Monthly Archives: January 2018
Entries are open for the 2018 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Championships run by the Maroochy Sailing Club and sailed from Mooloolaba between 9-12 February 2018.
This will be a cracker of an event and not to be missed.
For masters sailors who are planning to enter the next World Masters event at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (7–15 September 2018) this event will be one of your last chances to gain entry ranking points (see HERE).
The event web site is HERE.
Following the ALCA AGM and the gathering of views on the timing and length of the Laser Nationals (Oceania & Australia Laser Championships) the ALCA Committee have decided that the following arrangements will prevail for next (Tasmania 2019) and, as far as possible, subsequent Laser Nationals events.
- Measurement 1st January 2019
- Measurement and Test Race 2nd January
- Races 3rd to 8th January (6 days 12 races)
These dates and arrangements for the 2019 event, to be run by the Mersey Yacht Club Devonport, will be formalised shortly in the usual way via the Notice of Race. This will be a combined Open and Masters event.
The timing for the 2020 event to be hosted by the Victorian District is fluid at present as arrangements are finalised for the National/Regional and International events planned for Melbourne and Geelong in that year.
Applications for entry for the following will be accepted from Tuesday, 9 January through to Tuesday, 20 February:
- 2018 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship (7)
- 2018 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships (11)
- 2018 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (16)
Applications for entry for two other events will be accepted from Thursday, 1 March through Thursday, 12 April:
- 2018 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
- 2018 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships
Once open entries can be placed on the ILCA web site HERE.
ILCA advises that if you don’t apply by the respective closing dates you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.
ILCA set Australian entry targets for the events which are open are shown in brackets above.
As per ALCA policy Australian entries will be ranked according to placing in the Oceania & Australian Laser Championships 2018 except for the Masters Worlds entries which will be ranked as per the process linked on the ALCA web site HERE.
The Oceania & Australian Open Laser Championships run from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly concluded on 4th January. Eleven of the scheduled 12 races were completed after one full day of racing was lost due to light and variable winds.
In the 75 boat Radial fleet Zac Littlewood WA won six of the eleven races for a 6 point win from New Zealander Josh Armit. Josh is the current World under 17 Laser Champion and was 4th in the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Medemblik, Netherlands. Yoshihiro Suzuki from Japan was third.
In the Women’s event Manami Doi Japan currently World rank 6th won from Zoe Thompson WA and Marlena Berzins NSW. Manami was 8th overall in the Radial fleet.
Michael Compton WA was a comfortable winner in the 4.7′s with five race wins. Wonn Kye Lee from Singapore was the runner up from Boston Cortis NSW. With a record 62 4.7′s entered in the event competition was fierce.
As expected Matt Wearne WA and Tom Burton NSW were in close company both around the race track and on the scoreboard in the Standards. Each won four races however Matt finished up just three points ahead of Tom after the eleven races. Mitchell Kennedy QLD had two wins and consistent places to finish a clear third.
There is a more detailed write-up of the series from QLA HERE.