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.

Great Results in World Sailing World Youths

Two Laser Champions

Congratulations to Finn Alexander DBSC (NSW) for his win the World Sailing (ISAF) World Youth Sailing World Championship recently concluded in Auckland.

After a DSQ in the first race Finn strung together a string of four bullets in heats 4 to 7 leaving the classy fleet of 57 a tough chase.

Zoe Thompson FSC/RFBYC (WA) was 7th in the Girls Radial.

The web site for the series is HERE.

The results of the event are accessed HERE


The ALCA annual general meeting will be held at 9 am 30 December 2016 at Adelaide Sailing Club. All members of District Laser Associations are welcome to attend, however voting entitlements are limited to one representative per District.

2017 Australian Laser Championships

The 2017 Australian Laser Championships for Open, Youth and Masters will be held in Adelaide from 27 December 2016 – 4 January 2017. The Notice of Race, link to on-line entry, regatta information and news are available on the Adelaide Laser Nationals website

The organisers are looking at some great innovations this year, with daily video reports and plans to have some of the fleet tracked with GPS live on the event website.

The championships will be held at Adelaide Sailing Club which offers state-of-the-art facilities including a large grass rigging area and beach access with breakwater protection. The race course is only a 10-minute sail from the launching area, allowing for great spectating from the balcony at the clubhouse.

Over 200 sailors have entered. A short update on progress at 5 December is available here.

ILCA announces new composite top mast

ILCA media release – 5 December 2016

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a class-legal composite top mast section that is expected to be available for purchase in early 2017.

Because the new mast was designed with the exact same weight and bend characteristics as the existing aluminum upper sections, it will not provide a performance advantage but instead will eliminate the permanent bending problems associated with the aluminum spars. Read the rest of this entry »

2017 Australian Youth Champs

The 2017 Australian Youth Champs will be sailed from 10 to 14 January 2017 from Adelaide Sailing Club.  Late entries are open.  See link on Events tab.

2016 Laser reps at Youth Worlds

Finn Alexander (NSW) and Zoe Thomson (WA) will be the Australian Laser representatives at the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship from 14-20 December 2016 at Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland.

2016 Australian Sailing Awards

Laser sailors featured strongly at the 2016 Australian Sailing Awards held in Sydney in October.

Tom Burton (NSW), Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist, was named Male Sailor of the Year.
Alistair Young (WA), 2016 ISAF Youth World Radial Champion, was named Youth Sailor of the Year.
Michael Blackburn, AST Laser coach and former Laser World Champion and Olympic Laser medallist, was named Coach of the Year.
Finalists included Laser sailors Ashley Stoddart (in Female Sailor of the Year), Zoe Thomson and Conor Nicholas (in Youth Sailor of the Year).

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists across all the categories.  A full report can be viewed at

LaserWorld September 2016 issue

The September 2016 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 rules and regulations page.

2016 Rio Olympics – Lasers

Congratulations to Tom Burton (NSW) for winning the gold medal in the Laser Men at the Rio Olympics in a thrilling and tactical medal race.  Australian Sailing report here.   Ashley Stoddart (Qld) finished 3rd in the  Radial Women medal race and 9th overall.  Both were competing at their first Olympics, with current Australian Laser Champion Tom well credentialled having held No 1 World ranking in Lasers.

Congratulations to all the Australian sailors who competed at Rio, with the Nacra 17 Mixed, 470 Men and 49er Men Australian crews each winning silver medals.  Excellent daily updates were provided by Australian Sailing.  All sailing results here.

2016 Under 21 Worlds Germany

Four Australians competed at the recent Under 21 Worlds at Kiel, Germany, held at the same time as the Rio Olympics. In U21 Standard men Lachlan Gilham (WA) finished 8th U19 and 24th overall in the 144 strong fleet.
Reports on the ILCA and event websites. Links to overall results: U21 Standard Men, U21 Radial Women.

2016 4.7 Youth Worlds Germany

A team of 16 Australian sailors (14 boys in a fleet of 256 including 117 U16 and 2 girls in a fleet of 126) competed at the Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships in Kiel in August. Finn O’Dea (WA) was the best placed Australian at 2nd U16 and 20th overall with 5 Australians (one U18 and two U16 from WA and two U16 from Tas) in the boys gold fleet, 4 Australians in the boys silver fleet and both West Australian in the girls gold fleet.

Link to the event website here; direct link to the results here.