Good luck to all the sailors participating in the Nationals at McCrae. There are 169 entries so far comprising 51 4.7′s 50 Radials and 68 Standards. You can follow the results here.
33 Australian Laser Masters (25 from NSW/ACT) travelled to Musannah Oman for the World Masters. Australia won 3 of the 8 Masters series. Congratulations to Vanessa Dudley, Mark Bethwaite from NSW and Greg Adams from Queensland for their respective convincing wins.
The series was run in mostly light winds – in the 5-9 knot range most days. While this did not suit all the Australian sailors Vanessa, Greg and Mark made short work of the opposition and each won without needing to sail on the final day. The full results are here. There are some photos of the venue, the presentation and Oman here and official photos here.
The Millenium Resort which was HQ for the Worlds was purpose built for boating and with major events like Laser Worlds in mind. It was, apart from the light winds, a perfect venue with all the competitors housed at the adjacent Millenium Resort. RO’s Hugh Leiicester on the Standard Rig course and Jeff Martin on the Radial course did a great job in the sometimes marginal strength and shifty breeze. As well there was an army of officials and helpers to make sure everything ran smoothly.
The World Standard Rig Open Championship was held prior to the Masters from 14th to 23rd November 2013. This was won by 40 year old Robert Scheidt from Brazil who took the title in a close contest from London Olympic Silver Medalist Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus. The full results are here. The World Laser Radial Youth Championship were also run at Musannah from 27th December 2013.
At the Competitor Briefing in Musannah Oman in December ILCA President Tracy Usher gave an update on the Laser licensing issue.
The dispute between Laser Performance the UK based builder and Laser designer Bruce Kirby has been ongoing for quite a while. The story behind the dispute is here. The court case will be before the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut USA, through an action filed by Bruce Kirby. Tracy said that attempts by ILCA and ISAF to get a meeting of the parties and to potentially mediate the case have failed. Now the case will go through a four stage court process and may only see judgement some time in 2014. In the mean time ISAF plaques will continue to be affixed to new Lasers from all builders maintaing the supply of boats.
The long awaited improvements in the class with the new mast top section and the new longer life radial cut standard rig sail are all good to go but need the unanimous agreement of all the Laser builders. Tracy said that this approval had not been obtained and was unlikely to be until the current legal dispute is settled. His candid advice was not to hold your breath waiting for the improvements.
At the same meeting ILCA World Executive Secretary Jeff Martin explained the implications of some new initiatives by ISAF for World Championships.
These changes would see the ISAF limit World Championships to four per class and run a Sailing World Cup with four regattas plus the World Championship for each class limited to the top 25 sailors. The limit of four “Worlds” would rule out ILCA’s running World Masters or at least naming the event so.
The limitation of the Sailing World Cup to 25 might be fine for some classes with limited numbers of sailors but would rule out the majority of the very large number of up and coming Laser sailors from this peak level of competition.
These “one size fits all” changes by ISAF are counter to the interest of Laser sailing as is their other “initiative” to allow “kinetic actions” above certain wind strengths in Lasers.
On a more positive note Jeff explained that the GGM Standard Rig was a fixture for Laser Masters and that a new 75+ age bracket would be formalised for Radials.
The next World Masters (if it will be termed that) will be in Hyeres France 3-11th October 2014 and is likely to be huge with 4.7 Rig returning and the fleet size likely limited by the number of boats that can be managed on the courses available. The NoR is expected to be issued for this event in January 2014. The ILCA web page for the event is here. Subsequent “World Masters” will be in July 2015 in Kingston Canada and in 2016 either in South America or Malaysia.
Tom Burton continues to hold ISAF world number one Laser World ranking. Ashley Brunning holds 7th ranking. The skill and dedication required to achieve and hold these positions must be recognised and applauded. Tom Burton most recently convincingly won Sail Melbourne putting aside the disappointment of his 9th in the Worlds in Oman in November. Tom earlier this year won the National Laser Championship at Sandy Bay his third Nationals in a row.
The cost of entry is $300.00 ($50 per day). This included 6 days of racing, the opening and closing functions, after race snacks on the four days when racing is scheduled in the afternoon, regatta T shirts, a cap and some great daily prizes kindly donated by Gill.
For families with multiple entries the cost of the second and subsequent entries is $250 per boat which is a rebate being paid thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. The rebate can be collected at registration.
There is also five $400 cash prizes to the winners of the invitation race for the Men’s Standard, Men and Women’s Radial and Men and Women’s 4.7 which is guaranteed to make the invitation race a hard fought affair. More details in the NOR.
Preparations by McCrae are well underway so we are looking forward to a fantastic regatta and hope to see you there.
Always feel secure in the knowledge that under RRS Rule 12 the overtaking boat keeps clear!
The State Masters run at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club saw conditions which tested sailors and officials alike. There were just over 100 entries (49 Radial 46 Standard and 7 4.7′s). The PSSAC did a great job in running the event both on and off the water. The only hitch was when a Radial sailor here after to be named Sparky dragged his dolly mounted Laser under the power line causing a power outage which left the Standard Rig sailors to shower in the dark with cold water – serves them right for having so many general recalls.
There were good SE and SW breezes over the weekend and lots of dense rain clouds and – suprise suprize – quite a bit of rain. Saturday saw Race Officer Andrew McLachlan delay the starts and send the fleets back home to allow the wind to settle. This was a good call because after an hour or so the wind stabilised and gave good fair conditions until the final stages of last race of the day. With all the delays racing concluded at around 6.00pm.
After the long day on the water 90 sailors and friends joined a dinner at the Ibis Resort. At the dinner shirts were presented to those Masters who later this month will be travelling to Oman for the World Masters. There are 26 entered in the Worlds from NSW/ACT out of 33 Australian entries in this event.
On Sunday there was a useful breeze circa 10 to 18 knots and the 4.7′s and Radials were started right on schedule. From then on the schedule was shot with the need to change the course and line several times as the wind swung. The Standard Rig fleet caused several airings of the black flag. This became contageous and the Radials had a few general recalls again resulting in the black flag being hoisted. In the event all six races were completed in each fleet with the final Standard Rig race started not far inside the 15.30 time limit – so both days were long ones on the water.
The results are under the Results tab on the site and are linked in the list below. If you are interested the fleet results are here. Note that the event is not scored by fleet and naturally places within the age divisions can (for better or worse) be different in the fleet to the official results.
There were 14 cubes awarded unfortunately none in the Apprentice Masters in either Radial or Standard as there were not the required 5 entries in either. Cube winners were:
- Vanessa Dudley Women
- Martin Brady 4.7
- Rob Lowndes Radial GGM
- Kevin Phillips Radial GGM
- Adam French Radial GM
- Vanessa Dudley Radial GM
- Richard Longbottom Radial GM
- David Early Radial Master
- Roger Winton (from NZ) Radial Master
- Mark Bethwaite Standard GM
- Jeff Loosemore Standard GM
- Sean Atherton Standard Master
- Chris Dawson Standard Master
- Stuart Holdsworth Standard Master
At the conclusion of racing at the Coast Championship last Saturday Mitch Buckingham from NB SailSports took the opportunity to try out the Laser foils using what is proving to be the most desirable rig for foiling the 4.7.
As expected there is a learning curve both for the set-up of the foils and how best to get airborne in a Laser.
You can see in the photo that Mitch did manage the feat.
For more information on the foiler kit check the Glidefree site here.
The Coasts at South Lakes were blown out on the Sunday with the series being scored on the three races sailed on on Saturday 12th October with no drop.
Safe competitive racing was not possible on Sunday due to over 25 knot NW winds combined with very large and potentially boat breaking waves on the course.
Saturday on the other hand was picture perfect with a 15 knot ENE breeze for the three heats. There were 47 entries for the series. The on water SLMASC team and our PRO Col Chidgey set a very nice course which stayed the same for the three races.
The 4.7 series had six boats and was won by South Lakes local Scott Singleton-Turner with two bullets and a second to edge out fast improving Gosford sailor Jordan Makin (3,1,3) with Peter Charlton also from South Lakes third.
The Radials had 24 competitors and were headed by Shane Conoly from Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club. Shane finished with two bullets and a second. Second was Nick Connor from RPAYC (5,1,2) and third Stuart Penderleith also MHASC (2,3,6).
The Standards were won convincingly by Sean Atherton from MHASC with three straight heat wins. Chris Dawson from RPAYC was second (3,2,2) and Richard Howard from Belmont 16′s third (2,3,5).
Thanks go to the great team at South Lakes for their organisation both on and off the water. It is a great dingy sailing club in a fabulous location.
You can see the full results and photos on the Results and Photos tabs above or click the links below.
We need plenty of players again this year – fun is more important than golfing ability as it will be the usual Ambrose format to cater for all skill levels!
Please be there by noon for a 12:30 first tee time. Cost is $40 per player. As always, we need a strong mix of players to counter the strong onslaught from Georges River sailors……
Any queries, contact Rob Lowndes on 0419 266 257
The State Masters is coming up on 16 and 17th November at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club. The Notice of Race is here.
While we may not get the giant NE’er we had last year at Great Lakes (pictured above) Port Stephens is always a choice venue offering fair winds and good clear water sailing in a great location.
There is lots of accommodation available in the area. Check out Port Stephens Accommodation, the Port Stephens Visitors Centre or just Google it. IBIS Salamander Shores Resort, right at the club, is offering special deals for bookings – check them out for online rates here or ring 02 4982 7210 and mention the Laser Masters Regatta.
There will be a Gourmet BBQ at the Salamander Shores on the Saturday night. The cost is $30 with tickets available at registration.
The first regatta of the season the Coasts is coming up on 12 and 13th October at South Lakes Sailing Club. This venue at Sunshine on Lake Macquarie is a fabulous sailing venue.
You can see the Notice of Race here and the Sailing Instructions here. You can enter the regatta on line at the Enter of Join tab on the site or just click here. Beach entries will be accepted up to 11.30am on Saturday 12th October.
There will be a free sausage sizzle after racing on Saturday and the NSW/ACT Laser Association Annual Meeting will be held also after racing at 6.00pm on Saturday. The Agenda for the AGM is here.
Inspired by the Americas Cup AC72′s in SanFrancisco left is a sneak photo taken recently at Mystery Island Vanuatu of trials of the latest Laser development.
Laser sailors are invited to the Big River Sailing Club Single Hander Regatta Oct 26/27 on the lower reaches of the Clarence River.
BRSC Commodore Hariet Woodrow advises that this is a one stop sailing and social fun destination which offers:
- Beautiful parklands for rigging
- Free camping
- Beach launching
- Club catering all weekend
- All the sailing action is right in front of the clubhouse
Cut loose for damn good time, leave the city lights and come sailing among the cane fields.
Visit www.bigriver.yachting.org.au or email Hariet at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 0409 664 511