Monthly Archives: August 2013

Double Bay SC Regatta 7 – 8 Sep & NB SailSports Series 8 Sep

Our so-called Sydney winter is nearly over …. and what better way to start your DBSC Spring Season than with a 2 day Regatta on 7-8 September? This is the biggest regatta that DBSC has hosted in many a year and the sailing committee is hopeful that Laser skippers will turn out on both days to ensure a large fleet and help contribute to a weekend of competitive and enjoyable racing DBSC style.

DBSC is using this event to test their ability to host larger association events on Sydney Harbour, so please come along and help test them.

There are 3 events embedded in the Regatta:

  • The scheduled 6 races of the DBSC Regatta for Standard, Radial and 4.7 Classes,
  • The final leg of the very successful NB Sprint Series on the Sunday ( with a new Laser up for the winning – all you have to do is enter and race to be in the running for the prize), and
  • The first leg of the inaugural DBSC – Vaucluse Interclub Championship on the Saturday, competing for the Dean Bergman and the Graham Reed trophies.

Click for the regatta Notice of Race and DBSC Regatta Sailing Instructions

Click to Enter.  Please enter as soon as possible as this will assist DBSC plan and cater for everyone.

The NB SailSports series notice of race and details of prizes can be found on the laser association’s events page.

NB Sailsports Sprint Series Gosford Results

The third round of the NB Sailsports Sprint Series was sailed out of Gosford Sailing Club on Sunday 25th August with 49 boats entering.  The first race set in a very shifty light westerly made it challenging for all the sailors.  The forecast light SSE came in by the start of the second race providing pleasant racing conditions.

Winners on the day were Blake Selley in the 4.7 s, with three wins, Shane Conly in the Radials with a 1, 2, 2 and Sean Atherton in the Standards with three wins.  You can see the results for the day here and for the series to date here.  Please contact the Membership Secretary (see contacts page) for any queries regarding the results.

Thanks to Gosford Sailing Club for the event organisation and great bacon and egg rolls.

The next leg of the Sailsports Sprint Series is at Double Bay Sailing Club on Sunday 8th September with the first race start at 11.00 am.

Some photos of the day show the log-jam at the bottom mark in the first race, backdrop of smoke from hazard reduction burn during sailing and coming ashore.Gosford_250813_logjam_at_bottom_markGosford_250813_background_fires Gosford_250813_coming_ashore

No Foilin’

Foiling Laser PSSailing Anarchy is carrying news on PSA’s Chris Caldecott’s post on his experience with a new foil fitted Laser centreboard and rudder. There is discussion on the subject as well as a brief comment by Chris on his experience with the foiler Laser over the weekend. You can see the posts here.

Chris suggests that he hit 20 knots. This may not be up to the 30 knots which Moths routinely achieve, or the 40 knots of the AC72′s, but fast for less money may be in prospect.

The photo of the unit in action features our very own Peter Stephinson at the helm. You can see a video of the action here.

To see more about the Laser foiler kit visit the Glidefree site here.

NB Sailsports Sprint Series Middle Harbour Results


Shane Conly on his way to winning MHASC leg of the series

Another fabulous day on the Harbour with the second round of the NB Sailsports Sprint Series sailed from Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club on Sunday 4th August. 49 boats competed in the three races held in a pleasant but shifty breeze which kept everyone on their toes.

Winners on the day were Blake Seley in the 4.7′s with a 1,1,2 Shane Conly in the Radials with a 3,2,2 and Ryan Palk in the Standards with three bullets.

Well done the young team of 4.7 sailors from Woollahra who sailed over to Middle Harbour to compete.You can see the results for the day here and the for series to date here.

You can see some photos of the races taken by Geoff Lucas here.

Thanks to Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club for the event organisation, the catering and arrangements for parking and rigging.

The next leg of the Sailsorts Sprint Series is at Gosford on Sunday 25th August with the first race start at 1.00pm.

Laser World July 2013

Laser World July2013The latest edition of Laser World is now available here. This edition features an interview with Lijia Xu the current Olympic Women’s Champion.

If you want to see a really great Laser race – to see how mentally and physically tough Lijia Xu was to win the Olympic gold medal race at Weymouth have a look at the You Tube video of the race (circa 50 minutes) here.

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