2016 Radial Worlds in Ireland

Good luck to the Australian sailors at the Radial Worlds at Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

A team of 9 men and 4 women is competing in the Radial Youth World Championship.

Racing starts on 25 July.

Links to evcnt reports and results will be posted when racing gets underway.

4 Australians are competing in the Radial Open Men’s Championship which is being sailed at the same time.


2016 South Pacific Laser Masters

There is a saying in Queensland about the weather “Good one day perfect the next”. Friday 22 July was the first day of the South Pacific Masters “SPLM” and all sailors were treated to a fantastic winter’s day of temp 28 deg in Brisbane on Moreton Bay with host club, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron “RQYS”.

Seabreeze forecast for Saturday was spot on with wind gusting from 12 to 22 knts from the west, always hard sailing when the winter westerlies arrive.  The day was quite warm for this time of the year 28 deg plus. Saturday was a day for heads out of the boat and keep the mast pointing in the upward position; most sailors achieved this. However race 3 was a little disaster for the leading Standards going to the wrong mark and some starting indiscretions.

Results on the RQYS website here.

Photos of the standard and radial starts, race 2 Friday.


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.

2017 Australian Laser Championship

The Notice of Race for the 2017 Laser Nationals  in Adelaide is available at the event website  http://adelaidelasernationals2017.com/
On-line entry will be available in July.

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.

Australian Sailing Youth Team Selection Policy 2017

Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) has announced its selection policy for the 2017 Australian Sailing Youth Team. The policy can be viewed online here.

Australian Laser Sailing Olympic representatives

Congratulations to Tom Burton (NSW) and Ashley Stoddart (Qld) on their selection as the Laser men and women sailing representatives for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 World Championships Mexico

Australian sailors featured strongly in recent ILCA World Laser Championships held at Nuevo Vallarta  in Mexico.

Open Women and Men

In the Women’s Championship Ashley Stoddart (Qld) finished 22nd with youth sailor Marlena Berzins (NSW) experiencing her first open World Champs.
The Men’s Championship saw 6 Australian sailors competing, with Matthew Wearn (WA) finishing 4th and Tom Burton (NSW) 6th.


The radial and standard Masters Championships were held separately for logistical reasons, with 27 Australians contesting the radials and 12 the standards. Australian sailors dominated the placings. Recent world champions, Rob Lowndes, Vanessa Dudley, Mark Bethwaite and Brett Beyer repeated their winning performances.

2016 masters cube winners from Australia:

75 plus – Kerry Waraker (Qld) 2nd; Great grand master – Rob Lowndes (NSW) 1st; Grand master – Vanessa Dudley (NSW) 1st, Jeff Loosemore (NSW) 2nd.

Great grand master – Mark Bethwaite 1st; Grand master – Gavin Dagley (Vic) 1st; Master – Brett Beyer 1st.

Late applications for ILCA World Championships

Late applications for entry in the following ILCA World Championship regattas have opened and close on 13 June for the events in Ireland and 21 June for the events in Germany.

  • 2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships, 23 to 30 July 2016, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • 2016 Laser Radial Men’s World Championship, 23 to 30 July 2016, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
  • 2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships, 30 July to 7 August 2016, Kiel Germany
  • 2016 Laser Under-21 Worlds Championships, 9 to 16 August 2016, Kiel Germany

These events have a limit on entriesInterested sailors should complete an entry application as soon as possible but please note you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer, particularly for events that are heavily subscribed.

The ILCA events site has links to the  event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

Australian Laser Masters Championship

The 2016 Australian Laser Masters Championship were held from Friday 12 February to Monday 15 February 2016 at Port Stephens with over 200 entries from around Australia and New Zealand. Full results and photos can be seen at the dedicated event website.

2016 Australian Laser Championships

The 2016 Australian Laser Championships incorporating the Open, Women and Youth Divisions were held at Belmont, NSW from 28 Dec 2015 to 4 Jan 2016 with 195 entries including 26 international sailors.  Full reports, photos and results are available at the event site here.

Standard: 1st Tom Burton (NSW) – Australian Open Standard Champion; 2nd Matthew Wearn (WA); 3rd Luke Elliott (WA); 4th Colin Cheng (SIN); 5th Mark Spearman

Under 21 Standard: 1st  Ryan Lo (SIN); 2nd Lacy Gilham (WA) – Australian Under 21 Champion; 3rd Ao Higuchi (JPN)

Radial: 1st Conor Nicholas (WA) Australian Open Radial Champion and 1st U19; 2nd Finn Alexander and 2nd U19; 3rd Brody Riley (VIC) and 3rd U19;  4th Manami Doi (JPN) and 1st Woman; 5th Ashley Stoddart (AUS), 2nd Woman and Australian Radial Woman Champion

Other radial cube winners: Under 19 – 4th Stuart Plenderleith (NSW), 5th Noah Taylor (NSW); Under 17 - 1st Sam King (TAS), 2nd Zac Littlewood (WA); Open Women – 3rd Khairunneeta Mohd Afendy (MAS); Under 19 Women – 1st Zoe Thomson (WA), 2nd Marlena Berzins (NSW)

4.7 Rig: 1st Rome Featherstone (WA) Australian 4.7 Champion and 1st U18; 2nd Hayden Coote (WA) and 1st U16; 3rd Jack Littlechild (NSW) and 2nd U18; 4th Tom Needham (QLD) and 3rd U18; 5th Finn O’Dea (WA) and 2nd U16; 6th Max Gluskie (TAS) and 3rd U16

4.7 Women: 1st Hailey Johnson Australian 4.7 Woman Champion; 2nd Emily Goodfellow (VIC); 3rd Bee Allison (WA)

The 2016 Australian Masters Laser Championships will be held in February at Port Stephens, NSW.

ISAF Youth Worlds

At the recent ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2015 held at Langkawi Malaysia, Australian sailors performed well, with Alistair Young (WA) winning the Laser Radial men and Jacinta Ainsworth (WA) 8th in the Laser Radial women.  With good results in other classes Australia was first in the ISAF Nations Trophy.

LaserWorld December 2015 issue

The December 2015 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 home page.

2015 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

At the recent Laser Radial Women’s World Chamionship in Oman, Ashley Stoddart finished 11th and qualified Australia for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Women’s Laser Radial class.  Well done!

Laser Class Announces New Standard Rig Sail Design

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced the release of a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail. The release marks the first time in over 40 years that the Laser sail design has been substantially updated.

Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new patented design features bi-radial panels, a heavier 4.5 ounce cloth and optimized reinforcement patches, all intended to maximize the sail’s competitive life. The sail also features tapered battens with Velcro batten pocket closures, a larger window for improved visibility and a patented re-designed luff tube to eliminate wrinkles at the mast joint.

The initial run of class-legal Mark II sails will be available starting 1 November 2015, with worldwide availability by early 2016. Because of the timing of the release, by agreement with International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the Mark II will not be used in the 2016 Olympic Games or any Olympic country qualifying events for 2015 or 2016.

In coordination with ISAF and the Laser Builders, ILCA will make further announcements about the availability of the Mark II sail and its use at events over the coming months.

View the full anouncement and photos of the sail on the ILCA website.