NSW ACT Laser Association

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/

Big VLA Events Coming Up

VLA_Logo_SmallIf too much sailing is never enough then we have two major events in Victoria which may be of interest.


2019 Victorian Laser State & Youth Championships are on 9-10 February at McCrae YC. The NoR is HERE.


2019 Victorian Masters Championships will be sailed on the same waters and at the same time as the Masters Worlds in 2020 at Royal Geelong Yacht Club. The dates are 16-17th March 2019. The NoR for the event is HERE.

Laser World Championships Entry Applications Open


World Championships Sakaiminato-City Japan


Applications for entry for the following World Championships in Sakaiminato-City Japan will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 29 January 2019:

  • 2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship
  • 2019 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship
  • 2019 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship


For all three of the above events, the deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 9 March 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time (10 March 16:59 AEDT).


ILCA World Youth Championships Kingston Canada


Applications for entry for the following Youth World Championships will be accepted beginning Thursday, 31 January 2019:

  • 2019 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
  • 2019 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships


For both of the above events, the deadline for receiving PAID applications for initial allocation of places is 20 March 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time (16:59 21 March AEDT).


Note for all these Championships


These are all limited entry events with Australia’s allocation of places filled in order of ranking. The ranking event for World Championships is the preceding Australian Laser Championships – 2019 Devonport in this case.


If you don’t apply by this deadline you have little chance of receiving and entry offer.


The ILCA event web site HERE has all the information and links to apply.

State Championships Canberra YC

71 boats competed in the NSW & ACT Laser Championships sailed from Canberra Yacht Cub over the weekend.


RO Andrew McLachlan Presents to Radial Winner Jordan Makin

RO Andrew McLachlan Presents to Radial Winner Jordan Makin

The event was is two parts Saturday when there was arguably too much breeze and Sunday when there was none.


Four races we completed for 4.7′s and Radials and three for Standard rigs on Saturday. With winds stronger than predicted – gusting to 30 knots – there were lots of oops moments and some broken gear.


On Sunday with everyone rigged and ready to roll the breeze would not play ball. Never raising above 5 knots and constantly changing in direction it gave RO Andrew McLachlan little choice and racing was called off without, as they say, troubling the scorer.


The winner of the Standard rig event was Steve Gunther from Port Melbourne Yacht Club. He won from Jeff Loosemore (MHASC/GRSC) and Canberra local Bruce Paine who was the previous winner in 2012 when the event was last held in Canberra. In the Radials Jordan Makin from Belmont 16 ft Skiff Club won from Maddie O’Shea and Zac West both from DBSC and RSYS.


It was as close as it can be in the 4.7′s with Brooke Wilson (RSYS/DBSC) and Daniel Costandi (RSYS/GRSC/DBSC) finishing on even points and places and Brooke winning on a count back. Third was Evie Saunders (RSYS/MYC/DBSC).


The final results are HERE.

State Championships Canberra Yacht Club 24-25 November

CYC_LogoThe NSW & ACT Laser State Championships will be held on Lake Burley Griffin from the Canberra Yacht Club 24th and 25th November 2018.


CYC is a fabulous club and we have been promised good sailing conditions so this is an event not to be missed.


This  is a cube event for open and youth divisions. Masters cubes will be awarded at the States at South Lakes ASC 2-3rd March 2019.


The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. Sailing Instructions are HERE.


Online entries ($60 and $30 for sailors under 21) can be placed HERE.


Following racing on Saturday competitors, family, and friends are welcome to stay on and socialise with drinks and dinner on the lakeside patio and grass of Canberra Yacht Club. Beer, wine and soft drinks can be purchased from the bar of the Club. Next door, boxed dinner of fish and chips, salads and snacks can be purchased from the Snapper on the Lake shop.  No bookings required.


The AGM of the NSW & ACT Laser Association will be held at the Camberra Yacht Club on Sunday 25th November at 9.00am. The agenda for the meeting is HERE.

NB Sailsports Coast Championships Vaucluse


83 boats competed in the NB Sailsports Coast Championships from Vaucluse Yacht Club over the weekend.



There was a strong contingent from the Harbour Clubs notably Double Bay Sailing Club and Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club.


Saturday saw a nice building Harbour NE’er which finished at 20 knots. As expected there was a lot of traffic including ferries on the race track on Saturday. Race Officer Rob Lowndes set the course dominantly in the eastern channel which kept the Manly Ferries using the western channel out of our way. The strong run out tide saw quite a few general recalls and the dreaded black flag had quite and airing. There were quite a few BFD’s and UFD’s on the score sheet.


Sunday saw an early morning southerly change which was still at 25 knots at the 11.00am start time. The rather cold and windy conditions provided good if testing conditions for Laser racing and had the added advantage, with the exception of the ferries, of our having the Harbour to our selves. The southerly did moderate slowly in the early afternoon however the scheduled three, three lap 45 minute races were completed in good time.


The star of the 4.7′s was Brooke Wilson DBSC/RSYS who finished with four bullets and two seconds. Daniel Costandi DBSC/RSYS/GRSC was second and had two wins with Evie Saunders DBSC/RSYS/MYC third.


The Radials saw an incredibly close finish with Zac West DBSC/RSYS despite having three heat wins in the end finishing only one point ahead of Mark Louis DBSC/RSYS/CYC and Otto Henry WSC. Mark was second ahead of Otto again by a single point in a tie break. Top Master sailor was Jeff Loosemore who is a GGM and finished 4th overall in the Radials including a win the last race.


The 41 boat Standard Rig Fleet was dominated by AST member Finn Alexander DBSC. Finn had a black flag in Race 1 but went on to win the next five. Second was current World Masters Champion Brett Beyer WSC who finished second to Finn in Races 2 to 6 and won Race 1. Oscar Hansen RSYS/MHAYC/DBSC was a clear third.


The full series results are HERE.


Thanks to Vaucluse Yacht Club for their great work in hosting this event. It is a great club in a beautiful location providing access to a truly iconic sailing race course.

NSW & ACT Coast Championships Vaucluse YC 27-28 October

VYC_LogoThe NSW  & ACT Coast Championship is coming up on  this weekend 27-28 October at Vaucluse Yacht Club.


This event will provide great sailing on Sydney Harbour. We will have sign on/off via SMS so sailors who enter online can conveniently deploy from their own club or from locations around the Harbour as well as from VYC.


The Notice of Race with all the details is HERE and you can enter online HERE.

Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE.


Information from VYC’s Robert Persson on parking around the club is “Parking is challenging but not insurmountable – our members manage every Saturday! There is a small parking lot next to St Marys Church (where the Scouts hall is) otherwise parking either on Hopetown Ave or Old South Head Road will be your best option. The recommendation is to get their early to allow additional time to unload/park if you intend to rig up at or near the VYC – arriving before lunch would be best as Watsons Bay fills up pretty quickly from midday onwards.”

Women’s Laser Regatta DBSC September 2018

Photo by Nic Douglas - Adventures of a Sailor Girl

Photo by Nic Douglas – Adventures of a Sailor Girl

Double Bay Sailing Club hosted the inaugural Women’s Laser Regatta on 8-9th September. It was an event intended to encourage greater female participation in the Laser class, facilitated in an environment that was supportive, informative and fun.


50 women sailors from all over Sydney and beyond attended the weekend-long event, with yoga on the deck, breakfast eggs benedict, expert coaching, inspirational dinner speakers and competitive racing.


Participants ranged from women who had not sailed for 20 years, women who had sailed other classes but never a Laser, women whose children are rising sailing stars, and a strong contingent of those young stars themselves, along with DBSC’s regular women sailors.


Event originator Clare Alexander’s full report on the event is HERE.

Time to Renew Your Laser District Membership

NSW_ACT_LogoIt is time to renew your NSW/ACT Laser Association Membership for season 2018/19. Membership runs from 1st October 2018 until 30th September 2019. You can join or renew membership online HERE or you can join or renew membership at any of our events.


If you are under 21 at 1st October 2018 then the membership fee is $20 otherwise it is $40. The majority of the funds we collect from our membership fee (75%) goes to The Australian (ALCA) and the International (ILCA) Laser Associations in the from of affiliation fees. This enables these folks to run the iconic National and World Laser Championships and to administer the Class.


Current membership of a Laser District is required for sailors to enter in our district or any national or international Laser events.


For the limited entry ILCA World Championships the number of  members we have in Australia in all our Districts is used to determine how many entry places our sailors are offered.

Balmain Regatta Entry Fee to go to Lane Cove 12′ SSC

BalmainSC_Logo2Balmain SC are donating the dinghy entry fee from their annual regatta (first run in 1849) and to be held this year on 28th October to the Lane Cove 12 Foot Skiff Sailing Club towards the reconstruction of their boat shed which was destroyed by arson attack on 16th September.


Competing dinghies are encouraged to sail from nearby inner west sailing clubs which are all in easy reach of the start line between the BSC and Cockatoo Island. Sailors and friends are invited to our post-race Beer, Band & BBQ at the BSC in Water St, Balmain.


The Notice of Race for the event is HERE.  You can enter via the BSC web site or from the link HERE.

Laser 4.7 Rookie Camp – 11&12 October Hunters Hill SC

HHSC_LogoHunters Hill Sailing Club are running a Laser 4.7 Rookie Camp on 11-12 October – the second week of the school holidays.


They have have Australian Sailing Team member Finn Alexander, himself an alumni of HHSC, and NSWIS Laser Sailor Oskar Hansen leading the program with assistance from Sylvie Stannage.


The focus will be on getting boats set up well, basic techniques explained and worked on, and getting the basics of getting that 4.7 up and boogying.


They will welcome 4.7 sailors from all clubs, and they are especially keen to give the 4.7 rookies a great introduction to our magnificent class – a dinghy for life.



Thursday 11th and Friday 12th October
Hunters Hill Sailing Club
0900-1700 hrs

Cost – HHSC Members $100 plus GST
Non HHSC Members $125 plus GST

You can book your place HERE.

Inaugural Women’s Laser Regatta DBSC 8-9 September 2018

DBSC Womens Regatta LogoHosted by Double Bay Sailing Club this is a regatta run by women, coached by women and competed in by women of all ages and skill in Laser Radial and 4.7.

The event will be on September 8 and 9, 2018.


This fabulous event will feature;

  • Coaching with Krystal Weir, Ashley Stoddart, Karyn Gojnich, Marlena Berzins.
  • Public Relations and coverage by Nic Douglas
  • Lasers for charter new and old (for those that don’t own their own)
  • Yoga on the deck each morning
  • Coaching sessions on Saturday
  • Regatta racing on Sunday with different ability fleets – AND awesome medals and prizes!
  • Inspirational Dinner with our coaches as guest speakers (come and hear their stories, things they have learnt through their own sailing careers and time for questions)
  • Photos of the sailing available for your enjoyment
  • Yummy food and organic juices
  • Regatta bags with lots of goodies AND a regatta bib
  • and any extra surprises we come up with

All for the very low price of $50 adults or $25 youth – until cut off date!

How much fun does that sound like?

If you think this could be your cup of tea please sign up now HERE


The Notice of Race for the regatta is HERE and you can enter online HERE.


See the event flyer HERE. For more information please contact Regatta Secretary: Christine Patton Email: christine@bermudamarine.bm Phone: +61408871741

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