Australian Laser Annual General Meeting Devonport 2019

Want to know a bit more about what is happening in the Australian Laser world, in Youth training and Masters sailing as well, then the comprehensive reports and meeting minutes of ALCA AGM HERE may be of interest.

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

Passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin

It is sad to report on the passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019. Jeff died while on a ski holiday with family and friends. 

It is sad to report on the passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019. Jeff died while on a ski holiday with family and friends. 

The ILCA reports Jeff’s dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years. Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor. 

The loss of Jeff Martin will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s family and friends.

Laser Oceania & Australian Championships Devonport

The Oceania and Australian Laser Championships concluded on 8th January. Sailed from Mersey Yacht Club the event saw 148 Laser sailors split equally on two courses (Standard and 4.7 on one and Radials on the other) sailing on Bass Strait off Devonport Tasmania.

There were a number of high profile competitors from around the world competing with top Australian Laser sailors.

On the first day the legendary Bass Strait conditions did not make an appearance and no races were completed. This resulted in some very long days on the water subsequently as the race committee scheduled three race days on some with early starts. In the end all 12 scheduled races were completed.

In the Standard Rig current Laser Olympic Champion Tom Burton NSW returned from a 3 months break. Showing his skill and with a highly consistent performance he won the event with a race to spare from last year’s Champion Matt Wearn with fellow WA sailor “Swifto” Elliott third. Photo above by beau Outteridge shows Tom and Matt in close company as they were for much of the series. Current World Masters Champion Brett Beyer gave the young guns some stiff competition and finished 7th.

In the Radials current World Women’s Champion Belgian Emma Plasschaert won in a close tussle with Zac Littlewood current World Men’s Radial Champion from WA. Third was Manami Doi from Japan. The first Australian Women was Queenslander Mara Stransky who was fourth.

In an incredibly close series the 4.7’s were won by Kristen Wadley Qld by one point from Lawson McAullay WA who beat Brooke Wilson NSW by a tie break.

The full results are on the event web site HERE .

There are pictures and videos by Beau Outteridge on the event Facebook site HERE. Beau’s video wrap of the series is HERE.

The international jury were on hand to resolve the few rules issues which came up – they complimented the sailors on their knowledge and general adherence to the RRS.

Well done the Tasmania Laser Association and the Mersey Yacht Club and the large number of volunteers from around Tasmania and the big island.

2019 Laser Handbook

The ILCA has released the 2019 Laser Handbook. It has all the information you need on the class its governance rules and history.

You can download the Handbook from the ILCA web site HERE.

RQYS Oceania Laser Training Camp

Trainer and trainees at RQYS Oceania Training Camp

Over the past few months Oceania Laser Chairman Ken Hurling has been working on a training camp in Brisbane to prepare under 21 year old 4.7, Radial and Standard rig Laser sailors in Oceania for summer events in Australia. The aim to make the camp an annual event.

The camp run from 12th to 22nd December this year was to help Oceania sailors prepare for the Oceania and Australian Championships in Devonport Tasmania from the 2nd to the 8th of January 2019.

Six girls from Fiji and Australia attended and all girls improved over the 11 days of training. By the end of the camp there were less capsizes and big improvements in all sailing skills.

On the Saturday the girls entered the club races at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) One of the Fiji girls commented “It’s great to race with Laser sailors from other countries and realise there is plenty more to learn about Laser sailing”.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped and to RQYS who donated fuel and boats.

Next year this event will grow and be open to other Oceania Countries.


Out for a demonstration sail on Sydney Harbour the new C5.

You can see more action and information on the C5 from its designers and sponsors the ILCA in a Vimeo video HERE.

Fiji Oceania Masters Concludes at Dunarau Island

The Fiji Oceania Masters Championships has just concluded at Dunarau Island Fiji.

Following the coaching sessions run by Brett Beyer AUS (current World Master Champion) the sailors got down to serious sailing in mostly ideal conditions.

After four days and eight races in the Standard fleet, Brett Beyer was the first Master and clear winner in the Standard fleet. Apprentice Master Dave Ridley of New Zealand kept Beyer on his toes, staying close by in each race and finishing second overall, only six points behind. Rounding out the podium, was Dutch Master Martin Koning who is actually tied for points with Master Peter Hurley of USA. 

The leading Laser Standard Grand Master was Canadian Rob Muru, who climbed back up to fifth place overall. The leading Great Grand Master was Richard Ineson of New Zealand, in 18th overall.

In the Laser Radials, Grand Master Roger Winton of New Zealand was first, with only seven total points over eight races. Corinthian Viliame Ratulu of Fiji had an outstanding performance the last two days finishing top-three in the final four races. Third overall was Apprentice Master Robert Vine of Thailand who also was very consistent. Australian Legend John d’Helin, came in fourth overall of the Radial fleet.

You can see the event results HERE.

There has been strong local interest in the event which is planned  to be the first of several big Laser championships staged in Fiji. Local TV has some footage and the Fiji Sun carried an item HERE.  The event web site is

The spirit of the event is captured on the the Live Sail Die video HERE.


Australian and Oceania Laser Championships 2019 – Devonport

The Australian and Oceania Laser Championships are fast approaching. The event runs from 1-9 January 2019 at the Mersey Yacht Club Devonport. This will be the ranking event for Australian applicants for places in the all ILCA World Championships in 2019 and as well the Standard Men’s and Radial Men’s and Women’s World Championships to be held in February 2020 at Sandringham YC in Victoria. This event incorporates Masters categories.

The Notice of Race is HERE.  The regatta web site is HERE  and you can enter the event HERE.

Devonport the city and the club are full steam ahead with the planning and management of what will be the largest sailing event ever to be held on the Tasmainian North West Coast. MYC are upgrading the rigging lawn, ramp access and grooming the foreshore as well as upgrading their IT and public WiFi.

MYC and Devonport are offering entrants the incredible experience of sailing on the world famous waters of Bass Strait. Come and enjoy the cleanest air, beautiful scenery, challenging racing and the best local Tasmanian food and wines. There is information on Devonport and links for accommodation and things to do and see HERE. The MYC can also help – contacts for them are HERE .

As you might expect temperatures at 41 degrees S are a little cooler than on the big island with maximums in January of 21 degrees. With water temperature at 16 degrees wet suits are recommended. The dominant wind direction in Devonport in January is N and NW. The BoM wind rose from 28 years of data for Devonport Airport for January 3pm is HERE .

World Sailing Olympic Single Handed Dinghy Review – Update

World Sailing posted on 3 October their plan for the single handed dinghy equipment review for the Paris Olympics 2024 to be run from Marseille. The post is at

It says:

Four boats have been shortlisted to proceed to the equipment-trial phase as part of the re-evaluation process for the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

World Sailing received eight compliant bids and following a procedure approved at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting, the following boats have been shortlisted and will be put forward to World Sailing’s Council at the 2018 Annual Conference (in alphabetical order):

These are all fine boats however it is difficult to see how, particularly with all the focus in World Sailing and the IOC on universality and gender balance, these boats, which are sailed in minuscule numbers compared to the Laser, can possibly be considered a suitable Olympic replacement.

The International Laser Association’s initial response to the World Sailing’s announcement is at

Regatta Transport – the Hard Way

Frant Bucek is more than half way on his journey to attend inaugural Fiji Oceania Laser Masters Championship which kick off at Denarau Island Fiji on 15th October.

Most of the competitors for this event have booked for a pleasant flight to Fiji and chartered a Laser from PSA – leaving Fiji Air and Chris Caldecoat and his team to do all the hard work. Frant on the other hand has packed his Laser Anaconda on the deck of his Beneteau First 44.7 and set sail.

His tale is recounted on the My Sailing web site at

Victoria to Host World, Oceania and Australian Championships in 2020

The Victorian Laser Association (VLA) has finalised agreements to conduct a series of National, Oceania and World Championships in Melbourne and Geelong in the January – March period of 2020.

The event schedule is;

Sandringham Yacht Club

  • 2020 Australian Laser Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (Jan 1-8)
  • 2020 Oceania Laser Championships (Sail Melbourne International) – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (Jan 17-21)
  • 2020 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship (Feb 9-16)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championships (Feb 21-28)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championships (Feb 21-28)

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

  • 2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Championship – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (March 13-18)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships – Standard and Radial (March 19-28)

The VLA is working to further enhance the appeal of Australia and Victoria to Laser sailors of all ages and genders across the world in 2020, an Olympic year, as part of a wider “Summer of Sail” with several other class world and national championships being planned in the summer of 2019/20. Pre-Christmas local regattas and training opportunities will also be available in the lead up to these major championships.

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Inaugural Women’s Laser Regatta DBSC 8-9 September 2018

Hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club this is a regatta run by women, coached by women and competed in by women of all ages and skill in Laser Radial and 4.7.

The event will be on September 8 and 9, 2018.

This fabulous event will feature;

  • Coaching with Krystal Weir, Ashley Stoddart, Karyn Gojnich, Marlena Berzins.
  • Public Relations and coverage by Nic Douglas
  • Lasers for charter new and old (for those that don’t own their own)
  • Yoga on the deck each morning
  • Coaching sessions on Saturday
  • Regatta racing on Sunday with different ability fleets – AND awesome medals and prizes!
  • Inspirational Dinner with our coaches as guest speakers (come and hear their stories, things they have learnt through their own sailing careers and time for questions)
  • Photos of the sailing available for your enjoyment
  • Yummy food and organic juices
  • Regatta bags with lots of goodies AND a regatta bib
  • and any extra surprises we come up with

All for the very low price of $50 adults or $25 youth – until cut off date!

How much fun does that sound like?

The Notice of Race for the regatta is HERE and you can enter online HERE.

See the event flyer HERE. For more information please contact Event Secretary: Christine Patton Email: Phone: +61408871741

Dates & Venues for 2019 World Youth Radial, Youth 4.7 and Masters

International Laser Association (ILCA) have just announced the dates and venues for 2019 4.7 and Radial Youth World Championships and the 2019 World Masters Championships.

These are;

  • 2019 Radial Youth World Championships Wednesday 24 July 2019 – Wednesday 31 July 2019 – Kingston Canada
  • 2019 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships Friday 16 August 2019 – Friday 23 August 2019 – Kingston Canada
  • 2019 Laser Masters World Championships Thursday 5 September 2019 – Saturday 14 September 2019 – Port Zélande Netherlands

2019 & 2020 Laser World Championships Ranking Events

The ranking for Australian places in the limited entry Laser World Championships run by the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is determined by the ALCA  in accordance with the policy outlined here.

World Championships Non Masters

For the events other than Masters places in any Laser rig in the preceding National Championships are the basis of ALCA ranking. These rankings are required to be submitted to ILCA soon after the close of applications for the event.

2019 Worlds Ranking Non Masters
The majority of World Championships including the 2019 events are held in the northern hemisphere in their summer so typically June, July and August. The close of applications is usually four months before the event so typically February, March and April thus the Australian ranking for the 2019 World Championship events will be based on the 2019 Australian Nationals (Devonport).

2020 Worlds Ranking Non Masters
We have the 2020 Men’s Standard, Women’s Radial and Men’s Radial Worlds at Sandringham YC in February 2020. These events will have their closing date for application and hence deadline for ILCA ranking in October 2019 which means the preceding National Championship for ranking is the 2019 Australian Nationals (Devonport).

The qualification for the other 2020 non Masters World Championships which will be held in the northern hemisphere summer will be the 2020 Nationals (Sandringham).

World Masters

The ALCA ranking policy for Masters is here. It takes results from the last two World Masters, National Masters and State Masters Championships. Each have the same weighting (100 points).

In the past ILCA has worked very hard and managed to offer entry places to all our Masters sailors who have applied. The ranking has only affected the order in which the entry offers are made – the higher the rank the sooner your entry will be confirmed. We hope but can’t guarantee that this will continue.

2019 World Masters
The venue in Europe for this event will be announced soon. The applications will likely close and ranking start in April 2019 so the 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).

2020 World Masters (Geelong)
This event will be held in March 2020 so applications will likely close and ranking start in November 2019. The ranking events will be 2018 World Masters (Ireland), 2019 World Masters (TBA), 2018 National Masters (Mooloolaba), 2019 National Masters (Devonport), 2017/18 Season State Masters (Various Venues) and 2018/19 Season State Masters (Various).


Entries Now Open for Oceania & Australian Championships

Entries are now open for the Oceania and Australian Laser Championships will be held from 1st to 8th January at the Mersey Yacht Club in Devonport Tasmania.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE  and entries can be placed HERE.

The regatta web site is at This has information about the location, charters and functions. It will be the go to location for further information, notices and results.

Important Notice

Under the ALCA policy here results for this event will be used to determine the rank of Australian applicants for places in the all ILCA World Championships in 2019 and as well the Standard Men’s and Radial Men’s and Women’s World Championships  being held in February 2020 at Sandringham YC Victoria.

Why is it so?
The ranking for World Championships is required by the ILCA to be submitted just after the applications for entry close which will be February and March 2019 for all the 2019 Championships and October 2019 for the Standard Men’s and Radial Men’s and Women’s World Championships in 2020. The preceding Nationals at these dates will be this 2019 Devonport Nationals.

Oceania Fiji Masters Championship 13-19 October 2018

Entries for the Oceania Fiji Laser Masters Championships close on 13th September.

Oceania Lasers have made two changes to improve the event.

Firstly the Radial and Standard Rig events will be run together between the 13th and 19th of October (with racing between the 15th to 19th of October) i.e. same as for the original Standard Rig event. Sufficient charter boats have been made available to allow both rigs to be run together. Brand new PSA supplied Laser charter boats will be supplied for the event.

Second a new Corinthian category has been introduced allowing sailors aged 21 to 34 to participate. This category is proving popular with local Fiji sailors.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE and the event web site has the NoR, information on the venue and booking links. If you are arranging your own boat, travel and accommodation then you can enter the event online by clicking HERE.

Fiji Airways and Sofitel have special discounted rates for flights and accommodation for the event. Click HERE to get information and book a fly and stay deal.

Brett Beyer will be running a three day coaching clinic from 11th to 13th October before the event. You can get information and sign up for the clinic HERE.

Zac Littlewood Wins Men’s World Radial Championship in Kiel


Congratulations to current Australian Radial Champion Zac Littlewood (WA) who won the Men’s Laser Radial World Championship last month in Kiel Germany.

The event saw 96 sailors from 26 countries competing with some challenging conditions.

Zac had to defended his leading position in the overall ranking coming into the final day to hold out Pole Aleksander Arian. Zac was relaxed for the last races of the series. “I am here to learn and win races”, he said. In the second race he realized: “I am the World Champion. That is crazy!”

Fellow WA sailor Caelin Winchcombe had a solid series and a great last day finishing with two bullets and third place in the Championship.

We’re not sure how they do it but Zac is the 15th World Champion since 2010 to come from Fremantle Sailing Club.

There is a nice article on Zac and his very supporting grandmother Anne in the Australian Newspaper by Nick Tabakoff  here.

Also well done Elyse Ainsworth who sails at FSC and South of Perth YC and finished third in the 73 boat 2018 Laser Radial Under 21 Championships just completed in Gdynia Poland. Fellow WA sailor Zoe Thompson from Freshwater Bay YC was 5th in the event.

South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 13-16 July 2018

South Pacific Laser Masters are on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly, Queensland between 13th and 16th July 2018.

Entry includes four days of great racing, Friday nibbles, Saturday Regatta Dinner and Sunday presentation BBQ. All this for $195 for entries place HERE  before 6th July. For those slow off the starting line there is a $50 late fee for entries up to 13th July.

The Notice of Race is HERE.

World Sailing Review of Events for 2024 Paris Olympics

World Sailing’s mid year meeting was held last weekend in London. One high profile subject discussed was the sailing events and equipment to be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics (Marseille).

At the 2017 November World Sailing meeting it was resolved for the 2024 Olympics to keep the 49er, 49erFX, the mixed Nacra 17, the Laser and Laser Radial and to review the 470, Finn and RS:X Boards.

The decisions on the review last weekend are HERE .

In summary the current five RS:X, Finn and 470 events are to be replaced with;

  • Men’s Windsurfer
  • Women’s Windsurfer
  • New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Kiteboard

The equipment to be used and the format of the new events will be evaluated further and discussed at the 2018 WS Conference later this year and final decisions taken in December 2020. There is a humorous take on the decision HERE  however imagination and some difficult decisions will be needed to deliver on the WS goals for these new events.

As for the Laser while the event and format is retained for the 2024 Olympics the equipment supply will be evaluated later this year in a process which WS term “anti-trust review”. This review will look at all aspects of the Laser equipment including suitability for the Olympic Event, prices, manufacturing, availability and supply around the world. The final outcome of the review is expected in November 2018. Given the current testy relationship with the world’s largest Laser supplier the outcome of this review is somewhat uncertain.

Notice of Race Issued for Oceania & Australian Championships

The Oceania and Australian Laser Championships will be held from 1st to 8th January. On belhalf of the Tasmanian Laser Association the event will be hosted by the Mersey Yacht Club in Devonport.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE

The regatta web site which has information about the location and charters and will be the go to location for further information, notices and results is