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AS Free Michael Blackburn Webinar 7 September

Michael BlackburnMichael Blackburn, three-time Olympic gold medal-winning Laser coach, will talk about the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday 7 September at 7 – 8 pm (AEST).


This Australian Sailing webinar is free and open to all. If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register Here.


You can see a fine tribute to coach Michael Blackburn by Tom Slingsby Here.




Women’s Regatta Cancelled

Due to the continuing uncertainties of COVID restrictions Double Bay Sailing Club has made the decision to cancel The Women’s Regatta, which was scheduled for 25-26 September 2021.


This event has been an important part of DBSC’s aim to support and promote women’s participation in the sport and the ILCA/Laser class. It is an event like no other and will be back when COVID is controlled.


Thanks to volunteers and participants who had planned to be part of the event.


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Matt Seals Gold in the Medal Race

Matt WinnerMatt Wearn has maintained Australia’s dominance in the Laser Class at the Olympic Games, winning the nation’s third consecutive Gold in the event.


Matt overcame a nervous start to the regatta to completely dominate the middle and late stages to have the Gold wrapped up in advance of the Medal Race.


Matt had only to “make a genuine effort to start, sail the course and finish” in the medal race to take the gold. He did that with ease sailing conservatively with a come from behind second in the medal race to cement his series win from Croatian Tonci Stipanovic who was also silver medalist in Rio and Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard.


“Probably relief,” was his first emotion after securing the Olympic crown. “It has been quite a long journey and a particularly stressful week. It wasn’t the ideal start to a regatta, so I couldn’t have felt better than locking away a gold medal before the Medal Race.”


Australian Sailing reports the man behind Australia’s three consecutive Laser gold medals is master coach Michael Blackburn. Michael is a four times Australian Laser Standard Champion and also a World Champion 2006 and bronze Olympic medalist in 2000.


“Quite a thrill to get it done early,” Blackburn said before today’s Medal Race. “It has been a goal of mine to have someone win the regatta before the medal race, because the medal races can be a bit iffy sometimes. To get it done in such a good style and quite unexpectedly is quite the thrill.”


See photos of Matt and Mara Stransky from World Sailing Here.


See Tom Slingsby’s terrific tribute to Matt Wearn and Michael Blackburn Here.

Matt Wearn takes Gold

Matt Wearn is assured of GOLD with a race to spare.  Matt will officially be crowned Olympic Champion when he contests his Medal Race on Sunday as he has an insurmountable 22-point lead after 10 races. The result table is Here.


It was a tough day on the water for all. Matt posted a 12 and 8 in the light conditions on Friday (Races 9 and 10) after two wins on Thursday.  Unfortunately for him Cypriot Pavlos Kontides carded a 28th in race 10 which put him out of range of Matt going into the medal race on Sunday. According to the SIs Matt needs only to “make a genuine effort to start, sail the course and finish” in the medal race to take the gold.


“It was a tough day of racing, but I am happy to finish off with that. And yeah, I’m going to be a Gold Medallist.”
“I am still processing it myself,” said Matt’s dad Brad Wearn after the final race. “It’s his destiny. This has been his goal since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. We are just so proud of him, he’s pushed himself so hard and has been surrounded by great people along the way.”
Wearn wont be able to celebrate with family tonight, and making things more difficult is that COVID protocols will also prevent him from celebrating with fiancée Emma Plasschaert who is sailing the Laser Radial for Belgium at these Games.


Mara Stransky saved the best to last in her first Olympic campaign today. She set aside some earlier disappointment to put together the race day of her life, finishing her regatta with a third and a win in the final fleet race.


The great final day lifted Mara to a creditable 14th in the red hot fleet.


The scheduled medal race times on Sunday are Men 15.30 AEST and Women 16.30 AEST.



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Olympic Sailing Updates


You can follow the Olympic sailing events in Enoshima on the following.


Stream video 7plus  Sailing Channel

Get free 7plus Olympic Channels

Live Tracking

World Sailing Olympic Site

Olympic Sailing Results

Racing Schedule and Course Location

Australian Sailing Team Facebook

Australian Sailing Team Twitter


Check our Olympics page for on site updates and information or click the right hand menu tab.


See photos of Matt and Mara from World Sailing Here.


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New Dates Men’s and Masters Worlds in Barcelona

Barcelona_Worlds_LogoDue to concerns of travel restrictions to Spain the ILCA has changed the dates of the Standard Men’s and Masters World Championships.


  • 2021 ILCA 7 (Standard) Men’s World Championship – 03-10 November 2021 (previously 09-16 September 2021)
  • 2021 ILCA Masters World Championships – 11-20 November 2021 (previously 17-26 September 2021)

The events will be held at the same venue – the Barcelona International Sailing Center in Barcelona, Spain.


Due to this change, the late application period has been reopened and the Entry Closing Date has been postponed. Details are posted on the ILCA web site.


Eight Bells – Bruce Kirby


Bruce KirbyBruce Kirby Canadian born sailing legend and designer of many boats including the Laser passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age.


Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. We was a pioneering sailing journalist, editor of One-Design and Off-Shore Yachtsman, which is still going today as Sailing World magazine.


A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15 he went on to become a world-class sailor and Olympian. He represented Canada in the 1956, 1964, and 1968 Olympics.


As well as designing the Laser some background of which you can find Here Bruce’s design career included a multitude of successful classes such as the Sonar, Kirby 25 and Ideal 18, America’s Cup Twelve Meters, production racer/cruisers and offshore racing boats.

Following Olympic Sailing

Olympic_Sailing_Logo_Circle_V2After a years delay and considerable uncertainty the Tokyo Olympics will kick off with the opening ceremony from 9pm AEST on Friday, July 23.


Sailing will commence on the 25th of July, with the medal races taking place from 31 July to 4 August. The schedule and Olympic sailing team information is Here.  Sailing is scheduled between 1.00pm and 7.00pm AEST each day.


Channel 7 has the broadcast and streaming rights to the Olympics in Australia. Highlight sports will largely be shown on 7′s free to air channels. In addition there are 7plus apps which will have over 40 channels streaming live action from the Games. You can download the 7plus iOS or Android app free from the App Store or Google Play Store. To view sailing simply log in to the app on your smartphone, tablet, go to the Olympics section and browse the streams to find sailing. You will then be able to watch the live action.



You can also access the Olympics streams on your computer. Right now the best place to go is 7plus.com.au/Olympics. Shortly before the Games sport specific pages will be launched. The one for sailing will be 7plus.com.au/olympic-games-tokyo-sailing.


You can also get 7plus on Fetch TV, Telstra TV, Apple TV 4th Gen+, Chromecast, Android TV, Samsung TV, Sony Linux TV, LG TV (2016 and later) and Playstation 4.


World Sailing has setup a site with all the Tokyo Olympic Sailing information at https://tokyo2020.sailing.org/news/ . You can subscribe on this site to get updates and results.


Best wishes to our 13 Olympic sailors and the entire 472 Australians who will compete in Tokyo. It has been a tough preparation for most of these athletes. There are links to the profiles of the 13 Australian Olympic sailors Here. Just click the photo to see the profile.


Australian Sailing says “Australia has a rich history of success in Olympic sailing and this year is no different with a number of strong Gold Medal chances alongside some young and emerging talent. Our Laser, Men’s 470 and Nacra 17 classes were all in the medals the last time they competed at a World Championships, and you can write off the other classes at your own risk. All our competitors have strong podium results on the international stage and it is the Olympics – anything can happen and probably will.”


Southeast Sailboats in the UK has a race track conditions and form guide for the Laser Men’s event Here and World Sailing has the guide to the top ranked Laser Women Here.

Mara Stransky & Matt Wearn in stronger conditions than are likely in Enoshima

Mara Stransky & Matt Wearn in stronger conditions than are likely in Enoshima

Two Single Handers Going Two Up to the Gold Coast

Disco Trooper Big & Small

Disco Trooper Big & Small


When too much sailing is never enough DBSC masters sailor Jules Hall and RPAYC and Avalon SC GM Jan Scholten are off at the end of the month (COVID permitting) to the Gold Coast via the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race in the two handed division.


The two normally battle it out on the Laser Masters race track but for this event they will be sailing Jules’ J/99 Disco Trooper Contender Sailcloth.


There is more on the CYC site Here.


SPLM Replaced With Open Two Day Event

QLA_LogoDue to the COVID-19 situation Queensland Laser Association has decided to replace the South Pacific Laser Masters Regatta with a weekend open (all ages) regatta on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July. This is similar to the situation last year. All entries for SPLM will be refunded.


A NOR for the replacement two day five race event has been issued Here. You can enter Here. Entry is $50.


Entries will be refunded if COVID restrictions do not allow the regatta to go ahead.


There is an opportunity for coaching on Friday 9th July before the event. Details of the coaching are in the NoR as is the email for expression of interest.


QLA says “Please go ahead and enter the event if you can, we would love to see you there! Last year we ended up with around 60 entries in similar circumstances.”

50th Anniversary Bash on Sydney Harbour


The Laser 50th Anniversary Event was held on Sydney Harbour on Sunday 20th June. The fleet of over 110 boats enjoyed the 10 -18 knots of breeze to complete the course from Farm Cove in front of the Opera House to Watsons Bay.


A number of interstate sailors who planned to participate were deterred by the mini COVID outbreak some others by the early start and the cold and rain. Those who did brave the conditions had a great time on the water and enjoyed the festivities, BBQ and prize draw back at Double Bay Sailing Club afterwards.


Pictured above is part of the fleet led by 13 times Laser World Masters Champion Brett Beyer sailing the prize 50 Anniversary gold boat donated by PSA. NB Sailsports also donated three ILCA sails for the draw.


Photos below are of Frant Bucek sailing his 1974 vintage Laser. The boat Frant insists is quite sound despite its years. The same could be said of many of the masters sailors on the day. The other is Peter (Pedro) Stephinson  sailing with Michael Blackburn’s sail and a boat from the Sydney Olympics in 2000. These Olympics were sailed on much the same water as the 50th event. Photos are by Aero Media


There are lots of photos taken by Jon West which can be viewed and purchased from his web site Here.


Story carried by Sail World is Here. Jeff Loosemore’s video perspective is Here.


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Laser 50th Celebration Event on Sunday 20th June at DBSC

50th Birthday_LogoThe Laser 50th Anniversary event is on this Sunday 20th June from Double Bay Sailing Club. If you had registered for the original date (30 May) you will have been contacted by DBSC. Please register if you had not done so before. Registration and detail information on the event are on the DBSC site Here.


The Sailing Instructions for the event are Here.


A BBQ will be held at DBSC after sailing and is free to all event participants and volunteers. Shared dollies will be available for visitors to use.


PSA and NB Sailsports have generously donated prizes for participation in the event. These will be awarded via a random prize draw after the Event at DBSC. Attendance at DBSC is encouraged, but is not required, to claim prizes.


PSA has donated a special edition gold ILCA hull to commemorate the Event, with hull number 218850. That donated boat will be offered as a hull-swap prize to the first name drawn at random. NB has donated three ILCA sails (the winner can choose 4.7, Radial, or Standard). Those donated sails will be offered one-each to the next three names drawn at random.


We are hoping to get 200 boats to make a great spectacle. DBSC have arranged to shoot video and drone footage with the bridge and Opera House as a backdrop. This record will be added to a collection of events being run around the world to commemorate this the 50th year of the Laser.


DBSC have done a fantastic job organising and publicising this event. Please come along and support them.

2022 Australian Open & Youth Championships NoR – Entries and Charters

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The 2022 Australian Laser Open & Youth Championship will be held at Fremantle Sailing Club WA between 1 to 8 January 2022.


The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter from 1 July Here.


A limited number of charter boats are available for the event from NB Sailsports. If you need a charter get in an reserve yours on the NB Sailsports web site Here


There is more information about Australian Championship events and their venues on the Australian Laser Championships web site.


Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.

Downwind Speed Tips from Brett Beyer

There is a very good You Tube video interview with Brett Beyer it has some great tips on getting to the bottom mark faster HERE.


If you wonder why they are improving so much a lot of the Double Bay Sailing Club folks are participating the club’s very active coaching programs run by Brett. If you or your club have a need for speed (and who doesn’t) contact Brett. Brett’s email is in the photo below.


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