NSW ACT Laser Association

2022 Australian Masters Westernport

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Jeff Loosemore ILCA 6 GGM and Brett Beyer ILCA 7 GM winners – Jon West Photos


The Australian ILCA Masters was run very successfully between 25-28 February at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria. There were 106 entries with 31 ILCA 7s sailing in one fleet, 30 ILCA 6 Grand Masters in a fleet and the other ILCA 6 age divisions in a third 45 boat fleet.



The venue Balnarring on Westernport Victoria provided excellent open water and good clean winds. These combined with ocean and wind swells gave some exhilarating rides and fair racing. All ten scheduled races were completed with light breezes on day one followed by six races in 15 to 18 knots on days two and three and around 12 knots for the final two races. Tides were an issue in the second half of the series when they were pushing the fleet over the start line. On the final day the second ILCA 6 fleet managed four general recalls and three black flag starts before the final race got away minus the 25% of the fleet which were black flagged.



The Westernport Yacht Club did a fabulous job both on and off the water. Racing was run like clockwork and the logistics of launch and retrieval of the support boats from Westernport, Sommers and bay side clubs were run with military precision. Catering at the club after racing, the functions and free beer from an event sponsor Bright Brewery were all much appreciated by the sailors.



There was a two day coaching clinic lead by Brody Riley & VLA head coach Rhett Gowans  held before the series. This was fully subscribed and very successful.



The winner of the ILCA 7 fleet was Master Brett Bayer WSC/DBSC. Brett won six races edging out Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC. Sommers YC Apprentice Sean Bly was third. In the ILCA 6 GM fleet John Jager McCrae YC won by a point from Sandringham sailor James Mitchell with David Early GRSC third.



The full results with age divisions scored separately are Here.



The age division podium places are listed below.


Division 1st 2nd 3rd First Women
ILCA 6 Apprentice Vaimooia Ripley MHASC Vaimooia Ripley MHASC
ILCA 6 Master Owen Mc Mahon RBYC Danial Blight BSS/RQYS Gayl Robinson SYC Gayl Robinson SYC
ILCA 6 GM John Jager McCYC James Mitchell SYC David Early GRSC Christine Bridge RQYS
ILCA 6 GGM Jeff Loosemore GR/MHASC Tim Alexander NSC Michael Pitt RQYS
ILCA 6 Legend Kerry Waraker RQYS Lew Verdon MHASC Kevin Phillips GSC
ILCA 7 Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC Sean Bly Somers YC David Newman DBSC
ILCA  Master Rod Barnes DBSC Nick Alexander MHASC/DBSC Stuart Holdsworth RPAYC
ILCA  GM Brett Beyer WSC/DBSC Gavin Dagley PMYC Steve Gunther PMYC
ILCA  GGM Gary Martin Darwin SC Mike Stockdale PLYC


There are great photos by Jon West which you can view and purchase Here.

Lasernews History Collection Now Online

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Rob Lowndes has put together a collection of Laser newsletters “Lasernews” starting with the first in September 1974 through to the last in 2007. This gives a superb account of the history of the class in Australia and especially in the NSW/ACT District.


As a Laser 50th anniversary project Rob has had the Lasernews scanned and now posted on on this web site Here.  There is some background Here.


Rob has included a handy headline guide for each edition so you can browse though Laser history by subject as well as timeline. In compiling this collection and the guide I suspect that Rob has spent many hours combing the newsletters so, if he wasn’t before, he is by now the foremost source of factual Laser legend in the land.


Thanks to Rob for his work on this project and even greater applause for the authors and editors who compiled the newsletters over the years. Also thanks to Paul and Yoko Hargan who managed to collect and collate these pieces of history.

ILCA 2022 Handbook Now Available


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All you wanted to know about the class its rules and bylaws geography and news in one neat volume. The 2022 ILCA Handbook is now available online on the ILCA web site Here.


There are 10 years of Handbooks also available Here.

State Masters Port Stephens Wrap

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.                                                                 The State Masters at Bay Sailing Centre were a blast – well the wind was. Both days, 6 races in 22 gusting to 30 knots kept all the competitors on their toes and often on their centreboards.


There were 130 entries though not all made an appearance. Those that did enjoyed or endured some great sailing – many did both.


On Saturday racing was protracted due to the strong tide pushing the fleet over the line and the anchor on the start boat which would not hold despite having been used before with no problem. There were numerous U and black flag starts in the large Radial fleet of  over 70 boats – many times when the vast majority of the fleet was swept over the line.


On Sunday with a ginormous start boat anchor and the course moved south and less tide everything ran smoothly and RO Andrew McLachlan was a much less troubled  soul.


Needless to say the conditions were quite testing and many decided to take an early mark. Some normal Standard sailors decided to sail Radial which accounted in part for the unexpectedly large Radial fleet. Despite this there was some great racing.


The podium Division and Fleet places for the event are below and the full results are Here.


Division 1st 2nd 3rd
4.7 Fleet Sandy Kiernan NSC Pru Bennett RPAYC Diana Chen DBSC
Standard Fleet Matt Blakey PMYC Brett Beyer WSC Matthew Faddy VYC
Standard Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC David Newman DBSC Byron Georgouras VYC
Standard Master Matthew Faddy VYC Stuart Holdsworth RPAYC Rod Barnes DBSC
Standard GM Brett Beyer WSC Chris Dawson RPAYC Chris Rodowicz VYC
Standard GGM Paul Beath NCYC Mark Phillips RPAYC Warwick Foy MHASC
Radial Fleet Ian Young GRSC Jeff Loosemore MHASC GRSC Zac Skulander MHASC
Radial Apprentice Zac Skulander MHASC Alex Georgouras VYC Vaimoola Ripley MHASC
Radial Master Andrew Cox DBSC Ian Alexander DBSC Ian Saunders MYC
Radial GM Ian Young GRSC David Early GRSC Anthony Scali VYC
Radial GGM Jeff Loosemore MHASC GRSC Tim Alexander NSC Patrick Levy DBSC
Radial Legend Kevin Phillips GSC Kerry Waraker RQYS Brian Monkhouse VYC
Radial Woman Jenny Danks RPAYC Kerrie Shimeld RPAYC Kate McHugh DBSC


Thanks to the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and Sailing Manager Jack Buchan and his enthusiastic Port Stephens volunteers from the Bay Sailing Centre. Also thanks to our RO Andrew McLachlan who combines a busy paid job with being Commodore of Georges River Sailing Club and RO for us and other classes.


Special thanks to all the sailors who came out in great numbers to support the event and sailed their socks off with the aim to take home an acrylic cube. Thanks for following the COVID arrangements we put in place. Great to see turnout from smaller clubs like Northbridge who had 11 sailors and the larger clubs DBSC with 18, MHASC 17,  GRSC 13 and Vaucluse YC 10.


There are some great photos by Jon West which you can purchase from his web site Here. Photos on this post by Jon West.


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Radial fleet and Standard rig winner Matt Blakey (above) photos by Jon West


Laser Masters Golf

In spite of some rain with the gusty wind a large field of 18 turned out for the annual Laser Masters  Tournament at Nelson Bay.


Convincing winner was team Marty Wilson, Dave Early, Steve McCulloch and Phil Ipsen with a mere 65 hits on the 17 holes.


Other teams:

David Page, Ian Young, Chris Severn 72 hits Greg Annesley, Rob Lowndes, Bruce Hilleard, John  Smidmore 76 hits Murray Stone, Mark Hooper, Tim Neale 77 hits Peter Doyle, Matt Faddy, Per Gustafsson 77 hits.


A fun day.


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Laser Masters Golf Teams primed and ready to go.

Arrangements for State Masters Port Stephens

Final reminder on the NSW & ACT Masters 5-6 February at the Bay Sailing Centre (previously Port Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club) Soldiers Point.


The Sailing Instructions are Here. Enter online up until 11.30am 5 February Here, sign on and off each day Here.


There are 96 entries to 3 February. The Competitor List is Here.


With the current levels of COVID around we will be running the event as zero touch. The arrangements are.


  • The club have booked the Kangaroo Point Reserve (to the north of the club) and George Reserve (to the south) to augment the space around the club so sailors can spread out along the shore. Map showing the locations is Here.
  • There is no need to register and there will not be a briefing so there is no need to gather if you don’t choose to.
  • Any notices will be posted at the club as per SIs but also on our web site Here and on the Laser app details of which are Here.
  • The Bay Sailing Centre Café upstairs in the club will be open 7.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday and 7.00am to 12.00pm Sunday.
  • The bar also upstairs in the club will be open post sailing from 4.30pm to 7.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • We will run a presentation outdoors at the club ASAP after sailing on Sunday. If it is raining it will be upstairs in the club.
  • We will have a desk at the club to assist and to provide last minute entry and a PC for sign on/off if needed.


Late Entry Fee for Australian Laser Masters Removed

VLA Chair John d’Helin has announced that there has been a strong take of of places on the start line for the Australian Laser Masters. There are 93 entries so far.


The VLA and Westernport Yacht Club are looking forward to welcoming Master’s sailors at Westernport in a few weeks time.


Due to the uncertainties created by the current COVID situation and representations from a number of sailors John reports that the $100 late fee has been removed. The organisers also plan to apply a considerate entry fee refund approach where COVID impacts on a sailor’s choice to travel or not. This will be applied on a case by case basis on application to John d’Helin.


The revised NoR covering these changes is Here.


You can place your entry without the late fee Here.


A reminder this is the ranking event for the 2023 World Masters to be held in February in Pattaya, Thailand.

National Masters Westernport YC Victoria

The National Masters is at Westernport Victoria is on 25-28 February.


Details and links to enter are in our post Here.


There is a $100 late fee for entries made after 28th January

State Masters Port Stephens 5-6 February

Bay Sailing Centre LogoThe State Masters is coming up next month 5-6 February at the Bay Sailing Centre Port Stephens.


The BSC was the Port Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club. It was renamed by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club which is now managing the facility. The sailing water, access and accommodation is all as we have enjoyed over the years.


As we have done with our recent COVID era events sailors will need to be double vaccinated and follow the COVID safe plan including wearing masks, COVID check in and abiding by density limits. Sailors can sign on and off for sailing using the link in the SI’s and Here. Rigging can be spread along the Soldiers Point shore.


We will not be running a Saturday night dinner but the bar will be open at the club after sailing on Saturday and around the presentation on Sunday. Sailors should be able to dine in smaller groups at the nearby Bowling Club or other clubs and restaurants around Port Stephens. There is a wide range of accommodation available around Port Stephens and Soldiers Point.



You can enter the Masters online Here or until 11.30am on Saturday at the sailing office at the club. Entry is $60. The Notice of Race is Here.


Charters are available from NBSailsports Here.


The not-to-be-missed annual Masters Golf Tournament will be held again before the State Masters at Nelson Bay Golf Club on Friday 4th February.  First tee time 12:44pm. Cost is $47 each plus $45 for two in a cart, payable at the pro-shop on the day.  It is worth letting the pro-shop know in advance if you want a cart (02 4981 1132).



It will be the usual Ambrose format which caters for all levels of golf ability.  Please arrive by midday to have lunch, select the teams and join in the usual banter.  Preferably advise Rob Lowndes at least a week before (text 0419 266 257 or lowndesr@bigpond.net.au) if you coming. If in doubt, just come!

Laser Australian Masters Westernport 25-28 February 2022

The Laser Masters is at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria 25-28 February 2022. The event will run as Australian Laser Masters irrespective of on again, off again WA Government determinations. There is information on the event and the venue on the Victorian Laser site Here.


The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter Here.


Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.


The Australian Masters will be preceded by a two day coaching clinic 22-23 February. Information on the coaching clinic is Here. You can enter for the clinic ($150) Here.


Information on PSA charters for the Masters event ($1,000) is Here and NBSailsports charters ($1,000) are Here.


This is the ranking event for the 2023 World Masters in Pattaya, Thailand 8-16 (ILCA 6) and 18-26 (ILCA 7) February 2023. Competing in this event will rank you ahead of applicants for 2023 World’s places who do not.


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Kerry Waraker – World Laser Legend Champion

Jules & Clogs Hobart Bound

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Ok this post is not about Laser sailing but about Laser sailors. Jules and Clogs are going to Hobart the hard way as the CYC Sydney Hobart site explains.


A Laser sailor these days, Jules Hall has been on and round boats his entire life, including doing some ocean racing through his twenties. All his boats have borne the name ‘Disko Trooper’, which comes from Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous lead character, Disko Trooper. “We are proudly sponsored by Contender Sailcloth,” says Hall, whose side-kick is none other than Contender Sailcloth’s Jan ‘Clogs’ Scholten, a highly respected veteran sailor who Hall met racing his Laser.


“With twice the crew that we have on our Lasers, we’re both looking forward to having someone to cook our dinner,” Hall says, tongue in cheek. The pair has been training on Hall’s J/99, which was designed for double-handed racing, but is equally at home in fully crewed mode. 


They have had great results in the two handed lead-up events and are leading the division with only 580nm to go. Follow the progress of Disko Trooper on the Sydney Hobart Tracker Here.


Photo above shows Clogs making afternoon tea on the leg out of the Harbour – Perhaps that is why these guys aren’t leaning out?

NSW & ACT Laser Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at Georges River Sailing Club on 5th December.


The minutes and reports tabled at the meeting are Here.

GRSC Action Galore

Below is a Jon West photo which could contest action shot of the year. It is of Scott Farley on Sunday at the States when the wind had eased up a little but was still enough to blow Scott’s visor off.


Jon West retrieved the visor and, reunited with its owner, it will see many more Laser race days as we are sure will Scott and his son Tom. Father and son finished 12th and 5th respectively in the GRSC event.


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You can see many more of Jon’s States photos on his web site Here.

State Championships GRSC 4-5 December


States Winners – Photos by Jon West


The NSW & ACT State Championships were held at Georges River Sailing Club on 4-5 December. Day 1 saw 22 gusting to 28 knots SSW which tested the skill and endurance of the sailors. Day 2 presented a more manageable 15 gusting to 18 knot SE so no complaints about the wind.


The fleets were smaller than usual but no less competitive. In the Standards Brett Beyer Woollahra  SC had a one point victory over Daniel Costandi who sails at GRSC, Double Bay and RSYS. Daniel was the first Under 21 and Alexander Bijkerk (also Under 21) from RPAYC was third.


In the Radials Sylvie Stannage HHSC/DBSC had a convincing win counting four firsts and a second and dropping a third place. She thanked her coach Brett Beyer among others for supporting her sailing. Second was Jeff Loosemore MHASC/GRSC closely followed by GRSC sailor David Early. Ashton Scott from RSYS was the first Under 17.


The 4.7s were won convincingly by Hamish Cowell from Blairgowrie YS and Brighton YC. Hamish counted three firsts and a second for his win. He was also first Under 18. Second and first Under 16 was Aidan Simmons from Indented Head YC. Nathan Deng from RSYS was very consistent and finished third. Pru Bennett was the first woman and finished 5th.


The results for the States at Georges River are Here.


Jon West’s photos of all the action are Here.


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Daniel Costandi leading Alexander Bijkerk in the breezy Day 1 – Photo by Jon West

NSW & ACT State Championships 4-5 December

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John West Action Photo from States 2020


Our State Championship is coming up at Georges River Sailing Club 4 & 5th December.


Sailing Instructions are now posted Here.


It is great that by this date we will be able to welcome all sailors from NSW & ACT and likely some from interstate.


Because the 2022 Australian Championships in WA have had to be cancelled the States will be the ranking event for NSW & ACT sailors for 2022 ILCA World Championships except ILCA World Masters.


Georges River Sailing Club as we all know is a great club and offers beautiful sailing on Botany Bay. It will be the venue for the 2023 Australian Championships 1-8 January 2023.


The Notice of Race for the Event is Here. You can enter Here.


To compete in the States you will need to be a  member of a Laser District. Our NSW & ACT membership runs from 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022 and cost $40 or $20 if you are under 21 at 1st October 2021. You can joint or renew membership Here.

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