Monthly Archives: March 2015

Events for 2015/16 Season

Time to start planning for next season. This will be a big one for us as we are hosting the Australian Open Laser Championship at Belmont over Christmas/New Year and the National Laser Masters Championship at Port Stephens 12-15th February 2016.

We have set our regatta program for next season as follows:

  • Coasts 17/18 Oct 2015 Port Kembla Sailing Club
  • Combined State Open and Masters 14/15 November 2015 Wangi WRSLASC
  • Nationals Belmont 16’s 27 Dec 2015 to 4 Jan 2016 Belmont 16’s SC
  • National Masters 12-15 Feb 2016 Port Stephens PSSAC
  • Metros 5/6 March 2016 Bayview BYRA

Because we have the Open Nationals and National Masters and a big Sail Sydney you will notice that we have combined the Open and Masters States just for next season.

Notices of Race, Sailing Instructions and online entry for all these events will be available on this web site.

We will be encouraging participation but also looking out for some assistance on the water and on the land with the running of the two big National Championship events. In particular because we expect these events to draw large fleets we are looking for additional RIB’s or similar craft, preferably with a driver to augment the fleet we have. If you are, or know someone who is, willing to assist and enjoy aspects of these prime events from close quarters while helping to make them memorable then please contact Kevin Phillips at

If any clubs are interested to host any of our NSW/ACT events in season 2016/17 (a long way off I know) then please contact We pay $2,000 to offset host club’s costs and have race management logistics, race officer and some equipment to help clubs with events.

NB Sailsports Winter Series 2015

NB Winter Series logoThe NB Sailsports Winter Series is on again this year. The venues and dates for the series are:

  • 25th April: Georges River Sailing Club
  • 31st May: Avalon Sailing Club
  • 21st June: Belmont 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
  • 2nd August: Gosford Sailing Club
  • 5th September: Double Bay Sailing Club

There will be three races at each venue. $20 entry online  here  or in cash at the venue.

The Notice of Race is here. Sailing Instructions will be available at the venue.

NB are again offering the major prize of a new Laser trade-up. Anyone who enters any of the six three race events can win this and other great prizes simply by participating. The more races you complete the better your chance to win a prize. There are of course prizes for the series winners in 4.7’s Radials and Standard rigs.

Rob McMillan at NB is further offering a $750 NB parts voucher to anyone who enters three of the series events and purchases a new Laser from NB before round one of the series. Rob’s offer and event flyer are here.

And if to much sailing is never enough RPAYC is running an ice breaker series starting on Sunday 17th May then every 3rd Sunday through to 16th August. The notice of race is here.

Manly YC Women’s Challenge 21st March 2015


Manly Yacht Club is running its 20th Helly Hansen sponsored Women’s Challenge which will include Lasers on Saturday 21st March 2015.

MYC says “We have a commitment to encourage, excite and support Women in sailing at every level of experience.
MYC invites our members and other female sailors around Australia to participate in the Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge 2015.
The event is being conducted over two days.
Lasers, Optis, PJs, MJs, Flying 11s and access dinghies competing on Saturday, 21st March 2015; with yachts whose overall length is between 6 and 20 metres competing on Sunday, 22nd March 2015.
Come race with Manly Yacht Club on beautiful Sydney Harbour and join us afterwards for the presentation of fabulous prizes supplied by our sponsor, Helly Hansen.
The One Design Trophy will be presented to the winner of the one design fleet with the most boats entered.”

Entry NoR SI’s and other information is on the MYC web site here.

Results Metros Double Bay


Ready for action at Double Bay SC. PNG and Cook Islands boats on the right

The Metropolitan Championship was concluded at Double Bay Sailing Club over the weekend. There were 123 competitors with eight countries represented along with sailors from NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland. With a number of elite level sailors training in Sydney the visitors were well represented in the podium positions.

Winds were  good – a nice NE’er on Saturday and on Sunday a better than forecast southerly. The 4.7 and Radial fleets completed six races while the Standards wore themselves and RO Col Chidgey out with multiple black flag general recalls on Sunday and only completed five races.

On Saturday the Harbour was record busy with the huge Middle Harbour Yacht Club Regatta add to that the ferries, grand hot water boats and the odd seaplane. Our RO tried to set a course in Rose Bay away from the rather more crowded parts of the Harbour. The wind in Rose Bay was problematic and after an attempt to set a start line and course and, with some prompting from the Rose Bay ferry skipper, Col Chidgey moved to Plan B with a course between Clarke and Shark Islands which worked well.

On Sunday after a delay ashore to allow the wind to settle a useful southerly came in and a course off Double Bay worked well with little interference from the other maritime traffic.

The Standard rigs were dominated by the visitors with Colin Cheng from Singapore the run away winner followed by Chen Huichao from China with Fredrik Westman from Finnland 3rd. Thomas Vincent from McCrae YC in Melbourne, a regular competitor in our events, was the first under 21. In the Radials DBSC local Finnian Alexander won in a close contest with Middle Harbour ASC’s Stuart Plenderleith. Third was Australia’s top ranked woman Laser sailor Ashley Stoddart from Royal Queensland YS. In the 4.7′s Laura Thomson from Albury Wodonga YC was the run away winner from RPAYC sailors Nathan Bryant and Joshua Bull.

The full results are here. 

Thanks to our RO Col Chidgey and his on water team who jointly had a busy time setting and re-setting courses and start lines and managing the multiple starts and recalls. Thanks also to the great team at Double Bay Sailing Club for their organisation of the event.

There is a good write-up of the event on the DBSC web site here.

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