Laser Class Announces New Standard Rig Sail Design

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced the release of a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail. The release marks the first time in over 40 years that the Laser sail design has been substantially updated.

Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new patented design features bi-radial panels, a heavier 4.5 ounce cloth and optimized reinforcement patches, all intended to maximize the sail’s competitive life. The sail also features tapered battens with Velcro batten pocket closures, a larger window for improved visibility and a patented re-designed luff tube to eliminate wrinkles at the mast joint.

The initial run of class-legal Mark II sails will be available starting 1 November 2015, with worldwide availability by early 2016. Because of the timing of the release, by agreement with International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the Mark II will not be used in the 2016 Olympic Games or any Olympic country qualifying events for 2015 or 2016.

In coordination with ISAF and the Laser Builders, ILCA will make further announcements about the availability of the Mark II sail and its use at events over the coming months.

View the full anouncement and photos of the sail on the ILCA website.

2015 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Australia has a new Laser World Champion.  Congratulations to Conor Nicholas (WA) on winning the 2015 Laser Radial Youth World Championship.  Conor led on each day of the competition.

Congratulations to the other Australian competitors.  Finn Alexander (NSW) was 6th overall in the male division of 142 sailors and Elyse Ainsworth (WA) was 2nd U17 and 8th overall in the female division of 53 sailors.   Noah Taylor (NSW) was 4th in the silver fleet with Oskar Hansen (NSW), Blake Selley (NSW) and Stuart Plenderleith (NSW) finishing in the silver fleet.   Jacinta Ainsworth (WA), Carissa Bridge (Qld) and Marlena Berzins (NSW) sailed well in the female division.

The 2015 Laser Radial Youth World Championships at Kingston Canada were held from 14 to 20 August.  For results and reports go to the Kingston event website and Australian team Facebook page.

2015 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships

The Australian team of 8 sailors enjoyed great results at the Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships held at Medemblik, Netherlands from 6 to 14 August.  Congratulations to Zac Littlewood (WA),  2nd Under 16 and 11th overall in the male divisiont of 257 including 116 U16 sailors, and  Zoe Thomson (WA) 6th overall in the female division of 127 sailors.  Joining Zac in the gold fleet were Caelin Winchcombe (WA) 18th overall and Sam King (Tas) 6th U16 and 25th overall.  Well done by Ethan Mcaullay (WA) in the male silver fleet, Josh Ragg (Tas) and  Max Quan (Qld) in the emerald fleet and Hailey Johnson (WA) in the female silver fleet.

Photos and reports can be seen at the Australian 4.7 team Facebook page here and overall results on the official event site here.

2015 Laser Masters’ World Championships

Twenty eight Australians sailed in the Laser Masters’ World Championships in Kingston, Canada in July with great success.

Brett Beyer – 1st Standard Master and Rob Lowndes – 1st Radial Great Grand Master were well clear winners in their divisions, with Mark Bethwaite – 1st Standard Great Grand Master winning on a count back.

Other Australians to win cubes were Zac Skulander – 2nd Radial Apprentice, Jeff Loosemore – 4th Radial Grand Master, Brad Taylor – 5th Standard Master and Gavin Dagley – 5th Standard Grand Master.

New Zealand sailors fared well, with recent SPLM winners Scott Leith – 1st Radial Apprentice and Matt Blakey – 2nd Standard Apprentice.

Links to reports and results on the Kingston Laser Worlds’ site can be seen here.

2015 Laser Worlds Men’s Standard

Congratulations to the Australian sailors who peformed well at Kingston, Canada with the six Australian sailors making the gold fleet.  Best placed of the Australians was Tom Burton placed 3rd, with Matthew Wearn  5th,  Ryan Palk 11th, Mitchell Kennedy 25th, Luke Elliott 41st and Jeremy O’Connell 51st.    Nick Thompson of Great Britain was 1st.

See event website for reports and photos.  Link to results here.


LaserWorld July 2015 issue

The July 2015 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.

2015 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

Applications for entry are now open for the 2015 Laser Radial Women – World Championship.

The deadline to submit a paid entry applications for initial allocation of places is 7 July 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

  • Dates: Tuesday, 17 November –  Thursday, 26 November 2015
  • Venue: Al Mussanah Sports City, OMAN

Click HERE for Radial Women Information & Application

Entries open for Australian Open Laser and Australian Laser Masters Championships

Entries are now open for both the 2016 Australian Open Laser Championship 27 December 2015 to 4 January 2016 at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club and the 2016 Australian Laser Masters Championship 12 to 15 February 2016 at Port Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club.

You can get the Notices of Race and information as well as place entries on the dedicated event web sites:

2016 Australian Open Laser Championship

2016 Australian Laser Masters Championship


YA Anti-Doping Policy updated

Yachting Australia has reviewed its Anti-Doping Policy in line with requirements from the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority (ASADA) and World Anti Doping Authority (WADA).

The Yachting Australia Anti-Doping Policy can be found at YA policy documents and became effective on 1 January 2015.  The policy applies to all clubs and classes.  To ensure the policy is given full effect, an amendment has been issued to the Racing Rules of Sailing (2013-2016) Rule 5.

LaserWorld March issue

The March 2015 issue of LaserWorld is available on the ILCA website here.