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.
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.
Jon West has a web site with some terrific photos of the event HERE.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Performance 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.
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.
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.
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.
Well done Tom Burton and Matthew Wearn in completing an Aussie double with two Kiwis close behind in the 156 boat Laser World Championship in July in Sakaiminato-City Japan.
Tom would have enough cubes to build a reasonable size bungalow and an Olympic gold but this is his first Laser World Championship. He and Matt will be excited and can be very proud of their results. The full event results are HERE.
At the same venue later in July Zac West finished 2nd in the Men’s Laser Radial World Championship with Mark Louis not far behind him at 5th place. Full results of the Radial Worlds are HERE.
Photos above by Junichi Haria Bulkhead Magazine Japan
Voting is open until 31 July for a very important ILCA rule change.
Please vote YES to secure the future of our class and to make sure that we remain in the Olympics.
The 2019 Rule Change vote is important, as ILCA works to meet new requirements imposed by the World Sailing Council in their 2024 Olympic Equipment Policy, which includes allowing competitive supply of boats and parts by qualified builders worldwide.
The rule change is a backup if the Laser builders can’t agree to World Sailing terms for the Laser to remain an Olympic class. If the builders agree then we don’t need the rule change but if they don’t agree and we don’t change the Class rule then the Laser will be out of the Olympics after Tokyo 2020.
For reasons we struggle to understand the European Region EurILCA is recommending to its members to vote against the change. It is the their 2024 (Paris Marseilles) Olympics which the vote is aimed at keeping the Laser in – go figure.
A YES vote before 31 July will;
- Make sure that our class will remain in the Olympics.
- Allow for healthy market competition and ensure that class-legal equipment is available in ALL parts of the world.
- Give control of our class to the sailors, not the commercial parties.
For information about the proposed rule change, click on any of the following links;
There is also a link to voting on the ILCA website: www.laserinternational.org