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.


Information on Laser Men’s and Master’s in Spit Croatia

There is an event site which covers the two events the Laser Men’s and Master’s Championships to be held in Split Croatia HERE.

There is some information on available accommodation in Split from the event organisers HERE.

For long term planning the 2018 Laser Masters World Championships will be held 7-15th September 2018 in Dun Laoghaire Ireland.


South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 21-24 July

The South Pacific Laser Masters are on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Pencil in 21-24 July, 2017 for great Masters competition and superb sailing.

Early bird discount entry is only $190 including the popular Thursday night Laser Forum and the famous Regatta Dinner.

Don’t miss out – you’ll find the 2017 SPLM NOR and entry form HERE and you can enter online HERE.


John Lee announced as new CEO of AS

The new head of Australian Sailing has just been announced it is former Sydney Roosters (National Rugby League team) CEO John Lee. John will take up at AS on 9th May 2017. More information is on the the AS web site HERE.

John replaces Matt Carroll who has moved to the current hot bed of media focus the Australian Olympic Committee as its chief executive.


Entries for ILCA World Standard & Masters

Applications for entry will open Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 00:01 Central US time for the 2017 ILCA World Standard and Masters Championship regattas.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 16 May 2017, 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 district entry allocations.

2017 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

2017 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships

A word to the wise from our Masters Rep Rob Lowndes follows:

I don’t know how many entries will be allowed but last I heard it will be limited by the amount of rigging space which seems a shame.  It will be the usual thing with limited acceptances to start with.  Our ALCA ranking policy will apply (http://www.lasersdownunder.com/masters-policy/).   It could be quite a while before we know if, for the first time ever, all Aussies who want to go will not get in!  So remember first in, best dressed…..


Entries for Laser World Radial Championships

Applications for entry will open Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 00:01 Central US time for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

  •      2017 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships
  •      2017 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship
  •      2017 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship

For all events, The deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 25 April 2017 at 23:59 Central US Time.

Note: Central US Time is 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and 17 hours behind Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 25 April 2017, 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 district entry allocations.

2017 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships

2017 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

2017 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship


Applications for ILCA 4.7 Youth & Under 21 Worlds Open 15 February

Applications for entry for two 2017 ILCA Laser World Championships will open Wednesday, 15 February:

  • 2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
  • 2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships

Information about the ILCA Laser World Championships can be found on the ILCA Events Page HERE.

If you don’t apply by the 28 March 2017 application deadline you may have little chance to receive an entry offer for these events.