Class Name Change Press Release

The ILCA yesterday issued a press release detailing the earlier signalled name change for the Laser.

The need for the change comes following last month’s termination of the European based Laser builder Laser Performance LP. LP holds the trade mark name Laser and the Laser star burst logo in its previous supply area which is everywhere except Oceania Japan and Korea. There would be trade mark issues if boats supplied by a builder other than LP were to be supplied with the name Laser or the star burst logo anywhere outside of Oceania Japan and Korea.

Forthwith boats will be supplied from PSA, Laser Performance Japan and new builders as they are added with the name ILCA Dinghy and the ILCA logo as used by ILCA and registered some time ago.

The ILCA press release HERE explains the name change and the post HERE answers frequently asked questions on how the builder and name changes will impact and be managed in the class.


World Championships Ranking

This is a reminder on ranking for World Championships. The original post on this site July 23 2018 HERE outlined the ranking events for 2019 and 2020 World Championships in accordance with the ALCA Ranking Policy and explained the reasons for these.

The summary of this is;

Non Masters

2019 World Championships – ranking by results in 2019 Australian and Oceania Championships (Devonport).

2020 World Open Men’s Standard, Women’s Radial and Men’s Radial Worlds February 2020 Sandringham also ranked by results in 2019 Australian and Oceania Championships (Devonport).

2020 All other World Championship events held in northern hemisphere summer 2020 – ranking by results in 2020 Australian Championships (January 2020 Sandringham).

Masters

2019 Masters World Championships Port Zélande Netherlands September 2019 ranking events, each with 100 points are 2017 World Masters (Croatia), 2018 World Masters (Ireland), 2018 National Masters (Mooloolaba), 2019 National Masters (Devonport), 2017/18 Season State Masters (Various Venues) and 2018/19 Season State Masters (Various Venues).

2020 Masters World Championships Geelong March 2020 ranking events, each with 100 points will be 2018 World Masters (Ireland), 2019 World Masters (Netherlands), 2018 National Masters (Mooloolaba), 2019 National Masters (Devonport), 2017/18 Season State Masters (Various Venues) and 2018/19 Season State Masters (Various Venues).

There have been a few enquiries about World rank order when sailors have sailed the qualifying event in one rig and applied to sail in the Worlds in another. We have made provision to allow this by ranking the sailors proportional to their place in their qualifying fleet i.e. 100% if first 50% if mid fleet etc. This allows for the difference in fleet size and it allows sailors to compete with the rig most appropriate to their strength, development and the likely weather conditions. For Masters the ranking points are accumulated irrespective of the rig so already allow for different fleet sizes.

On the subject ALCA President Ken Hurling said “The years when young sailors come into the 4.7 and progress onto the Radial is a very important time in their sailing life. It’s in the younger years that injuries can happen if for example a 4.7 sailor moves into a Radial too early and is not ready for the move up. So as not to push sailors who are moving from 4.7 to Radial to compete too early in qualifying events in the larger rig we allow them to carry their qualifying place in the 4.7 into the Radial. It happens less often but the same applies to the move from Radial to Standard rig.”

Ken added “The ILCA stipulates that we only send the very best sailors to their World Championships and our ranking system is geared to ensuring this happens even as sailors progress through the rigs in their Laser Sail For Life.”


Julian Bethwaite on the C5 Design

The new C5 rig if successful in trials may be adopted as a more attractive option covering a wider weight range alongside the existing Laser 4.7. You can see a post on it on this site HERE.

Julian Bethwaite has been methodically working on the project for some time with ILCA endorsement. Julian has produced an update on the design process to date and the the testing and evaluation regime going forward in the document HERE. From this you can see how much work and fine tuning has been done to make sure that the new rig meets its design objectives.

Just for interest there is a similar piece HERE written by Laser designer Bruce Kirby in 2016 recalling how the boat was designed and built nearly 50 years ago. Interesting that Bruce wanted an above boom vang back in 1970 and says in this piece that there was not time then to develop it. Well it may have taken 49 years but the new C5 has such a vang along with many other innovations.


ILCA Seeking New Laser Builders

ILCA has today announced that it is seeking new builders to complement its existing network of Laser manufacturers.

The move comes after longtime builder of the class dinghy, Laser Performance (Europe) Limited (LPE), breached the terms of the Laser Construction Manual Agreement (LCMA), which seeks to ensure the identical nature of all Laser class boats, regardless of where they are built.

There is more information on the reasons for, and the implications of, this move on the ILCA web site HERE.

There is a Frequently Asked Questions on this on the ILCA web site HERE.


Attendance 2019 Pacific Games Samoa – 5-20 July

Australian Sailing is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for Athletes and Support Staff to attend the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa from the 5 – 20 July, 2019.

A selection criteria is now available on the AS Youth website outlining the criteria for both athletes and support staff. To be considered for the Pacific Games we ask that athletes or support staff register by the 5 April, 2019 by the close of business AEST by 1700 hrs.

Athletes  >> Click Here

Support Staff >> Click Here

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Lesley Fasala AS Manager Regattas and Events lesley.fasala@sailing.org.au


2019 New Laser Pre-orders Open

Laser production capacity will be limited in the lead up to the many events in Melbourne in 2020.

PSA say that there will be a fixed amount of production scheduled for availability per month in 2019 while they build boats for the Melbourne events.

PSA and it’s Laser dealers are encouraging sailors who want new boats to pre order them to ensure that they don’t miss out. To this end PSA and Laser dealers are taking deposits for a monthly delivery schedule.

By placing your deposit and nominating your delivery month you will be given a build slot. These monthly spots will be limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

PSA say that they can’t guarantee availability of new boats without being pre ordered in the 2019 lead-up and during these Melbourne events.

Contact your local Laser Dealer or PSA for details.


Applications Open World Masters & Under 21 Championships

Applications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 26 March 2019:

   2019 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships

For the Laser Masters World Championships, the deadline for receiving PAID applications is 2 May 2019 at 2:59 Central US Time.

   2019 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships

For the Laser Under-21 World Championships, the deadline for receiving PAID applications is 5 June 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time. 

If you would like to compete in one of these Championships, you are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by the application deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE

The ranking for Australian entries for these events will be in accordance with ALCA Masters Ranking Policy for the World Masters and by placing in the Oceania and Australian Championships 2019 (Devonport) for the Under 21 Championships.


Fiji Oceania Masters 2019 12-17 October 2019

It is on again the Laser event in paradise the Fiji Oceania Laser Masters. This year the event is from 12th to 17th October 2019 from the Sofitel Resort Denarau Island Fiji.

The Notice of Race is HERE. It contains information on entry and charter conditions for the event. Charter boats are one use PSA supplied.

You can enter online HERE. Entry is $330 which included event shirt and opening function and gala three course presentation dinner. At the same time as you enter you can book and pay for your Laser charter. You can pay a deposit of $300 to secure your Laser with the balance $1,200 payable at the same link by the end of August 2019.

The there is lots of resort accommodation available close by and more economical places to stay not far away. The Sofitel Denarau Island has some special rates available for sailors and their families. Competitors can use the code SFLASERS2019 for a special rate when booking at the Sofitel for the event.

You can get the feel of the event from the video taken last year HERE.

Watch out for more information on the event web site at https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/


2020 Laser Events Brochure

The exciting Laser events coming up in 2020 are summarised in the brochure HERE.

This is a once in a decade opportunity for our class in Australia so we want to get the maximum of exposure and publicity for for these events.

Laser sailors and clubs are requested to publicise these events.


2019 and 2020 National, Oceania and World Laser Events

It will be a very busy year for Laser sailing in Australian in 2020 with Oceania and World  Open & Masters Championships scheduled for Sandringham and Geelong.

The list of known National, Oceania and World Laser Championship events in 2019 and 2020 is below.

EventVenueDatesWeb Site
2019 Australian Oceania and World Events
2019 Australian & Oceania ChampionshipsDevonport, Tas1-8 January 2019https://www.auslasernationals.com.au/
2019 Australian Youth ChampionshipsHobart, Tas10-14 January 2019https://www.sailingyouth.org.au/home/
2019 Standard Men’s World ChampionshipSakaiminato-City, Japan2-9 July 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Radial Women’s World ChampionshipSakaiminato-City, Japan17-24 July 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Radial Man’s World ChampionshipSakaiminato-City, Japan17-24 July 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser Radial Youth World ChampionshipsKingston, Canada24-31 July 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser 4.7 Youth World ChampionshipsKingston, Canada16-23 August 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser Masters World ChampionshipsPort Zélande, Netherlands5-14 September 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019 Laser Masters Oceania Fiji ChampionshipsDenarau Island, Fiji12-18 October 2019https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/
2019 Under 21 World ChampionshipsSplit, Croatia26 Oct – 2 Nov 2019http://www.laserinternational.org/
2019/20 Victorian State ChampionshipsSandringham YC Vic23-24 November 2019http://laser2020.com/
2020 Australian Oceania and World Events
2020 Australian ChampionshipsSandringham YC Vic1-8 January 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 Australian Youth ChampionshipsSorrento Sailing Couta BC
10 – 14 January 2020
https://www.sailingyouth.org.au/home/
2020 Oceania Laser Championships  & Sail MelbSandringham YC Vic17-21 January 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 Standard Men’s World ChampionshipSandringham YC Vic9-16 February 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 Radial Women’s World ChampionshipSandringham YC Vic21-28 February 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 Radial Man’s World ChampionshipSandringham YC Vic21-28 February 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 Oceania & Australian Laser MastersGeelong YC Vic13-18 March 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 Laser Masters World ChampionshipsGeelong YC Vic19-28 March 2020http://laser2020.com/
2020 4.7 Youth World ChampionshipsArco, Italy16-24 July 2020http://www.laserinternational.org/

Entry Applications Open for ILCA World Youth Championships

Applications for entry for the following World Championships in Kingston Canada will be accepted beginning Thursday, 31 January 2019:

   2019 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships

   2019 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships

These are limited entry events with Australia’s allocation of places filled in order of ranking. The ranking event for World Championships is the preceding Australian Laser Championships – 2019 Devonport in this case.

For both of the above events, the deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 20 March 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time (16:59 21 March AEDT). .

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by the 20 March 2019 deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE


C5 Rig Update

Over 8 thousand people have viewed the Vimeo video introducing the new C5 HERE. The ILCA have placed the new rig development in perspective in a post on their web site HERE.

ILCA emphasises in the post that they have no plans to replace or remove any of the existing Laser classes. They say “the 4.7, Radial and Standard classes will continue as always with controlled, incremental evolution and development aimed at improving longevity, increasing the ease of use and reducing the cost of ownership”.

On the C5 ILCA says “development has now reached the point where it would be useful to deploy a reasonable number of sample rigs “into the field” as a test to see how they perform in racing conditions in active fleets.” and that “Performance Sailcraft Japan, which has long been championing the idea of a way to make the Laser more viable for lighter weight sailors, has stepped up to serve as the lead builder on the introduction of the C5 test rigs.”

ALCA President Ken Hurling is an enthusiastic supporter of the C5 initiative. He has commented “When you see the C5 rig on a Laser hull for the first time she is like a lady with a new dress – wonderful and looks fast. The C5 is at the end of a 4 year planning and development program. We in the Laser world have a history of slow introduction of new products taking our time and getting it right. The C5 development has involved an international team of designers, engineers, builders, lawyers and sailors operating and working to Worlds best practice to deliver the outcome.”

Ken went on to elaborate on the ILCA approved field test rigs and the timing for their introduction. Ken said “So where are we right now? Patents approved, masts, boom, sails with insert ID, parts supplies contracts to be approved, and the whole rig for final testing in March April 2019. It is hoped that the first 100 C5 Rigs should be ready for sale after May 2019 – a record for ILCA – just 4 years since the concept started. Watch closely for the C5 Rig coming to a club near you or for information from your local dealer.”


Laser World Championships Japan Application

Applications for entry for the following World Championships in Sakaiminato-City Japan will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 29 January 2019:

2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship
2019 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship
2019 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship

These are limited entry events with Australia’s allocation of places filled in order of ranking. The ranking event for World Championships is the preceding Australian Laser Championships – 2019 Devonport in this case.

For all three of the above events, the deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 9 March 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time (10 March 16:59 AEDT). If you don’t apply by this deadline you have little chance of receiving and entry offer.

The ILCA event web site HERE has all the information and links to apply.


Australian Laser Annual General Meeting Devonport 2019

Want to know a bit more about what is happening in the Australian Laser world, in Youth training and Masters sailing as well, then the comprehensive reports and meeting minutes of ALCA AGM HERE may be of interest.

As with the duck while it is all relatively calm on the surface there is some vigorous paddling going on underneath.


Passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin

It is sad to report on the passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019. Jeff died while on a ski holiday with family and friends. 

It is sad to report on the passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019. Jeff died while on a ski holiday with family and friends. 

The ILCA reports Jeff’s dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years. Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor. 

The loss of Jeff Martin will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s family and friends.


Laser Oceania & Australian Championships Devonport

The Oceania and Australian Laser Championships concluded on 8th January. Sailed from Mersey Yacht Club the event saw 148 Laser sailors split equally on two courses (Standard and 4.7 on one and Radials on the other) sailing on Bass Strait off Devonport Tasmania.

There were a number of high profile competitors from around the world competing with top Australian Laser sailors.

On the first day the legendary Bass Strait conditions did not make an appearance and no races were completed. This resulted in some very long days on the water subsequently as the race committee scheduled three race days on some with early starts. In the end all 12 scheduled races were completed.

In the Standard Rig current Laser Olympic Champion Tom Burton NSW returned from a 3 months break. Showing his skill and with a highly consistent performance he won the event with a race to spare from last year’s Champion Matt Wearn with fellow WA sailor “Swifto” Elliott third. Photo above by beau Outteridge shows Tom and Matt in close company as they were for much of the series. Current World Masters Champion Brett Beyer gave the young guns some stiff competition and finished 7th.

In the Radials current World Women’s Champion Belgian Emma Plasschaert won in a close tussle with Zac Littlewood current World Men’s Radial Champion from WA. Third was Manami Doi from Japan. The first Australian Women was Queenslander Mara Stransky who was fourth.

In an incredibly close series the 4.7’s were won by Kristen Wadley Qld by one point from Lawson McAullay WA who beat Brooke Wilson NSW by a tie break.

The full results are on the event web site HERE .

There are pictures and videos by Beau Outteridge on the event Facebook site HERE. Beau’s video wrap of the series is HERE.

The international jury were on hand to resolve the few rules issues which came up – they complimented the sailors on their knowledge and general adherence to the RRS.


Well done the Tasmania Laser Association and the Mersey Yacht Club and the large number of volunteers from around Tasmania and the big island.


2019 Laser Handbook

The ILCA has released the 2019 Laser Handbook. It has all the information you need on the class its governance rules and history.

You can download the Handbook from the ILCA web site HERE.


RQYS Oceania Laser Training Camp

Trainer and trainees at RQYS Oceania Training Camp

Over the past few months Oceania Laser Chairman Ken Hurling has been working on a training camp in Brisbane to prepare under 21 year old 4.7, Radial and Standard rig Laser sailors in Oceania for summer events in Australia. The aim to make the camp an annual event.

The camp run from 12th to 22nd December this year was to help Oceania sailors prepare for the Oceania and Australian Championships in Devonport Tasmania from the 2nd to the 8th of January 2019.

Six girls from Fiji and Australia attended and all girls improved over the 11 days of training. By the end of the camp there were less capsizes and big improvements in all sailing skills.

On the Saturday the girls entered the club races at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) One of the Fiji girls commented “It’s great to race with Laser sailors from other countries and realise there is plenty more to learn about Laser sailing”.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped and to RQYS who donated fuel and boats.

Next year this event will grow and be open to other Oceania Countries.


ILCA C5 Rig

Out for a demonstration sail on Sydney Harbour the new C5.

You can see more action and information on the C5 from its designers and sponsors the ILCA in a Vimeo video HERE.

There is an excellent post on the ILCA web site HERE which describes the their plan for sea trials of the C5 and their thoughts on rig evolution in the longer term.


Fiji Oceania Masters Concludes at Dunarau Island

The Fiji Oceania Masters Championships has just concluded at Dunarau Island Fiji.

Following the coaching sessions run by Brett Beyer AUS (current World Master Champion) the sailors got down to serious sailing in mostly ideal conditions.

After four days and eight races in the Standard fleet, Brett Beyer was the first Master and clear winner in the Standard fleet. Apprentice Master Dave Ridley of New Zealand kept Beyer on his toes, staying close by in each race and finishing second overall, only six points behind. Rounding out the podium, was Dutch Master Martin Koning who is actually tied for points with Master Peter Hurley of USA. 

The leading Laser Standard Grand Master was Canadian Rob Muru, who climbed back up to fifth place overall. The leading Great Grand Master was Richard Ineson of New Zealand, in 18th overall.

In the Laser Radials, Grand Master Roger Winton of New Zealand was first, with only seven total points over eight races. Corinthian Viliame Ratulu of Fiji had an outstanding performance the last two days finishing top-three in the final four races. Third overall was Apprentice Master Robert Vine of Thailand who also was very consistent. Australian Legend John d’Helin, came in fourth overall of the Radial fleet.

You can see the event results HERE.

There has been strong local interest in the event which is planned  to be the first of several big Laser championships staged in Fiji. Local TV has some footage and the Fiji Sun carried an item HERE.  The event web site is https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com

The spirit of the event is captured on the the Live Sail Die video HERE.