Australian Youth Champs
A reminder late entry fees apply from 4th December for the Australian Youth Champs. See link on Event tab.
2017 Australian Laser Championships
The 2017 Australian Laser Championships for Open, Youth and Masters will be held in Adelaide from 27 December 2016 – 4 January 2017. The Notice of Race, link to on-line entry, regatta information and news are available on the Adelaide Laser Nationals website http://adelaidelasernationals2017.com/.
The organisers are looking at some great innovations this year, with daily video reports and plans to have some of the fleet tracked with GPS live on the event website.
The championships will be held at Adelaide Sailing Club which offers state-of-the-art facilities including a large grass rigging area and beach access with breakwater protection. The race course is only a 10-minute sail from the launching area, allowing for great spectating from the balcony at the clubhouse.
2016 Laser reps at Youth Worlds
Finn Alexander (NSW) and Zoe Thomson (WA) will be the Australian Laser representatives at the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship from 14-20 December 2016 at Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland.
2016 Australian Sailing Awards
Laser sailors featured strongly at the 2016 Australian Sailing Awards held in Sydney in October.
Tom Burton (NSW), Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist, was named Male Sailor of the Year.
Alistair Young (WA), 2016 ISAF Youth World Radial Champion, was named Youth Sailor of the Year.
Michael Blackburn, AST Laser coach and former Laser World Champion and Olympic Laser medallist, was named Coach of the Year.
Finalists included Laser sailors Ashley Stoddart (in Female Sailor of the Year), Zoe Thomson and Conor Nicholas (in Youth Sailor of the Year).
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists across all the categories. A full report can be viewed at http://www.sailing.org.au/rio-stars-shine-2016-australian-sailing-awards/.
LaserWorld September 2016 issue
The September 2016 issue of LaserWorld is available to download or view on line on the ILCA website here. Previous issues of LaserWorld from October 2005 through to the latest issue are available at the same website.
The Laser Class Rules effective 1st January 2016 can be downloaded from the ILCA rules and regulations page.
2016 Rio Olympics – Lasers
Congratulations to Tom Burton (NSW) for winning the gold medal in the Laser Men at the Rio Olympics in a thrilling and tactical medal race. Australian Sailing report here. Ashley Stoddart (Qld) finished 3rd in the Radial Women medal race and 9th overall. Both were competing at their first Olympics, with current Australian Laser Champion Tom well credentialled having held No 1 World ranking in Lasers.
Congratulations to all the Australian sailors who competed at Rio, with the Nacra 17 Mixed, 470 Men and 49er Men Australian crews each winning silver medals. Excellent daily updates were provided by Australian Sailing. All sailing results here.
2016 Under 21 Worlds Germany
Four Australians competed at the recent Under 21 Worlds at Kiel, Germany, held at the same time as the Rio Olympics. In U21 Standard men Lachlan Gilham (WA) finished 8th U19 and 24th overall in the 144 strong fleet.
Reports on the ILCA and event websites. Links to overall results: U21 Standard Men, U21 Radial Women.
2016 4.7 Youth Worlds Germany
A team of 16 Australian sailors (14 boys in a fleet of 256 including 117 U16 and 2 girls in a fleet of 126) competed at the Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships in Kiel in August. Finn O’Dea (WA) was the best placed Australian at 2nd U16 and 20th overall with 5 Australians (one U18 and two U16 from WA and two U16 from Tas) in the boys gold fleet, 4 Australians in the boys silver fleet and both West Australian in the girls gold fleet.
2016 Radial Worlds in Ireland
Congratulations to Zoe Thomson (WA) winning the Radial Youth Girls World Championship, and to Finn Alexander (NSW) 5th overall in the Boys Division.
The Radial Youth and Radial Open Men’s World Champs were sailed at Dun Laoghaire, Dublin in variable conditions. Australia was well represented. In the Youth Boys fleet of 229, five of the nine Australians finished in the gold fleet. In the Youth Girls fleet of 76 the four Australians finished in the top 26. In the Open Men’s fleet of 42 Richard Maher was the best placed of the four Australians.
Photos and reports can be seen on the event website here and the ILCA website; direct link to results here.
South Pacific Laser Masters final results
Day 4 was another hard day for the race officer, the morning westerly came and went with 2 N flag cancellations. With a feeling of here we go again another day 3, a NE wind came from nowhere at 010 deg and the fleet had 2 great races. This was the end of a great Regatta and the decider of the overall winners.
Standard: Greg Adams GM, Dan Blight A, Tony Baisden M, Frank Walsh GGM.
Radial: Danny Fuller A, Mark Kennedy GM, Mike Knowsley M, Martin Linsley GGM
4.7: George Meikle
A big thank you to QLA and RQYS. Link to event site here, final results after Day 4 here. Read the rest of this entry »
Laser Charters for 2017 NZ Regattas
New Zealand has a busy season of regattas coming up, with the 2016 ISAF Youth Worlds in December, 2017 New Zealand Laser Nationals in January, the inaugural Yachting NZ 2017 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta in February and 2017 World Masters Games in April.
PSA is supporting sailing in New Zealand by providing a large fleet of charter boats in NZ at the various regattas for the coming summer.
Click here for pricing and PSA contact details for Laser charters for the 2017 NZ Laser Nationals at Taupo YC January 19 to 22, 2017 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta at Auckland February 4 to 6 and the 2017 World Masters Games at Torbay SC April 21 to 30.
It would be great to get as many Aussie Laser Sailors to the events as possible. More information on the events can be found at the New Zealand Laser Association website.
2016 South Pacific Laser Masters
The South Pacific Laser Masters are on again at Royal Qeensland Yacht Squadron from 22-25 July 2016. Entries close 15 July. Promotional flyer here.
Entry and Notice of race here.