NSW ACT Laser Association

1 5 6 7 8 9 17

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.

Woollahra Sailing Club Winter Series

Woollahra Sailing Club will be hosting a 4 race day, 12 race series over the winter months in conjunction with the WSC winter series 2016.

The Winter Blitz Super Sailing Series is for the International 420, 29er, Laser 4.7 and Optimist Classes.

Start time 10 am.

Dates: 29th May, 19th June, 26th June and 24th July.

Huge prizes, which include - WSC Membership for 1 year, one on one expert high performance coaching from our recognised class specialists, Clothing, Chandlery, Sails and much more.

Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions on WSC website here.

H2O Kids Sailing Camp – Places 18-20 April

h2o_logoH2O have a few places left for the Kids Sailing Camp with coach Ryan Palk.

Ryan finished an impressive 11th at last year’s Laser Worlds and has a deep wealth of knowledge from campaigning for many years with Coach Michael Blackburn. Ryan is an exceptional communicator and excellent coach.

H2O Kids Sailing Camp 18-20 April
Laser Group: 4 places available
$357 Day Stay – for 18yrs and under
$575 Residential – for 14yrs and under only

Join these sailors who have enrolled for the camp; Jordan Makin, Noah Taylor, Paige Caldecoat and Lukas Lechner-Scott

To book or enquire, email info@h2o-sports-academy.com or call 0473 026 445

Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge Manly YC 19 March

MYCWC_LogoManly Yacht Club are running the Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge on 19/20 March 2016.

Lasers will feature on 19th March.

All information is on www.myc.org.au HERE or contact Ivana Gattegno 0401025026 or ivana@imdesign.com.au

Entry Deadline for Laser Worlds

ILCA Logo24 March is the application deadline for the following Laser World Championships:

  • 2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
  • 2016 Laser Radial Men’s World Championship (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
  • 2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (Kiel, Germany)
  • 2016 Laser Under-21 World Championships (Kiel, Germany)

To submit an application, go to the ILCA Laser World Championships website HERE.

1 5 6 7 8 9 17

NSW & ACT District Laser Association |