Monthly Archives: January 2017
Congratulations to Tom Burton following his award of an Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day.
Tom was joined by 21 other Olympic Athletes recognised in the Australia Day awards.
Australian Sailing and the Australian Institute of Sport are seeking information from sailors on success factors in the sport.
They are seeking responses from sailors born from 1965 onwards and are offering a draw for Zhik vouchers as an incentive.
They say the survey should take 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
You can see more information about the survey HERE.
You can access the survey HERE.
The new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 has come into force from 1st January.
You can see and download a copy from the World Sailing web site here.
There are changes to sailing administration however there don’t appear to be any big changes to the rules.
Rule 18.3 has been reworded to clarify the situation when a boat tacks onto starboard in the zone at a windward mark being rounded to port. The words are new but the concept is unchanged in that the boat already on starboard coming into the mark does not have to sail above close hauled to avoid collision with the late in tacker. This is an often observed situation in our big fleets at the first windward mark so good to have a refresh read of the rule.
Well done to everyone of the 210 competitors in the 2017 Laser Australian Championship held at Adelaide Sailing Club over Christmas – New Year.
The winds were uncharacteristically light in the first three days but improved after the New Year’s Day break.
The Standards and 4.7 saw emphatic wins by Matthew Wearn RPYC/FSC and Jack Littlechild WSC/BSC/RSYS respectively. Both sailors had their events wrapped up before the last day. This was far from the case in the Radials where the top five positions were all up for grabs in the final race. With highly variable conditions on the final day only one race was completed so the tension on the course was at high levels. You can see how the race unfolded by looking at the Tractrac tracker here.
The ultimate Radial winner was Rhett Gowans Mornington YC while the Women’s winner was Rio Olympic Representative Ashley Stoddart RQYS who was 5th overall.
55 of 210 competitors were Masters sailors including two current World Masters Champions. Add did well in the testing conditions.
Congratulations to Adelaide Sailing Club and their great team of volunteers as well as PRO Ross Wilson and his team for the professional way in which the series was run.
The 2018 Laser Nationals will be at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Brisbane over Christmas New Year and the separate National Masters will be at Mooloolaba Qld in February 2018.