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NB Sailsports Sprint Series RSYS Sunday 7th August



The next round of the NBSS Winter Sprint Series will be held from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Sunday 7th August with the first of the scheduled 3 races starting at 11.00 am.

The Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE.

Entry is $20 and can be made online on the NB SailSports web site HERE or up to 10.00 am in cash at RSYS.

Only two of the scheduled races have been completed for the series to date so you still have a chance of gaining a good place. You never know you could be lucky and win a brand new Laser courtesy of NB SailSports. This is the main series prize determined by a draw with tickets based on performance and the number of races sailed in the series. The draw for the new Laser and other prizes will be at the final event at Double Bay Sailing Club on 27th August.

Please note that while you can enter the RSYS through the club’s carpark to drop off or unload boats and road trailers, unless you are a RSYS member you can’t park your car there. You have to exit the club and park locally in the surrounding area. If you plan to sail over to RSYS you can sign on and off at the start boat provided you have entered online HERE.

RSYS web site may have additional information HERE.

2017 Metropolitan Championship Change of Venue


Vaucluse Yacht Club before the storm

Sadly Vaucluse Yacht Club, the host club for our Laser Metros next season, was hit hard by the east coast low in June and the damage will take some time to repair.

Double Bay have stepped in and will run the Metros on the same scheduled weekend (18-19 March 2017). They will include arrangements to allow sailors to stage from other clubs around the Harbour.

We hope that Vaucluse YC manages to repair the extensive damage to their building and that we can look to running Laser interclub events there in the future.

World Masters Games Auckland 21-30 April 2017

World_Masters_Games_2017_logoThe World Masters Games will be held in Auckland 21-30 April 2017.

Sailing, one of the 28 sports being contested at the event, will be held from Torbay Sailing Club 22 Km north of Auckland.

Information and registration is on the WMG web site HERE. There is an information flyer HERE and the Notice of Race is HERE.

A limited number of new Laser charter boats will be available for $1,350 AUD plus refundable damage deposit. Charter information is HERE

Alternatively some Laser charters may be available direct from NZ Laser owners either;

1. Via The Water Shed (NZ Laser Distributor). Email The Water Shed directly on shop@nzwatershed.co.nz or via their website: http://www.nzwatershed.co.nz/contact-2/.

2. Directly with owners via the New Zealand Laser Class Association webpage: http://www.nzlaser.org/laser-charters-2017-world-masters-games

Nationals 2017 Adelaide Sailing Club Notice of Race

Laser_Nationals_2017_logoThe NoR for the Nationals to be held at the Adelaide Sailing Club from 27th December 2016 to 4th January 2017 is now available HERE.

The event web site is HERE.

ASC is a great club and the waters of St Vincent’s Gulf will provide top notch Laser sailing. Start your planning now to experience this great event. Promo video is HERE.

36 Lasers and No Wind NB Sprints Georges River

NB Logo36 Lasers came to sail in round two of the NB Sailsports Winter Sprint Series at Georges River.

Unfortunately the wind did not make an appearance so after 80 minutes of drifting around and socialising the racing was abandoned by RO Andrew McLachlan.

Race sponsor Rob McMillan is giving all the folks who came along and enjoyed a day of drifting in the winter sun a ticket for the draw to win a new Laser. The draw will be held at the end of the series regatta at Double Bay.

The next round of the series will be at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Sunday 7th August with the first race at 11.00am. Hopefully the wind will oblige for the earlier start.

Radial World Championships 2017

 ILCA Logo ILCA have just announced the 2017 Youth, Men’s and Women’s Radial World Championships to be held in Medemblik Netherlands in August 2017.

 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

11 August 2017 – 18 August 2017

   Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

   19 August 2017 – 26 August 2017

    Laser Radial Men’s World Championship

19 August 2017 – 26 August 2017 

Applications will accepted from 7 February 2017.

South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 22-25 July

South_Pacifics_logoThe south Pacific Laser Masters will again be held from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron this year between 22nd and 25th July.

There is a flyer for the event HERE.

You can view the Notice of Race HERE and enter online HERE.

Early bird entry fee applies for this event up to 15th July.

Charter boats and a very limited number of loan boats will be available. Details are in the NoR.

QLA have produced a  list of activities that partners and families can enjoy while the racing is underway which you can see HERE.

As a prelude to the 2016 South Pacific Laser Masters, a Mexico Masters’ master class will be held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Thursday, 21 July, starting at 5.30pm.
This event is free to SPLM sailors and Qld Laser Association members. Information on this event is HERE.

This is always a great Masters event.


30 4.7’s compete at 2016 East Coast Championships

Laser 4_7  2016 East Coast Championships Photo-Julie Derry

The 2016 East Coast Championships (sponsored by NB Sailsports) were hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club last weekend 11th – 12th June. Thirty Laser 4.7’s competed.

The fleet completed six races across the two days with shifty winds challenging the fleet in every race.

Local Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sailors dominated with seven of the top ten placings, however, it was Woollahra Sailing Club’s Jack Littlechild who handled the conditions best to claim victory. Cameron Whiteside finished second with Alexander Bijkerk rounding out the podium in third.

There was also a strong female representation amongst the fleet with one third of entries being female competitors. The top placed girl was Paige Caldecoat from Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, however, she was pushed all the way by class newcomer Brooke Wilson who was just 4 points adrift. Third girl on count back was Charley Wells from the host club.

The competition proved a great regatta for those seven NSW/ACT sailors preparing for the World Laser 4.7 Championships in Kiel, Germany in just over one month’s time.

Thanks to Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the NSW International Optimist Dinghy Association for organising the event and allowing the parents to get out and watch their kids racing in both Optimists and Laser 4.7’s at the same event.

The full results are HERE.


World Youth and Under 21 Worlds 2017

ILCALogoILCA have just announced that the 2017 World Youth 4.7 and under 21 Standard and Radial Worlds will be held at Nieuwpoort Belgium.

2017 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
16 July 2017 – 24 July 2017
Nieuwpoort, Belgium

2017 Laser Standard Men and Radial Women Under-21 World Championships
26 July 2017 – 2 August 2017
Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Applications will open for both events on 10th January 2017

NB Sailsports Sprint Series Georges River Saturday 18th June

NB LogoRound two of the NB SailSports Winter Sprint Series will at Georges River Sailing Club on Saturday 18th June.

The warning signal for the first of the three scheduled races will be at 1.00pm.

The Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE.

Entry is $20 and can be made online on the NB SailSports web site HERE or up to 11.30am in cash at Georges River Sailing Club.

Come along and get some much needed practice and potentially a flying start for the new season. Who knows you could be lucky and win a brand new Laser courtesy of NB SailSports. This is the main series prize determined by a draw with tickets based on performance and the number of races sailed.

Laser World Championships


Vanessa Dudley on the way to Grand Masters win

Congratulations to the 47 Australian Laser sailors who competed in the four World Laser World Championship events at Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Just over 400 Laser sailors from around the world sailed in the four events.

The Australian team comprised  6 in the Men’s Open and 2 in the Women’s. There were 27 Australian Radial Masters and 12 Standard Masters.

The Puerto Vallarta venue was ideal for these events with usually predictable sea breezes, great facilities and accommodation.

In the Open Men’s all six Australians qualified in the Gold Fleet with Mathew Wearn 4th and Tom Burton 5th in the 112 boat series. In the Women’s Ashley Stoddart was 22nd of the 71 competitors.

In the Masters Australians won 5 of the 9 age categories. Brett Beyer easily won the Standard Masters and Mark Bethwaite likewise the Standard Great Grand Masters while Gavin Dagley won the Standard Grand Masters. In the Radials Vanessa Dudley won the Grand Masters with Jeff Loosemore close behind, Rob Lowndes retained his Great Grand Masters World crown while Kerry Waraker fell just short of beating the true Laser legend Peter Seidenberg from USA in the Legends (over 75). Congratulations all.

You can see the post event Laser World interview with Vanessa Dudley HERE.

Standard Masters Australian Winners

Standard Masters Australian Winners

The full results and documentation of these events is on the event web site HERE. There are many event photos  HERE.

ILCA has just announced The 2017 Laser World Men’s and Masters events will be held in Split Croatia.

The Open Men’s will be held between 5-12th September 2017 and the Masters between 14-23rd September 2017. For long term planning the event applications will open on 7th March 2017.

Laser 4.7 East Coast Championship RPAYC 11-12th June 2016

Australian_Sailing_LogoThe new Australian Sailing NSW Laser Coach Tristan Brown has organised the Laser 4.7′s East Coast Championships at RPAYC from 11th – 12th June.
Tristan sees this event as a great way to provide 4.7 sailors with some big fleet experience and the opportunity to mix socially.

  • The event Notice of Race is HERE.
  • Online entries can be placed HERE.
  • Venue information is HERE.

4.7 sailors – don’t miss this event.

NB Sailsports Winter Sprint Series Middle Harbour


50 Laser sailors did battle with the light winds on Middle Harbour completing two of the three scheduled races on Sunday 15th May.

It was a beautiful day if you discount the fading breeze which made it a late finish for the boats which were towed from other harbour clubs.

Logan Cortis won the 4.7′s on the day on a countback from Jack Littlechild. In the 25 boat Radial fleet Oskar Hansen just nosed out Zac Skullander by a point with Stuart Plenderleith in third place. In the Standards Nikola Churkoski  won from Mark Bethwaite.

The full results are HERE.

The next round will be at Georges River SC on 18th June with the first of three races scheduled to start at 1.00pm.

NB Sailsports Winter Sprint Series

NB LogoNB are again sponsoring the Winter Sprint Series this year at four clubs Middle Harbour, Georges River, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Double Bay.

The ultimate prize of a free Laser trade for a NEW LASER is a big attraction to participate as every race completed earns a raffle ticket with the draw taking place at the final presentation.

For your winter diary the four rounds this year are;

  • Round 1: May 15 Middle Harbour Amateurs – 3 races from 1pm
  • Round 2: June 18 Georges River 16ft SC, first start 1pm – 3 races
  • Round 3:  August 7  Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, first start 11am – 3 races
  • Round 4:  August  27 Double Bay Sailing Club, first start 1pm – 3 races

The Notice of race for the series is HERE. The Sailing Instructions for the first round at Middle Harbour are posted HERE.

You can enter the individual rounds online on the NB Sailsports web site HERE or with cash at the venue on the day.

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