Australian Laser Annual General Meeting Sandringham 5th January 2020

A lot has been happening in the class over the past year.

As with the duck here – while it is all relatively calm on the surface there is some vigorous paddling going on underneath.

Want to know more about the goings on in the Australian Laser world, in Youth training and Masters sailing?

Want to have your say on ALCA Laser matters?

Come along to the ALCA AGM at the Australian Championship venue Sandringham Yacht Club 9.00am on Sunday 5th January 2020. All welcome.

The agenda for the meeting is HERE.


2020 Laser World Championships – Lead Up Events

There are some great lead up events leading up to the World Championships at Sandringham and Geelong in 2020.

If too much sailing is never enough there are:

NSW & ACT State Championships 9-10 November at Georges River SC . Details are HERE.

Victorian State Championships (Open & Masters) 23-24 November at Sandringham YC. Details are HERE.

Australian Open Laser Championships 1-8 January at Sandringham YC. Details are HERE.

Sail Melbourne incorporating the Laser Oceania Championships 16-21 January at Royal Brighton YC. Details are HERE.

Australian and Oceania Laser Masters Championships 13-18 March at Royal Geelong YC. Details are HERE.


Laser 2020 App – Best Way to Stay In Touch With 2020 Events

If you plan to enter or follow 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 or go to AppStore HERE PlayStore HERE.

With the app you can 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


Entries for 2020 Summer Laser Events

Entries are still open for the Laser National Championships 1-8 January 2020 and Sail Melbourne 17-21 January 2020 at Sandringham YC Victoria. The Notice of Race for 2020 Australian Laser Championships is HERE. You can enter  HERE. The event web site is  https://www.auslasernationals.com.au

These events precede the Laser Standard Men’s and the Radial Women’s and Radial Men’s World Championships also at Sandringham. Applications for entries to these World Championships are closed and you can see the applications and ranking for positions on the International Laser ILCA site HERE.

Entries for the Standard Men’s and Radial Women’s Worlds are very limited however additional places have been made available for Australians in the Radial Men’s World Championships. Late applications for entry for the Radial Men’s event will be available on the ILCA web site from 16 October 2019.

Entries are open HERE for the Laser Masters Oceania and National Championships 13-18 March 2020 at Geelong Yacht Club Victoria.

Applications are open for the Laser Masters World Championships 19-28 March 2020 also at Geelong YC on the ILCA web site HERE. So far there are over 120 Australian Laser sailors who have applied for entry and the organisers expect that all who want to compete will be able to gain entry to these Masters events.


Laser Retained for 2024 Paris (Marseilles) Olympics

After much ado the World Sailing Council last month approved the International Laser Class Association’s bid to be retained as equipment for the 2024 Paris Olympics, with 30 voting in favour, 0 against.

There is more information on the ILCA’s web site HERE.

Part of the new arrangements leading to the Laser’s Olympic retention will see some new class builders appointed – all following the strict one design principles of the past.

More information on this is in an ILCA post HERE


Women’s Regatta at Double Bay SC a Great Success

The Women’s Laser Regatta last weekend hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club was again a great success and was fully subscribed.

Eminent coaches included Karyn Gojnich, a triple Olympian; Krystal Weir, a double Olympian, and Katie Spithill were joined by DBSC’s Marlena Berzins and Charlotte Alexander. Louise Davis, an experienced International Race Officer from Brisbane, flew in to preside as Race Officer.

The two-day event comprised yoga each morning; an on and off the water coaching clinic; debrief and Q&A; dinner at DBSC; racing all Sunday and the prize giving.

Well done the top organising team of Clare Alexander, Christine Patton, and Christine Linhart at DBSC and to all the participants.

There is a great post on the event by Di Pearson on the DBSC web site HERE.

For full results of the regatta please click HERE. Check out the international coverage HERE and HERE.

Jon West has a web site with some terrific photos of the event HERE.


Oceania Fiji Event Now Open to All Ages

Fiji is very excited to host the Fiji Oceania Masters out of the stunning Sofitel Resort and Spa on Denarau Island from the 12th to the 18th of October 2019.

Due to popular demand and to assist Fiji Laser sailors with exposure to international competition the event is now open to all age groups.

Come and sail in the Masters and bring your family to compete as well. The regatta will consist of 10 races with a compulsory lay day on Wednesday the 16th. On the lay day all competitors and family members are invited to Malamala Beach Club for a day of relaxation and to rest the body and mind before the final two days of racing.

The Sofitel has great deals for competitors and there is a wide range of accommodation options in the area to fit every budget.

Further details can be found on the web site www.oceanialaserchamps.com. We look forward to welcoming you all in the Fijian Bula Spirit – don’t miss out.

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


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.

Two Olympic places 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


CLICK HERE TO VOTE

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.

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