Monthly Archives: March 2016

Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge Manly YC 19 March

MYCWC_LogoManly Yacht Club are running the Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge on 19/20 March 2016.

Lasers will feature on 19th March.

All information is on HERE or contact Ivana Gattegno 0401025026 or

Entry Deadline for Laser Worlds

ILCA Logo24 March is the application deadline for the following Laser World Championships:

  • 2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
  • 2016 Laser Radial Men’s World Championship (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
  • 2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (Kiel, Germany)
  • 2016 Laser Under-21 World Championships (Kiel, Germany)

To submit an application, go to the ILCA Laser World Championships website HERE.

Metro Championship BYRA 5-6 March 2016

BYRA_LogoGreat event at a great club. The Metropolitan Championship concluded at BYRA on Sunday 6th March with 70 competitors enjoying great NE breezes with some challenging shifts to keep everyone alert.

At the conclusion the winners were clear. In the 4.7′s  Jack Littlechild from Woollahra SC, in the Radials Noah Taylor from Canberra YC and in the Standards Finn Alexander form Double Bay SC.

There was a good NE sea breeze however there were big wind shifts to be taken advantage of or to confound. Noah Taylor the Radial winner was asked what he thought of the shifty breeze. He responded that compared to Canberra, his home waters, the Pittwater winds were steady.

Prize winners Marlena Berzins, Jack Littlechild,, Finn Alexander and Nick Skullander

Prize winners Marlena Berzins, Jack Littlechild,, Finn Alexander and Nick Skullander

Finn Alexander the Laser Standard’s winner normally sails in the Radial but has been training with the Australian Sailing Team in the Standard rig and it showed in his domination of that fleet.

The top women sailor was Marlena Berzins from Double Bay SC. Marlena the recent winner of the Laser Women’s in the National Youth Australian Championship will be sailing in the Open Women World’s. It will be great experience and we wish her well for the event.

Thanks to the BYRA Club and its volunteers as well as our R.O. Col Chidgey for the great organisation of this event. Thanks also to local Laser dealer Sailing Scene for their support and prizes for the event.

The final results for the Metros at BYRA are HERE.

There are some photos from the event HERE and a slideshow by Warwick Crossman on Dinghy Fever HERE.


Online Pre-race Briefing for Metros

BYRA_LogoBecause there will be a number of sailors staging away from BRYA we have posted our R.O. Col Chidgey’s pre-race briefing HERE.

There are currently no changes to the Sailing Instructions which are online HERE.

It will be a busy scene on Pittwater on the weekend on Saturday we will be sharing the waters of Pittwater with the RMYC fleets of Rangers, Jubilees and Coutas and their Classic Spin and Non-Spin fleets.  They will sail a windward/leward course to the north of us and, concurrently a classic yacht passage race which will finish to our south at RMYC.

On Sunday there will be a similar set of boats on a passage race again finishing off RMYC.  The combined dinghy clubs will sail their Super Sunday on their south Pittwater course which is the water to the south of our course area.  RPAYC has a Sail Expo and should have little presence on the water apart from clouds of their Lasers.

The first Warning Signal on Saturday is at 1330. Sunday at 1100.  Please allow plenty of time to get to the racetrack.  Saturday in the NE it should take some 20 minutes.  We’ll aim to do 3 races on both days, Huey willing.

YA National Sailing Participation Census

YA_LogoYA completed a nationwide survey of sailing participation which concluded that 77,351 people were members of State YA’s and that 122,138 people participated in sailing 3 or more times in the year. 2/3rds of the 122,000 were male and 1/3rd were under 19.

There were 9,675 active support people to make it all happen 1,242 of who were paid. There were 117,000 people who participated in sailing promotion activities (like Try Sailing) in 2015.

More information on the survey is HERE.

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