Oceania Fiji Event Now Open to All Ages

We have opened the Fiji Oceania Laser event to all ages to allow family groups to participate.

Details of the event are on the post HERE and the revised Notice of Race including the added age categories are HERE.

A great event not to be missed if you want participate in a Laser regatta at a fabulous venue.

Laser 2020 Olympic Qualification

The qualification of countries for places in the 2020 Olympics Tokyo with sailing in Enoshima is drawing to a conclusion. Australia has qualified to send a sailor for each of the Men’s and Women’s Laser events.

One Olympic place for an Oceania country other than Australia and New Zealand (which have each already qualified) will be determined from results in the 2020 Men’s and Women’s World’s in Sandringham in February.

The selection of events and the numbers of places for all Olympic classes and each Region is set out by World Sailing. This and the listing of countries qualified in each Olympic class is nicely summarised in a Wiki HERE.

Class Rules Change Voted In

80% of sailors voted “Yes” in the recent class rule change ballot. A 2/3rd vote for the change was required for it to be carried.

The turn out was particularly high in all the Australian Districts with 2/3rds of members casting a vote – so thanks to everyone who took the trouble to vote.

Information on the ballot outcome is on the ILCA web site HERE.

As was predicted the Laser builders and trade mark holders, due to their divergent commercial interests, did not reach any agreement to World Sailing’s new FRAND supply arrangements by the WS deadline 1 August. Thus the change to the class rules (ILCA’s Plan B) and the “Yes” vote have saved the day for Laser Olympic retention.

Following is the text of a post on the position “World Sailing (WS) can confirm the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has signed the required Olympic Classes Contract by the 1 August deadline and has also submitted additional information about the arrangements for the Class. The position has been discussed at a recent meeting of the World Sailing Board and it has requested clarification from ILCA in a small number of areas. The WS Board will then officially communicate to WS Council its position.”

ILCA still has a mountain of work before it to deliver on the new WS Olympic agreement and the FRAND equipment supply arrangements however barring any last minute hiccups our Olympic status should be retained.

World Sailing Diversity in Sailing Survey

World Sailing Trust has put together a review into diversity in sailing, trying to address the balance of opportunities for both genders.

The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, is for all those involved in the sport, male, female, on the water athletes and shore based officials, as well as boat owners and industry leaders and those that work in the industry.

There have been very few completed surveys from Australia and New Zealand to date.

The Survey which is open until the end of August is HERE.

Entries Open for 2020 World Championships Sandringham Vic

Applications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 20 August 2019:

   2020 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

   2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

   2020 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship

For all three Championships, the deadline for receiving applications is 1 October 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time (14:59 2 October AEST ). 

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.

Ranking for these events for Australian sailors is described in the post HERE.

The Men’s Standard and Women’s Radial World events will have tightly limited entry however we expect that all sailors who wish to compete and who place a timely entry will be offered a place in the Men’s Radial World event.

Fiji Oceania Masters 2019 12 to 18 October 2019

It is on again the Laser event in paradise the Fiji Oceania Laser Masters. This year the event is from 12th to 18th 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/

Chance to Win a New PSA Laser – Nationals Entry

Performance Sailcraft Australia PSA is offering early entrants in the Australian Championships the chance to win a brand new Laser with carbon top section, a beach dolly and the winner’s choice of rig. To be in the draw you need to enter the Australian Championships before August 31.

To enter, go to https://www.auslasernationals.com.au/ or https://www.trybooking.com/BDFIT.

Also associated with the Summer of 2020 events the VLA are offering until 31 July Individual Gold Sponsorships at a cost of $250.

By taking out a gold sponsorship you will go into the draw to win a new carbon top section, get a 5% discount on your own entries for the 2020 events and receive an embroidered polo shirt and bath towel and get 50 PSA points to spend with them. You will also be helping the VLA in staging these events. Details are in the flyer HERE. You can obtain a gold sponsorship HERE.

If you plan to enter the Australian Championships, Sail Melbourne or any of the 2020 Laser World Championship events we suggest you visit www.laser2020.com . From there you can download the Laser2020 app and sign up to receive newsletters which will contain updates on the events, guides to sailing at both Sandringham and Geelong, information on the social program, special offers on tours and sightseeing, and valuable sailing tips from expert coaches.

Class Rule Change Vote to Ensure We Remain Olympic

Voting is open until 31 July for a very important ILCA rule change.

Please vote “YES” to secure the future of our class and to make sure that we remain in the Olympics!

The 2019 Rule Change vote is important, as ILCA works to meet new requirements imposed by the World Sailing Council in their 2024 Olympic Equipment Policy, which includes allowing competitive supply of boats and parts by qualified builders worldwide. 

The rule change is a backup if the Laser builders can’t agree to World Sailing terms for the Laser to remain an Olympic class. If the builders agree then we don’t need the rule change but if they don’t  agree and we don’t change the Class rule then the Laser will be out of the Olympics after Tokyo 2020.

For reasons we struggle to understand the European Region EurILCA is recommending to its members to vote against the change. It is their 2024 (Paris/Marseilles) Olympics which the vote is aimed at keeping the Laser in – go figure!

The class needs your support! 

Your vote “YES” before 31 July will:

  • Make sure that our class will remain in the Olympics.
  • Allow for healthy market competition and ensure that class-legal equipment is available in ALL parts of the world.
  • Give control of our class to the sailors, not the commercial parties.

For information about the proposed rule change, click on any of the following links:

A summary of the reasons for the rule change

The text of the proposed rule change 

Detailed information about the rule change

Questions and Answers

Case for Yes vote by Dan Self

Good summary of the background and current position from Sail World

Roses Spain Forum

Sakaiminato-City Japan Forum

RQYS Brisbane Forum


There is also a link to voting on the ILCA website: www.laserinternational.org

Women’s Regatta 28-29 September DBSC Sydney

The Women’s Laser Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club is on again this year. This is a sailing regatta run by women, coached by women and sailed in by women and girls on the wonderful waters of Sydney Harbour!

Save the Dates 28-29 September.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE  You can get more information and sign up for the event HERE . There is a limit of 50 places so get in quick!

This is an important women’s initiative support by the NSW/ACT Laser Association, NB Sailsports, MUSTO and many more sponsors. If you missed it last year – you won’t want to miss it again – jump on board for a weekend of sailing, coaching, racing, yoga, dinner, organic juices and treats, and the all-important gourmet chefs dinner and fireside chat with inspirational speakers and lots more!

The flyer with more information and contacts is HERE.

Ranking for Australian Laser 2020 Events

Ranking for entry offers for the Laser 2020 National Oceania and World Championships to be held at Sandringham and Geelong is summarised below.

Australian Championships, Sandringham Yacht Club, January 1-8, 2020 – Open Entry – No Ranking

Oceania Championships in conjunction with Sail Melbourne, Sandringham Yacht Club, January 17-21, 2020 – Open Entry – No Ranking

ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship, Sandringham Yacht Club, February 9-16, 2020 – Restricted Entry – Ranking based on Devonport 2019 Nationals.

ILCA Women’s Laser Radial Championships, Sandringham Yacht Club, February 21-28, 2020 Restricted Entry – Ranking based on Devonport 2019 Nationals.

ILCA Men’s Laser Radial Championships, Sandringham Yacht Club, February 21-28, 2020 – Ranking based on Devonport Nationals however after these ranked sailors are placed additional entries will be offered in the order in which applications are made on the ILCA web site. We expect that all sailors who wish to compete will be offered entry to this event.

Oceania and Australian Laser Masters Championships, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, March 13-18, 2020 – Open Entry – No Ranking

ILCA Laser Masters World Championships, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, March 19-28, 2020 – Ranking based on results from District, National and World Championships according to ALCA Ranking Policy HERE. After these ranked sailors are placed additional entries will be offered in the order in which applications are made on the ILCA web site. All sailors who wish to compete will be offered entry to this event.

Congratulations to Tom Burton and Matthew Wearn – One Two in the Laser World Championships Sakaiminato-City Japan

Well done Tom Burton and Matthew Wearn in completing an Aussie double with two Kiwis close behind in the 156 boat Laser World Championship in July in Sakaiminato-City Japan.

Tom would have enough cubes to build a reasonable size bungalow and an Olympic gold but this is his first Laser World Championship. He and Matt will be excited and can be very proud of their results. The full event results are HERE.

Photo above by Junichi Haria Bulkhead Magazine Japan

At the same venue later in July Zac West finished 2nd in the Men’s Laser Radial World Championship with Mark Louis not far behind him at 5th place. Full results of the Radial Worlds are HERE.

South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 12-15 July

The SPLM is on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly between 12th and 15th July.

This is always a great winter event and a chance to escape to the warmer, beautiful one day perfect the next, Queensland weather. There will be charter boats available so you can be a fly in – fly out Laser sailor.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE.

Entries can be placed online HERE.

Entry prior to 5 July $195 and $245 if later.

The event is preceded by a Laser Forum on Thursday evening 11 July between 6.00 and 9.30pm at the club. There is more information on the Forum HERE.

The flyer for the event is HERE.

Progress Towards Laser Olympic 2024 Agreements

On May 19th the World Sailing Council voted to retain the Laser and Laser Radial Class boats as equipment for the Men’s and Women’s One-Person Dinghy events for the 2024 Olympics.

Full approval for the 2024 Games is now contingent on the relevant parties agreeing to the terms of the Olympic Classes Contract by August 1, 2019.

Included in this new Olympic Classes Contract is a requirement that if the boat or equipment is protected by patents, trademarks (as Laser is) or other intellectual property, the owner of the IP rights is required to grant a license to any qualified new manufacturer on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (known as ‘FRAND’).

World Sailing is leading discussions with ILCA and the builders with the goal of obtaining agreement on the Olympic Classes Contract and implementing a FRAND compliant licensing policy before August 1, 2019.

Obtaining agreement with the current builders, the IP rights holders will allow the class to remain Olympic and to continue under the Laser brand name.

ILCA has a Plan B which would remove the requirement for the boats and equipment to be provided by Laser trade mark holders. This Plan B would only be enacted if the builders and trade mark holders do not agree to the WS set terms and deadline of 1 August 2019.

Plan B requires a class rule change which it self needs a vote and 2/3rd majority approval by class members. ILCA has said that they will delay putting the rule change proposal to the vote until no agreement with the builders to WS’s terms and deadline is possible.

There is a more detailed update on the ILCA web site HERE.

There is a comprehensive description HERE by ILCA President Tracy Usher covering the issues and ILCA action on Plan A and what will be needed for Plan B. Either course of action if implemented by August 1, 2019 would see the Laser retained in the Olympics in 2024.

2020 Australian Laser Championships

The 2020 Australian Laser Championships will be held on Port Phillip, Sandringham, Victoria 1-8 January 2020. This is an open event for Standard, Radial and 4.7 Laser rigs. In February, 3 World Championships will be conducted at the same venue.

The 2020 Oceania and Australian Laser Masters Championships will be held on Corio Bay, Geelong, Victoria 13-18 March 2020 immediately preceding the 2020 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships at the same venue. This is a Masters (35 years +) event for Standard, Radial and 4.7 Laser rigs.

You can download the Laser2020 App to your phone for all news update, race documents, competitor lists, results, weather and much more.

Also you can get all the information race documents and enter from the updated web site for the events HERE.

There is a Gold Sponsorship offer for the event open until the end of July 2019. You can see the details on the flyer HERE.


World Sailing Retains Laser for Paris 2024 Olympics

World Sailing Council meeting in London on Sunday 19th May decided to retain the Laser as the Olympic one person dinghy equipment for 2024 Paris Olympics.

The previous day the World Sailing Equipment Committee had met, also in London, and voted to recommend to the World Sailing Council that the RS Aero be selected for Paris 2024 Olympics. Their voting was 9 for Aero, 3 for Laser and no votes for either the D-Zero or Melges 14. This followed tenders from 8 classes of boat and sea trials and detail evaluation of four (Laser, Aero, D-Zero and Melges 14) by an Evaluation Panel. The Evaluation Panel’s report HERE concluded that the Aero and Laser were suitable Olympic equipment but it scored the Aero higher on most of its criteria.

The recommendation from the Equipment Committee was rejected by the 19th May World Council meeting and so the process moved to a ballot where World Council Members cast votes on the four boats. The results of these votes were;

Men’s Dinghy 36 for Laser 5 for Aero and none for D-Zero and Melges 14
Women’s Dinghy 37 for Laser 4 for Aero and none for D-Zero and Melges 14

The International Laser Class Association on 20 May said the following;

“The vote was an important milestone but is not the end of the process. All contractual agreements must be successfully concluded by 1 August or the council will select new Equipment. ILCA has been working to ensure that the class is able to implement World Sailing’s FRAND compliance policy, which is a requirement for Olympic Equipment.

ILCA is looking forward to a scheduled meeting later this week with representatives of World Sailing, Performance Sailcraft Australia, Performance Sailcraft Japan, and LaserPerformance to look for ways we can move forward together for the benefit of sailors and the sport worldwide.”

More information is on the World Sailing website HERE.

Class Olympic Selection

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is working very hard to ensure that the Laser is retained as the men’s and women’s single-handed dinghy class for the Olympics for 2024 and beyond.

As a part of World Sailing’s (WS) evaluation process for the Olympic equipment selection sea trials were held last month in Valencia Spain between the Laser and three other nominated designs (Devoti D-Zero, RS Aero and Melges 14).

A new and now mandatory requirement by WS for Olympic equipment is that there must be a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) competition in its supply. This new WS arrangement required ILCA to negotiate with the class builders and have them agree to it.

Local Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) and Performance Sailcraft Japan (PSJ) have agreed and all new ILCA appointed class builders will also have to agree to the FRAND arrangements. It was essential that ILCA meet WS’s FRAND conditions for the boat to be considered for Olympic retention.

A decision on the Olympic equipment is scheduled to be made by World Sailing at their meeting in mid-May. ILCA are optimistic about the outcome, however at this stage neither the timing or the outcome is certain.

ILCA Class Name Change

On 25th April the ILCA issued a press release detailing the earlier signalled name change for the Laser.

Why the Change?

There has been dispute and friction between the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and the largest licensed Laser builder UK based Laser Performance Europe (LPE). Many attempts to resolve the dispute by negotiation have failed.

LPE makes around 80% of the Lasers in the World and holds the trade mark name Laser and the Laser star burst logo everywhere in the World except Oceania, Japan and South Korea.

On 27 March 2019 ILCA announced HERE that it was removing LPE as an approved builder and was negotiating with several companies interested in being added to the approved builders Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) and Performance Sailcraft Japan (PSJ).

ILCA said that it took this action because LPE breeched the Builders Construction Manual Agreement by refusing to allow ILCA to inspect and audit their production facility. This audit process is to ensure compliance with the strict one design policy of the Laser class.

ILCA took this step in full knowledge that LPE owned the rights to the Laser name and Laser starburst logo and that a consequence rebranding of the class would be needed. ILCA subsequently announced this rebranding in a press release on 25th April HERE

What Happens Now?

ILCA will seek member approval of the name and logo change. If it is approved it will be sent to World Sailing for formal approval. The process and the reasons for it are outlined in more detail on the ILCA web site HERE.

From now boats will be supplied from PSA, PSJ and new builders with the name ILCA Dinghy and the ILCA logo in place of Laser and the Laser starburst.

All existing Laser class legal boats and equipment will remain legal and we will see some new ILCA branded gear come on to the water over the next few months.

Because LPE does not hold the Laser trademark in Australia we can continue to use the Laser name and logo. In due course it is expected that we would change our naming and documentation to reflect the new ILCA brand. We are fortunate that we can make the changes at our convenience and when it is clearer what the landscape will look like in the new ILCA Dinghy land.

Until new builders come on stream PSA is ramping up production from levels already elevated due to the upcoming busy event schedule in Victoria in 2020. As we recommended last month HERE, if you are planning to get a new boat for next season then you need to place a reservation with your dealer.

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).


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.