NSW ACT Laser Association

Coast Championships South Lakes 15-16 October

SLMASC_Coasts_2022_Event_Logo_360The Coast Championships are on at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club 15-16 October.

 

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).

 

The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter online Here or at the club on 15th October. The Sailing Instructions are Here.

 

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 Minor Class Rules 2022 Change Voting

ILCA are proposing two minor changes to the class rules in 2022.

 

  1. To allow the use of heatsrink tube to bind sheets and secure shackle pins and clips.
  2. 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.

The reason for the changes and their detail wording is Here. You can vote at any time in October Here.

ILCA World Championships 2024 in Adelaide

ILCA7 Worlds ASC_LogoILCA 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.

Registration Now Open for Women’s Regatta

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Registration is now open Here  for The Women’s Regatta which will be held on Saturday 3 December 2022 at Double Bay Sailing Club.

 

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.

Accommodation Deal & Links for Nationals

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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.

 

ALCA Youth Solidarity Program to Boost ILCA 4 Participation

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 solidarity@laser.asn.au

 

Application forms can be downloaded PDF Word or complete the online application form Here.

 

Application forms should be submitted by October 25th. Successful applicants will be notified on first week in November.

 

2022-23 Season Local Laser Events

We have a great season for Laser events coming up.

 

The season’s regattas being run in NSW & ACT are listed below along with links to their Notice of Race, Online Entry and Event Web Sites.

 

Event Venue Dates Links
Australian Sailing Youth Sail Point Wolstoncroft Lake Macquarie 20 Sep – 3 Oct 2022 NoR Enter Web Site
NSW & ACT Coast Championships South Lake Macquarie ASC 15-16 Oct 2022 NoR Enter Web Site
NSW & ACT State Open & Masters Championships Wangi ASC Lake Macquarie 19-20 Nov 2022 NoR Enter Web Site
Women’s Regatta Double Bay SC 3 Dec 2022 Sign-up Web Site
Australian Sailing Sail Sydney Woollahra SC 13-19 Dec 2022 NoR Enter Web Site
Oceania & Aust Open & Youth Championships Georges River SC Botany Bay 1-8 Jan 2023 NoR Enter Web Site
Oceania & Australian Masters Bay Sailing Centre Port Stephens 10-13 Mar 2023 NoR Enter Web Site
NSW & ACT Metro Championships Double Bay SC 25-26 Mar 2023 NoR Enter Web Site

 

And if too much sailing is never enough there are many other national and international events listed on our Events Page Here.

 

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Current State Under 21 Champion Daniel Costandi in flat out and wet mode

 

 

 

Australian Sailing Youth Sail Point Wolstoncroft

AS Youth BannerAustralian Sailing along with local clubs Mannering Park, South Lake Macquarie and Wangi are running Youth Sail NSW at Point Wolstoncroft

 

The event will comprise coaching 28-30th September and racing 1-3rd October. The event will comprise 5 two person boats and 8 one person boats plus windfoils. Laser Radial and 4.7 are included. Participants must be under 23 years of age at 31 December 2022.

 

The Notice of Race for the championship racing is Here. Registration and information is on the Australian Sailing web site Here.

 

 

Annual Masters Golf in November Open to All Ages

golfsailorTo assist with planning the annual masters golf tournament, which precedes the State Masters each year is on again this year on Friday 18 November. As the States this year combine Open Youth and Masters the golf will be open to all ages.

 

The venue is just 10 minutes drive from Wangi at the Toronto Golf Club, 122 Wangi Road Toronto.  The plan is to gather from 1200 over a quick lunch with first tee time at 1:00pm.   Cost will be $32 per head plus $20 for half share of a  cart.

 

It would help if you send a message to Rob Lowndes (0419 266 257) at least a week in advance to advise numbers.  Always heaps of fun and hackers welcome for the usual Ambrose format.

Volunteers to Help With Nationals GRSC 1-8 January 2023

 

GRSC_Logo_smallWe are looking for volunteers to help make the Laser Open and Youth Championships at Georges River Sailing Club a success.

 

We need on and off water help over the 1-8 January dates of the event. If sailors or parents/family/friends of those competing can help out in the areas named for any of the days please fill out details on the web form Here.

 

If anyone has any specific things they would like to do, or discuss, they should feel free to call or email Georges River Sailing Club Sailing Manager, Andrew Hawkins, on 0457 152 168 or at grscsailingmanager@gmail.com.

 

 

2023 Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships

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The 2023 Oceania & Australian Open and Youth Championships will be held at Georges River Sailing Club on Botany Bay 1-8 January 2023.

 

After the disappointments of cancellation of the event scheduled in Fremantle, WA in 2021 and 2022 it will be great to stage these championships in 2023.

 

Botany Bay is a great venue for big sailing events with lots of open water and clear winds. The club is near to the airport and the surrounding suburbs have lots of accommodation options.

 

There will be great lead up events with the NSW & ACT Laser State titles at Wangi A.S.C. on Lake Macquarie in November 2022 and Sail Sydney on Sydney Harbour from Woollahra S.C. 13-18 December 2022.

 

The Notice of Race for this event is Here. There is more information on the Australian Laser Championships web site. It will be the reference web site for the event.

 

Entries can be placed $350 until 30th November 2022 Here and may be accepted with an additional $80 late fee after that date.

 

Charters will be available from NB Sailsports and Performance Sailcraft Australia.

 

Request for Volunteers

 

We are looking for volunteers to help make the regatta a success! We need on and off water help over the 1-8 January dates of the event. If you can help out in the areas named for any of the days please fill out your details on the form Here.

 

 

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Matt Wearn current Australian and Olympic Laser Champions – Photo by Jesus Renedo

Oceania & Australian Masters Championships 2023

 

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The 2023 Oceania & Australian Masters Championships will be held at the Bay Sailing Centre Soldiers Point on Port Stephens 10-13 March 2023.

 

This event is a little later in the year than normal and was re-scheduled to avoid clashing with the ILCA World Masters Pattaya, Thailand 8-16 (ILCA 6) and 18-26 (ILCA 7) February 2023.

 

Port Stephens is our favourite venue for Masters events with great sailing winds and water and lots of accommodation in all price ranges.

 

The Notice of Race for this event is Here.

 

Charters will be available from NB Sailsports and Performance Sailcraft Australia.

 

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Jeff Loosemore ILCA 6 GGM and Brett Beyer ILCA 7 GM Current World Masters Champions – Photos John West

Yorkie’s Guide to T-shirt Etiquette

Vendee Globe T ShirtThis is a must read for all Laser sailors younger than 50 or new to the class.

 

“If you have not already become aware of it there is an art to wearing the right clothing at a sailing regatta.  I am not talking about your Brian Rockford tracksuit or your Polo shirt (Lacoste is old hat) but your humble T-shirt. You can tell everything about the sailor by the T-shirt he wears.”

 

These are the opening words of Laser legend Andrew York’s seminal light-hearted 1985 article ”T-shirt etiquette” which set the standard for regattas for the last 40 plus years.  Click here to read the full article.  You’ll never feel embarrassed again.

 

Click here to access the full archive of Lasernews containing other priceless information by legends of the class.

 

Photo right – A seriously impressive T-shirt by Yorkie’s rules.

Women’s Regatta 3 December Double Bay Sailing Club

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The Women’s Regatta will be held on Saturday 3 December 2022 at Double Bay Sailing Club, an integral event for female ILCA / Laser sailors around Australia.

 

The one-day event 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.

 

After the disruption of the past two years DBSC are looking forward to running this fantastic Regatta again and restoring it as an annual event.

 

Sign up to receive news and updates Here  or watch out for entry and further details at the following;

 

thewomensregatta.com.au
instagram.com/thewomensregatta 
facebook.com/thewomensregatta
#thewomensregatta

 

About The Women’s Regatta

 

The Women’s Regatta was first held in September 2018, planned and run by members of Double Bay Sailing Club. The regatta weekend incorporated yoga, coaching, racing, group dinner, and guest speakers; fostering competition, education, camaraderie, and fun.

 

The Women’s Regatta raises awareness and encourages participation for women and girls in ILCA Laser sailing. The event brings together current female sailors; those who have sailed in the past; those wanting to get into sailing; friends and family of sailors; as well as an immense show of support from sponsors and volunteers. You can see some of their smiling faces and hear commentary Here.

Australian Sailing Club Participation Programs Guide

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Australian Sailing has just released its Club Participation Programs guide which it says gives clubs and class associations a valuable resource to assist in delivery of sailing programs aimed at attracting and keeping members (and potentional members) engaged with the sport.

 

This guide AS say will help sailors and coaches through their sailing journey in delivering coaching and programs specific to the various skill levels (beginner/learn to race, intermediate and advanced).

 

While the guide is written generally to cover participation in all manner of sailing craft from Optis to foiling boards the principles should be useful for club and class participation & training programs.

 

The guide is Here.

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