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 https://www.auslasernationals.com.au. This has information about the location, charters and functions. It will be the go to location for further information, notices and results.

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 https://www.oceanialaserchamps.com/ 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.

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.

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.

Victoria to Host 4 World Championships in 2020

The Victorian Laser Association (VLA) has been awarded the rights 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 (registration and racing days) is;

Sandringham Yacht Club

  • 2020 Oceania & Australian Laser Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (Jan 1-8)
  • 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 15-18)
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships – Standard, Radial and 4.7 (March 19-28)

The VLA is working closely with Australian Sailing and the Sail Melbourne International Regatta committee to coordinate the programming of Sail Melbourne with these Laser events. 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.

Pre-Christmas local regattas and training opportunities will also be available in the lead up to these major championships.

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 18 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 is actively working with the ALCA, ILCA, host clubs and Laser builder PSA to make this an unprecedented summer of sailing for the Laser global fraternity.

Please email jack.graves@bigpond.com if you are interested in:

  • assisting the organising committee as a volunteer
  • volunteering opportunities at the regattas
  • receiving information regarding Sponsorship opportunities

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

Hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club in Sydney 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.

  • Saturday 8 Sept – Coaching, Optional Racing, Fun Dinner with Inspirational Guest Speaker
  • Sunday 9 Sept – Regatta and Prize Giving 4.7 & Radial Fleets

All female Laser sailors are invited to join the fun!
Register your interest at www.dbsc.com.au

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

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 https://www.auslasernationals.com.au/

Mara Stransky’s  Offshore Challenge in a Laser Radial

Mara Stansky reports on her Laser Radial epic.

“On Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend 2018, I sailed out through the Gold Coast Seaway at first light. Heading offshore past South and North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, I then rounded Cape Moreton, and reached across the top of Moreton Island before beating back down the west coast to finally rest off Tangalooma, arriving just before dusk.

This trip clocked up 78nm (146km) and took a total of 11hrs 44mins.”

Mara’s epic offshore adventure in May is recounted in full by her HERE. There is a YouTube video of the adventure HERE.

Mara is a fabulous sailor and a great athlete. She had a watchful guardian boat standing by. Please don’t try to emulate her feat without the same advantages and preparation.

World Laser Masters Dun Laoghaire Entry Offers

Entry offers for the Laser World Masters Dun Laoghaire Ireland 7-15th September 2018 have been sent to all 33 active Australian applicants. The list and status is HERE .

The event web site HERE has lots of information.

Olympian and Medal Winning Olympic Coach Rory Fitzpatrick has documented the expected conditions on Dublin Bay HERE and radial master Sean Craig gives good advice on what sort of race gear to pack for the variable Dublin weather HERE.

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.

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.