NSW ACT Laser Association

World Sailing Votes to Retain Laser for 2024 Olympics

World_Sailing_LogoWorld Sailing Council meeting in London on Sunday 19th May decided to retain the Laser as the Olympic one person dinghy equipment for 2024 Paris Olympics.


The previous day the World Sailing Equipment Committee had met, also in London, and voted to recommend to the World Sailing Council that the RS Aero be selected for Paris 2024 Olympics. Their voting was 9 for Aero, 3 for Laser and no votes for either the D-Zero or Melges 14.


This followed tenders from 8 classes of boat and sea trials and detail evaluation of four (Laser, Aero, D-Zero and Melges 14) by an Evaluation Panel. The Evaluation Panel’s report HERE concluded that the Aero and Laser were suitable Olympic equipment but it scored the Aero higher on most of its criteria.


The recommendation from the Equipment Committee was rejected by the 19th May World Council meeting and so the process moved to a ballot where World Council Members cast votes on the four boats. The results of these votes were;

  • Men’s Dinghy 36 for Laser 5 for Aero and none for D-Zero and Melges 14
  • Women’s Dinghy 37 for Laser 4 for Aero and none for D-Zero and Melges 14


The International Laser Class Association on 20 May said the following;

“The vote was an important milestone but is not the end of the process. All contractual agreements must be successfully concluded by 1 August or the council will select new Equipment. ILCA has been working to ensure that the class is able to implement World Sailing’s FRAND compliance policy, which is a requirement for Olympic Equipment.

ILCA is looking forward to a scheduled meeting later this week (22 May) with representatives of World Sailing, Performance Sailcraft Australia, Performance Sailcraft Japan, and LaserPerformance to look for ways we can move forward together for the benefit of sailors and the sport worldwide.”


More information is on the World Sailing website HERE.

South Pacific Laser Masters 12-15th July RQYS

RQYS_Logo_WThe SPLM is on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly between 12th and 15th July.


This is always a great winter event and a chance to escape to the warmer, beautiful one day perfect the next, Queensland weather.


The Notice of Race for the event is HERE.


Entries can be placed online HERE.


Entry prior to 5 July $195 and $245 if later.


The event is preceded by a Laser Forum on Thursday evening 11 July at the club.


The flyer for the event is HERE.

Class Name Change ILCA Press Release

ILCA_New_Logo_SThe ILCA yesterday issued a press release detailing the earlier signalled name change for the Laser.


The need for the change comes following last month’s termination of the European based Laser builder Laser Performance LP. LP holds the trade mark name Laser and the Laser star burst logo in its previous supply area which is everywhere except Oceania Japan and Korea. There would be trade mark issues if boats supplied by a builder other than LP were to be supplied with the name Laser or the star burst logo anywhere outside of Oceania, Japan and South Korea.


Forthwith boats will be supplied from PSA, Performance Sailcraft Japan and new builders as they are added with the name ILCA Dinghy and the ILCA logo as used by ILCA and registered some time ago.


The ILCA press release HERE explains the name change and the post HERE answers frequently asked questions on how the builder and name changes will impact and be managed in the class.


There is more information on why the change has been necessary and the local impacts. You can see it on the ALCA web site HERE.


ILCA will seek member approval of the name and logo change. If it is approved it will be sent to World Sailing for formal approval. The process and the reasons for it are outlined in more detail on the ILCA web site HERE.

ILCA Seeking New Laser Class Builders

ILCA_New_Logo_SILCA has today announced that it is seeking new builders to complement its existing network of Laser manufacturers.


The move comes after longtime builder of the class dinghy, Laser Performance (Europe) Limited (LPE), breached the terms of the Laser Construction Manual Agreement (LCMA), which seeks to ensure the identical nature of all Laser class boats, regardless of where they are built.


There is more information on the reasons for, and the implications of, this move on the ILCA web site HERE.


There is a Frequently Asked Question on this subject on the ILCA web site HERE.

Pacific Games Samoa 5-20 July 2019

Pacific Games Samoa_2019_LogoAustralian Sailing is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for Athletes and Support Staff to attend the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa from the 5 – 20 July, 2019.


A selection criteria is now available on the AS Youth website outlining the criteria for both athletes and support staff. To be considered for the Pacific Games we ask that athletes or support staff register by the 5 April, 2019 by the close of business AEST by 1700 hrs.


Athletes  >> Click Here

Support Staff >> Click Here


If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Lesley Fasala AS Manager Regattas and Events lesley.fasala@sailing.org.au

Hunters Hill Sailing Club Sunday Morning Frostbite Series

HHSC_LogoHunters Hill Sailing Club have their Pleasant Sunday Morning Frostbite Series on the waters adjacent to Hunters Hill Sailing Club on Sunday 5 May, 2 June and 4 August 2019.


The regatta is open to all off the beach sailing classes including Lasers Standard, Radial and 4.7. There will be a mix of windward leeward and passage style racing.


Series entry is open until 4 May 2019, and must be accompanied with a series entry fee of $44 (inc GST) per boat. Entries received on or after 5 May 2019 must be accompanied by an entry fee of $22 (inc GST) per boat per race day participated in, paid at registration.


See notice of race for further details and to enter click HERE.

New Laser 2019 Pre-orders Open

Laser production capacity will be limited in the lead up to the many events in Melbourne in 2020.


PSA have opened a pre-order for new Lasers required in the 2019 lead-up and during the Melbourne events. Pre-order to guarantee your new boat delivery month.


If you are thinking about getting a new boat in this period then check the information on the PSA web site HERE and/or contact PSA or your Laser Dealer.

Entries World Masters and World Under 21 Championships


Entries will open HERE on 26th March for the Laser World Masters Championships at Port Zélande Netherlands.


Entries will open HERE on 26th March for the Laser World Under 21 Championships at Split Croatia.


The ranking for Australian entries for these events will be in accordance with ALCA Masters Ranking Policy for the World Masters and by placing in the Oceania and Australian Championships 2019 (Devonport) for the Under 21 Championships.


More information is on the ALCA web site and ILCA site.


NB Sailsports Metro Championships RPAYC

Oliver Gordon on the way to a convincing win the 4.7's

Oliver Gordon on the way to a convincing win in the 4.7′s

65 sailors braved the wet conditions at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Pittwater for the 2019 NB Sailsports Metropolitan Championships over the weekend.


While there was near record rainfall at least the wind was also in good supply from the SSE at 12-14 knots on Saturday and SW 12-16 on Sunday. The breezes were shifty with some of the Pittwater terrain adding to the challenge of working out the fastest way to the top mark.


All six races were completed on full length courses so by the end of the regatta (when the sun did shine) the sailors knew they had had a good workout.


In the 4.7′s local Oliver Gordon dominated with 5 bullets and a second as his drop. James Henderson from Lake Macquarie was consistent counting four seconds and a third for a clear second place. RPAYC’s Morgan Wells was third and the first female was Bayley Taylor also from RPAYC.


The racing in the Radials was very close with only three points separating the first four places. Otto Henry RSYS finished on top by a single point from the very consistent Zoe Thompson RFBSC WA. Otto, who was also the first under 19, won three races. Third was Mara Stransky RQYS Qld. Mara won two races and was only 2 points away from Zoe. It was great to see these top women sailors in action including Elyse Ainsworth from WA. The first under 17 Radial was Daniel Costandi RSYS/GRSC/DBSC.


In the Standard rigs the standout was local Chris Dawson RPAYC who had four bullets for a dominant win. Lorenzo Cerretelli WSC had a heat win and was otherwise very consistent to finish second from Ryan McLoughlin MHASC.


Thanks to RPAYC for their fabulous support of the Laser class and for their organisation of the event. Thanks also to Rob McMillan NB Sailsports for sponsoring the event and for coming along to sell gear in the big wet.


You can see some photos from the action at RPAYC HERE. Also Karen Taylor has posted a number of photos on Facebook as linked below;

The full results for the event are linked below;

Oliver with a little less control - He still won!

Oliver with a little less control – He still won!

NB Sailsports Metro Championships RPAYC 16-17 March


The NB Sailsports Metropolitan Championships are on 16-17th March at the fabulous Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport.


This will be another great event and as our last big event for the season not to be missed.


The Notice of Race is HERE and Sailing Instructions HERE.


Entry is $60 and $30 for sailors under 21. You can enter online HERE or at the club on Saturday between 9.30 and 11.30am.


There is a detailed Competitor Information Guide with all you need to know about the land logistics for the event HERE.


We will be running SMS sign on/off so if you are deploying from another location you can send an SMS to 0477 647 537 including the sail number/s and “sign on” or “sign off”.

State Masters Championships South Lake Macquarie ASC

Brett Beyer Standard Rig Winner - Photo by Jane Humphris

Brett Beyer Standard Rig Winner – Photo by Jane Humphris

The NSW & ACT Laser State Masters were held over the 2-3 March weekend at South Lake Macquarie ASC and what a cracker event it was.


There were 128 entries sailed in two fleets – Standard with 72 and Radial 56. There was a great representation from Queensland, Victoria and WA joining NSW and ACT sailors for the event.


The weather gods were very kind with beautiful NE breezes on both days from 12 to 16 knots – what’s not to like.


The full schedule of 6 races was completed. The conditions were kind to the race crew and RO Andrew McLachlan however the Standards tested their patience with a near to record 6 black flags in one race. It is true that the black flag finished up in lake but not true that it was thrown there by the race crew in despair at its ineffectiveness. Thanks to the sailor who fished it out and returned it to fly another day.


18 cubes were awarded in the various age divisions.


The outstanding winner in the Standards was current World Masters Champion Brett Beyer WSC who won every race. Though he was pushed at times he was always first when it mattered. David Whait from SoPYC/FSC WA also a Master was second in the standard Fleet by a tie break from Apprentice Master Nick Skulander WSC.


In the Radials GGM Jeff Loosemore MHASC/GRSC won all but the first race for a convincing fleet win. GRSC club mate Master David Early was a clear second with GM Adam French GSC third.


Vanessa Dudley was the first woman and was 4th placed overall in the Radial fleet.


The full results are linked below.

There are very many excellent photos taken by Jane Humphris which you can see at the links below – click the thumbnail to see a larger image.


Thanks to the SLMASC for their fabulous organisation of the event on the water and in feeding and watering us on the land. Thanks also to our RO Andrew McLachlan for his spot on settings and tolerance of the impetuous.

Laser State Masters South Lake Macquarie March 2nd & 3rd

SLMASC_70th_LogoMasters sailors our block buster State Masters Championship is coming up 2nd and 3rd March. This one will be at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club at Sunshine – always a great venue.


The Notice of Race for the event is HERE and the Sailing Intructions are HERE. You can enter online HERE.


As usual you can enter until 11.30am on Saturday 2nd March at the club however unless you really can’t decide sooner we would appreciate if you could use online entry as we expect to be pretty busy on the day.


SLMASC have arranged with the Lake Macquarie Council to allow us to camp (tent only – no caravans) on Friday and Saturday nights on Sunshine Park at the club. Camping fee is $30 per night (with funds going to the Council). The clubhouse toilets and showers will be available 24 hours. Please contact Diana Charlton by email at treasurer@slmasc.org if you want to book a camping spot.


On Saturday night the club is putting on a BBQ dinner for us. Nibbles, BBQ (steak & sausage) with salads, plus dessert and tea/coffee for just $20. What’s not to like.


Rob Lowndes has organised the Masters Golf event on Friday 1st March.  The prizes are not as great as those at the event with the same name at Augusta – but then nor is the expected standard of play. Details are in the post below.

Laser Masters Golf Day 1st March Morisset Country Club

golfsailorIt’s on again, the Laser Masters Golf tournament will be held on Friday, 1st March as a prelude to the weekend State Masters. Venue is Morisset Country Club at Dora Street Morisset. Cost is $28 per person for members of any golf club and $33 for non golf club members. Cart hire is $40 per cart.


Always a fun event it will be a teams based Ambrose format which means you don’t have to be a golfer (not many of us are!) but each team will have to count a certain number of drives from each member. The best drive is selected and all other players pick up their ball and place it close to the best ball. Each person then hits a second shot from the same spot and so on until holed. Teams will be selected on the day to give a spread of golf experience in each team. Also $10 entry for prize money including a nearest the pin and longest drive.


We’ll meet at noon at the club to have some lunch, select the teams and pay the green/cart hire fees (directly to the pro shop please) for a first tee time around 1:00pm. Please let Rob Lowndes know if you will be coming (text 0419 266 257 or email lowndesr@bigpond.net.au). If you would like a cart book it directly with the pro shop at 02 4973 1100.

2019/20 NSW & ACT Events


For future planning below is the list of our NSW & ACT events for next season.

2019/20 NSW & ACT Coast Championship Gosford SC 12-13 October 2019
2019/20 NSW & ACT State Championships Georges River SC 9/10 November 2019
2019/20 NSW & ACT State Masters Championships Lake Jindabyne SC 8/9 February 2020
2019/20 NSW & ACT Metropolitan Championships Double Bay Sailing Club 29 February & 1 March 2020


2019 and 2020 National, Oceania and World Laser Events

It will be a very busy year for Laser sailing in Australian in 2020 with Oceania and World  Open & Masters Championships scheduled for Sandringham and Geelong.


The list of known National, Oceania and World Laser Championship events in 2019 and 2020 is below.


Event Venue Dates Web Site

2019 Australian Oceania and World Events

2019 Australian & Oceania Championships Devonport, Tas 1-8 January 2019 https://www.auslasernationals.com.au/
2019 Australian Youth Championships Hobart, Tas 10-14 January 2019 https://www.sailingyouth.org.au/home/
2019 Standard Men’s World Championship Sakaiminato-City, Japan 2-9 July 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Radial Women’s World Championship Sakaiminato-City, Japan 17-24 July 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Radial Man’s World Championship Sakaiminato-City, Japan 17-24 July 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser Radial Youth World Championships Kingston, Canada 24-31 July 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships Kingston, Canada 16-23 August 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser Masters World Championships Port Zélande, Netherlands 5-14 September 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser Masters Oceania Fiji Championships Denarau Island, Fiji 12-18 October 2019 https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/
2019 Under 21 World Championships Split, Croatia 26 Oct – 2 Nov 2019 http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019/20 Victorian State Championships Sandringham YC Vic 23-24 November 2019 http://laser2020.com/
 2019 Sail Sydney  Woollahra SC 12-15 December 2019  https://www.revolutionise.com.au/sailsydney/

2020 Australian Oceania and World Events

2020 Australian Championships Sandringham YC Vic 1-8 January 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 Australian Youth Championships Sorrento Sailing Couta BC
10 – 14 January 2020
2020 Oceania Laser Championships  & Sail Melb Sandringham YC Vic 17-21 January 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 Standard Men’s World Championship Sandringham YC Vic 9-16 February 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 Radial Women’s World Championship Sandringham YC Vic 21-28 February 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 Radial Man’s World Championship Sandringham YC Vic 21-28 February 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Geelong YC Vic 13-18 March 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 Laser Masters World Championships Geelong YC Vic 19-28 March 2020 http://laser2020.com/
2020 4.7 Youth World Championships Arco, Italy 16-24 July 2020 http://www.laserinternational.org/

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