Entries will be closing for the Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships on 30th November.
The event will be held 1-8 January at Georges River Sailing Club. Sailors are looking forward to finally being able to compete in this event which, thanks to COVID has not been possible for the past two years.
There is a growing list on entries including elite & Olympic level international and top local sailors.
This event is the qualifying event for Australian sailors for all 2023 ILCA World Open and Youth Championships.
After 30th November entry may be possible with an $80 additional late entry fee.
There are links below for NoR, Entry and if you need one for boat charters.
The young sailors listed below have been selected to represent their state ILCA district as a Youth Solidarity entrant in the Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championship 2023 at Georges River Sailing Club, Botany Bay, NSW.
|QLD||Amelia (Milly) Doyle||Townsville Sailing Club|
|NSW||Harriet McLachlan||Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron|
|VIC||Madelaine (Maddy) English||Mornington Yacht Club|
|TAS||Frederica (Freddie) O’Donoghue||Royal Yacht Club Tasmania|
|SA||Kelly Steele||Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club|
|WA||Addison Heatley||Mandurah offshore fishing & Sailing Club|
We look forward to seeing them all on January 1st , 2023 at GRSC. They will be presented with their team merchandise, allocated a charter boat & will meet their regatta coach.
The State Championships were held at Wangi ASC on 19 November. There were 127 entries from Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland as well as NSW & ACT. Some great racing was enjoyed by all on Saturday. On Sunday a nasty westerly blew over the course with gusts over 40 knots which prevented any safe and fair racing.
On Saturday three races were completed in 15 knot NE breeze – ideal Lasering conditions. With no drop consistency was the key to success and the results were quite close in all rigs and age divisions.
The final results series are Here
Lots of great action photos by Jon West are on his web site Here.
ILCA 7 and 6 Winners Campbell Patton & Sylvie Stannage on the move at Wangi – Photos Jon West
The 2022 Australian Sailing Awards – which recognised and celebrated distinguished members of the Australian Sailing community – took place on Friday 4th November at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Evie Saunders was announced as Youth Sailor of the Year.
In presenting her this award, Australian Sailing said, “Evie Saunders is an up-and-coming ILCA 6 sailor with a proven track record amongst world class fleets. She set herself apart this season by securing the silver medal at the ISAF Youth World Championships at The Hague, making her the first Australian girl in 14 years to medal in the Laser class at the Youth World Championships.”
Australian ILCA 6 Olympian Mara Stransky who is currently third in the ILCA 6 World Rankings won Female Sailor of the Year.
Leading up to her win Mara has had a great year winning the prestigious Kiel Week Regatta along with top-10 finishes at the World Championships, Hyeres Olympic Week and Allianz World Cup Almere regattas.
Daniel Costandi on the move at GRSC 2021 States – Photo Jon West
The State Championships are coming up 19-20 November at WASC Wangi on Lake Macquarie. Because of the Nationals being held at Georges River (1-8 January 2023), the World Masters Pattaya Thailand (8-16 February) and the National Masters Port Stephens (10-13 March 2023) this event is combined for Open Youth and Masters sailors with cubes awarded in all categories.
Arrival and venue information for Wangi is Here.
WASC is a great club and have run this event very successfully for us in 2016.
The AGM of the NSW & ACT Laser Association was held in the club house at Wangi Amateur Sailing Club on Sunday 20th November.
The Meeting agenda, minutes and reports from the meeting are Here.
This week is the last chance to register for the early bird ticket for The Women’s Regatta which will be held on Saturday 3 December 2022 at Double Bay Sailing Club.
Entry fee until Sat 4 Nov is $60 (adults) / $40 (students & U18) which includes yoga, breakfast, workshops, racing, and cocktail reception.
Entry fee from 5 Nov – 2 Dec is $90 (adults) / $70 (students & U18).
Please note: entries will not be accepted after 5pm on 2 December.
NOR available for download from thewomensregatta.com.au
You can enter Here.
The one day event is open to women sailors around Australia. It will include races on Sydney Harbour, great food, entertainment, and activities aimed at women of all ages who currently sail an ILCA / Laser dinghy, or are looking to return to racing.
Double Bay Sailing Club will also run a series of small-group training clinics in the weeks leading up to the event, focusing on improving sailing skills such as race starts, upwind technique, and downwind technique.
For more information go to the Double Bay sailing Club web site page Here.
Race Officer Andrew McLachlan managed to get all six scheduled races competed for each of the three fleets.in 7-12 knot dominantly, but variable, easterly winds which prevailed each day. Racing concluded very close to cut off time of 1530 on Sunday as the fleets were AP’ed ashore until the light sea breeze stabilised.
Racing in the largest ILCA 7 fleet was really close in all races, as were the final results. Will Sargent who hails from Sandy Bay YC and Derwent Sailing Squadron in Tasmania posted two wins and two seconds was the ultimate winner by one point from 2021 runner up in NSW & ACT State Championships Daniel Costandi from GRSC and DBSC. A further one point away was 2019 NSW & ACT State Champion Campbell making a welcome return from his sometimes home Bermuda. There was a big contingent of Masters in the ILCA 7s won by Nick Alexander from MHASC.
The Radials were dominated by Brooke Wilson RSYS/DBSC. Brooke won four of the races and had a second and third. Martin White DBSC/WSC had an very consistent series posting three second place finishes and two thirds. Third in the Radials was Grand Master Bruce Paine from Canberra YC.
Healy Ryan HHSC/DBSC proved too good in the strongly contested 4.7 fleet winning four of the races and the series from Miles Greenwood GSC sailing in his first season in the 4.7. Benjamin Costandi GRSC/RSYS/DBSC was a close third counting a win and two seconds in his consistent placings.
The full results are Here
Thanks to SLMASC who did a grand job hosting this event for us. It is a great club well located with lots of parking rigging and one of the few venues where if you choose you can camp on site for a regatta. Thanks also to our RO Andrew McLachlan for his efficient management of the racing.
a There are lots of photos of the event on Jon West’s web site at https://jonwest.photography/2022-nsw-act-ilca-coast-championships.
Evie Saunders in Action on Galveston Bay in ILCA 6 Women’s Worlds – ILCA Photo
The Women’s ILCA 6 World Championships have just concluded at the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club sailed on Galveston Bay. There were 86 entries from 40 countries.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist Anne-Marie Rindom from Denmark took out the Championships by a commanding 20 points. The Silver was won with a strong series finish by Swiss sailor Maud Jayet two points ahead of the 2021 World Champion Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert.
Five of the six Australian team finished in the Gold Fleet a very strong performance. Mara Stransky was the best-placed Australian in 13th place with Zoe Thompson 18th, Casey Imeneo 21st, Elyse Ainsworth 26th, Evie Saunders 41st and Sylvie Stannage 49th.
Full results are Here.
Australian Sailing High-Performance Director Michael Blackburn said of the team’s performance “The Aussie ILCA 6 squad have taken on a big program to gain experience in tough fleets – experience is key and this fleet had in it all the 2020 Olympic medallists, along with all World Champions since 2011.”
Next for the group is the European Championships in Hyeres, France where ILCA 6 where co-coach Carolijn Brouwer is hopeful of continued improvement and personal best results.
Legends all Jacques Kerrest (USA) Peter Heywood (AUS) Mike Kinnear (GBR)
After 10 scheduled races over five days the 2022 European Masters Championships have just wound up in L’Escala, Spain. The 10 race series over 5 days saw 256 sailors in 13 categories competing in light to medium winds.
EurILCA was kind to invite our small travelling band of Masters Sailors to compete even though their series was pretty much fully subscribed.
Current World GGM Champion Jeff Loosemore comfortably won the ILCA 6 GGM gold medal while Peter Heywood won the Legends. We are hoping EurILCA will invite us again next year.
This is a great venue and we and the SLMASC are keen to make this a great event after the disappointment of having to cancel the event there last year due to COVID (remember that).
With the big events coming up like the State Open and Masters Championships at nearby Wangi 19-20 November, the Nationals at Georges River 1-8 January and the National Masters at Port Stephens 10-13 March this event is a good way to shake out the cobwebs in preparation for large fleet racing.
ILCA are proposing two minor changes to the class rules in 2022.
- To allow the use of heatsrink tube to bind sheets and secure shackle pins and clips.
- To allow new vang cleat block units to be introduced without delay once they are approved. The current rules already allow alternative “builder supplied” vang cleat fittings.
ILCA have announced the 2024 ILCA 7 Men’s World Championship 24-31 January 2024 and the 2024 ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 World Masters 2-9 February 2024 will be held at Adelaide Sailing Club. The Men’s Worlds will be an Olympic qualifying event for Paris 2024 (Marseille) with 7 of the 40 Olympic spots determined by results at this event.
These events will be preceded by the 2024 Oceania & Australian Open and Youth Championships in their normal rotation and timing 1-8 January 2024.
There was some considerable toing and froing in negotiation for these ASC Worlds events and it is pleasing to see the end outcome will lead to a number of great events at what is a world class venue.
For longer term planning the venues and dates for all the ILCA World Championship events are now posted on the ILCA web site’s World Championships Here.
The Travelodge Hurstville is offering 20% discount to sailors and families for the Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships 1-8 January 2023 at Georges River Sailing Club.
To access the discount for stay dates between 30 December 2022 and 9 January 2023 book Here and use the promo code: TH15013197.
Alternatively you can call the hotel directly (02 9171 2555) to book and quote the promo code: TH15013197.
While you are in the making arrangements mode there are links below for NoR, Entry and if you need one for boat charters.
A call to Action – Australia is in danger of losing its status as a world leader in Laser sailing.
- European sailors won all 12 medals at the 2022 ILCA 4 Youth Worlds.
- All 4 gold medals at the 2022 ILCA 6 Youth Worlds in the USA went to European sailors.
The ALCA is responding with a ‘Youth Solidarity’ program. This program is designed to encourage clubs to choose the ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7) for girls & boys transitioning from junior training classes & will be rolled out Nationally.
A similar program has been running in Europe since 2018. It is designed to encourage more girls & boys into Laser sailing via the ILCA4 pathway.
Our initial launch will be at the upcoming Nationals to be held in Sydney at GRSC. This year the focus will be on female sailors.
Each Australian Laser district (5 states + NT) will be asked to select a young female sailor to compete at the Nationals. The selected sailors will receive the following support from the ALCA:
- Free entry into the championship.
- Free ILCA 4.7 charter boat in race condition.
- Free squad coaching during the regatta.
- Free Solidarity squad T-shirt
They will be supported throughout the event by a suitable mentor & will get the chance to meet & chat with members of the Australian Sailing Team & Australian Sailing Squad.
The selections will not be limited to sailors currently in the Laser class. Female sailors considered to have potential can come from any class if they meet the selection criteria. We plan to caste a wide net advertising this opportunity to the broader sailing community.
Any enquiries about this initiative should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms should be submitted by October 25th. Successful applicants will be notified on first week in November.