Oceania Fiji Laser Masters – Dunarau Island Fiji

Masters sailors when too much Laser sailing is never enough we have coming up the 2018 Oceania Fiji Laser Masters Championships which are being held at the five star Sofitel Resort Denarau Island, Fiji.

Separate events will be held for Standard and Radials. The Standard event will be from 13th to 19th October 2018 and the Radials from 20th to 26th October 2018.

This is a great venue with warm water and good sailing breezes.

100 brand new PSA supplied Laser charter boats will be supplied for the event.

Charter bookings are now open & will be on a first come first served basis, book early so you don’t miss out. Click the link HERE to secure your charter.

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.

The event web site https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/ has NoR, information on the venue and booking links.


Australian 4.7’s in European’s Patras, Greece

Brooke Wilson at European 4.7 Championships in Patras

The European Laser 4.7 Championships recently concluded in Patras, Greece with several Australians competing.

The sailors had some difficult conditions to contend with encountering both too much wind and not enough at different stages throughout the regatta. One evening the sailors only returned to shore at sunset at 9pm!

In the Girls fleet of 104 boats the Australian’s had the following results:

11th (3rd U16) – Brooke Wilson
20th – Sylvie Stannage
25th – Mina Ferguson
30th – Joanne Gavin
67th – Jade Gavin

In the Boys fleet Boston Cortis (NSW) finished 32nd out of the 200 boats.

All of these sailors will now commence training in preparation for the World Laser 4.7 Championships in Gdynia, Poland in July.

Victoria to Host World Championships in 2020

The Victorian Laser Association VLA is close to finalising agreements to conduct a series of National, Regional and World Championships in Melbourne and Geelong in the January – March period of 2020.

The event schedule is;

Sandringham Yacht Club

  • 2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (Jan 3-8)
  • 2020 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship (Feb 11-16)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championships (Feb 21-26)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championships (Feb 21-26)

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

  • 2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Championship – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (March 15-18)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (March 22-28)

As well the VLA is working closely with Australian Sailing and the Sail Melbourne International Regatta committee to coordinate the programming of Sail Melbourne. The aim is to further enhance the appeal of Victoria to Laser sailors 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.

The ILCA and the club hosting agreements for the events and their acceptance and execution is pending a Victorian State Government funding application.

Congratulations to VLA President John d’Helin and the VLA bid team for their efforts in securing these prestige events. John said on announcing the deal “These events are only 24 months away. The VLA would hope that all the Laser districts in Australia would see this as a once in 20-year opportunity to build the numbers of sailors & improve their fleets prior to the Nationals & the Worlds.

A 2020 Laser Regatta Organising Committee has been formed and while it has most bases covered this committee needs leaders for the Finance and Event Communications/Marketing activities.

If you can help or would like more information please check the information and contacts HERE.

Voting on ILCA 2018 Rule Changes

This year ILCA proposes seven rule changes concerning fittings, mast sleeves ropes and future rule change voting method itself.

You can see the detail of the proposed changes, none of which are particularly contraversial, by clicking on the survey link HERE. Voting can also be accessed through a link on the ILCA website www.laserinternational.org

Voting on 2018 ILCA Rule Changes began on 7th March 2018 and will conclude on 7th September 2018. All members of any Laser District may vote – one vote per member.

ILCA and ALCA encourages members to have their say on these rule changes so we can be sure that the rules reflect the opinion of members around the world.

World Radial Youth and World Masters Entries Open

Entries are open until 12 April for the following ILCA World Championship events:

  • 2018 Laser Radial Youth World Championships at Kiel Germany to be run from 18th to 25th August 2018
  • 2018 Laser World Masters Championships at Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to be run from 7th to 15th September

Applications can be placed on the ILCA web site by following the links from the event web site at https://sailing.laserinternational.org/public/site/event-list

Ranking for Australian applications for these (and all) ILCA World Championships will be according to the ALCA policy at http://www.lasersdownunder.com/worlds/. The specific Masters ranking policy is HERE

Laser Masters Championships Mooloolaba February 2018

Entries are open for the 2018 Oceania & Australian Laser Masters Championships run by the Maroochy Sailing Club  and sailed from Mooloolaba between 9-12 February 2018.

This will be a cracker of an event and not to be missed.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. You can enter online HERE.

For masters sailors who are planning to enter the next World Masters event at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (7–15 September 2018) this event will be one of your last chances to gain entry ranking points (see HERE).

The event web site is HERE.



Entry Dates for World Laser Championships 2018

ILCA has announced the entry opening and closing dates for the following 2018 World Championship events.

Applications for entry for the following will be accepted from Tuesday, 9 January through to Tuesday, 20 February:

  • 2018 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship (7)
  • 2018 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships (11)
  • 2018 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (16)

Applications for entry for two other events will be accepted from Thursday, 1 March through Thursday, 12 April:

  • 2018 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
  • 2018 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships

Once open entries can be placed on the ILCA web site HERE.
ILCA advises that if you don’t apply by the respective closing dates you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.
ILCA set Australian entry targets for the events which are open are shown in brackets above.

As per ALCA policy  Australian entries will be ranked according to placing in the Oceania & Australian Laser Championships 2018  except for the Masters Worlds entries which will be ranked as per the process linked on the ALCA web site HERE.

Change to Timing of Oceania & Australia Laser Championships

Following the ALCA AGM and the gathering of views on the timing and length of the Laser Nationals (Oceania & Australia Laser Championships) the ALCA Committee have decided that the following arrangements will prevail for next (Tasmania 2019) and, as far as possible, subsequent Laser Nationals events.

  • Measurement 1st January (2019)
  • Measurement and Test Race 2nd January
  • Races 3rd to 8th January (6 days 12 races)

These dates and arrangements for the 2019 event, to be run by the Mersey Yacht Club Devonport, will be formalised shortly in the usual way via the Notice of Race.

The timing for the 2020 event to be hosted by the Victorian District is fluid at present as arrangements are finalised for the National/Regional and International events planned for Melbourne and Geelong in that year.

The three main issues which were identified with the current Laser Nationals timing are:

1.         People have to travel on or before Christmas Day – a particular problem for WA and Tasmania sailors and for all other sailors when the Nationals are in those states.

2.         There is a gap between the end of our Nationals and the AS Youth Championships – this year this is a full 6 days (5-10th January)

3.         The event is too long (currently 2 days for measurement and registration 6 days of sailing and 1 lay day i.e. 9 days in total)

Under the new arrangement we have a shorter series but with the same number of races, people can have Christmas at home and the gap between the conclusion of our series and the start of the AS Youth’s is minimised.

ALCA AGM Minutes & Reports

The Annual General Meeting of the ALCA was held at RQYS on 30th December 2017.

There were 36 attendees and 6 apologies.

Following the presentation of the District, Representatives and the President’s Reports there was lively discussion mainly around three subjects:

  • The upcoming World, Regional and National Laser events (seven in all) to be run in Melbourne and Geelong in 2020.
  • Membership, which is stable around the current 630, and the aim to lift this towards an aspirational target of 1,000.
  • Length and timing of the National Championships – see the outcome HERE.

The agenda for the meeting is HERE.

The minutes including the tabled reports are HERE.

Oceania and Australian Open Championships 2018 RQYS

Tom Burton and Matt Wearn in Close Company

The Oceania & Australian Open Laser Championships run from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly concluded on 4th January. Eleven of the scheduled 12 races were completed after one full day of racing was lost due to light and variable winds.

In the 75 boat Radial fleet Zac Littlewood WA won six of the eleven races for a 6 point win from New Zealander Josh Armit. Josh is the current World under 17 Laser Champion and was 4th in the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Medemblik, Netherlands. Yoshihiro Suzuki from Japan was third.

In the Women’s event Manami Doi (Japan) currently World rank 6th won from Zoe Thompson WA and Marlena Berzins NSW. Manami was 8th overall in the Radial fleet.

Michael Compton WA was a comfortable winner in the 4.7’s with five race wins. Wonn Kye Lee from Singapore was the runner up  from Boston Cortis NSW. With a record 62 4.7’s entered in the event competition was fierce.

As expected Matt Wearne WA and Tom Burton NSW were in close company both around the race track and on the scoreboard in the Standards.  Each won four races however Matt finished up just three points ahead of Tom after the eleven races. Mitchell Kennedy QLD had two wins and consistent places to finish a clear third.

There is a more detailed write-up of the series from QLA HERE.

You can see the results for the 4.7’s and Standards HERE  and the Radials HERE . The event web site is HERE.

Laser Rule Changes

In 2017 there were four rule change proposals put forward before the International Laser Class Association membership for vote. All four changes were approved by more than two-thirds of voting members in addition to being approved by the ILCA World Council, the Advisory Council and World Sailing, all of which are required in order to modify class rules.

The four rules will apply from 1 January 2018 are:

1 Electronic Compasses
Rule 22 was changed to allow the use of certain electronic digital compasses that are not GPS Enabled. ILCA will maintain a list of approved compasses on the ILCA website as an interpretation to the Class Rules.

Click here to see the electronic compasses that have been approved for use after 1 January 2018. 

2 On-board Cameras
A new Rule 28 was added to allow the use of cameras while racing.

3 Shock cord inhaul attachment
Rule 3(v)vi was amended to read “A shock cord may be used as an inhaul on the clew.” This change removes the restriction on where the shock cord can be attached in the inhaul system.

4 Cleat in Hiking Strap Control Line
Rule 17(c) was changed to allow the use of one cleat and one turning point in the hiking strap support line. The cleat and turning point must be “free floating” and may not be attached to the hull or the hiking strap.


ALCA Annual General Meeting RQYS 30th December 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Laser Class Association will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron starting at 0900 on 30th December 2017.

The Agenda for the meeting is HERE.  The form for the nomination of candidates for the AGM is HERE.

Come along and get an update on district, national, regional and world Laser sailing issues. The meeting is also a chance to have your say about Laser sailing matters which are close to your heart.

Oceania & Australian Open Championships – Late Entries Open

The 2018 Oceania and Australian Open Laser Championships will be held between 27th December 2017 and 4th January 2018 at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly Queensland.

This Championship is the only Regatta used to rank Australians applying to enter Open, Under 21 and Youth ILCA Laser World Championships in 2018. If you wish to qualify for these events from Australia you need to participate in this event. This event is also a 100 point World Sailing event presenting a great opportunity to gain world ranking points for Australia and all other Oceania Laser sailors closer to home.

This will be a fabulous event run at one of the best sailing venues on the planet.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. Standard entries closed at 16.30 on 1st December 2017. Late entries which have an additional $100 fee are now open. Entries can be place HERE. Links for boat measurement booking, event countdown and the regatta web site are HERE.

If you want some practice for the big event at RQYS then the QLA Metropolitan Championship is on 9-10th December. Entry and NoR are HERE.


Nationality – 2018 Australian Youth Sailing Team Selection Policy

Australian Sailing have advised that it is now required that sailors who want to be considered for inclusion in the Australian Youth Sailing Team for the 2018 World Youth Sailing Championship (to be held in Corpus Christi, USA from 14 – 22 July 2018) and who are not Australian citizens to apply for, and be granted, a World Sailing Residency Waiver Certificate by 20th December 2017.

If you want to be considered for this team and are not an Australian citizen then you can see the process to obtaining this waver HERE.

Citizenship can, in some circumstances, be a complex business (as some federal politicians will attest). There is a useful and detailed Wiki on Australian citizenship HERE.

New ALCA Ranking Policy for World Masters

There is a new ALCA ranking policy for Australian Laser Sailors who apply for entry to ILCA World Masters Championships.

The new policy is linked on the Worlds Qualification page of this site. You can view it HERE

The new policy will apply for the September 2018 World Masters in Dun Laoghaire Ireland and ongoing.

Up until the 2017 Masters in Split Croatia all Australian masters applicants have been offered place. With the increased popularity of the event, the desire to run Radial and Standard rig fleets at the same time, venue capacity and charter boat limitations some applicants will likely miss out in Split. Consequently it was considered by the ALCA that a fairer ranking system was needed.

The new ranking arrangements are based on results at Worlds, National and District Masters Championships rather than the old one which was based on the order of placement of online entry applications.

South Pacific Laser Masters Results

The South Pacific Masters was completed last weekend at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly. 64 Sailors competed in a friendly atmosphere in light but sunny conditions.
Kiwi Scott Leith showed the way in the Radial fleet from Sunshine Coast’s Mark Kennedy while Queenslander Greg Adams edged out David Whait from WA in the Standard rig. RQYS local George Meikle won the 4.7’s.

Full results are at http://sailwave.com/results/SPLM2017.htm

Youth 4.7 and Under 21 Worlds

Well done to the Australian team of 12 boys and 3 girls who competed in the World Youth 4.7 Worlds held between 16th and 24th July at Nieuwpoort Belgium.
In the boys Finn O’Dea was 5th in the 235 boat fleet and Zac West 7th. In the 115 boat girls fleet Kristen Wadley was 10th and Paige Caldecoat 14th. The full results are linked at http://www.kycnlaserworlds2017.com/laser-47-youth-noticeboard

The Under 21 Worlds for Men and Women is now running at the same venue with 191 entries. There are 6 Australians in the women’s event and 3 in the men’s. Results will be linked at http://www.kycnlaserworlds2017.com/u-21-laser-radial-standard-noticeboard


The Oceania and Australian Laser Championships 100 Point Event

In November 2016 the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) changed the Region boundaries from Asia Pacific to Asia and Oceania to align with the International Olympic Council’s (IOC) five continents as represented by the five Olympic rings. More information on this change is available on the Oceania Sailing Federation web site HERE. Following this move the Laser Australian Championship has been extended and renamed the Oceania and Australian Laser Championships.

Our ALCA  Chairman Ken Hurling has been working with Eric Faust Executive Secretary of the ILCA and his team and they have managed to gain agreement that the Oceania and Australian Championships from this year will be a 100 point World Sailing event.

This is a major win for Australian and all other Oceania Laser sailors as this maybe the only World Sailing ranked event in the Southern Hemisphere this coming summer. This is a great opportunity to gain world ranking points for Australia and all other Oceania Laser sailors closer to home.

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) with its first class facilities is the event host. The event will be held between 27th December 2017 and 4 January 2018. The Notice of Race is available on the RQYS website HERE and online entries will soon be able to be placed HERE.

While accommodation, as always, is at a premium, camping is available at the RQYS. Onsite caravans can be booked via the club – phone (+61) 7 3396 8666. Hotel and motel accommodation is available nearby but it is best to book early to avoid disappointment.

ALCA and Queensland Laser Association (QLA) have assembled a great team of race officers, judges and umpires to make this event a total success and enjoyable for all. For those who are coming early training will be allowed on the course area.

We are expecting this Championship to attract 200 plus entries.

Charter boats will be available from the local Laser Dealer Sail27, and PSA the Oceania Laser builder.

This year the QLA is hosting the Australian Laser Masters at Mooloolaba between 9th and 12th February 2018. The event web site for the Masters event is HERE, the NoR is HERE and online entry is available HERE.

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

As of July 11, we are halfway through the voting period on these ILCA rule changes. Voting is open to all  members of any District – one vote per member.

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.

4.7 Youth and Under 21 Radial & Standard Worlds

The event web site for the 4.7 Youth and Under 21 Standard and Radial Worlds at Nieuwpoort Belgium between 16-24 July (4.7?s) and 26 July to 2 August (Under 21?s) is HERE

Good luck and good sailing to all our sailors in these events.

Youth 4.7?s: Paige Caldecoat, Sylvie Stannage, Kristen Wadley, Michael Compton, Boston Cortis, Daniel Costandi, Axel Fleet, Ezra Kaye, Jack Littlechild, Mark Louis, Finn O’Dea, Michael Parks, Nicholas Smart and Zac West.

Under 21 Radial: Elyse Ainsworth, Marlena Berzins, Annie Eastgate, Casey Imeneo, Mara Stransky and Zoe Thomson.

Under 21 Standard: Lachy Gilham, Harmon Mcaullay and Daniel Self.