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

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.

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, all they have to do is get their entry in prior to August 31, 2019.

To enter, go to or

If you plan to enter the Australian Championships, Sail Melbourne or any of the 2020 Laser World Championship events we suggest you visit . 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.

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 just concluded 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.

Photo above by Junichi Haria Bulkhead Magazine Japan

The full event results 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.

Class Rule Change Vote to Ensure We Remain Olympic

Voting is now open 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. 

In a vote of the ILCA World Council, this rule change was overwhelmingly approved by an 11 to 2 margin, including the unanimous approval of all six ILCA Regional Chairmen.

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


There is also a link to voting on the ILCA website:

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.


Women’s Regatta 28-29 September DBSC Sydney

Have you ever been part of a Women’s ONLY Laser Event that includes coaching AND racing and a whole lot more? Double Bay Sailing Club hosts a unique event just for women and girls sailing Lasers.

This is a sailing regatta run by womencoached by women and sailed in by women and girls on the wonderful waters of Sydney Harbour!

SAVE THE DATE – 28-29 September 2019

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! After the success of the 2018 event – The Women’s Laser Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club has locked in a date for 2019 and the regatta team are in full swing, planning the most amazing weekend of sailing (and a few other fun things),  for you!

The flyer with more information and contacts is HERE.

WomenPlease register your interest (no payment required as yet) by filling in the EOI form 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.

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

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.

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