NSW ACT Laser Association

South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 9-13 July

RQYS_LogoThe SPLM is on again this year at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron 9-13 July 2020.


This is always a great event with top organisation at a fabulous club.


You can get accommodation a stones throw from the rigging area and the club restaurant and bar.


The flyer for SPLM 2020 is HERE.


Entry is $200. This includes the Laser Forum on Thursday evening and the event dinner on Saturday night.


You can get information and enter HERE.

Going Going Gone – Only a Few Places Left for Australian Laser Masters

going-going-goneThere is now a cap of 180 places on the Oceania and Laser National Masters event at Geelong 13-18th March.


There are around 15 places left so if you want to compete in this great lead-up event to the Laser Worlds at the same venue it is time to act.


The site for the event is HERE. The Notice of Race is Here.


You can enter online HERE.


Late entries are still open for the Laser Worlds. There are nearly 300 entries for this event including 166 Australians.


You can apply for Entry for the World Masters HERE.

NoR, SI’s and other documents for the World Masters are on the ILCA web site HERE.

State Masters Lake Jindabyne

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66 Laser Masters competed in the State Masters at Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club over the weekend 8-9 February. With the dire weather prevailing along the coast on the weekend we were fortunate to be able to sail the event at Jindabyne – anywhere else and the series would likely have been run in the bar.


Three races were completed on day 1 in a 12 to 22 knot SE breeze with lots of big shifts to keep the sailors on their toes.


Only one race on was completed on Sunday after the easterly breeze died leaving the Standards a very slow finish of their one race and the Radials somewhat of a lottery in the final stage of theirs.


The results for series day are HERE.


There are some photos taken by the members of LJSC HERE.


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Laser Masters States 8-9 February at Lake Jindabyne

LJSC_LogoThe State Masters, which is a cube event, will be held on the weekend 8-9th February 2020 at Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club. This will be a great lead up to the big Masters events following in Geelong.


The LJSC folks are as keen as mustard and offering a great experience and hospitality to all the sailors who make the trip.


There is lots to do in Jindabyne and in the surrounding Snowy Mountains so you can stay a while. They have had a rough time in the Kosciuszko National Park area with the fires. These did not affect Jindabyne and most of the alpine roads are now open again though the scenery may be altered a lot. Road info for alpine travellers is HERE.


There had been some concern about the road access via the Monaro Highway (Canberra to Cooma). A few days ago the highway was closed but now with conditions moderating the highway is open though there are reports of smokey conditions in parts.


Accommodation is plentiful and diverse from camping to fancy apartments. There is a list of links to some accommodation and things to do options HERE.


The club will be running a dinner on the Saturday night and has a twilight race starting at 6.00pm on Friday 7th followed by a BBQ. Breakfast, snacks, lunch and coffee will be available at the club on Saturday and Sunday, with the bar open when the fleet is ashore. A Masters event at the highest sailing club in the land – not to be missed.


A flyer for the event is HERE. The Notice of Race is HERE and you can enter online HERE or up to 11.30am on 8th February at the Lake Jindabyne Club.


The Sailing Instructions for the event are HERE.



Metro Championships DBSC Results

A regatta of two breezes Saturday top - Sunday bottom

A regatta of two breezes Saturday top – Sunday bottom

98 Lasers competed in the Laser Metropolitan Championships at Double Bay over the weekend 1-2 February.


The first three races on Saturday saw a classic Sydney Harbour NE’er around 20 knots with gusts to 30 knots as recorded at the BoM weather station on the west harbour wedding cake.  There was lots of chop from the marine traffic and the wind and a lot of activity on the harbour only some of which was under full control. Three races were completed.


Day two saw a S to SE with the first race run in Double Bay. This proved problematic so  R.O. Andrew McLachlan moved the show to Rose Bay which offered a better breeze. The breeze was quite tricky but as usual the top sailors almost always managed to hit the right side of the big shifts.


In the 4.7′s Ethan Lozevski from Dobroyd Aquatic Club and WSC managed to win in a tight series. Ethan had no wins but a very consistent five second places. Second  was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and DBSC and a point behind in third was Olivia Williams from RPAYC.


The Radials were dominated by Otto Henry WSC/DBSC/RSYS. Otto had four wins and two seconds. Daniel Costandi RSYS/DBSC/GRSC was a very consistent second from Jack Ferguson RSYS/DBSC/WSC. Evie Saunders was the first female finishing 5th. World GGM Champion Jeff Loosemore was the best of the masters and was 4th Radial overall.


Brett Beyer WSC won five of the Standard rig races and dominated this fleet. Fredrik Westman who is visiting from Finland and sailing from WSC was second in every race except Race 4 in which he beat Brett.  DBSC local Luke Parker had a consistent series beating fellow club mate and Laser State Championship winner Campbell Patton.


The results for the event are HERE.

Carbon Radial Bottom Mast Section Approved

Finally the long awaited carbon Radial bottom mast section has been approved for use.


The new mast section can be used from February in Club and District events and from September (after the Olympics) for National, Regional, World and Olympic events. This means the carbon lower section can’t be used in the World Laser Masters or National Masters events in Geelong.


The cost of the new section will be around $1,300 – current aluminium section is $440.

Metropolitan Championships Double Bay 1-2 February 2020

DBSC_Logo_SmallThe Metros are on 1st and 2nd February at Double Bay Sailing Club “the best Laser Sailing Club in the World”.


A great chance for competitive Laser racing on iconic Sydney Harbour.


The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. The Sailing Instructions are HERE. You can enter online HERE or up until 11.30am on 1st February at the club.


You will be able to park in the Double Bay Public School grounds opposite Steyne Park for $20 cash at the gate for both days. Free parking is very scarce otherwise in the area. Trailers can be left overnight on Steyne Park – there will not be any security which has not been a problem in the past.


The club will be running catering on both days and breakfast on Sunday. Drinks will available après race on Saturday. Check out the Double Bay Sailing Club web site  HERE for more updates.


We will have the option to sign on and off via SMS 0477 647 537. Sailors who have pre-entered online can deploy from other harbour clubs for the event.

Conversation With Tom Slingsby at DBSC

Tom & MartinDouble Bay Sailing Club ran a conversation session with Tom Slingsby moderated by Martin White on 26th November 2019.


They have posted a 100 minute video  of the event on Vimeo so you can see some of the great insights presented in Tom’s unassuming style.


You can see the video HERE

Boat Measurements for Masters Worlds

Masters LogoFor the Australian Championships at Sandringham in January out of 274 boats entered some 97 corrections where required at measurement. The most common issues were sail numbers and national codes (21), rudder angle (14), rudder or centreboard too thick (19).


It is likely that the boats presented for measurement for the World Masters in Geelong will have similar (or possibly worse) compliance.


Now is a good time to check your boat against the class rules. Sail number and national code (AUS) specifications are HERE . For the Worlds all boats have to have their AUS affixed in the right place and a correct full Laser number.


The specifications for centreboards and rudders are HERE  We will have a rudder and centreboard gauge available at both the Metropolitan Championships Double Bay and the State Masters at Lake Jindabyne so sailors can check out their blade thickness and rudder angle.


It is a World Championship at Geelong and Laser is a strict one design class. Check your boat and expect no mercy at measurement and you won’t be disappointed.

New Laser Builder Arrangements

ILCA_New_Logo_SIn November 2018, World Sailing approved its Olympic Equipment Strategy, which requires that any interested party who meets the necessary technical qualifications must be allowed to manufacture and sell Olympic equipment.


Seven manufacturers are now being offered provisional licenses to move forward in the builder application process. The manufacturers approved to move forward in the application process are:

  • Devoti Sailing s.r.o. (Poland)
  • Element 6 Evolution Co Ltd  (Thailand)
  • Nautivela srl (Italy)
  • Ovington Boats Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Qindao Zou Inter Marine Co., Ltd (China)
  • Rio tecna srl (Argentina)
  • Zim Sailing (United States)


In addition in December 2019 ILCA offered UK based builder Laser Performance an agreement allowing them if they choose to be re-instated as a builder. The other two existing builders Performance Sailcraft Australia and Performance Sailcraft Japan remain as fully qualified builders.


Because the Laser trademark is held by other parties the boats and equipment from the new builders will be ILCA trade marked.


The builders won’t have designated territories so any builder can sell to anyone in the World if they choose. This open market should put downward pressure on price and eradicate pockets of Laser supply drought.


There is more information on this change and the new builder selection process on the ILCA web site HERE

Australian Laser Championships

The Australian Laser Championships were sailed between 3rd and 8th January at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne with 264 competitors from 26 countries competing. The Nationals attracted many of the very best Laser sailors in the World so the standard of racing was very high.


The event is the first of a string of big Laser events including the Men’s Standard and Women’s and Men’s Radial World Championships at Sandringham in February and the Oceania and Australian and later World Laser Masters events in March at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Victoria.


Conditions where quite variable and at times challenging as Port Phillip can be. Conditions ranged from bush fire smoke affected days with light and variable winds on two days to steady winds with ideal sailing conditions and then a testing 18-25 knot south-westerly day to conclude the series. Day 2 was blown out with a strong south-west front moving over the course at start time and blowing all day. Unusually there were no sea breeze days for the whole series. The conditions were a really good test and as is often the case the top sailors managed a string of consistent places with a sprinkling of brilliance.


11 of the schedule 12 races were completed.


In the Standard rigs Australian 2020 Olympic representative and World ranked number two Matt Wearn had the series won with a race to go. This was Matt’s 5th National title. Second was World ranked number three New Zealander Sam Meech followed by his countryman George Gautrey. Mathew finished just ahead of the Kiwi duo in the 2019 Laser Worlds in Sakaiminato, Japan in July. The 2019 Worlds event was won by the 2019 National Champion and 2016 Australian Rio Olympic gold medalist Tom Burton who did not contest the National Championship.


Eight of the top ten places in the 126 boat Radial event were filled by the very talented women sailors. These were headed by two Netherlands sailors Marit Bouwmeester and up and coming Maxime Jonker who went head to head with Marit winning by just four points after a bullet in the final race.


Brody Riley from Victoria was third – a great result leading up to the Men’s Radial Worlds on the same race track in February. Queenslander Mara Stransky won a cube for fifth and was the first Australian women. Mara, who was also the first Australian woman in the 2019 Nationals in Devonport, started this series with a bang with two bullets on day 1 and looking forward to the Radial Women’s Worlds in February her form is excellent.


The 79 boat 4.7 fleet was dominated by Team Singapore’s Jonathan Lio. Jonathon won 7 of the 11 races in all conditions to be comfortably ahead of fellow Team Singapore sailor Russell Yom. First Australian was third placed Toby Coote from WA and the first female was 2019 National 4.7 Champion Queenslander Kristen Wadley. Kristen was 7th in this event.


You can see all the results HERE and event photos HERE.


You can see write ups of the event on the Laser 2020 event web site HERE.


The best way to stay in touch with this and all the Laser 2020 events is with the Laser2020 app which you can get free on the AppStore HERE or PlayStore HERE.


Matt Wearn leading the pack in the Standards at 2020 Nationals

Matt Wearn leading the pack in the Standards at 2020 Nationals

Another Bethwaite Record Set

A nice piece on 7th January by Luke Parker from Double Bay Sailing Club caught our eye. Luke reported;


Mark & Jill BethwaiteA few lucky members were present for the most wonderful of surprises last night when Mark Bethwaite set a club record which is unlikely to be beaten.


Showing his trademark speed off the line, commitment and determination, Mark announced his engagement to the wonderful Jill Blaufelder at 6.50pm and they were married by 6.54pm!!!!


A 4 minute engagement is a target to aspire for.


To be honest, I’ve had first tacks off the start line that have taken longer.


Along with all the well wishers present, all at DBSC wish Mr & Mrs B a long and happy life together.



Never too Old to Sail a Laser

Arnold Metcalf TrimIt’s Arnold Metcalf’s 90th birthday on the 12th December. He’s absolutely amazing, and is still regularly sailing his Laser at Lane Cove 12ft SSC.


The club are planning to celebrate with a short tribute and slide show on Saturday 14th December. Following the 6pm presentation there will be a BBQ.


Any past or present Laser sailors that may know Arnold are welcome to come and join the fun.


Photo right of Arnold Lasering on the Lane Cove River.


Maybe we need a new age division Grand Legend for Arnold.

NB Sailsports State Championships Georges River

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Photo by Jon West – Campbell Patton Standard Rig Laser State Champion


98 Lasers competed in the NB Sailsports NSW & ACT State Championships at Georges River Sailing Club over the weekend of 9-10 November.


The six scheduled races were completed in nice SE breezes ranging between 8 and 14 knots.


The small but competitive fleet of 4.7′s had some great racing with the ultimate winner Ethan Lozevski from Woollahra SC and Dobroyd AC. Second was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and Double Bay SC and third a visitor from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Hamish Cowell. First female was fourth placed Olivia Williams from RPAYC.


The Radial fleet of 52 saw some very tight racing and lots of black flag starts. The winner by just two points was Jack Littlechild from RSYS, DBSC and RANSA. Second was Daniel Costandi RSYS, DBSC and GRSC and third was Sofiane Karim a visitor from   Société des Régates d’Antibes - Côte d’Azur France. First female was fifth place Marlena Berzins from RSYS and DBSC.


The convincing winner in the Standards was Campbell Patton from DBSC. Campbell won five of the six races and dropped his worst place 2nd. Second was Gavin Blake also from DBSC followed by a strong supporter of our events Victorian Steve Gunther from Port Melbourne YC. Behind Campbell there was very close racing with just six points between 2nd and 6th place.


The full results for the event are:






There are lots of photos of the event by Jon West HERE.


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The smiling Radial winners – Photo by Jon West

NSW & ACT Laser Annual General Meeting 10th November


The NSW & ACT Laser Association AGM was held at the State Championship venue Georges River Sailing Club at 9.00am  on Sunday 10th November 2019.


The minutes of the meeting and Chairman’s Report are HERE.


Congratulations  to the newly elected executive of the Association who are listed in the minutes and on this web site on the Contacts tab.

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