Balmain Regatta Australia’s Richest Laser Race

BalmainSC_logoThe Balmain regatta is on 29th October with the 4.7 the first to start at from 12.00. Start times and handicaps to be decided on the day based on the wind forecast.

Last year 2016 Gold Medalist Tom Burton won, but who will win this years Balmain Regatta? A 168-year-old Sydney harbour tradition continues on the 29th of October, offering a total prize pool of $800. $200 for each division winner, and a bonus $200 for the leader at the half way mark.

The course will feature a  fixed start between Cockatoo Island and Balmain Sailing Club to a mark off Snapper Island, to mark off Spectacle Island to Mark near entrance of Lane Cove River to mark off Goat Island then back to fixed line between Cockatoo Island and Balmain Sailing Club.

Where to rig:  Easiest rigging area is at Hunters Hill Sailing Club.

Post race party:  Limited space is available to lift Lasers on to floating dock at BSC. Best to pack up boats then drive around for the traditional Balmain Regatta Boats, Band and BBQ party

Address: Water Street Balmain

How to enter. and follow directions to regatta entry.

Brett Beyer Coaching Clinic Mooloolaba February 2018

The Queensland Laser Association in conjunction with Australian Sailing is running two Coaching Clinics with Brett Beyer in the lead up to the National Masters at Mooloolaba.
The two camps will run from the 3rd to the 4th of February 2018, and from 6th to the 7th of February 2018 and will be held offshore at Mooloolaba.

The camp is only available to sailors attending the Australian Masters at Mooloolaba and the cost is $250 for the two day coaching clinic. Food, drinks or accommodation is not included.

There is a maximum of 10 places for each camp.  Registration of Interest, which will close on September 30th 2017, can be made on the following web links:
Register for February 3-4 
Register for February 6-7

Peter Fell – QLA (0408 266 410)
Fergus Gillanders-Blagdon – AS (07 3393 6788)
Michael Wilson – QLA (0417 758 859)

NSW Youth Championships South Lake Macquarie ASC

SLMASC_70th_LogoAustralian Sailing have posted details of the 2017 Trinity Point New South Wales Youth Championships will be setting sail from South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club (SLMASC) on the October long weekend, September 30 to October 2.

The Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and online entry are all linked on the Australian Sailing Youth site HERE.


Youth 4.7 and Under 21 Worlds

Laser_Worlds_Belgium_LogoWell done to the Australian team of 12 boys and 3 girls who competed in the World Youth 4.7 Worlds held between 16th and 24th July at Nieuwpoort Belgium.

In the boys Finn O’Dea was 5th in the 235 boat fleet and Zac West 7th. In the 115 boat girls fleet Kristen Wadley was 10th and Paige Caldecoat 14th.

The full results are linked HERE

The Under 21 Worlds for Men and Women is now running at the same venue with 191 entries. There are 6 Australians in the women’s event and 3 in the men’s. Results will be linked HERE 

South Pacific Laser Masters Results

RQYS_LogoThe NB Sailsport sponsored South Pacific Masters was completed last weekend at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly.

64 Sailors competed in a friendly atmosphere in light but sunny conditions.

Kiwi Scott Leith showed the way in the Radial fleet from Sunshine Coast’s Mark Kennedy while Queenslander Greg Adams edged out David Whait from WA in the Standard rig. RQYS local George Meikle won the 4.7’s.

Full results are HERE

New ALCA Ranking Policy for Laser World Masters

There is a new ALCA ranking policy for Australian Laser Sailors who apply for entry to ILCA World Masters Championships.

The new policy is linked on the Worlds Qualification page of the ALCA web site. You can view it HERE

The new policy will apply for the September 2018 World Masters in Dun Laoghaire Ireland and ongoing.

Up until the 2017 Masters in Split Croatia all Australian masters applicants have been offered place. With the increased popularity of the event, the desire to run Radial and Standard rig fleets at the same time, venue capacity and charter boat limitations some applicants will likely miss out in Split. Consequently it was considered by the ALCA that a fairer ranking system was needed.

The new ranking arrangements are based on results at Worlds, National and District Masters Championships rather than the old one which was based on the order of placement of online entry applications.

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club Welcome

Narrabeen_Lakes_LogoThe Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club Laser division welcomes Laser sailors who are finding short chop, ferry, large yacht  & powerboat traffic and no convenient lee shores a little bit to trying these days who may have chosen to leave the Laser in the rack or on the trailer waiting for just the right wind forecast.

They will find the Lakes a much easier place to sail with good winds, plenty of deep water in the sailing area, convenient lee shores to rest up and a friendly, happy, older group of Laser girl and guy sailors to compete with.

The Club sails most Spring and Summer Sunday afternoons, briefing at 1.30pm for 2 races, finishing at 4pm.

If interested please check our web site or contact Perter Chapman, Treasurer 0412 964 490

If you would like a pitch to sailors for your club send us a message HERE.

ILCA Proposed Rule Changes

ILCA_New_Logo_SInternational Laser Class Association ILCA is proposing rule changes to relax or remove previous restrictions in four areas:

  • Use of electronic compasses
  • Use of boat or body mounted cameras
  • Freedom of attachment points for shock cord clew inhauls
  • Allow one cleat and one turning block on hiking strap

As of July 10, we are halfway through the voting period on these ILCA rule changes. Voting is open to all  members in our district – one vote per member.

Members of a Laser District can vote on these changes until 10th October 2017.

Click HERE to see full detail of the proposed changes and to vote on them.

4.7 Youth and Under 21 Radial & Standard Worlds

KYCN_LogoThe event web site for the 4.7 Youth and Under 21 Standard and Radial Worlds at Nieuwpoort Belgium between 16-24 July (4.7′s) and 26 July to 2 August (Under 21′s) is HERE

Good luck and good sailing to all our sailors in these events.

Youth 4.7′s: Paige Caldecoat, Sylvie Stannage, Kristen Wadley, Michael Compton, Boston Cortis, Daniel Costandi, Axel Fleet, Ezra Kaye, Jack Littlechild, Mark Louis, Finn O’Dea, Michael Parks, Nicholas Smart and Zac West.

Under 21 Radial: Elyse Ainsworth, Marlena Berzins, Annie Eastgate, Casey Imeneo, Mara Stransky and Zoe Thomson.

Under 21 Standard: Lachy Gilham, Harmon Mcaullay and Daniel Self.

Information on Laser Men’s & Master’s Worlds

Worlds_Croatia_LogoThere is an event site which covers the two events the Laser Men’s and Master’s Championships to be held in Split Croatia HERE.

There is some information on available accommodation in Split from the event organisers HERE.

For long term planning the 2018 Laser Masters World Championships will be held 7-15th September 2018 in Dun Laoghaire Ireland.

South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 21-24 July

RQYS_LogoThe South Pacific Laser Masters are on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Pencil in 21-24 July, 2017 for great Masters competition and superb sailing.

Early bird discount entry is only $190 including the popular Thursday night Laser Forum and the famous Regatta Dinner.

Don’t miss out – you’ll find the 2017 SPLM NOR and entry form HERE and you can enter online HERE.

Results of East Coast Championship at GRSC

Marlena Berzins Radial Winner

Marlena Berzins Radial Winner

Congratulations to Marlena Berzins  and Zac West for their wins in the East Coast Championship held at Georges River Sailing Club last weekend.

Despite the un-cooperative weather Saturday saw four light wind races completed. On Sunday there was no wind to speak of and no races. This saw the series scored over four races with no drops.

Marlena RSYS/DBSC won in the Radials with 1,1,2,2 places from Nathan Bryant RPAYC 2,2,1,4 and Jack Littlechild RSYS/DBSC 4,3,3,1.

In the 4.7′s Zac West RSYS/DBSC was very consistent posting 2,2,2,2 to win followed by Sylvie Stannage RSYS and Archie Gargett KCC (Kurnell Catamaran Club).

The full results for the series are HERE.

4.7 and Radials East Coast Championship 10-11th June GRSC

The NB Sailsports sponsored East Coast Championships will be held at Georges River 16′ Sailing Club (Sanoni Ave, Sandringham) on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend 10-11 June 2017.

This event is open to Laser 4.7 and Radial sailors of any age as well as Opti and 420′s.

The Notice of Race is available HERE. Online entries can be placed on the NSW Opti web site HERE.

For more information there is a brief for the event HERE.


In an effort to encourage a few more registrations to come through before the weekend, the late fee of $100 on this occasion will not be applied if there are any late entries ahead of the weekend for this regatta. We are currently at around 85 boats all up in total across all classes. Would be great to hit the 100 mark!


Results of Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik Holland

Finn Alexander at Medemblik

Finn Alexander at Medemblik

Results from the Grade 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Holland are HERE.

There were 100 competitors in the Men’s and 68 in the Women’s.

Well done to Matthew Wearn 3rd and Mitchell Kennedy 4th who were joined by Finn Alexander in the medal race to finish 8th. Not bad with three Aussies in the top 10.

There were 5 Australians in the Women’s event with Zoe Thompson best placed at 37th. DBSC’s Marlena Berzins sailed her absolute best with some great results to come out with 60 out of 68 Competitors in the Women’s fleet.

Finn’s quote from the seat in the A380 on his way home:

” The medal race was intense, to say the least… with the tip 10 best sailors in the world put against each other on a super short course close to shore, it was bound to be a close race. The points were really close, so my plan was to sail the race like any other… The Start went really well and was popped out on the leeward end and ended up crossing most of the fleet… The race went so quickly, a total blur, and was really tricky to find the time to look around and get into the Rhythm of the race… with heaps of boats around, the waves were really choppy and messy (just like Double Bay) so downwinds were quick and require a high degree of precision. I finished 7th in the medal race, overtaking the Cypriot Pavlos Kontides (2012 Olympic Silver medalist) on the final downwind. I secured 8th overall and I am really happy with that result.”


NSW & ACT Laser Events for Next Season 2017/18

Following is a list of Laser events in NSW & ACT for next season 2017/18.

Event Venue Dates Organiser Entry NoR SI’s Results
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Winter Series RSYS Sydney 28 May – 27 August 2017 RSYS HERE NoR SI’s HERE
East Coast Championship Laser 4.7 Radials OPTI’s 420′s Georges River SC 10-11 June 2017 NSWIODA & GRSC  HERE  NoR  HERE
NSW State Youth Championship South Lake Macquarie ASC 30 Sept – 2 October 2017 AS HERE NoR HERE
NSW/ACT Laser Coast Championship Gosford SC 21-22 October 2017 NSW/ACT LA HERE NoR HERE
NSW/ACT Laser State Open & Masters Championship Double Bay SC 18-19 Nov 2017 NSW/ACT LA HERE NoR HERE
ACT Territory Youth Championship Canberra YC 25 November 2017 AS HERE NoR HERE
NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championship Drummoyne SC 17-18 March 2018 NSW/ACT LA HERE NoR HERE

Masters sailors please note that we have now combined the Open and Masters States to be held at Double Bay 18-19th November 2017. Our traditional February Masters would be very close to, and detract from, the National Masters at Mooloolaba 9-12 February 2018.

The full list of known events including World and National Championships is on the Events Page.

If you have open invitation or inter-club events which you would like us to include on the list please send us a message HERE.

A printable (pdf) summary of the full list of Laser events is HERE.