98 Lasers competed in the Laser Metropolitan Championships at Double Bay over the weekend 1-2 February.
The first three races on Saturday saw a classic Sydney Harbour NE’er around 20 knots with gusts to 30 knots as recorded at the BoM weather station on the west harbour wedding cake. There was lots of chop from the marine traffic and the wind and a lot of activity on the harbour only some of which was under full control. Three races were completed.
Day two saw a S to SE with the first race run in Double Bay. This proved problematic so R.O. Andrew McLachlan moved the show to Rose Bay which offered a better breeze. The breeze was quite tricky but as usual the top sailors almost always managed to hit the right side of the big shifts.
In the 4.7′s Ethan Lozevski from Dobroyd Aquatic Club and WSC managed to win in a tight series. Ethan had no wins but a very consistent five second places. Second was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and DBSC and a point behind in third was Olivia Williams from RPAYC.
The Radials were dominated by Otto Henry WSC/DBSC/RSYS. Otto had four wins and two seconds. Daniel Costandi RSYS/DBSC/GRSC was a very consistent second from Jack Ferguson RSYS/DBSC/WSC. Evie Saunders was the first female finishing 5th. World GGM Champion Jeff Loosemore was the best of the masters and was 4th Radial overall.
Brett Beyer WSC won five of the Standard rig races and dominated this fleet. Fredrik Westman who is visiting from Finland and sailing from WSC was second in every race except Race 4 in which he beat Brett. DBSC local Luke Parker had a consistent series beating fellow club mate and Laser State Championship winner Campbell Patton.
The results for the event are HERE.
Finally the long awaited carbon Radial bottom mast section has been approved for use.
The new mast section can be used from February in Club and District events and from September (after the Olympics) for National, Regional, World and Olympic events. This means the carbon lower section can’t be used in the World Laser Masters or National Masters events in Geelong.
The cost of the new section will be around $1,300 – current aluminium section is $440.
A great chance for competitive Laser racing on iconic Sydney Harbour.
You will be able to park in the Double Bay Public School grounds opposite Steyne Park for $20 cash at the gate for both days. Free parking is very scarce otherwise in the area. Trailers can be left overnight on Steyne Park – there will not be any security which has not been a problem in the past.
The club will be running catering on both days and breakfast on Sunday. Drinks will available après race on Saturday. Check out the Double Bay Sailing Club web site HERE for more updates.
We will have the option to sign on and off via SMS 0477 647 537. Sailors who have pre-entered online can deploy from other harbour clubs for the event.
They have posted a 100 minute video of the event on Vimeo so you can see some of the great insights presented in Tom’s unassuming style.
You can see the video HERE
For the Australian Championships at Sandringham in January out of 274 boats entered some 97 corrections where required at measurement. The most common issues were sail numbers and national codes (21), rudder angle (14), rudder or centreboard too thick (19).
It is likely that the boats presented for measurement for the World Masters in Geelong will have similar (or possibly worse) compliance.
Now is a good time to check your boat against the class rules. Sail number and national code (AUS) specifications are HERE . For the Worlds all boats have to have their AUS affixed in the right place and a correct full Laser number.
The specifications for centreboards and rudders are HERE We will have a rudder and centreboard gauge available at both the Metropolitan Championships Double Bay and the State Masters at Lake Jindabyne so sailors can check out their blade thickness and rudder angle.
It is a World Championship at Geelong and Laser is a strict one design class. Check your boat and expect no mercy at measurement and you won’t be disappointed.
In November 2018, World Sailing approved its Olympic Equipment Strategy, which requires that any interested party who meets the necessary technical qualifications must be allowed to manufacture and sell Olympic equipment.
Seven manufacturers are now being offered provisional licenses to move forward in the builder application process. The manufacturers approved to move forward in the application process are:
- Devoti Sailing s.r.o. (Poland)
- Element 6 Evolution Co Ltd (Thailand)
- Nautivela srl (Italy)
- Ovington Boats Ltd (United Kingdom)
- Qindao Zou Inter Marine Co., Ltd (China)
- Rio tecna srl (Argentina)
- Zim Sailing (United States)
In addition in December 2019 ILCA offered UK based builder Laser Performance an agreement allowing them if they choose to be re-instated as a builder. The other two existing builders Performance Sailcraft Australia and Performance Sailcraft Japan remain as fully qualified builders.
Because the Laser trademark is held by other parties the boats and equipment from the new builders will be ILCA trade marked.
The builders won’t have designated territories so any builder can sell to anyone in the World if they choose. This open market should put downward pressure on price and eradicate pockets of Laser supply drought.
There is more information on this change and the new builder selection process on the ILCA web site HERE
The Australian Laser Championships were sailed between 3rd and 8th January at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne with 264 competitors from 26 countries competing. The Nationals attracted many of the very best Laser sailors in the World so the standard of racing was very high.
The event is the first of a string of big Laser events including the Men’s Standard and Women’s and Men’s Radial World Championships at Sandringham in February and the Oceania and Australian and later World Laser Masters events in March at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Victoria.
Conditions where quite variable and at times challenging as Port Phillip can be. Conditions ranged from bush fire smoke affected days with light and variable winds on two days to steady winds with ideal sailing conditions and then a testing 18-25 knot south-westerly day to conclude the series. Day 2 was blown out with a strong south-west front moving over the course at start time and blowing all day. Unusually there were no sea breeze days for the whole series. The conditions were a really good test and as is often the case the top sailors managed a string of consistent places with a sprinkling of brilliance.
11 of the schedule 12 races were completed.
In the Standard rigs Australian 2020 Olympic representative and World ranked number two Matt Wearn had the series won with a race to go. This was Matt’s 5th National title. Second was World ranked number three New Zealander Sam Meech followed by his countryman George Gautrey. Mathew finished just ahead of the Kiwi duo in the 2019 Laser Worlds in Sakaiminato, Japan in July. The 2019 Worlds event was won by the 2019 National Champion and 2016 Australian Rio Olympic gold medalist Tom Burton who did not contest the National Championship.
Eight of the top ten places in the 126 boat Radial event were filled by the very talented women sailors. These were headed by two Netherlands sailors Marit Bouwmeester and up and coming Maxime Jonker who went head to head with Marit winning by just four points after a bullet in the final race.
Brody Riley from Victoria was third – a great result leading up to the Men’s Radial Worlds on the same race track in February. Queenslander Mara Stransky won a cube for fifth and was the first Australian women. Mara, who was also the first Australian woman in the 2019 Nationals in Devonport, started this series with a bang with two bullets on day 1 and looking forward to the Radial Women’s Worlds in February her form is excellent.
The 79 boat 4.7 fleet was dominated by Team Singapore’s Jonathan Lio. Jonathon won 7 of the 11 races in all conditions to be comfortably ahead of fellow Team Singapore sailor Russell Yom. First Australian was third placed Toby Coote from WA and the first female was 2019 National 4.7 Champion Queenslander Kristen Wadley. Kristen was 7th in this event.
You can see write ups of the event on the Laser 2020 event web site HERE.
A nice piece on 7th January by Luke Parker from Double Bay Sailing Club caught our eye. Luke reported;
Showing his trademark speed off the line, commitment and determination, Mark announced his engagement to the wonderful Jill Blaufelder at 6.50pm and they were married by 6.54pm!!!!
A 4 minute engagement is a target to aspire for.
To be honest, I’ve had first tacks off the start line that have taken longer.
Along with all the well wishers present, all at DBSC wish Mr & Mrs B a long and happy life together.
The club are planning to celebrate with a short tribute and slide show on Saturday 14th December. Following the 6pm presentation there will be a BBQ.
Any past or present Laser sailors that may know Arnold are welcome to come and join the fun.
Photo right of Arnold Lasering on the Lane Cove River.
Maybe we need a new age division Grand Legend for Arnold.
Photo by Jon West – Campbell Patton Standard Rig Laser State Champion
98 Lasers competed in the NB Sailsports NSW & ACT State Championships at Georges River Sailing Club over the weekend of 9-10 November.
The six scheduled races were completed in nice SE breezes ranging between 8 and 14 knots.
The small but competitive fleet of 4.7′s had some great racing with the ultimate winner Ethan Lozevski from Woollahra SC and Dobroyd AC. Second was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and Double Bay SC and third a visitor from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Hamish Cowell. First female was fourth placed Olivia Williams from RPAYC.
The Radial fleet of 52 saw some very tight racing and lots of black flag starts. The winner by just two points was Jack Littlechild from RSYS, DBSC and RANSA. Second was Daniel Costandi RSYS, DBSC and GRSC and third was Sofiane Karim a visitor from Société des Régates d’Antibes - Côte d’Azur France. First female was fifth place Marlena Berzins from RSYS and DBSC.
The convincing winner in the Standards was Campbell Patton from DBSC. Campbell won five of the six races and dropped his worst place 2nd. Second was Gavin Blake also from DBSC followed by a strong supporter of our events Victorian Steve Gunther from Port Melbourne YC. Behind Campbell there was very close racing with just six points between 2nd and 6th place.
The full results for the event are:
There are lots of photos of the event by Jon West HERE.
The smiling Radial winners – Photo by Jon West
The NSW & ACT Laser Association AGM was held at the State Championship venue Georges River Sailing Club at 9.00am on Sunday 10th November 2019.
The minutes of the meeting and Chairman’s Report are HERE.
Congratulations to the newly elected executive of the Association who are listed in the minutes and on this web site on the Contacts tab.
The NSW & ACT Laser States are 9th and 10th November at Georges River Sailing Club.
This is always a hotly contested event with over 100 sailors competing. This year on the open waters of Botany Bay it will be a cracker.
This year’s event will be a great lead up to the incredible series of Laser National, Regional and Worlds in Victoria early in 2020. These events are listed on our Events Page HERE. All the information about them is on the Laser 2020 web site HERE or from the Laser 2020 app (Android and iOS).
Another lead up event is the Victorian States (Open and Masters) 23 & 24 November at the Worlds venue Sandringham YC – full details are HERE.
Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE.
Photo by Jane Humphris above shows some of the close racing in the Radials
71 Lasers competed in the Coast Championships at Gosford Sailing Club over the weekend 12-13 October.
The winds tested both the sailors and the race officials however in the end five of the scheduled six races were completed with some great tight racing in all three fleets.
In the 4.7′s Xavier RSYS sailors Xavier McLachlan and Kane Sablatnig finished level on 8 points with Xavier winning on a count back. Olivia Williams from RPAYC was not far behind in third.
It was almost as close in the Radials with Otto Henry from WSC beating Jordon Makin from Belmont 16′s by just one point. Daniel Costandi from RSYS and GRSC was third.
Brett Beyer WSC convincingly won the Standards from Jan Scholten RPAYC and Avalon SC with Luke Parker DBSC in third.
The full results for series are HERE.
Some.photos from the event by Jane Humphris are HERE
We have to change the dates for our Metropolitan Championships at Double Bay Sailing Club from 29 February – 1 March 2020 to 1-2 February due to SailGP’s late arrangement to run their Sydney leg on 28-29 February 2020.
SailGP recently gained approval from RMS to close the Harbour on their race days and despite RMS having approved our event and date almost a year ago we have to move to accommodate the (not so well organised) multi-million dollar event.
Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks to Double Bay Sailing Club for their making the change which itself had to fit around the busy Harbour schedule at the time including the RANSA regatta and the 18 footer’s JJ Giltinan Worlds.
With a big year coming up for Laser sailing our NSW & ACT events kick off on 12-13 October with the Coast Championships Regatta at Gosford Sailing Club. The Notice of Race for this event is HERE , The Sailing Instructions are HERE and you can enter HERE.
These events along with the State Masters at Lake Jinbabyne Sailing Club 8-9 February will be great preparation for the Australian, Regional and World Championships coming up in Victoria in 2020. Dates, venues and web links for all the events are on the Events Page of this site.
Don’t forget to enter in any or all the Laser events anywhere in the World you need to renew your district membership (it runs from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020). Our membership fee ($20 for sailors under 21 and $40 above 21) goes mostly towards the International and Australian Laser Class Associations and the more members we have in Australia the more places we are allocated in the limited entry World championship events. You can renew or join online HERE.