NSW ACT Laser Association

State Championships Georges River – 9th and 10th November


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.


For the NSW & ACT States the Notice of Race is HERE and you can enter online HERE or at Georges River SC on Saturday until 11.30am.


Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE.

Coast Championships Gosford SC

Radials GSC Coasts

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


Change Metropolitan Championship Date to 1-2 February 2020

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.

Coast Championships Gosford 12-13 October

Jordan Makin Radial Winner at Coasts Gosford 2017

Jordan Makin Radial Winner at Coasts Gosford 2017

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.


Our State Championships are at Georges River Sailing Club 9-10 November. The NoR for this event is 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.

2019 Women’s Regatta DBSC a Great Success

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The Women’s Laser Regatta last weekend hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club was again a great success and was fully subscribed.


Eminent coaches included Karyn Gojnich, a triple Olympian; Krystal Weir, a double Olympian, and Katie Spithill were joined by DBSC’s Marlena Berzins and Charlotte Alexander. Louise Davis, an experienced International Race Officer from Brisbane, flew in to preside as Race Officer.


The two-day event comprised yoga each morning; an on and off the water coaching clinic; debrief and Q&A; dinner at DBSC; racing all Sunday and the prize giving.


Well done the top organising team of Clare Alexander, Christine Patton, and Christine Linhart at DBSC and to all the participants.


There is a great post on the event by Di Pearson on the DBSC web site HERE.


For full results of the regatta please click HERE. Check out the international coverage HERE and HERE.


Jon West has a web site with some terrific photos of the event HERE.

Laser Retained for 2024 Paris (Marseilles) Olympics

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After much ado the World Sailing Council last month approved the International Laser Class Association’s bid to be retained as equipment for the 2024 Paris Olympics, with 30 voting in favour, 0 against.


There is more information on the ILCA’s web site HERE.

Part of the new arrangements leading to the Laser’s Olympic retention will see some new class builders appointed – all following the strict one design principles of the past.


More information on this is in an ILCA post HERE.

NSW Youth Championships 5-7 October

Entry numbers for the NSW Youth Championships proudly presented by the Central Coast Council is building to be another great regatta at Point Wolstoncroft with many clubs organising accommodation on site.


For all the latest information on the regatta please visit AS website

Online Registration

Race Documents

Competitor Information


New add-ons at the NSW Youths are;

Race Official Seminar 4 October @ 7pm in the Lakeview Building at Point W

With Peter Merritt – Chair of the Nationals Racing Rules and Officials Committee presenting on the latest trends from WS, scenarios and Q & A.  No need to register for this event it’s free to all interested in Race Management.


She Sails – Race Officials Course 6 Oct 12:30 – 15:30 hrs at Point W

This course for women who have a keen interest in sailing and want to participate in another facet of the sport.  Those who may be interested in becoming a Race Officer include parents who may have limited experience with sailing and want to contribute to the sport.  Limited spots available.


>> Click Here to register

RSYS Youth Camp

RSYS has invited all Laser Youth sailors to a 2.5 day camp starting Monday Sept 30 1200 - Wednesday Oct 2 1630.


This will be a great opportunity to hang out with your friends at RSYS and have a great time on the water.


Its a great chance to get a final tune up and last little bit of practice from some great coaches in Mike Leigh, Marlena Berzins and Oskar Hansen depending on numbers.


Any questions contact Locky



You can register HERE.


Oceania Fiji Event Now Open to All Ages


“Fiji is very excited to host the Fiji Oceania Masters out of the stunning Sofitel Resort and Spa on Denarau Island from the 12th to the 18th of October 2019.


Due to popular demand and to assist Fiji Laser sailors with exposure to international competition the event is now open to all age groups.


Come and sail in the Masters and bring your family to compete as well. The regatta will consist of 10 races with a compulsory lay day on Wednesday the 16th. On the lay day all competitors and family members are invited to Malamala Beach Club for a day of relaxation and to rest the body and mind before the final two days of racing.
The Sofitel has great deals for competitors and there is a wide range of accommodation options in the area to fit every budget.
Further details can be found on the web site www.oceanialaserchamps.com We look forward to welcoming you all in the Fijian Bula Spirit – don’t miss out.


Class Rules Change Voted In

ILCA_New_Logo_S80% of sailors voted “Yes” in the recent class rule change ballot. A 2/3rd vote for the change was required for it to be carried.


The turn out was particularly high in all the Australian Districts with 2/3rds of members casting a vote – so thanks to everyone who took the trouble to vote.


Information on the ballot outcome is on the ILCA web site HERE.


As was predicted the Laser builders and trade mark holders, due to their divergent commercial interests, did not reach any agreement to World Sailing’s new FRAND supply arrangements by the WS deadline 1 August. Thus the change to the class rules (ILCA’s Plan B) and the “Yes” vote have saved the day for Laser Olympic retention.


Following is the text of a post on the position “World Sailing (WS) can confirm the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has signed the required Olympic Classes Contract by the 1 August deadline and has also submitted additional information about the arrangements for the Class. The position has been discussed at a recent meeting of the World Sailing Board and it has requested clarification from ILCA in a small number of areas. The WS Board will then officially communicate to WS Council its position.”


ILCA still has a mountain of work before it to deliver on the new WS Olympic agreement and the FRAND equipment supply arrangements however barring any last minute hiccups our Olympic status should be retained.


Entries Opening for 2020 Worlds Sandringham

ILCA_New_Logo_SApplications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 20 August 2019:


2020 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

2020 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship


For all three Championships, the deadline for receiving applications is 1 October 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time (14:59 2 October AEST ).


If you would like to compete in one of these Championships, you are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available.


Ranking for these events for Australian sailors is described in the post HERE.


The Men’s Standard and Women’s Radial World events will have tightly limited entry however we expect that all sailors who wish to compete and who place a timely entry will be offered a place in the Men’s Radial World event.

Fiji Oceania Masters 2019 12 to 18 October 2019

It is on again the Laser event in paradise the Fiji Oceania Laser Masters. This year the event is from 12th to 18th October 2019 from the Sofitel Resort Denarau Island Fiji.

The Notice of Race is HERE. It contains information on entry and charter conditions for the event. Charter boats are one use PSA supplied.

You can enter online HERE. Entry is $330 which included event shirt and opening function and gala three course presentation dinner. At the same time as you enter you can book and pay for your Laser charter. You can pay a deposit of $300 to secure your Laser with the balance $1,200 payable at the same link by the end of August 2019.

The there is lots of resort accommodation available close by and more economical places to stay not far away. The Sofitel Denarau Island has some special rates available for sailors and their families. Competitors can use the code SFLASERS2019 for a special rate when booking at the Sofitel for the event.

You can get the feel of the event from the video taken last year HERE.

Watch out for more information on the event web site at https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/

Australian Laser Championships Entry & Gold Sponsorship

Summer_2020_LogoPerformance Sailcraft Australia PSA is offering early entrants in the 2020 Australian Championships 1-8 January at Sandringham the chance to win a brand new Laser with carbon top section, a beach dolly and the winner’s choice of rig. To be in the draw you need to enter the Australian Championships before August 31.


The Notice of Race for 2020 Australian Laser Championships is HERE. You can enter  HERE. The event web site is  https://www.auslasernationals.com.au


Associated with the  Australian Championships and the Summer of 2020  Laser events the VLA are offering until 31 July Individual Gold Sponsorships at a cost of $250.


By taking out a gold sponsorship you will go into the draw to win a new carbon top section, get a 5% discount on your own entries for the 2020 events, receive an embroidered polo shirt and bath towel and get 50 PSA points to spend with them. You will also be helping the VLA in staging these events. Details are in the flyer HERE. You can obtain a gold sponsorship HERE.


If you plan to enter the Australian Championships, Sail Melbourne or any of the 2020 Laser World Championship events we suggest you visit www.laser2020.com . From there you can download the Laser2020 app or go to AppStore HERE PlayStore HERE. With the app you can sign up to receive newsletters which will contain updates on the events, guides to sailing at both Sandringham and Geelong, information on the social program, special offers on tours and sightseeing, and valuable sailing tips from expert coaches.

Ahoy Sailors – Women’s Laser Regatta DBSC 28-29 September

Header Womens Regatta 2019

The Women’s Laser Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club is on again this year. This is a sailing regatta run by women, coached by women and sailed in by women and girls on the wonderful waters of Sydney Harbour!

Save the Dates 28-29 September.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE  You can get more information and sign up for the event HERE . There is a limit of 50 places so get in quick!

This is an important women’s initiative support by the NSW/ACT Laser Association, NB Sailsports, MUSTO and many more sponsors. If you missed it last year – you won’t want to miss it again – jump on board for a weekend of sailing, coaching, racing, yoga, dinner, organic juices and treats, and the all-important gourmet chefs dinner and fireside chat with inspirational speakers and lots more!

The flyer with more information and contacts is HERE.

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