Monthly Archives: February 2014
Congratulations to Victorian Laser Association and Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club for the running of the National Masters at Paynesville. The event went without a hitch and the venue proved to be a hit with the sailors and partners. Good sailing waters, friendly club, plenty of coffee shops and restaurants – what’s not to like.
Well done to all competitors. There were 143 entries (54 Standard, 82 Radial and 7 4.7′s) most of whom braved the circa 25 knot Sunday winds completing three races in conditions which were described as “character building”. Not bad for old B’s!
There are a couple of photos above including the latest innovation square rigged Laser – don’t think it will catch on though. Clear Masters winners David Early (Radial) and Brett Beyer with ALCA Chair Ken Hurling (Standard) are pictured. There are lots of photos of the event whch are linked at the GLYC site here.
The final results are at:
The Metropolitan Championship is on the 8-9th March at Lane Cove 12 Foot Sailing Skiff Club.
The racing will be out in the open area between Hunters Hill Greenwich and Balmain. Our RO Col Chidgey identifies it as Mocooboolah which is the aboriginal name for the area around Hunters Hill and means “meeting of the waters”.
There is plenty of room for good Laser racing. Fleets of up to 50 and 60 yachts from Drummonyne, Greenwich Flying Squadron and Balmain regularly race here. There have been 12 footer’s Interdominion and 16 footer’s Nations on the same stretch of water. There is fantastic spectator viewing over the race track from Clarkes Point Hunters Hill.
Rigging will be at Lane Cove and if you like lots of space at Hunters Hill Sailing Club. Registration and beach entry will be at Lane Cove 12 footers Club as will the presentation ASAP after racing on Sunday. There will be a sign on and off sheets at Hunters Hill Sailing Club on Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t forget to come to Lane Cove 12 Footers for the presentation and sausage sizzle after racing on Sunday.
As an extra encouragement for sailors to rig at and enjoy the hospitality of the Lane Cove 12′SSC the club is running a dash for cash starting at 12.45pm on Saturday at the Lane Cove Club and finishing near the Metros start line. There will be prizes for this and of course the main event. Metro prizes will be awarded for Open, Youth, Women and Masters categories.
Come along and enjoy the racing and support the Laser sailors at Lane Cove. These folk are some of the keenest Laserers around attending Masters State National and Worlds in numbers.
The Laser Open National Championship next season is at Mandurah, Western Australia 72km South of Perth, The Venue is the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC) and racing will be held on the Indian Ocean a 10 minute reach to the start line from MOFSC. The Preliminary dates are the 27th Dec 2014 to the 4th January 2015.
Performance Sailcraft Australia are arranging a limited number of Laser charters for this event as well as the Youth Nationals at Freemantle and Sail Melbourne at Sandringham.
Prices for the charters these events are:
- Sail Melbourne ( Sandringham Yacht Club, Vic ) – $1300 AUD
- Australian Laser Nationals / Masters Nationals ( Mandurah, WA ) – $1800 AUD
- Australian Laser Youth Nationals ( Fremantle, WA ) – $1500 AUD
- Sail Melbourne + Aus Nationals – $2600 AUD
- Aus Nationals + Aus Youths – $2500 AUD
- Sail Melbourne + Aus Nationals + Aus Youths – $3400 AUD
For the Nationals and Youth Nationals expressions of interest must be received by PSA by 31st May 2014 to allow for planning and logistics. You can see more information here and submit an expression of interest via the PSA on line contact form here.
It is understood that NB Sailsports will also be offering charters and possibly boat transport for the WA events. As soon as we have confirmation and details we will post these on this site.
The States where held at Georges River Sailing Club on 1st and 2nd February. The series saw a high class fleet of 70 boats (17 4.7′s 33 Radials and 20 Standard) competing.
Saturday saw a fading southerly going to the east at around 8 to 12 knots. Sunday presented a nice 18 knot NNE breeze and sizable waves. The tide was mostly strong run out causing sailors to think a lot to avoid over (or under) laying the marks.
RO Col Chidgey set the course off Ramsgate a little (but not much) out of the Georges River tide. On the Sunday with a NNE breeze and a strong tide running from the opposite direction there were numerous general recalls. The black flag start following the first general usually tamed the fleet.
Blake Shelley from Double Bay SC and WoollahraSC won the 4.7′s in a close contest from Peter Charlton South Lake Macquarie and Jordan Makin Gosford SC.
In the Radials Finn Alexander also from Double Bay won with three bullets in the last three races and discarding a 12th in race one – a race I am sure he would be happy to forget. Second was Nicholas Connor from RPAYC and MHASC and third was World Grand Masters Champion Vanessa Dudley.
Sean Atherton from MHASC in a commanding display won every race in the Standard Rig with Marcus Whitley from DBSC second and visitor Brent Morris from Port Melbourne SC third.
Thanks very much to all competitors for the spirit of the racing and skill exhibited and to Georges River Sailing Club volunteers and RO Col Chidgey and assitant Leanne Narborough for their running a great series.