As Billy Joel sang in The Piano Man back in 73 “It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday” Double Bay Sailing Club set a new fleet record last weekend for a Saturday club race with 76 Lasers competing.
Three were elite sailor visitors Mara Stransky (Australian Olympic Rep), Zoe Thompson (Australian Sailing Team Member) and Emma Plasschaert (Belgian Olympic Rep). They along with DBSC’s NSW Institute of Sport members – Daniel Costandi, Mina Ferguson, Evie Saunders and Brooke Wilson made for stiff competition in the Radials.
If you want to join the crowd at DBSC check their web site HERE.
We have a new mobile app which each Australian Laser district can use and which will provide notifications, information, documents, results etc. relevant to our district and regattas.
Many sailors will have seen how useful this information and notifications are for regattas when a similar app was used at the Victorian 2020 events earlier in the year.
The app is free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store – just search “Australian Lasers” and look for the distinctive app logo or click on one of the links below.
You will get notifications of any new information on one Australian Laser district and one Regatta which will be the last district and last regatta which you accessed.
With the October changes to COVID health orders we are able to run the NB Sailsports NSW & ACT Open State Championships at Belmont 16s 5-6 December. Everyone who enters will have the chance to win a Laser sail donated by NB Sailsports’ Rob McMillan. The winner to be drawn at the presentation.
The States is a cube event for open and youth categories. As usual there will be prizes for masters categories at the States but Masters cubes will be awarded at the State Masters event at Jervis Bay 13-14 February 2021.
We will have some new land arrangements for the States as part of our COVID Safe Plan to maintain social distancing. Due to COVID safe requirements of the club this event will be limited to 120 entries and no beach entries will be accepted. We average around 100 entries for our States so the 120 limit may not be reached. If it is then entries will be closed so best to place your entry now online HERE. See who has entered HERE.
After the disappointments of postponed Nationals and cancelled World Championship events we are all looking forward to actually sailing in an event in our own bubble.
Don’t forget if you are entering the States or our other events you need to have current membership. Membership runs from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021 and can be paid HERE. Members of Lane Cove 12 ft SSC and MHASC have membership paid by their clubs.
Australian Sailing has announced HERE that it has ceased running Australian Youth Championships. It will continue to run State Youth Championships once COVID-19 orders allow.
Following AS’s change ALCA has announced that it will be placing additional emphasis on Youth at the Australian Championship events. The Laser Australian Championships already include Youth categories as cube events. These championships will become the selection event for the Laser sailors in the World Sailing run Youth Sailing World Championships and are and will remain the ranking events for applicants for all ILCA World Championships.
ALCA will rename the Australian Championships as Australian Laser Open and Youth Championships. Going forward these championships will always be run as separate events from the Masters while the Australian Laser Masters will be run as a separate annual event.
The Australian Open and Youth Championship 6 year rotation around the states will be unchanged though as previously advised the WA event at Fremantle SC due to COVID-19 will be postponed for one year.
The separate Australian Masters event will be held on a three year rotation around the east coast mainland states.
ALCA expects that with the greater focus on youth in the National Open and Youth Championships and with the increase in emphasis and numbers in the 4.7 at these events the Laser Nationals will continue to grow and prosper.
The separate National Masters events have always been popular and very well attended. ALCA considers that running more of these will increase Master’s participation and interest.
The rotation sequence for these events will be as follows:
|Open & Youth||Masters|
|2021||No Event||No Event|
|2022||WALA (Fremantle)||VLA (Venue TBA)|
|2023||NSW & ACT (Georges River)||NSW & ACT (Port Stephens)|
|2026||TDLA||NSW & ACT|
The decision follows from the NSW Office of Sport recommendation last week that community sports organisations cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions including participants from different regions within Greater Sydney.
DBSC Commodore Andrew Cox’s notice on the event is HERE.
The club is really keen to run the event and it has been scheduled for 25-26 September in 2021.
Australian Sailing has issued guidance on running of club sailing and events which you can see HERE.
Pertinent to our NSW & ACT Laser events are the points:
• Club racing and regattas are able to continue, however clubs are being asked to avoid events where competitors are coming from areas outside your club’s metro areas where possible.
• Avoid travel to regattas outside your local area.
Our events this season are outside Sydney except for the Metropolitan Championship (Hunters Hill). Under this guidance we are advised to avoid running these events and in effect the vast majority of our sailors are advised not to attend them.
While the situation may change it seems unlikely that it will leading up to our planned Coast Championship at Port Kembla (24-25 October). So rather than leaving sailors hanging on we have decided to cancel the Coast Championship this year.
We are hopeful that our States at Belmont (5-6 December) will be able to proceed. We will review the situation in September.
Due to uncertainty about COVID-19 health orders and border restrictions, ALCA in consultation with event organisers WA Laser Association and Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC), has decided to postpone the 2021 Australian Laser Championships to 1-8 January 2022 at FSC.
The Australian Open Laser Championship rotation order is unchanged so an effect of this postponement is that our NSW & ACT hosted Australian Open and Australian Masters Championships will be delayed by one year. The now 2023 Australian Open Championships will be at Georges River Sailing Club 1-8 January 2023 and the Australian Laser Masters 2023 will be at Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club 10-13 February 2023.
As you may be aware Australian Sailing has cancelled their Australian Youth Championships 2021 which were to be held at SoP YC WA. They had earlier conveyed their decision not to run National Youth Championships after 2021.
The Women’s Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club will be held on 26 and 27 September 2020, This will be the first Australian Laser regatta of the 2020-21 season.
After the success of the 2018 and 2019 regattas, the organising team of Clare Alexander and Christine Patton are back to present the not-to-be-missed annual event for women Laser sailors of all ages and abilities.
Due to the current COVID-19 public health advice and the safety plan adopted by Double Bay Sailing Club, the format of the regatta will be different from previous years.
The entry fee covers the cost of the sailing competition which includes 2 days of racing. Ten races are scheduled of which four will constitute a series. If permitted there will be other activities such as yoga, land-based classroom sessions, a dinner function, and presentations. If it is possible to run these additional activities then they will be included in the event fee.
To register for this event;
- Download and read the Notice of Race HERE
- Complete the Registration form HERE
- Once you submit the registration form, you will be re-directed to a payment page where you are required to pay the entry fee using a credit card
- You will receive email confirmation of your registration
Please feel free to contact Event Secretary Clare Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0409 391 304 with any questions about the NOR or the registration process.
Queensland Laser Association has cancelled the South Pacific Laser Masters scheduled for 7-10 August at RQYS. An open Laser event over the weekend 8-9 August will be run instead for those who are in, or can enter, Queensland.
QLA President Michael Wilson has issued the following release.
On behalf of the QLA I’m disappointed to advise that we have been forced to cancel the South Pacifc Laser Masters (SPLM) regatta due to competitors from New Zealand, Victoria and Greater Sydney being unable to attend.
If you have already entered we are in the process of returning your entry fee via RQYS.
In lieu of SPLM we are intending to hold a two day regatta, the Queensland Mid-Winter Laser regatta, on the same weekend which will be open to all Laser sailors, not just Masters. If you can travel to RQYS for the 8th and 9th August we would love to see you at this regatta.
A Notice of Race and entry registration will shortly be available on the RQYS web site.
The training camp is design to suit Laser 4.7 and Radial sailors looking to get the fundamentals of Laser/ILCA sailing well grounded, and be challenged by advanced skills and drills.
- When: 13-15 July, 0800 to 1200hrs each day
- Where: Hunters Hill Sailing Club
- Cost: $220 incl GST plus RevSports booking Fee
- Coach: Brett Beyer
You can book your place on the Hunters Hill Sailing Club web site at https://www.huntershillsailingclub.org.au/events/68445/
One of the first to get going is Royal Price Alfred Yacht Club. Their Seldon sponsored Winter Series kicks off on 14th June and runs every second week until 6 August.
If your club is running an open entry winter event then let us know and we will publicise it.
The new arrangements as applicable to sailing a Laser are summarised as;
- Club activities including racing can resume as long as the Public Health Order is complied with.
- No limit on the number of boats in a race.
- Outdoor activities only. Change rooms, canteens and kitchens should remain closed – arrive dressed and ready to sail.
- Coaching and onshore activities limited to 10 persons.
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable and follow the one person per 4 square metres rule ashore.
- Contact Tracing records must be kept.
The full update applicable for all forms of sailing are on the Australian Sailing web site HERE.
For the ACT the advice we have is HERE.
International Laser Class Association has been trying to find a viable arrangement to allow the Radial and 4.7 Youth and Under 21 World Championships to proceed. These events were scheduled for July and August in Italy and Poland. ILCA have now concluded that the three events can’t be run and they are cancelled. Notice is HERE.
It was fortunate as it transpired that, in spite of bush fire smoke and some ordinary winds, the main Men’s and Women’s Laser Worlds and the Radial Men’s Worlds were able to be concluded at Sandringham before CV emerged.
Planning for 2021 events has proceeded and dates and venues for five of the World Championships have been announced HERE. These and our NSW & ACT, Australian and Oceania events planned for 2020/21 are listed on the Events Page of this site HERE.
Photo by Michael Kurtz of the 125-foot historic 19 Metre Class Fife design Mariquita launched in 1911.
Social distancing almost as good as sailing your Laser.