Monthly Archives: May 2014

Proposal for a Separate Start for Women in the Radial Nationals

Chris Caldecoat General Manager of Performance Sailcraft has submitted the following proposal aimed at improving participation by women in the Laser Nationals.

If you have an opinion on this suggestion then please feel free to email me at or give Chris a call at PSA on 02 4389 1088.

“I would like to put a motion forward for the next AGM that the class have a separate start for Women in the Laser Radial Division.

Back Ground.

Since the ISAF Radial Youth spot was stepped back from the Standard rig to the Radial for the boy’s we have scene the Radial Fleet depth increase to the point that the depth has caused a follow on effect with younger boy’s staying in the 4.7 longer due to the strong competition experienced in the Radial Class.

This Male depth now in both classes really has made it a discouraging environment for participation for young girls getting into the Laser Class, the boat being to large and now coupled with disheartening competition, the girls have no chance of getting of a line competitively against the spread of males, there race is over in minutes.

Reason for proposal

If we gave the Radial Women their own start we would see I believe allot more girls target the class as there preferred pathway. The last two Sail Melbourne Events we have had good numbers of Australian Girls entering the Radial class, this does not get reciprocated in the National event.

I propose if we had a separate start for the Women in the Radial we would see the fleet fill solidly over coming years. The depth of skill might not be up there with the tops girls straight away, however having a open race corse to chase downy the top goals means that will very quickly catch up.

Can you please include this proposal.


Chris Caldecoat”

NB Sailsports Sprint Series Middle Harbour

It was a frustrating day at Middle Harbour on Sunday for the first races in the NB SailSports Winter Sprint Series.

The wind went through every point on the compass and never got above 5 knots.  Nevertheless two races were completed and they were real sprint races as the wind made sure the competitors never had a decent beat to windward!  It was a great turn out with 51 boats coming from as far as Canberra for the day and most harbour clubs sending boats, including a growing Manly YC fleet.

Click here for the full results.

We were not able to get every skipper’s name because of the relaxed sign on procedure with boats coming from so many directions on the water.  If you see your number but not your name and want to be in the draw for a new Laser, please send your details to RO and honorary  scorer Rob Lowndes He will then update the results.

A big thanks to NB SailSports  for this series and the generous prizes. Thanks also to all the MHASC folks who ran the series and to Ian Alexander from DBSC who was a great help on the water.

The next race in the series is at Woollahra Sailing Club on 29 June 2014.

NB SailSports 2014 Sprint Series Middle Harbour Sunday 18th May

mhascLogoThe NB SailSports Winter Sprint Series kicks off this Sunday at Middle Harbour. There will be three with the first warning at 1pm.

The series will be held with 3 races at each of 5 venue 12 will count for the overall result so you can miss one venue and still get a respectable score.

The participation raffle prizes include a free trade in on your old boat for a brand new Laser. Each race completed gains the participant a raffle ticket, the more races you complete, the greater your chances of being the holder of the winning ticket that will be drawn at the final event at Double Bay Sailing Club. Other prize draw prizes include; new spars, sails, tillers and ropes.

Entry is $20 which can be placed online by credit card with NB SailSports here or in cash at the venue. If you are sailing over from another club best to enter online as notes can get pretty soggy on a Laser and the starters don’t have have EFTPOS. You can call on and off at the starters boat.

The Notice of Race for the Series is here. Sailing Instructions for Middle Harbour are here.

Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds Japan 8th to 15th August 2014

Japan 4_7 Youth WorldsThe 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships will be held between 8 to 15 AUGUST 2014 in Karatsu, JAPAN.

The event hosts in Japan have sent information about the regatta and invite you to apply before the Application Deadline of 1 JULY 2014. Their letter is below:

Dear Youth Sailors,
Greetings from the city of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, Japan. It is with great pleasure that we invite you and your sailors to participate in the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds Championships.

You are invited to come and pit your skills against some of the world’s best youth sailors in great sailing conditions and nice summer weather at Castle Bay, Karatsu.
Enjoy wonderful Japanese hospitality, experience Japanese culture and traditions, and be immersed in the warmth and friendliness of Karatsu people. It will be an unforgettable championship!

The blue links below will take you to the applications and provide more information about this championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

2014 Laser Youth 4.7 World Championships

Should you require any other information about the event, please contact us at:

Takao Otani

Winter at Woollahra

woollahra_logoPeter Heywood advises the following winter activities at  Woollahra. Check Peter’s Woollahra SC Facebook here.

Winter Series at Woollahra

Sunday racing at 10:00am. As there is usually no afternoon in Winter the racing is timed to get the morning westerly wind.
Café open for Coffee and a Bite for après voile.
Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions on the WSC web site here.

Race Training Course for Up and Coming Youth and Intermediate Seniors

This course provides young up and coming sailors the skills required to move into an advanced racing environment. During the program, they will have the opportunity to train with specailist class coaches, start on a regular training regime, and gain the skills needed to adminstrate their own training program.

  • 2 parts – Saturday Session from 9:00am-12:00noon and the Wednesday Session from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
  • Coach Nic Skulander
  • Cost $500.00 (that works out at $25 for a 3 hour session and there are combo deals that make it more affordable)
  • Contact Sailing Manager Adam South 9371 9805 or for further details and combo membership deals, family deals and youth scholarships.

10 May 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
17 May 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
24 May 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
31 May 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
14 Jun 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
21 Jun 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
28 Jun 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
5 Jul 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
12 Jul 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM
19 Jul 2014 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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