Monthly Archives: March 2014

Woollahra Sailing Club Laser Coach Wanted

Marlena Berzins

Marlena Berzins one of the WSC 4.7′ers

Peter Heywood has a great youth 4.7 program going at WSC. He is looking for a coach. His advertisement for the position follows:

A laser coach is required primarily to train a group of young competent Laser sailors at Woollahra.

Training occurs during School Holiday Camps and weekly training sessions during winter and summer.

This would suit an accomplished sailor who is interested in coaching and extra income.

Assistance would be given to gain instructors certificate.

The coaching position can be augmented with weekend Race Management duties to provide a useful income.

Contact: Peter Heywood M: 0413758769

Metropolitan Championship at Lane Cove 12′ SSC

James Burman 350

James Burman HHSC on his way to a convincing win in the Standard Rig

Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club hosted the Metropolitan Championship on March 8 and 9 with 67 sailors entered.
The weekend’s racing started on Saturday with the Lane Cove Club running the Dash for Cash from the club-house in the Lane Cover River to the main race area near Clarkes Point Woolwich.  Winners were Jordan Makin in the 4.7, Shane Conly 1st in the radials (and 2nd overall), James Burman in the standard rigs. Full results of the dash for cash are here.

RO Col Chidgey ably supported by the large team from Lane Cove Sailing 12′ SSC had some work to do as the wind clocked right then left. They had the added challenge of fitting the standard Laser trapazoidal course into the relatively confined space between Long Nose Point Birchgrove and Cockatoo Island and as far as possible away from the ferry and power boat lanes.
Six races were conducted over the two days, challenging the sailors in the variable and shifty moderate winds.  On Sunday the boats were held on shore until 12.30 until the sea-breeze had worked its way up the river.  To ensure each fleet sailed 6 races, Col Chidgey started the last race of the Standard rigs under black flag, with 5 seconds to spare before the 3.30 race start cutoff.

In the Metro Series the easy winner in the Standard Rig was James Burman who won all but one of the six races. Second was Sean Feeney from MHASC and thrid William Dargaville from MHASC and RPAYC.

The Radials was a shoot out between Double Bay sailors Finn Alexander and Dennis Kuhlmann. They each posted two wins however Finn was a tad more constent and finished three points ahead of Dennis. Third was Ashely Stoddart from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

In the 4.7′s Jordan Makin from Gosford Sailing Club posted four wins to take the title follwed by Marlena Berzins from Double Bay and Great Grand Master David Adams from Dobroyd Aquatic Club. David despite his not so tender years sails a Mac 2 foiling moth when he is not Lasering so probaly found the going at the Metros rather tame. The full results of the event are here.

You can see some photos of the action on Sunday here

Corinna Hartas took some more action shots including the foiling Laser which you can see here.

Thanks must go to the Lane Cove 12′ SSC and its army of on and off the water helpers. These folks looked after sailors before during and after racing. The Club also donated the “Dash for Cash” prizes and arranged for donations of door prizes from and a Laser sail donated by NB SailSports which was a door prize at the presentation. Thanks to those generous sponsors.


Dash for Cash and Win a Sail at Lane Cove Metros

Aus NotesThere is a chance to win a cash prize of $100 for the race from the Lane Cove Sailing Club to the start of the Metropolitan Championship near Clarkes Point Hunters Hill on Saturday 8th March.

In terms of reward for distance sailed this prize is among the best you will see. There are $100 prizes for each rig Standard, Radial and 4.7.

The basic rule is pretty simple you have to sail a Laser (of any rig) and the race starts at 12.45pm. If you need more detail please consult the race documents here.

On Saturday after racing there will be a sausage sizzle at the Lane Cove 12’SSC and a draw for prizes to be won by sailors present for:

  • A Zhik Backpack
  • A ZhikGrip II Laser Hiking Strap
  • 3 Zhik visors

On Sunday after racing there will be a presentation at the Lane Cove Club with finger food and $3 kebabs & salads & Lebanese bread.
There will be a new Laser sail given away from a draw of the sailors who are present at the club for the presentation on Sunday.
There will be prizes for all divisions and the open event plus encouragement awards. For the encouragement awards again you will need to be at the presentation at the Lane Cove 12′SSC to get the prize.

Come along enjoy the racing and maybe take home the big prize.

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