Archive for February 2017
A great roll up of 114 Masters Lasers sailors enjoyed and endured, in equal measure, the State Masters at Great Lakes Sailing Club on Wallis Lake Forster over the weekend.
Three fronts swept over the venue over the weekend – fortunately none of them during the racing. As it was conditions were pretty challenging on Saturday with an around 20 knot NE and then after the three races a 2 mile work back home into a freshening 20 to 25 knot breeze. None of this dulled the enjoyment of the roast dinner and ales provided from the Great Lakes Sailing Club in the evening.
On Sunday, after a powerful overnight storm, the wind was SW and 5 to 15 knots. The conditions were tricky and the weed kept sailors busy with the centreboard lift and rudder sweep routine.
The competition was pretty intense as expected with four Laser Masters World Champions in attendance. There was none the less the usual good spirit with all rules issues sorted out on the water.
John Basden took some nice photos on Day 1 which you can see HERE.
Thanks to the Great Lakes Sailing Club and RO Andrew McLachlan and his team for their fabulous organisation of the event.
The next Laser Masters extravaganza is the State Masters which this season will be at Great Lakes Sailing Club located in the Booti Booti National Park at 4859 The Lakes Way Forster. The Google map location is HERE.
This is always a popular venue with great open water on Wallis Lake and no Manly Ferries or sundry stink boats to distract us from the sailing.
You can enter online HERE or up until 11.30am on Saturday 18th February at the Club.
You can see who has entered to date HERE.
The State Masters will be precede by the usual Masters Golf Tournament on Friday 17th February.
At Wallis Lake we have played the Tuncurry course in the past but due to popular demand this year’s event will be played at the Forster course in Strand Street. First tee time 1:00pm, cost $33 and cheaper if we get more players. $40 for a cart, and you can book one at 02 6554 6167.
Please SMS Rob Lowndes at 0419 266 257 if you will be playing.
Remember, it is an Ambrose event so no worries if you are not a golfer of any repute! Just come for the fun and get there by noon for a bite to eat before playing.
Masters sailors don’t miss it!
- 2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
- 2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships
Information about the ILCA Laser World Championships can be found through the ILCA Events Page HERE.
If you don’t apply by the 28 March 2017 application deadline you may have little chance to receive an entry offer for these events.
The photo here was taken at the 2017 Adelaide Nationals. It shows a sterling effort.
If anyone has a photo of a larger Laser sandwich we will be happy to publish same or perhaps to create a new Guinness Records classification for the endeavour.
Photos to email@example.com.
Never to be outdone Matthew Blakey reports that 9 Kiwi Laser sailors transported their boats from Melbourne to Adelaide for the 2003-2004 Nationals in the configuration below.
It is a bit hard to see all the boats but we know Kiwis can count and as there are eight Laser sailors in the photo we are assuming that the 9th was the photographer so 9 is the current Laser sandwich record.
World Sailing WS is the recently renamed world peak sailing administration body previously called ISAF. They do lots of really good stuff for sailing apart from producing the Racing Rules and updating them every four years. They have however recently come up with a proposal which we think would be very bad for Laser sailing.
WS have a proposal to get rid of Rule 42 for all WS Championships and the Olympics. Now most Olympic classes already allow pumping, ooching, skulling and repeated tacks and jibes to propel a boat which Rule 42 prevents. Lasers do not and we believe it should stay this way. It is our view that this proposed change as it inevitably trickles down from international to national, state, interclub and ultimately club events will be quite negative for Laser sailing generally. If you want to see what sailing without Rule 42 looks like have a look at the short video clip from the Rio Olympics HERE.
The main motivation for this change by World Sailing WS is said to be to “increase athleticism and competitiveness on downwind legs”. Others suggest that their focus is on making the sport more exciting for spectators and hence more marketable.
The Australian Laser Class Association and the International Laser Class Asociation are lobbying to have this proposition thrown out. It was recently very narrowly not adopted by the WS Council but it will most likely be submitted again for voting in November 2017.
If you are interested you can see our letter on the subject to Australian Sailing and their reply HERE.
Applications are now open (until 1st March) for this year’s 2017 NSW Youth Sailing Team.
The YST provides squad based coaching support for selected sailors from designated junior and youth classes which include Laser 4.7 and Radial.
Coaching will be conducted by State Performance Coaches targeting the development of skills required to perform at national level and be in consideration for a State Sailing Performance Program SSPP (NSWIS) Scholarship in the future.
The minimum contact days for Laser sailors in the program is 50.