2015 Laser World Championships – Men’s Standard and Masters

Applications for entry open Wednesday, 21 January 2015 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

For both events, the deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 4 March 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible once it becomes available.  Please be aware that if you do not apply by 4 March 2015, 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 country entry allocations.

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship

2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

2015 Australian Laser Championships

The 2015 Australian Laser Championships for Standard, Radial and 4.7 rigs and incorporating the Open, Women’s and Masters’ Championships were held at Mandurah WA from 29 Dec 2014 to 4 Jan 2015.  Full results can be viewed here and great photos and reports can be viewed here.


Laser Standard:  1st Tom Burton (NSW); 2nd Matthew Wearn and 1st Youth; 3rd Ryan Palk (QLD); 4th Luke Elliot (WA); 5th Mitchell Kennedy (QLD)

Laser Radial:  1st Alistair Young (WA) and 1st Youth; 2nd Tristan Brown (WA); 3rd Conor Nicholas (WA) and 2nd Youth; 4th Finn Alexander (NSW) and 3rd Youth; 5th Ashley Stoddart (QLD) and 1st Woman

Women:  1st Ashley Stoddart (QLD); 2nd Manami Doi (Japan); 3rd Haddon Hughes (USA) and 1st female Youth

Laser 4.7:  1st Brody Riley (VIC) – Youth; 2nd Caelin Winchcombe (WA) – Youth; 3rd Jordan Makin (NSW) – Youth; 4th Nicholas Bezy (Hong Kong) – Youth; 5th Zachary Littlewood (WA) and 1st Junior

Masters – Laser Standard:  1st Grand Master – Gavin Dagley (VIC); 1st Master – Grant Lovelady (WA); 1st Apprentice – Chris Caldecoat (NSW)

Masters – Laser Radial:  1st Master Mark Kennedy (QLD); 1st Grand Master – Jeff Loosemore (NSW); 1st Great Grand Master – David Edmiston (NSW)

Many of the Radial and 4.7 youth and junior sailors competed at the Australian Youth Championships at Fremantle from 6 to 10 Jan 2015 and results can be viewed here.

2015 New Zealand Laser National Championships

I’d like to extend an invitation to the 2015 New Zealand Laser National Championships to the sailors in your area.

All the details we have so far, including Notice of Race are at:


We will continue to add more as we closer to the time.

A quick summary:

  • This year the nationals will be at the Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland. Ralph’s home club, a fantastic sailing area with a great race management team.
  • Racing is from Thursday the 15th to Sunday the 19th January 2015.
  • On the Tuesday & Wednesday 13th & 14th there is also our free and popular coaching sessions (more like organised practice than individual coaching).
  • There will be a dinner at the club on the Friday.

At this stage we only have a few private charter boats offered on the site.

I also suggest checking with Dan Slater at The Water Shed (New Zealand’s Laser retailer). But we haven’t been able to confirm anything with him yet.

We hope some of you sailors can make it down here.

best wishes

Mike Knowsley

New Zealand Laser Association

ASAF Youth Cup

The Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) has announced the launch of the ASAF CUP and ASAF YOUTH CUP series, including Laser 4.7 (under 17) and Laser Radial (under 19).  ASAF Youth Cup 1, the first event of the 4 event series, will be held at Chennai, India from 16-22 December 2014 as part of the India International Regatta.  Other events in the series are listed on the events page.

South Pacific Laser Masters

The annual South Pacific Laser Masters (SPLM) regatta was held from 25 to 28 July 2014 at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and attracted 60 sailors, including 8 from New Zealand.  The warm Queensland winter weather was welcomed by sailors from New Zealand and the southern states.  Conditions were generally light and the race officials did a great job in getting the races underway each day with close racing in both fleets.  Competition was strong for the coveted cylinder trophies with New Zealand apprentices Matt Blakey and Scott Leith coming out overall winners in the standard and radial fleets respectively.

The overall results and further report can be viewed at the QLA website here.  The division placings were:

Standard rig
Apprentice – 1st Matt Blakey (1st overall)
Master – 1st Brad Taylor (2nd), 2nd Chris Dawson (3rd)
Grand master 1st Bob Blakey (4th, 1st GGM), 2nd Nick Page (5th)

Radial rig
Apprentice – 1st Scott Leith (1st overall)
Master – 1st Mark Kennedy (2nd), 2nd Christine Bridge (4th)
Grand master – 1st Lyndall Patterson (3rd), 2nd Michael Pitt (5th)
Great grand master – 1st Lew Verdon, 2nd Kerry Waraker

The next SPLM is scheduled for May 2015.

Sarah Blanck Perpetual Trophy

Att: Laser Ladies! This one is for YOU!

Sarah Blanck is Australia’s most successful single-handed sailor. The former World Champion twice finished 4th at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and has won most ISAF World Cup Events at some point in time

This is YOUR opportunity to learn from the best, make friends and have lots of fun racing Lasers for a weekend.

Charter boats available, contact Peta for details: ppietro@bigpond.net.au

Laser Masters World Championship 2014

50 MORE Places available until 12 September !..

Regatta website link

2014 Laser Youth 4.7 World Championships

This is a reminder that the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships will be held between 8 to 15 AUGUST 2014 in Karatsu, JAPAN.

The event hosts in Japan have sent information about the regatta and invite you to apply before the Application Deadline of 1 JULY 2014. Their letter is below:

“Dear Youth Sailors,

Greetings from the city of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, Japan. It is with great pleasure that we invite you and your sailors to participate in the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds Championships.

You are invited to come and pit your skills against some of the world’s best youth sailors in great sailing conditions and nice summer weather at Castle Bay, Karatsu.

Enjoy wonderful Japanese hospitality, experience Japanese culture and traditions, and be immersed in the warmth and friendliness of Karatsu people. It will be an unforgettable championship!

The blue links below will take you to the applications and provide more information about this championship, including the Notice of Race and the country entry allocations.

2014 Laser Youth 4.7 World Championships

For your convenience, the links to the regatta documents are below:

a) Notice of Race: Click HERE
b) Charter Terms & Conditions: Click HERE
c) Parental Consent Form: Click HERE

Should you require any other information about the event, please contact us at: 2014laser4.7worlds@laserjapan.org

We look forward to your support and participation in the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds Championships. See you in Karatsu!

Thank you and best regards,

Takao Otani
on behalf of Mr. Ryuichi Shindou,
Chairman, Organising Committee

Please Vote on ILCA Rule Changes: April 1 – September 30, 2014

Dear ILCA District Members,

Voting on this year’s ILCA rule changes begins TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014. Voting is open to ALL active members in our district - one vote per member. The voting period is six months – TUESDAY, APRIL 1 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. The results will be announced later in the autumn.

Please take a moment to click on the link below and vote via a quick, 8-question online survey. There will also be a link on the ILCA website:www.laserinternational.org 

To be counted, you must vote by SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

Click here to VOTE


New strategy for ISAF Sailing World Cup

ISAF have announced new plans for the ISAF Sailing World Cup that now address the main concerns the Laser Class had with the concept discussed last November.  Changes to the previous concept include classes retain their world championship titles, more entries in the grand final for each class, retaining the name ISAF Sailing World Cup and having entry flexibility with wild cards.

For more information:

ISAF announcement: www.sailing.org/news/37648.php

World Cup Q & A: www.sailing.org/37649.php

If you have any questions about this email or any of the ILCA championships, please contact the ILCA by email at: office@laserinternational.org.

Kind Regards