Metros at Double Bay 7-8th March 2015

DBSC_flagThe Metropolitan Championship is on 7-8th March at Double Bay Sailing Club. This is a great club and this will be a cracker event on Sydney Harbour.

Race Documents and Entry
The Notice of Race is here and the Sailing Instructions are here. You can enter the event online here or up to 11.30am on Saturday 7th at Double Bay.

Registration and Sign on and Off
Registration will be from 9.30 to 11.30am at Double Bay. If you are not rigging at Double Bay and you have entered online you can register (before 11.30am) and sign on and off by text message to 0427146400. You must include the sail number and skippers name in the text message.

There is only a limited amount of untimed car parking in Double Bay, and the council rangers are vigilant. DBSC has arranged day parking in the Double Bay Public school grounds, just 150m across the park from the club ($10 donation to the P&C). Trailers are allowed to be left in a designated area at the western end of Steyne Park. Other Parking options are the Cross St Car park @ $18/day and free untimed parking in the Marathon St area of Darling Point for those that (a) are feeling lucky and (b) don’t mind a hike up the stairs at the end of the day.

There is more event information on the Double Bay mini web site at

The following is a message from DBSC Commodore Luke Parker

On behalf of all at DBSC, I’d encourage Laser sailors from far and wide to join us at the 2015 NSW Laser Metropolitan Championships. This is the first major regatta DBSC has hosted for many years, and we’re determined to make it a success on and off the water

We’ll be racing on Sydney Harbour, not far from the Bridge, the City, the Harbour Islands and Fort Denison. Its a spectacular and challenging place to race. Of course, we won’t have the harbour to ourselves, but we’ll be positioning courses to make the most of the prevailing winds with consideration of other traffic.

There’s an abundance of grassed rigging area, arrangements have been made for parking, our change rooms have ample hot water, you get a complimentary regatta T shirt, the canteen will be stocked and we have a $2 sausage sizzle after racing. What more could you want?

We look forward to racing with you on 7 and 8 March.


Applications for World Standard Men’s & Masters Close 4th March

Applications close on 4th March 2015 for the 2015 Standard Laser Men’s World Championship and the 2015 Laser Masters’ World Championship at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

To date there are 6 Australian applications for the Standard Men’s and 87 total. There are 31 Australian applications for the Masters out of a total of 249.

Information on and and applications for these events are here.


Vaucluse Regatta

The Vaucluse Yacht Club was proud to host the annual Vaucluse Regatta on 21st February. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling with conditions generally light and overcast however the race committee did an excellent job in ensuring that 3 races per fleet were held. The Laser class was well represented with 27 Standard rigs and 26 Radials.

Competition in the Standard Rigs was close over the 3 races with the wins shared between Elliot Scali, Andrea Oliveri and Sean Atheron-Feeney. The short course racing and light winds provided for plenty of tactical manoeuvring and with downwind finishes the trailing boats were always in the hunt. Overall Sean Atherton-Feeney from MHASC defeated Andrea Oliveri of DBSC by 1 point with Anthony Scali from Vaucluse Yacht Club third. The home team was well represented with 5 finishers in the top 10.

The Radial fleet was equally competitive with MHASC taking the honours with Stuart Plenderleith having a clean sweep followed by Vanessa Dudley and Marlena Berzins of DBSC third. Racing in the light conditions with a run-out
tide made the starts challenging. Back in the chasing group young Blake Selly was sailing well against the more mature sailors Peter Heywood and Jeff Loosemore.

Podium position results are here.

Vaucluse Club boasts open sailing waters and the ocean swell being so close to Sydney heads and provides outstanding sailing and waves in the usual North East summer breeze. The Vaucluse Yacht Club invites visitors to their regular racing on Saturday and reminds competitors that the Vaucluse Regatta will again be held in February 2016 and the club encourages all Laser
sailors to participate.

Laser Masters South Lake Macquarie

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Some of the 130 Lasers ready for battle at Sunshine

131 Lasers contested the NSW/ACT State Masters at South Lake Macquarie ASC on the weekend.

There were 59 Radials and 72 Standard Rigs with cube level entries in all age divisions except for Radial Apprentice.

There were entries from far afield around NSW from Canberra and welcome visitors from Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand. There were three current and five previous Laser World Masters Champions in the fleet so plenty of tough competition.

RO Col Chidgey judged the timing well, holding the fleets back on shore until the breeze steadied. In the end five of the six scheduled races were completed in fair sailing conditions with ENE breezes randing from 7 to 13 knots.

The races were run with single starts for each rig with long starting lines matching the 70 boat fleet.

In the Standard Fleet current World Masters champion Brett Beyer had a battle royal with MHASC master sailor Shaun Atherton-Feeney. Brett took the last three races to win on a countback. Third was Nic Skulander from Woollahra SC.

In the Radials the fleet win went to Georges River Master David Early. Second was  Canberra Grand Master Bruce Paine and third MHASC’s Vanessa Dudley. Vanessa also won the cube for the first woman.

The age division winners were;

Apprentice Masters Masters Grand Masters Great Grand Masters
1  Jeffrey Myers GRSC David Early GRSC Vanessa Dudley MHASC Robert Lowndes MHASC
2 Martin Wilson GRSC Bruce Paine CYC Kevin Phillips GSC
3 Russell Ford M16SC Jeff Loosemore GRSC/MHASC Kerry Waraker RQYS
4 Diane Sissingh MHASC Martin Linsley CYC/RANSA Tony Ryan CYC
5 Murray Walters RPAYC Martin White DBSC Timothy Alexander NSC
1 Richard Bott DBSC Brett Beyer WSC Stephen Gunther KBSC Mark Bethwaite DBSC
2 Nicholas Skulander WSC Sean AthertonFeeney MHASC Anthony Scali VYC Stephen Wawn RPEYC
3 Matt Blakey  TYC Jan Scholten ASC Rick Longbottom RANSA Michael O’Brien VYC
4 Zac Skulander WSC David Page HHSC Mark Phillips RANSA
5 Chris Caldecoat SLMASC Ian Young GRSC Peter Wallace DBSC/MHASC

The South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club did a fabulous both on the water and off. Thanks to the race and boat crews and the catering volunteers for their terrific job organising the racing and feeding the Laser sailors. We would love to come back for future events to Sunshine.

The full results are here;

Division Results

Fleet Results

A  few finishers were missed due to tight finishes and manouvering at the finish. Please email if you can clarify positions which affect your results.

2015 Laser World Championships – Men’s Standard and Masters

Applications for entry open Wednesday, 21 January 2015 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

For both events, the deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 4 March 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible once it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 4 March 2015, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

State Masters South Lake Macquarie 7th 8th February

southlakeslogoThe State Masters Championship is coming up on 7th and 8th February at South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club. The location is here.

This is always a great event and South Lakes at Sunshine a terrific sailing venue. In addition to nearby accommodation sailors can camp on the spacious grounds around the club on Sunshine Park for a small Council imposed fee (circa $30).

Cubes will be awarded for this event.

The Notice of race for the event is here and the Sailing Instructions are here. You can enter online here or on Saturday 7th February until 11.00am at the venue. Entry is $60.

golfsailorRob Lowndes has organised the traditional Masters Golf Tournament which this year will be held on Friday 6th February at Morisset Country Club with first tee time at 1.00pm. The Club is on Dora Street (the main drag into Morisset) here.

Some skill at golf is desirable but certainly not essential so come and enjoy lunch and team selection around noon on the day. Cost is $32 each plus $40 if you want a cart (shared between two).

It would be a great help if you let Rob Lowndes know if you are playing at least a week beforehand (SMS 0419 266 257, or email And yes, it is still compulsory for Georges River SC members to turn and show us how it’s done.

World number one ranked Laser sailor Tom Burton and world-class Laser sailor, Ash Brunning will be coaching the H2O Team at the  Master’s on both race days at SLMASC. Two day coaching and debrief cost will be $200.

To book, email: or call: 0473 026 445


Nationals at Mandurah WA

Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker Radial Start

Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker show how to sail in testing conditions – Photo by Rick Steuart

The National Open and Masters Championship was held over Christmas New Year at Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club WA. Sailing conditions were character building with mostly 15 to 25 knot SW’ly (220-230) winds on the Indian Ocean accompanied by large waves on the inside course set further from the shore.

Sailors enjoyed the sometimes wild rides and by and large managed the conditions well. Some of the masters and the younger and lighter sailors however found the going challenging.

There were 170 entries 50 4.7′s, 78 Radials and 42 Standard. The Radials had a split fleet with Gold and Silver fleet finals.

World number one ranked Tom Burton and Perth local Matthew Wearn were in a class of their own at the front of the Standard fleet with Tom winning enough of the races to wrap the series up with two races to go.

Tom acknowledged that this was one of the toughest he had sailed in effectively match racing in 20-25 knots with a very competitive Matthew Wearn. It wasn’t until the 3rd day that Matt was able to take a win from Tom and after that was able to win both races on the 5th day where his size and strength proved decisive allowing him to beat Tom to each top mark. Queenslander Ryan Palk was third on a count back with Matthew Wearn’s clubmate Luke Elliott fourth. Matthew Wearn was the winner of the Standard Youth division.

Burton Wearn Luke Elliott Ryan Palk Nationals

Tom Burton Luke Elliott and Ryan Palk (right to left) at the front of the Standard Fleet – Photo by Rick Steuart

The Radials were dominated by WA sailors with Alistair Young taking a narrow win from Tristan Brown with Conor Nicholas third. Tristan was also the winner of the Youth cube. Ashley Stoddart RQYS easily won the women’s event finishing a very creditable 5th overall.

Brody Riley from McCrae YC Victoria had a convincing win in the 4.7′s with WA local Caelin Winchcombe runner up after a countback from NSW sailor Jordan Makin.

Masters winners were in the Standard Chris Caldecoat NSW Apprentice, Grant Loveday WA Master, Gavin Dagley Vic GM and in the Radials Mark Kennedy Qld M, Jeff Loosemore NSW GM and David Edmiston NSW GGM.

The full results for the series are here and photos by Rick Steuart are here.


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.

H2O has places on its Holiday Sailing Camps for kids 8-18years on 19-23 January.

5-days of fun sailing, windsurfing, biking, swimming and other fun games such as beach valley ball, giant board games, playground, Hobie adventure sailing to Shingle Splitters for picnic, Hobie sail to Rafferties Resort for Ice Cream and for the main part sailing course in one of the following groups;

  • Learn to Sail
  • Learn to Race
  • Race Training

Non-residential camp, 9am-4pm price is $295.

Equipment: Laser 4.7 and Optimists

Bookings, email: 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.