Monthly Archives: November 2014

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

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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.

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