Sad news today confirming that Ruth McCance has been killed in an avalanche, while climbing in the Nanda Devi National Park in the Indian Himalayas.
Ruth as well as being an adventurer was an active Laser sailor and member of Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club where she will be greatly missed. She also sailed Ynglings and big boats from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
On May 19th the World Sailing Council voted to retain the Laser and Laser Radial Class boats as equipment for the Men’s and Women’s One-Person Dinghy events for the 2024 Olympics.
Full approval for the 2024 Games is now contingent on the relevant parties agreeing to the terms of the Olympic Classes Contract by August 1, 2019.
Included in this new Olympic Classes Contract is a requirement that if the boat or equipment is protected by patents, trademarks (as Laser is) or other intellectual property, the owner of the IP rights is required to grant a license to any qualified new manufacturer on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (known as ‘FRAND’).
World Sailing is leading discussions with ILCA and the builders with the goal of obtaining agreement on the Olympic Classes Contract and implementing a FRAND compliant licensing policy before August 1, 2019.
Obtaining agreement with the current builders, the IP rights holders will allow the class to remain Olympic and to continue under the Laser brand name.
ILCA has a Plan B which would remove the requirement for the boats and equipment to be provided by Laser trade mark holders. This Plan B would only be enacted if the builders and trade mark holders do not agree to the WS set terms and deadline of 1 August 2019.
Plan B requires a class rule change which it self needs a vote and 2/3rd majority approval by class members. ILCA has said that they will delay putting the rule change proposal to the vote until no agreement with the builders to WS’s terms and deadline is possible.
There is a more detailed update on the ILCA web site HERE.
There is a comprehensive description HERE by ILCA President Tracy Usher covering the issues and ILCA action on Plan A and what will be needed for Plan B. Either course of action if implemented by August 1, 2019 would see the Laser retained in the Olympics in 2024.
Ice breaker sailing is what they have in the deep north in winter whereas here this week we have 25 degrees. OK so maybe Australian ice melts at a much higher temperature.
Well whatever the following local Laser winter events are planned or underway;
- 2019 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series RPAYC Pittwater – details HERE
- 2019 Pleasant Sunday Morning Frostbite Series Hunters Hill Sailing Club – details HERE
- Winter Series Double Bay Sailing Club – details HERE
- Winter Series Gosford Sailing Club Saturdays 11,25 May, 15,29 June, 13,27 July – start 1.00pm
- 12-15 July South Pacific Laser Masters Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron NoR HERE entries HERE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Lesley Fasala AS Manager Regattas and Events firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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”.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.