Laser Nationals Adelaide Sailing Club Results

Well done to everyone of the 210 competitors in the 2017 Laser Australian Championship held at Adelaide Sailing Club over Christmas – New Year.
The winds were uncharacteristically light in the first three days but improved after the New Year’s Day break.

The Standards and 4.7s saw emphatic wins by Matthew Wearn RPYC/FSC (WA) and Jack Littlechild WSC/BSC/RSYS (NSW) respectively. Both sailors had their events wrapped up before the last day.

This was far from the case in the Radials where the top five positions were up for grabs in the final race. With highly variable conditions on the final day only one race was completed so the tension on the course was at high levels. The ultimate Radial winner was Rhett Gowans Mornington YC (Vic) who won the final race to take the lead and a win by two points from Caelin Winchcombe GBYC/FYC (WA) with Brody Riley McCYC/MYC (Vic) a point away third. The Women’s winner was Rio Olympic Representative Ashley Stoddart RQYS (Qld) who was 5th overall.

55 of 210 competitors were Masters sailors including two current World Masters Champions. Add did well in the testing conditions.

Congratulations to Adelaide Sailing Club and their great team of volunteers as well as PRO Ross Wilson and his team for the professional way in which the series was run.

The event web site is here and full results are here.

The 2018 Laser Nationals will be at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Brisbane over Christmas New Year and the separate National Masters will be at Mooloolaba Qld in February 2018.

Great Results in World Sailing World Youths

Two Laser Champions

Congratulations to Finn Alexander DBSC (NSW) for his win the World Sailing (ISAF) World Youth Sailing World Championship recently concluded in Auckland.

After a DSQ in the first race Finn strung together a string of four bullets in heats 4 to 7 leaving the classy fleet of 57 a tough chase.

Zoe Thompson FSC/RFBYC (WA) was 7th in the Girls Radial.

The web site for the series is HERE.

The results of the event are accessed HERE


The ALCA annual general meeting will be held at 9 am 30 December 2016 at Adelaide Sailing Club. All members of District Laser Associations are welcome to attend, however voting entitlements are limited to one representative per District.

2017 Australian Laser Championships

The 2017 Australian Laser Championships for Open, Youth and Masters will be held in Adelaide from 27 December 2016 – 4 January 2017. The Notice of Race, link to on-line entry, regatta information and news are available on the Adelaide Laser Nationals website

The organisers are looking at some great innovations this year, with daily video reports and plans to have some of the fleet tracked with GPS live on the event website.

The championships will be held at Adelaide Sailing Club which offers state-of-the-art facilities including a large grass rigging area and beach access with breakwater protection. The race course is only a 10-minute sail from the launching area, allowing for great spectating from the balcony at the clubhouse.

Over 200 sailors have entered. A short update on progress at 5 December is available here.

ILCA announces new composite top mast

ILCA media release – 5 December 2016

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a class-legal composite top mast section that is expected to be available for purchase in early 2017.

Because the new mast was designed with the exact same weight and bend characteristics as the existing aluminum upper sections, it will not provide a performance advantage but instead will eliminate the permanent bending problems associated with the aluminum spars. Read the rest of this entry »

2017 Australian Youth Champs

The 2017 Australian Youth Champs will be sailed from 10 to 14 January 2017 from Adelaide Sailing Club.  Late entries are open.  See link on Events tab.

2016 Laser reps at Youth Worlds

Finn Alexander (NSW) and Zoe Thomson (WA) will be the Australian Laser representatives at the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship from 14-20 December 2016 at Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland.

2016 Australian Sailing Awards

Laser sailors featured strongly at the 2016 Australian Sailing Awards held in Sydney in October.

Tom Burton (NSW), Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist, was named Male Sailor of the Year.
Alistair Young (WA), 2016 ISAF Youth World Radial Champion, was named Youth Sailor of the Year.
Michael Blackburn, AST Laser coach and former Laser World Champion and Olympic Laser medallist, was named Coach of the Year.
Finalists included Laser sailors Ashley Stoddart (in Female Sailor of the Year), Zoe Thomson and Conor Nicholas (in Youth Sailor of the Year).

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists across all the categories.  A full report can be viewed at

LaserWorld September 2016 issue

The September 2016 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.

The Laser Class Rules effective 1st January 2016 can be downloaded from the ILCA rules and regulations page.

2016 Rio Olympics – Lasers

Congratulations to Tom Burton (NSW) for winning the gold medal in the Laser Men at the Rio Olympics in a thrilling and tactical medal race.  Australian Sailing report here.   Ashley Stoddart (Qld) finished 3rd in the  Radial Women medal race and 9th overall.  Both were competing at their first Olympics, with current Australian Laser Champion Tom well credentialled having held No 1 World ranking in Lasers.

Congratulations to all the Australian sailors who competed at Rio, with the Nacra 17 Mixed, 470 Men and 49er Men Australian crews each winning silver medals.  Excellent daily updates were provided by Australian Sailing.  All sailing results here.

2016 Under 21 Worlds Germany

Four Australians competed at the recent Under 21 Worlds at Kiel, Germany, held at the same time as the Rio Olympics. In U21 Standard men Lachlan Gilham (WA) finished 8th U19 and 24th overall in the 144 strong fleet.
Reports on the ILCA and event websites. Links to overall results: U21 Standard Men, U21 Radial Women.

2016 4.7 Youth Worlds Germany

A team of 16 Australian sailors (14 boys in a fleet of 256 including 117 U16 and 2 girls in a fleet of 126) competed at the Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships in Kiel in August. Finn O’Dea (WA) was the best placed Australian at 2nd U16 and 20th overall with 5 Australians (one U18 and two U16 from WA and two U16 from Tas) in the boys gold fleet, 4 Australians in the boys silver fleet and both West Australian in the girls gold fleet.

Link to the event website here; direct link to the results here.

2016 Radial Worlds in Ireland

Congratulations to Zoe Thomson (WA) winning the Radial Youth Girls World Championship, and to Finn Alexander (NSW) 5th overall in the Boys Division.
The Radial Youth and Radial Open Men’s World Champs were sailed at Dun Laoghaire, Dublin in variable conditions.  Australia was well represented.  In the Youth Boys fleet of 229, five of the nine Australians finished in the gold fleet.  In the Youth Girls fleet of 76 the four Australians finished in the top 26.  In the Open Men’s fleet of 42 Richard Maher was the best placed of the four Australians.
Photos and reports can be seen on the event website here and the ILCA website;  direct link to results here.

South Pacific Laser Masters final results

Day 4 was another hard day for the race officer, the morning westerly came and went with 2 N flag cancellations. With a feeling of here we go again another day 3, a NE wind came from nowhere at 010 deg and the fleet had 2 great races. This was the end of a great Regatta and the decider of the overall winners.
Division winners
Standard: Greg Adams GM, Dan Blight A, Tony Baisden M, Frank Walsh GGM.
Radial: Danny Fuller A, Mark Kennedy GM, Mike Knowsley M, Martin Linsley GGM
4.7: George Meikle
A big thank you to QLA and RQYS. Link to event site here, final results after Day 4 here. Read the rest of this entry »

Laser Charters for 2017 NZ Regattas

New Zealand has a busy season of regattas coming up, with the 2016 ISAF Youth Worlds in December, 2017 New Zealand Laser Nationals in January, the inaugural Yachting NZ 2017 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta in February and 2017 World Masters Games in April.

PSA is supporting sailing in New Zealand by providing a large fleet of charter boats in NZ at the various regattas for the coming summer.

Click here for pricing and PSA contact details for Laser charters for the 2017 NZ Laser Nationals at Taupo YC January 19 to 22, 2017 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta at Auckland February 4 to 6 and the 2017 World Masters Games at Torbay SC April 21 to 30.

It would be great to get as many Aussie Laser Sailors to the events as possible. More information on the events can be found at the New Zealand Laser Association website.

2016 South Pacific Laser Masters

The South Pacific Laser Masters  are on again at Royal Qeensland Yacht Squadron from 22-25 July 2016.  Entries close 15 July.  Promotional flyer here.

Entry and Notice of race here.

Australian Sailing Youth Team Selection Policy 2017

Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) has announced its selection policy for the 2017 Australian Sailing Youth Team. The policy can be viewed online here.

Australian Laser Sailing Olympic representatives

Congratulations to Tom Burton (NSW) and Ashley Stoddart (Qld) on their selection as the Laser men and women sailing representatives for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 World Championships Mexico

Australian sailors featured strongly in recent ILCA World Laser Championships held at Nuevo Vallarta  in Mexico.

Open Women and Men

In the Women’s Championship Ashley Stoddart (Qld) finished 22nd with youth sailor Marlena Berzins (NSW) experiencing her first open World Champs.
The Men’s Championship saw 6 Australian sailors competing, with Matthew Wearn (WA) finishing 4th and Tom Burton (NSW) 6th.


The radial and standard Masters Championships were held separately for logistical reasons, with 27 Australians contesting the radials and 12 the standards. Australian sailors dominated the placings. Recent world champions, Rob Lowndes, Vanessa Dudley, Mark Bethwaite and Brett Beyer repeated their winning performances.

2016 masters cube winners from Australia:

75 plus – Kerry Waraker (Qld) 2nd; Great grand master – Rob Lowndes (NSW) 1st; Grand master – Vanessa Dudley (NSW) 1st, Jeff Loosemore (NSW) 2nd.

Great grand master – Mark Bethwaite 1st; Grand master – Gavin Dagley (Vic) 1st; Master – Brett Beyer 1st.

Australian Laser Masters Championship

The 2016 Australian Laser Masters Championships were held from Friday 12 February to Monday 15 February 2016 at Port Stephens with over 200 entries from around Australia and New Zealand. Full results on Australian Championship tab on this website; photos can be seen at the dedicated event website.

2016 Australian Laser Championships

The 2016 Australian Laser Championships incorporating the Open, Women and Youth Divisions were held at Belmont, NSW from 28 Dec 2015 to 4 Jan 2016 with 195 entries including 26 international sailors.  Full reports, photos and results are available at the event site here.

Standard: 1st Tom Burton (NSW) – Australian Open Standard Champion; 2nd Matthew Wearn (WA); 3rd Luke Elliott (WA); 4th Colin Cheng (SIN); 5th Mark Spearman

Under 21 Standard: 1st  Ryan Lo (SIN); 2nd Lacy Gilham (WA) – Australian Under 21 Champion; 3rd Ao Higuchi (JPN)

Radial: 1st Conor Nicholas (WA) Australian Open Radial Champion and 1st U19; 2nd Finn Alexander and 2nd U19; 3rd Brody Riley (VIC) and 3rd U19;  4th Manami Doi (JPN) and 1st Woman; 5th Ashley Stoddart (AUS), 2nd Woman and Australian Radial Woman Champion

Other radial cube winners: Under 19 – 4th Stuart Plenderleith (NSW), 5th Noah Taylor (NSW); Under 17 – 1st Sam King (TAS), 2nd Zac Littlewood (WA); Open Women – 3rd Khairunneeta Mohd Afendy (MAS); Under 19 Women – 1st Zoe Thomson (WA), 2nd Marlena Berzins (NSW)

4.7 Rig: 1st Rome Featherstone (WA) Australian 4.7 Champion and 1st U18; 2nd Hayden Coote (WA) and 1st U16; 3rd Jack Littlechild (NSW) and 2nd U18; 4th Tom Needham (QLD) and 3rd U18; 5th Finn O’Dea (WA) and 2nd U16; 6th Max Gluskie (TAS) and 3rd U16

4.7 Women: 1st Hailey Johnson Australian 4.7 Woman Champion; 2nd Emily Goodfellow (VIC); 3rd Bee Allison (WA)

The 2016 Australian Masters Laser Championships will be held in February at Port Stephens, NSW.

ISAF Youth Worlds

At the recent ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2015 held at Langkawi Malaysia, Australian sailors performed well, with Alistair Young (WA) winning the Laser Radial men and Jacinta Ainsworth (WA) 8th in the Laser Radial women.  With good results in other classes Australia was first in the ISAF Nations Trophy.

2015 Laser Radial Women’s World Championship

At the recent Laser Radial Women’s World Chamionship in Oman, Ashley Stoddart finished 11th and qualified Australia for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Women’s Laser Radial class.  Well done!

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.


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.

2015 South Pacific Laser Masters

Entries have opened for the South Pacific Laser Masters to be held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 15 to 18 May 2015. The Notice of Race and link to on-line entry system can be found at the Queensland Laser Association events page. Closing date for entries is 8 May 2015 with the late entry surcharge for entries after this date.