Monthly Archives: January 2015

2015 Laser World Championships – Men’s Standard and Masters

Applications for entry open Wednesday, 21 January 2015 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

For both events, the deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 4 March 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible once it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 4 March 2015, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

State Masters South Lake Macquarie 7th 8th February

southlakeslogoThe State Masters Championship is coming up on 7th and 8th February at South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club. The location is here.

This is always a great event and South Lakes at Sunshine a terrific sailing venue. In addition to nearby accommodation sailors can camp on the spacious grounds around the club on Sunshine Park for a small Council imposed fee (circa $30).

Cubes will be awarded for this event.

The Notice of race for the event is here and the Sailing Instructions are here. You can enter online here or on Saturday 7th February until 11.00am at the venue. Entry is $60.

golfsailorRob Lowndes has organised the traditional Masters Golf Tournament which this year will be held on Friday 6th February at Morisset Country Club with first tee time at 1.00pm. The Club is on Dora Street (the main drag into Morisset) here.

Some skill at golf is desirable but certainly not essential so come and enjoy lunch and team selection around noon on the day. Cost is $32 each plus $40 if you want a cart (shared between two).

It would be a great help if you let Rob Lowndes know if you are playing at least a week beforehand (SMS 0419 266 257, or email And yes, it is still compulsory for Georges River SC members to turn and show us how it’s done.

World number one ranked Laser sailor Tom Burton and world-class Laser sailor, Ash Brunning will be coaching the H2O Team at the  Master’s on both race days at SLMASC. Two day coaching and debrief cost will be $200.

To book, email: or call: 0473 026 445


Nationals at Mandurah WA

Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker Radial Start

Tristan Brown, Ashley Stoddart and Angus Barker show how to sail in testing conditions – Photo by Rick Steuart

The National Open and Masters Championship was held over Christmas New Year at Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club WA. Sailing conditions were character building with mostly 15 to 25 knot SW’ly (220-230) winds on the Indian Ocean accompanied by large waves on the inside course set further from the shore.

Sailors enjoyed the sometimes wild rides and by and large managed the conditions well. Some of the masters and the younger and lighter sailors however found the going challenging.

There were 170 entries 50 4.7′s, 78 Radials and 42 Standard. The Radials had a split fleet with Gold and Silver fleet finals.

World number one ranked Tom Burton and Perth local Matthew Wearn were in a class of their own at the front of the Standard fleet with Tom winning enough of the races to wrap the series up with two races to go.

Tom acknowledged that this was one of the toughest he had sailed in effectively match racing in 20-25 knots with a very competitive Matthew Wearn. It wasn’t until the 3rd day that Matt was able to take a win from Tom and after that was able to win both races on the 5th day where his size and strength proved decisive allowing him to beat Tom to each top mark. Queenslander Ryan Palk was third on a count back with Matthew Wearn’s clubmate Luke Elliott fourth. Matthew Wearn was the winner of the Standard Youth division.

Burton Wearn Luke Elliott Ryan Palk Nationals

Tom Burton Luke Elliott and Ryan Palk (right to left) at the front of the Standard Fleet – Photo by Rick Steuart

The Radials were dominated by WA sailors with Alistair Young taking a narrow win from Tristan Brown with Conor Nicholas third. Tristan was also the winner of the Youth cube. Ashley Stoddart RQYS easily won the women’s event finishing a very creditable 5th overall.

Brody Riley from McCrae YC Victoria had a convincing win in the 4.7′s with WA local Caelin Winchcombe runner up after a countback from NSW sailor Jordan Makin.

Masters winners were in the Standard Chris Caldecoat NSW Apprentice, Grant Loveday WA Master, Gavin Dagley Vic GM and in the Radials Mark Kennedy Qld M, Jeff Loosemore NSW GM and David Edmiston NSW GGM.

The full results for the series are here and photos by Rick Steuart are here.


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