae YC in Melbourne. Thomas, who is a frequent participant in NSW/ACT events, was a creditable 8th overall in the hot Standard fleet.

Scott Sydney leads Colin Cheng in the Standards

Scott Sydney leads Colin Cheng – photo Greg Cooke

Ashley Stoddart from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Australia’s number one ranked Laser sailor convincingly won in the 49 boat Radial fleet from last years champion Finn Alexander from Double Bay SC. Finn was the first youth (U19) as well. Daniel Self another up and comming young sailor from RQYS was third. Ashley Stoddart also took the cube for first woman with Vanessa Dudley taking the women’s runner up cube. Vanessa was 8th overall in the Radials.

The 4.7′s saw a trifector for Royal Prince Alfred Sailing Club with the Anthony Hawke taking the winners cube on a countback. Nathan Bryant and Anthony had exactly the same results to count 3 firsts and 2 seconds however Anthony won the last race which made him the winner. Charley Wells was third and was the first female in the 4.7′s. There were 14 entries in the 4.7′s.

Thanks to the volunteers officials and helpers for making this event the great success that it was.

The full results are  here

There are some great photos by Chris Munro of Redhotshotz on Facebook – Saturday here Sunday here. You can buy the photos from Chris by emailing him at quoting the photo number which you can see when you click on the thumbnail. Individual images are $20 or $80 for all the images Chris has of your boat.

Greg Cooke took many photos of the event as well and you can see his work on the follwing links

Saturday Photos
Sunday Photos



NSW/ACT AGM 9.00am 23rd November

Meeting CartoonThe Annual General Meeting of the NSW/ACT laser Association will be held at 9.00am at Belmont 16′s on Sunday 23rd November.

We normally hold the AGM co-incident with the Coasts in October however this was not possible this year for a number of reasons.

Come along and have your say about how our events and affairs are run.

We will be hosting the Nationals next year in NSW/ACT and we are looking for ideas and  volunteers to make these events truly great.

The Meeting Agenda is here.


State Championship Belmont 22-23 November

Belmont States Logo SEntries are open for the NSW/ACT State Championship to be held at Belmont 16′s on 22nd and 23rd November.

This will be a great regatta at an iconic sailing venue so don’t miss it. You will not get better venue specific practice than this for the Australian Laser Championship which will be held there December/January 2015/16.

As usual this event is an open cube event for Standard, Radial and 4.7 Lasers.

The Notice of Race is here and you can enter the regatta on the Enter or Join ….. tab on the web site or click here.

Sail Sydney 2nd to 7th December

Sail Sydney Logo

Sail Sydney is on again this year from 2nd to 7th December at Woollahra Sailing Club.

This year there are two streams with the Olympic level Standard and Radial sailors sailing an 8 race program from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th December followed by an open regatta for Standards and Radials with 6 races on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. The open regatta includes categories for Masters. The 4.7′s have an 8 race schedule from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th. The Olympic level sailors will decamp to Sail Melbourne after Thursday to compete in Sail Melbourne which starts on 7th December. YNSW say that Non Olympic level sailors are able to enter the Tuesday to Thursday events.

Entry is $165 for the Olympic level and 4.7 events and $110 for the Saturday and Sunday events. You can enter here. Official entries close at 1700hrs on 19th November 2014. Late entries incur a $50 additional fee.

The Notice of Race is here and an Amendment to NoR which concerns Laser participants is here.

The regatta web site is here.

Marist Sisters Woolwich Looking for Assistance

Marist Sisters LogoFour years ago the Marist Sisters College boat  shed at Woolwich burnt down abruptly ending their mainly Laser based sailing program on the Lane Cove River.

They are now about to rebuild their shed and are looking for help to equip the Lasers they have. They are running a sausage sizzle between 6 and 7.30pm on Friday 14th November.

If you are interested or can help there is more information here.

Australians Shine in Laser World Masters

Mark Bethwaite on his way to GGM win - Photo

Mark Bethwaite on his way to GGM win – Photo Thom Touw

Australia and in particular NSW/ACT Laser Masters Sailors did very well in the recently completed World Masters in Hyères France. With 50 sailors among the over 500 competitors Australian had a strong team and came home with three wins and four second places in the various fleets.

The series was held over 7 days on two courses on the Mediterranean off the port of Hyères from 4th October. With two races per day scdeduled and few contrary breezes in the early days the lay day was cancelled. In the end all 12 races were completed on the Standard’s course and 10 on the Radial. Once the weather settled the breezes were excellent around 15-18 knots with a high steep Mediterranean swell making down wind rides exciting. You can see some of the action from photos taken by Thom Touw here.

Steve Walsh in the Mediterranean swell - Photo Thom Touw

Steve Walsh in the Mediterranean swell – Photo Thom Touw

Outstanding was Brett Bayer who won in the 116 boat Standard Masters not needing to sail on the last day. Other winners were Mark Bethwaite DBSC in the Standard GGM’s and Stephen Walsh Narrabeen Lakes SC in the 4.7′s. Steve had a tough start to his campaign when all his gear including his 4.7 bottom section went missing in transit. The gear was recovered just in time for him to complete measurement.

In the Radials Jeff Loosemore from MHASC was just pipped by 2 points by Kiwi legend Michael Keeton in the Grandmasters. Jeff has been a sailing grey nomad through the European summer competing in many of the big Laser events in that busy calendar. His performance reflected the work and experience gained. Vanessa Dudley MHASC was fourth in the GM Radial and was the first woman. Queenslander Mark Kennedy was just pipped on a coutback for the Radial Masters by Stephen Cockerill of Rooster fame.

Rob Lowndes MHASC was second in the Radial GGM’s which had 77 boats on the line for each of its 10 races. Rob sailed well to beat last year’s winner and Laser legend Peter Seidenberg from the USA but was not good enough this time to best Keith Wilkins from Great Britian. Kerry Waraker RQYS was second in the Legends (over 75) division.


The Australian Masters Team Hyères

The full results of the series are here

Vanessa Dudley is YA Female Sailor of the Year

Vanessa winning in Oman

Vanessa winning in Oman

Vanessa Dudley was announced as Female Sailor of the Year at the YA awards night on 17th October.

Vanessa was honoured for her preformances in Laser sailing but also for her 18 Sydney Hobarts  and success on Ragamuffin 100.

Vanessa’s achievements in the Laser include her win the Grand Masters at the World Masters in Oman last year. She was fourth in the event this year in Hyères France. Vanessa is the current Australian Grand Master Women’s Champion and place third in the NSW Laser Radial Open Championship.

Congratulations to Vanessa – well deserved.

2014 Coast Championship


Stuart Penderleith leads the Radial Fleet on Sunday

The Coast Championship run at Gosford over 18th and 19th October saw 61 competitors (7 4.7′s, 25 Radials and 29 Standards). The weekend was bookened weather wise by two roaring southerlies around 25 knots on Friday and Monday but over the weekend in nice sunny weather the wind only hit around 12 knots on Sunday (NE) and 8 on Saturday (E). The conditions on Saturday were challenging for for sailors and for RO Peter Walsh and his team with the wind constantly moving 40 degrees over the course. Sunday, after a delayed start, was much kinder provided fairer and close racing on the tight course.

Scott Sydney on his way to another win in the Standards

Scott Sydney on his way to another win in the Standards

Scott Sydney from Woollahra SC showed the Standard fleet a clean pair of heels winning five of the six races. Sean Feeney from MHASC was a comfortable second taking a win from Scott on Sunday. Third was local Jack Sprague returning from a stint in Europe and showing he has not forgotten how to sail a Laser fast. Thomas Vincent from McCrae YC Victoria who is a frequent competitor in our events was the first under 21 Standard and finished a creditable 4th in his first season after graduating from the Radial.

In the Radial Stuart Penderleith from MHASC was the clear winner with four bullets. Finn Alexander from Double Bay SC was second closely followed by Woollahra SC’s Zac Skulander. Annie Eastgate from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron was the first female and seventh overall.

Nic Anderson from RPAYC won in the closely contested 4.7′s from fellow clubmate Nathan Bryant and local up and coming Laser sailor Ashleigh Robson.

Thanks to Gosford Sailing Club Sailing Manager Peter Walsh and his on water team for running this event. Thanks also to Kath Herrmann for the series scoring and Dave Edmiston for registration and logistics support.

The full results for the series are here

There are some photos taken on Sunday by Alison Meech which can be viewed here.

Final results are here.

Coast Championship 18 & 19 Oct at Gosford

The 2014/15 Coast Championship will be held on 18 and 19 October at Gosford Sailing Club.  Notice of race, sailing instructions and link to on-line entry on the Events page.

A reminder that 2014/15 membership is now due.  Click on the Enter or Join tab to join the Association.

NBSailSports Sprint Series Double Bay 20th September

60 Lasers and two Finns competed in the NBSS final three races at Double Bay SC.

The three races complete the NBSS Sprint Series with the overall winners being

  • Sean Feeney MHASC in the Standards
  • Vanessa Dudley also from MHASC Radial
  • Jordan Makin Gosford SC 4.7

The full results for the NBSailSports Sprint Series are here.

There was plenty of wind , wind shifts and excitement on the day. The winners were:

1. Marcus Whitley 1,1,3
2. Matt Wenke 3,3,1
3. Mark Bethwaite 2,2,5

1. Stuart Penderleith 2,3,1
2. FinnAlexander 1,2,6
3. Dennis Kulmann 6,1,3

1. Jordan Makin 3,1,1
2. Nathan Bryant 2,3,3
3. Marlena Berzins 1,2,DNF

The full results for the day are here.

Thanks to Luke Parker and the team at Double Bay Sailing Club for the great organisation both on and off the water. Thanks especially to Ashley Deacon for managing the event desk.

Fittingly the draw for the new Laser trade in was won by Daryl Lawrence from Double Bay Sailing Club. Daryl’s current boat is 163892 and a new Laser will be  a long desired step up for him. The fitting name for Darryl’s old boat is Fluke.

Other draw winners were;

  • New Laser Sail Peter Stephinson
  • Top and Bottom Laser Sections Alan Downes
  • Top Mast Section Ryan McLoughlan

NBSailSports Sprint Series Double Bay Sat 20th Sept


The NBSailSports Winter Sprint Series concludes on Saturday 20th September, 2014 at Double Bay Sailing Club, Bay Street Double Bay.

There will be three races with the first warning signal at 1.00pm. There will be a briefing at 12.00 noon. The Sailing Instructions are online here.  There are also links and information on the Double Bay Sailing Club web site here.

Entry is $20 which can be placed online by credit card with NBSailsports here or in cash at Double Bay Sailing Club on race day. You will need to sign on and off however DBSC will accept call on and off at the start boat for those sailors who are rigging elsewhere around the Harbour. You will need to have entered online if you plan to sail over to DBSC as there are no credit card payment facilities on the start boat and wet banknotes are not accepted either.

The results for the series after 9 races are here.

There will be a BBQ after racing and the presentation of prizes and the draw for the fabulous NBSailSports new Laser. Don’t miss it.

Australian Youth Open & Masters Championships 2015

AusYouth2015Online Registrations are now Open for the 2015 Australian Youth Championships to be run from 6th to 10th January 2015 at Fremantle Sailing Club. Registration can take place via this link 2015 Australian Youth Championships Online Entry.

Entries received before 5pm, 15th October 2014 will go in a draw to win a Go Pro Hero3+ Black Camera.

The Notice of Race for the event is here.




Entry for the Laser Open and Masters National Championships at Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club between 27 December 2014 to 4 January 2015 is also open here.

The Notice of Race for this event is here.



Bart’s Bash at Narrabeen Lakes SC

The Laser fleet at Narrabeen Lakes Sailing club is one of hundreds of Clubs around the world
participating in a global sailing race and fund raising event on Sunday 21 September 2014. One of the other aims is to get the Guinness world record for the Largest Sailing Race in 24 hours (Multiple Venues). Gold and Silver medalist Bart Simpson died in tragic circumstances during a training accident for the last America’s Cup. The Foundation is a registered charity and the money raised is to be used to transform the lives of young people through sailing.

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club considers Bart’s Bash a great event to be part of and has 15 Lasers, often with more women than guys sailing a mixture of radials and standard rigs and races on Sunday afternoons.

Refer to for more information. The Club would welcome any other Lasers that would like to join us on the day. Please contact Peter Chapman at and see Club information at

NB SailSports Sprint Series Gosford 31st August

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Radial sailor Vanessa Dudley 199098 giving some hurry up to the Standard Rigs

On an uncharacteristic sunny day but with light winds 40 Lasers and a solitary Finn completed three races of the NBSailSports Series at Gosford on the last day of winter Sunday 31st August.

The start was delayed 30 minutes in the hope that the predicted 7 knot SE’er would kick in. It was a very slow first work but after that the light southerly (circa 6 knots) did grace us allowing, but just, the three scheduled races to be run. The last start at 3.00pm was achieved with the help of the black flag after two general recalls.

The Standard rigs were won on the day by Nicholas Skulander who had two wins from the three starts. Runner up on the day was Italian visitor Lorenzo Cerretelli with a 1,2 and 4 he was just in front of local Jack Sprague with three thirds. Sean Atherton retains his series lead going into the final three heats which will be held at Double Bay SC on 20th September.

In the Radials John Smidmore won narrowly from Zac Skulander with series leader Vanessa Dudley a few points back in third. Jordan Makin won the 4.7′s.

Results for the day are here and the almost final series results are here.

Thanks to Gosford Sailing Club and especially Brian Baker (organiser and course layer) and Bill Bollard (start boat).