ILCA Proposed Rule Changes

International Laser Class Association ILCA is proposing rule changes to relax or remove previous restrictions in four areas:

  • Use of electronic compasses
  • Use of boat or body mounted cameras
  • Freedom of attachment points for shock cord clew inhauls
  • Allow one cleat and one turning block on hiking strap

Members of a Laser District can vote on these changes until 10th October 2017.

Click HERE to see full detail of the proposed changes and to vote on them.


Entries for ILCA World Standard & Masters

Applications for entry will open Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 00:01 Central US time for the 2017 ILCA World Standard and Masters Championship regattas.

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 16 May 2017, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the district entry allocations.

2017 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

2017 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships

A word to the wise from our Masters Rep Rob Lowndes follows:

I don’t know how many entries will be allowed but last I heard it will be limited by the amount of rigging space which seems a shame.  It will be the usual thing with limited acceptances to start with.  Our ALCA ranking policy will apply (http://www.lasersdownunder.com/masters-policy/).   It could be quite a while before we know if, for the first time ever, all Aussies who want to go will not get in!  So remember first in, best dressed…..


Entries for Laser World Radial Championships

Applications for entry will open Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 00:01 Central US time for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

  •      2017 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
  •      2017 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship
  •      2017 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship

For all events, The deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 25 April 2017 at 23:59 Central US Time.

Note: Central US Time is 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and 17 hours behind Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

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 25 April 2017, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the district entry allocations.

2017 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships

2017 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

2017 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship


Applications for ILCA 4.7 Youth & Under 21 Worlds Open 15 February

Applications for entry for two 2017 ILCA Laser World Championships will open Wednesday, 15 February:

  • 2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
  • 2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships

Information about the ILCA Laser World Championships can be found on the ILCA Events Page HERE.

If you don’t apply by the 28 March 2017 application deadline you may have little chance to receive an entry offer for these events.


Removing Rule 42 from WS & Olympic Laser Events

We have recently become aware that World Sailing WS (was ISAF) is considering a proposal to remove Rule 42 “Propulsion” from Laser sailing at World Sailing and Olympic events.

Rule 42 prevents pumping, rocking, ooching, sculling and repeated tacks and jibes to propel a boat. Already for many classes most notably Finns and RS-X and other boards these techniques are permitted and practiced to the extreme in some conditions. If you want to see what sailing without Rule 42 looks like have a look at the short video clip from the Rio Olympics HERE.

The main motivation for this change by World Sailing WS is said to be to “increase athleticism and competitiveness on downwind legs”. Others suggest that their focus is on making the sport more exciting for spectators and hence more marketable.

It is our view that this proposed change as it inevitably trickles down from international to national, state, interclub and ultimately club events will be quite negative for Laser sailing generally.

We the ALCA have written to Australian Sailing’s AS President Matt Allen expressing our concern and seeking their support to attempt prevent this change. AS at least have a seat at the WS table though we have to realistic about our place in the big wide world – just recently illustrated when the leader of the free world did not know the name of the President of Australia or in fact that we don’t have one.

If you are interested in this subject you can read our letter to AS which explains our concerns and our reasons for opposing this change HERE.


Sail Mooloolaba Regatta Qld Laser States

There is a flyer for the Sail Mooloolaba Regatta which incorporates the Queensland Laser State Titles HERE. The regatta will be held on 25th and 26th March on Mooloolaba Bay.

The Notice of Race for the event and more information is HERE.

The next Australian Laser Masters Championship will be held at the same venue next year between the 9th and 12th February 2018. A event not to be missed for Laser masters sailors.


Tom Burton Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Tom Burton following his award of an Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day.

Tom was joined by 21 other Olympic Athletes recognised in the Australia Day awards. The list and  a story of the sporting awards is HERE.


Volunteering Laser Nationals at RQYS

Another great event coming up with the 2018 Laser Australian Championship to be held at the fabulous Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The club has a great volunteer program and a large number of people involved in it. However with big events like he Laser Nationals there is always scope for new people to help out.

RQYS Volunteer Co-ordinator Susie Jones would be happy to talk to people who may be able to help out over Christmas/New Year.

If you have or know people who may be interested in the courses or in volunteering at the Nationals please contact Susie Jones at:

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron 578 Royal Esplanade PO Box 5021 MANLY QLD 4179
OFFICE: 07 3396 8666 MOBILE: 0438 930 990 FAX: 07 3393 4100 MARINA: 07 3393 3554

Susie is also running race management courses which could be good for locals.

Courses Susie plans in the short term are:

  • Race management for all on water volunteers (4th Feb, 4th Mar, 1st Apr 2017)
  • RQYS Powerboat handling/emergency procedures (11th Feb, 11th mar, 8th Apr 2017)
  • Course Laying Session One (18th Feb, 18th Mar, 15 Apr 2017)
  • Course laying Session Two (25th Feb, 25th Mar, 22 or 29th Apr 2017)

ALCA AGM Minutes and Reports

The Minutes of the Australian Laser Class Association held at the Adelaide Sailing Club co-incident with the National Championship are HERE.

The meeting went for 90 minutes and is the only formal meeting of the ALCA in the year so there was a lot covered.

Normally we all avoid meetings like the plague and reading meeting minutes is usually one step worse. In this case if you scan the document and the attached reports you will get some idea of the activities of the class locally and internationally. You can see the different approaches and initiatives undertaken in the Districts and initiatives and results in Youth and Masters sailing covering our 8 to 80 years of age membership.

For the mearly curious but time challenged I have posted ALCA Chairman Ken Hurling’s Report separately HERE. Among other issues Ken talks about the new ILCA Oceania region and the prospect of a World Sailing ranking points regatta in our new region. Also Ken refers to the ALCA Vic Laser District bid to hold the 2020 World Open and Masters Championship events in Melbourne & Geelong.


New Racing Rules of Sailing

The new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 have come into force from 1st January.

You can see and download a copy from the World Sailing web site HERE.

There are changes to sailing administration however there don’t appear to be any big changes to the rules though Rule 18.3 has been re-written.


Austrailian Sailing and AIS Survey

Australian Sailing and the Australian Institute of Sport are seeking information from sailors on success factors in the sport.

They are seeking responses from sailors born from 1965 onwards and are offering a draw for Zhik vouchers as an incentive.

They say the survey should take 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

You can see more information about the survey HERE.

You can access the survey HERE.


Laser Nationals Adelaide Sailing Club Results

Well done to everyone of the 210 competitors in the 2017 Laser Australian Championship held at Adelaide Sailing Club over Christmas – New Year.
The winds were uncharacteristically light in the first three days but improved after the New Year’s Day break.

The Standards and 4.7s saw emphatic wins by Matthew Wearn RPYC/FSC (WA) and Jack Littlechild WSC/BSC/RSYS (NSW) respectively. Both sailors had their events wrapped up before the last day.

This was far from the case in the Radials where the top five positions were up for grabs in the final race. With highly variable conditions on the final day only one race was completed so the tension on the course was at high levels. The ultimate Radial winner was Rhett Gowans Mornington YC (Vic) who won the final race to take the lead and a win by two points from Caelin Winchcombe GBYC/FYC (WA) with Brody Riley McCYC/MYC (Vic) a point away third. The Women’s winner was Rio Olympic Representative Ashley Stoddart RQYS (Qld) who was 5th overall.

55 of 210 competitors were Masters sailors including two current World Masters Champions. Add did well in the testing conditions.

Congratulations to Adelaide Sailing Club and their great team of volunteers as well as PRO Ross Wilson and his team for the professional way in which the series was run.

The event web site is here and full results are here.

The 2018 Laser Nationals will be at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Brisbane over Christmas New Year and the separate National Masters will be at Mooloolaba Qld in February 2018.