Australian Sailing Olympic Webinar Series

Australian Sailing’s Olympic webinar series will feature the 470 and Laser Gold Medal winners in the next few weeks.

You can register for the webinars on the following links;

The Boat That Ian Built

Early Laser Regatta association Island NY

An interesting short movie (28min) from 1974 has come to light. It tells the Laser story of Ian Bruce and Performance Sailcraft the company which which he originally formed to produce and market it.

“The movie has fantastic footage of one of the first ever big fleet Laser regattas held at Association Island, New York on Lake Ontario across the lake from Kingston (with Ian Bruce competing!). The movie has interviews with Ian, Bruce Kirby, and Laser sail designer Hans Fogh along with shots of Lasers being produced in Ian’s factory.

You’ll also see amazing footage of Hans Fogh helming the prototype Laser in an October 1970 regatta held for boats under $1000 at the Playboy Club at Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. It was called ‘The America’s Teacup Regatta’. Ian and Hans decided to call the prototype the ‘Weekender’ with sail number TGIF, the abbreviation for ‘Thank God It’s Friday’.”

The movie is from the National Film Board of Canada archive Here

COVID Restrictions for Community Sport

With the sailing season coming up you might be wondering what are the COVID restrictions applicable. The situation is fast changing and different for each state and varying between local government areas within states.

Australian Sailing has a page with information and links to the latest health orders. You can click the box on the right to get the rules for community sport in your state.

The Australian Sailing page is Here.

Cancellation of Australian Open & Youth Championships 2022

With regret due to ongoing uncertainty about travel logistics and border closures it has been decided to cancel the Laser Australian Open & Youth Championships 1-8 January 2022 in Fremantle WA.

We considered delaying the event to later in 2022 however there is no guarantee, with the strict stance taken by the WA Government,  that  this will be possible. ALCA COVID policy requires that sailors from all states and territories can travel quarantine free to and from the event for it to be the National Championship.

In place of 2022 Australian Championships we invite each district to run and event or designate an existing planned event, as the ILCA World Championship selection event. The results from these district events will be interleaved and scaled for size to rank sailors for 2022 ILCA World Championships.

Zac Littlewood Wins Under 21 Worlds

Well done Zac Littlewood for his dominant win in the ILCA World Under 21 Worlds in Gdynia Poland. Zac posted 5 wins and 2 seconds to win by 23 points in the 138 boat fleet.

Winds in the Gulf of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea were strong in the middle of the series and light at the start and finish as the video of the day 3 race Here shows. Zac enjoyed the conditions saying that he had not been able to race for two years so was pleased with his performance. He said that the Under 21 event was good practice for the tougher competition in the senior events which he was competing in later in the season.

Full results of the Men’s U21 Worlds event are Here.

Zac along with three other Australian Sailing Squad members are planning to sail in the ILCA7 Men’s Worlds in Barcelona in November.

The U21 Worlds event was relocated from UK to Poland due to COVID restrictions. You have to admire the tenacity of these young sailors navigating COVID exit and entry restrictions and travel difficulties just to be able to compete in these events.

Top Australian Under 21 Women ILCA6 sailor Paige Caldecoat represented us in the U21 Women’s event in Gdynia finishing a creditable 18th in the 57 boat fleet. Italian’s Giorgia della Valle & Chiara Benini Floriani went head to head and finished a few points apart in first and second. Women’s Under 21 Worlds results are Here.

Zac on his way to a dominant win in Gdynia

ILCA World Championships

Despite high COVID cases and constraints the 2021 ILCA World Championships have so far been able to run and attract near capacity competitors. The ILCA6 Youth Worlds at Arco on Lake Garda, Italy attracted 370 entries from 40 countries with the boys split into four fleets. The ILCA4 Youth Worlds event in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland saw 243 entries and the Under 21 Worlds in Gdynia, Poland had 200 entries from 39 countries.

ILCA has done a great job under difficult conditions to stage these events. They have had to relocate some events due to COVID restrictions and difficulties in transporting charter boats due to current shipping logistics chaos.

Unfortunately due to Australia’s foreign travel ban no Australian sailors have been able to compete in the World Youth events however Australian sailing are managing to send some Australian Sailing Squad members to under 21 Worlds (Gdynia, August) and ILCA6 Worlds (Oman, December) and ILCA7 Worlds (Barcelona, November).

Travel bans look likely to persist for this year and in any event travel costs are through the roof, so the prospect of Australian sailors competing in the World Masters (Barcelona, November) are bleak. There are however 260 entries for the Masters event which in better times might have been near the 400 entry limit.

ILCA have announced timing and venues for 2022 World Championships (except for ILCA6 Youth Worlds). Listing of the events is on the ILCA’s web site Here. Australian sailors will hopefully be free to travel to these 2022 events.

ILCA 6 2022 Men’s and Women’s World Championships

The 2022 ILCA 6 (Radial) Men’s and Women’s World Championships will now be held from Thursday 22 September – Friday 30 September 2022 in Qingdao, China.

The event site will be the Sunac Yacht Club. Qingdao Sunac Yacht Club is located on the Oriental Movie Metropolis Starlight Island. It is a 45-minute drive from Qingdao Railway Station and a 60-minute drive from Qingdao Liuting Airport (TAO).

Information on all the ILCA World Championship events including application and entry deadlines are published on the ILCA web site here.

Reminder ILCA6 (Radial) Carbon Mast

A few sailors have enquired about class legal use of ILCA6 (Radial) carbon bottom section perhaps after observing the use of aluminium sections as the supplied equipment for the Woman’s Olympics.

The ILCA6 carbon bottom section has been class legal since September 2020 however it was always the intent to use aluminium sections for the Tokyo Olympics. This is covered in an ILCA post Here and a January 2020 ALCA post Here.

470s Wear & Tear and Reward

The hands of the front half of the winning 470 team Will Ryan pictured show the wear and tear and the reward of the Belcher/Ryan team.

A fabulous effort rewarded by Mathew carrying the Australian flag in the closing ceremony.

Laser 50th Birthday Regatta Video

You can see the video of the Laser 50th Regatta on 20 June here.

Thanks to Double Bay Sailing Club for staging this event.

Special thanks to the great organising by Diana Chen the video capture by Aero Media with video production by James Tudball of The White Tree.

Tom Slingsby Tribute to Michael Blackburn & Matt Wearn

Thumbs Up from Blackers

Tom Slingsby has posted a great tribute to Michael Blackburn and Matt Wearn. From Australian Sailing Tome said;

I just wanted to say a huge congratulations to Matt Wearn on winning his gold medal with a day to spare! A beautiful display of racing especially after a tough first couple of races.

I still remember meeting Matt as a 14 year old in Mandurah and my old coach Arthur Brett saying, “this kid has got it”. I totally agreed after coaching him and Arthur and I both said he would be a Olympic Champion one day. Today is that day. Well done!

However this post is not just about Matt. It’s also about the guy who the cameras won’t see when Matt collects his gold medal. A legend of Australian sport that most of the public do not know Matt’s coach, Michael Blackburn.

Blackers has now coached 3 back to back Olympic champions and has created a legacy in Australian sailing and the Laser class in general that ‘Australia will win gold in the laser class’. That’s all Blackers.

He coached myself to gold in 2012, Tom Burton to gold in 2016 and now Wearny to gold in 2021.

See Tom’s full post Here.

Matt Seals Gold in the Medal Race

Matt Wearn has maintained Australia’s dominance in the Laser Class at the Olympic Games, winning the nation’s third consecutive Gold in the event.

Matt overcame a nervous start to the regatta to completely dominate the middle and late stages to have the Gold wrapped up in advance of the Medal Race.

Matt had only to “make a genuine effort to start, sail the course and finish” in the medal race to take the gold. He did that with ease sailing conservatively with a come from behind second in the medal race to cement his series win from Croatian Tonci Stipanovic who was also silver medalist in Rio and Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard.

“Probably relief,” was his first emotion after securing the Olympic crown. “It has been quite a long journey and a particularly stressful week. It wasn’t the ideal start to a regatta, so I couldn’t have felt better than locking away a gold medal before the Medal Race.”

Australian Sailing reports the man behind Australia’s three consecutive Laser gold medals is master coach Michael Blackburn. Michael is a four times Australian Laser Standard Champion and also a World Champion 2006 and bronze Olympic medalist in 2000.

“Quite a thrill to get it done early,” Blackburn said before today’s Medal Race. “It has been a goal of mine to have someone win the regatta before the medal race, because the medal races can be a bit iffy sometimes. To get it done in such a good style and quite unexpectedly is quite the thrill.”

Check NSW & ACT Laser site Olympics page for the blow by blow rundown on Matt and Mara Stransky’s great efforts in Enoshima.

See photos of Matt and Mara from World Sailing Here.

Australian Open & Youth Championships

Building from Matt Wearn’s fabulous Olympic win we are getting excited about the upcoming season and the Australian Championships which will be run 1-8 January at Matt’s home club Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC).

The current wave of COVID lock downs and border closures have created some uncertainty. However with advancing vaccinations and federal/state agreements on the removal of lockdowns as vaccination rates rise we are hopeful that this uncertainty will ease well in time for the event to proceed as scheduled.

While it is too early now to decide whether the Championships can go ahead as scheduled we will monitor the situation and make a final decision by 17 November 2021.

If by this date it is decided not to run the Nationals 1-8 January a decision will be made then, in consultation with WALA, to either;

  • Delay the Australian Championships until 11-18th April 2022 at FSC
  • Or run an event 1-8 January at FSC as a National Regatta

The contingency delayed event dates were chosen in April to match with school term breaks in most states and to incorporate Easter holidays. If adopted the three months delay would give increased confidence in the opening up of domestic travel.

If the national borders are not projected to open even by mid-April then WALA will likely run an event 1-8 January at FSC as a National Regatta for locals and those who can travel freely to and from WA.

Matt Wearn Takes Gold

Matt Wearn is assured of GOLD with a race to spare.  Matt will officially be crowned Olympic Champion when he contests his Medal Race on Sunday as he has an insurmountable 22-point lead after 10 races. The result table is Here.

It was a tough day on the water for all. Matt posted a 12 and 8 in the light conditions on Friday (Races 9 and 10) after two wins on Thursday.  Unfortunately for him Cypriot Pavlos Kontides carded a 28th in race 10 which put him out of range of Matt going into the medal race on Sunday. According to the SIs Matt needs only to “make a genuine effort to start, sail the course and finish” in the medal race to take the gold.

“It was a tough day of racing, but I am happy to finish off with that. And yeah, I’m going to be a Gold Medallist.”
“I am still processing it myself,” said Matt’s dad Brad Wearn after the final race. “It’s his destiny. This has been his goal since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. We are just so proud of him, he’s pushed himself so hard and has been surrounded by great people along the way.”
Wearn wont be able to celebrate with family tonight, and making things more difficult is that COVID protocols will also prevent him from celebrating with fiancée Emma Plasschaert who is sailing the Laser Radial for Belgium at these Games.

Mara Stransky saved the best to last in her first Olympic campaign today. She set aside some earlier disappointment to put together the race day of her life, finishing her regatta with a third and a win in the final fleet race.

The great final day lifted Mara to a creditable 14th in the red hot fleet.

Olympic Sailing Information

You can follow the Olympic sailing events in Enoshima on the following.

Stream video 7plus  Sailing Channel

Get free 7plus Olympic Channels

Live Tracking

World Sailing Olympic Site

Olympic Sailing Results

Racing Schedule and Course Location

Australian Sailing Team Facebook

Australian Sailing Team Twitter

Check NSW & ACT Laser site Olympics page for on site updates and information.

See photos of Matt and Mara from World Sailing Here.

Matt Wearn & Mara Stransky in Tokyo Olympics action

New Dates Men’s and Masters Worlds in Barcelona

Due to concerns of travel restrictions to Spain the ILCA has changed the dates of the Standard Men’s and Masters World Championships.

  • 2021 ILCA 7 (Standard) Men’s World Championship – 03-10 November 2021 (previously 09-16 September 2021)
  • 2021 ILCA Masters World Championships – 11-20 November 2021 (previously 17-26 September 2021)

The events will be held at the same venue – the Barcelona International Sailing Center in Barcelona, Spain.

Due to this change, the late application period has been reopened and the Entry Closing Date has been postponed. Details are posted on the ILCA web site.

ILCA 6 (Radial) Worlds Venue & Date Change

The 2021 ILCA 6 Men’s and Women’s World Championships is being relocated to Mussanah, OMAN. The event dates have been changed to 29 November to 06 December 2021.

The change is due to disruptions to global shipping which have made it impossible ship the charter boats from Japan (post Olympics) to USA in time for the event. Oman has offered to host this event, although at this later date.

The application deadline has been moved to 30 August 2021. All existing applications for this event remain valid, although some sailors may elect to cancel due to the date and venue change.

Welcome to the new CV world of flexible arrangements.

The dates and locations for the following 2022 World Championships have also just been set:

  • 2022 ILCA 7 Masters World Championship – 30 May- 7 June 2022 at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
  • 2022 ILCA 6 Masters World Championship – 09-17 June 2022 at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
  • 2022 ILCA 4 Youth World Championships – 13-20 August 2022 at the Capable Planet Clube Nautico in Vilamoura, Portugal
  • 2022 ILCA U21 World Championships – 21-28 August 2022 at the Capable Planet Clube Nautico in Vilamoura, Portugal

Eight Bells – Bruce Kirby

Bruce Kirby Canadian born sailing legend and designer of many boats including the Laser passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age.

Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. We was a pioneering sailing journalist, editor of One-Design and Off-Shore Yachtsman, which is still going today as Sailing World magazine.

A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15 he went on to become a world-class sailor and Olympian. He represented Canada in the 1956, 1964, and 1968 Olympics.

As well as designing the Laser some background of which you can find Here Bruce’s design career included a multitude of successful classes such as the Sonar, Kirby 25 and Ideal 18, America’s Cup Twelve Meters, production racer/cruisers and offshore racing boats.

Follow the Olympic Sailing

After a years delay and considerable uncertainty the Tokyo Olympics will kick off with the opening ceremony from 9pm AEST on Friday, July 23.

Sailing will commence on the 25th of July, with the medal races taking place from 31 July to 4 August. The schedule and Olympic sailing team information is Here.  Sailing is scheduled between 1.00pm and 7.00pm AEST each day.

Channel 7 has the broadcast and streaming rights to the Olympics in Australia. Highlight sports will largely be shown on 7’s free to air channels.

In addition there are 7plus apps which will have over 40 channels streaming live action from the Games. You can download the 7plus iOS or Android app free from the App Store or Google Play Store. To view sailing simply log in to the app on your smartphone, tablet, go to the Olympics section and browse the streams to find sailing. You will then be able to watch the live action.

You can also access the Olympics streams on your computer. Right now the best place to go is Shortly before the Games sport specific pages will be launched. The one for sailing will be

You can also get 7plus on Fetch TV, Telstra TV, Apple TV 4th Gen+, Chromecast, Android TV, Samsung TV, Sony Linux TV, LG TV (2016 and later) and Playstation 4.

World Sailing has setup a site with all the Tokyo Olympic Sailing information at . You can subscribe on this site to get updates and results.

Best wishes to our 13 Olympic sailors and the entire 472 Australians who will compete in Tokyo. It has been a tough preparation for most of these athletes. There are links to the profiles of the 13 Australian Olympic sailors Here. Just click the photo to see the profile.

Australian Sailing says “Australia has a rich history of success in Olympic sailing and this year is no different with a number of strong Gold Medal chances alongside some young and emerging talent. Our Laser, Men’s 470 and Nacra 17 classes were all in the medals the last time they competed at a World Championships, and you can write off the other classes at your own risk. All our competitors have strong podium results on the international stage and it is the Olympics – anything can happen and probably will.”

Southeast Sailboats in the UK has a race track conditions and form guide for the Laser Men’s event Here. and World Sailing has the guide to the top ranked Laser Women Here

Mara Stransky & Matt Wearn in stronger conditions than those expected in Enoshima

Laser Rowing Option

Winter winds are sometimes pretty ordinary so maybe then you can get some more use from your Laser with this Haka Laser rowing kit.

Originating from Switzerland this frame and oars setup looks well engineered though not cheap. It could allow safe rowing in combination with sailing in open water where regular rowing shells might offer rowing in combination with swimming.

More info from the Swiss firm is Here and a video on the concept is Here.

SPLM Replaced With a Two Day Open Event

Due to the COVID-19 situation Queensland Laser Association has decided to replace the South Pacific Laser Masters Regatta with a weekend open (all ages) regatta on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July. This is similar to the situation last year. All entries for SPLM will be refunded.

A NOR for the replacement two day five race event has been issued Here. You can enter Here. Entry is $50.

Entries will be refunded if COVID restrictions do not allow the regatta to go ahead.

There is an opportunity for coaching on Friday 9th July before the event. Details of the coaching are in the NoR as is the email for expression of interest.

QLA says “Please go ahead and enter the event if you can, we would love to see you there! Last year we ended up with around 60 entries in similar circumstances.”

50th Anniversary Bash on Sydney Harbour

The Laser 50th Anniversary Event was held on Sydney Harbour on Sunday 20th June. The fleet of over 110 boats enjoyed the 10 -18 knots of breeze to complete the course from Farm Cove in front of the Opera House to Watsons Bay.

A number of interstate sailors who planned to participate were deterred by the mini COVID outbreak some others by the early start and the cold and rain. Those who did brave the conditions had a great time on the water and enjoyed the festivities, BBQ and prize draw back at Double Bay Sailing Club afterwards.

Pictured above is part of the fleet led by 13 times Laser World Masters Champion Brett Beyer sailing the prize 50 Anniversary gold boat donated by PSA. NB Sailsports also donated three ILCA sails for the draw.

Photos below are of Frant Bucek sailing his 1974 vintage Laser. The boat Frant insists is quite sound despite its years. The same could be said of many of the masters sailors on the day. The other is Peter (Pedro) Stephinson  sailing with Michael Blackburn’s sail and a boat from the Sydney Olympics in 2000. These Olympics were sailed on much the same water as the 50th event. Photos are by Aero Media

There are lots of photos taken by Jon West which can be viewed and purchased from his web site Here.

Story carried by Sail World is Here. Jeff Loosemore’s video perspective is Here.

2021 ILCA World Championships

ILCA Have announced opening of applications for Men’s and Women’s Radial (Now ILCA 6) World Championships 10-17 October Shoreacres Texas USA.

ILCA are moving ahead with entry offers for other 2021 World Championships. You can view the details for each of the seven World Championships on the ILCA web site Here.

Australians considering competing in these events should review the ILCA World Championships COVID-19 Notice information Here. In the light of the Australian Government’s ban on Australian citizens and permanent residents travelling overseas sailors wishing to participate in these events should review the information on the Department of Home Affairs’ web site Here.

Laser 50th Anniversary Sailing Event Double Bay SC 20th June

Double Bay Sailing Club will host a large exhibition of ILCA Laser dinghies sailing on the iconic Sydney Harbour on Sunday, 20 June 2021, to mark the 50th anniversary of  Laser/ILCA class. The event was postponed from 30th May due to very unfavourable weather for photography predicted for that day.

The club is inviting anyone who has access to a Laser to participate in this historic event.

Sailors can launch from DBSC and sail to the start line together, or sail from another club and meet at Farm Cove at 0930h. At the club street parking is available (unrestricted on Sundays) and trailers can be left outside the club.

Participants are invited to attend DBSC after the event for a free BBQ and prize draw. All visitors are welcome and club dollies will be provided for those that sail in.

There will be prizes for entering and participating, including a hull upgrade (donated by PSA) and three new sails (donated by NB Sailsports). You must enter and turn up on the day to be eligible to win (see the Notice of Event for terms and conditions). Thanks to the generous sponsors for donating these prizes.

DBSC are welcoming all (Laser) sailors from far and wide to join the event. If you don’t have a Laser, but would like to join email DBSC and we will see what we can do to help. If you have a laser (or a spare), but are unable to sail it at the event, please email DBSC if you would like to lend it to someone else to sail.

0830h – Launch from DBSC
0930h – All participants meet at Farm Cove

1000h – Event start from Fort Denison
>> sail to South Head as a single fleet
1300h – Free BBQ on the deck at DBSC – all welcome

The press release from DBSC is HERE. Please register for the event on the DBSC web site HERE.

The Sailing Instructions for the event are Here.

This is your chance in a lifetime to participate in this 50 year celebration.

2022 Australian Open & Youth Championships

The 2022 Australian Laser Open & Youth Championship will be held at Fremantle Sailing Club WA between 1 to 8 January 2022.

The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter from 1 July Here.

A limited number of charter boats are available for the event from NB Sailsports. If you need a charter get in an reserve yours on the NB Sailsports web site Here

There is more information about Australian Championship events and their venues on the Australian Laser Championships web site.

Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.

2022 Australian Laser Masters

The 2022 Australian  Laser Masters Championship will be held at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria 25-28 February 2022. This event will be the first under the new rotation arrangement for the National Masters.

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

There is information about the event and the venue on the Australian Laser Championships web site.

Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.

The Australian Masters will be preceded by a two day coaching clinic 22-23 February.

South Pacific Laser Masters RQYS 9-12 July

It is on again. After a year in hibernation the NB Sailsports South Pacific Laser Masters is back in action at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron 9-12th July 2021.

This is always a great and popular event event orchestrated by Kerry Warraker and RQYS.

The Notice of Race is HERE. Entry for the eight race series is $200 and can be placed HERE.

If you don’t want to drive – event sponsor  NB Sailsports are offering charters for the event for $799. Book HERE.

Australian Championships 2022

It is time to get planning for the great upcoming Australian Laser Championships.

Entries will be opening soon for both the Open & Youth Australian & Oceania Championships 1-8 January 2022 at Fremantle Sailing Club WA and the Australian Masters Championships 25-28 February 2022 at Westernport Yacht Club Victoria.

If you need a charter boat for either of these events then NB Sailsports is the place to go. Rob McMillan has opened charter bookings on his web site on the links below;

Open & Youth Nationals (Fremantle, WA)

Masters Nationals (Westernport, Vic) 

You can follow these National Championship events on our Laser Nationals web site at on the Australian Laser Nationals Facebook page at or on the Australian Laser App which you can find out about and get links to download from Here.

Queensland State Championships at Bowen

The Queensland Open State Championships were held at Port Dennison Sailing Club Bowen 8-10 April.

There was a great roll up of 80 boats competing over 7 races in mainly light conditions. Fabulous to see 26 4.7s in the fleet including our venerable Chairman Ken Hurling making a comeback in his Laser Last Chance.

Woollahra’s Brett Beyer made the long trip north and won all but one race in the Standards. Frazer Brew from RQYS was only three points behind and won the only race which Brett did not. Zane Taylor from RQYS won the 4.7s in a close finish from Hugo Ralph also from RQYS. RQYS Radial sailors Ben Franklin and Annie Eastgate went head to head with Ben finishing up the winner by just four points.

Full results for the event are HERE.

Sign the like of which you don’t see at many sailing venues had some visitors intrigued though it didn’t seem to put them off.

Applications Open for ILCA World Men’s Standard and Masters Championships

ILCA have announced that applications for entry for the following ILCA World Championships will be accepted beginning Thursday, 15 April 2021:

2021 ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship
2021 ILCA Masters World Championships

For the above events, the ILCA deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 20 May 2021 at 23:59 Central US Time.

Information about these ILCA Laser Worlds and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE

If these events can’t be held as World Championships due to travel restrictions there is provision for them to be run as International Regattas for those who can travel to and from the venue.

Unfortunately participation in 2021 ILCA World Championships by Australians is problematic due to the current Australian Government international travel ban.

Sailors considering entering these ILCA 2021 World Championship events should carefully read the “Entry Regulations” and Attachment 1 “Application and Entry Procedure” of the Notice of Race (the information appears in the NoR for each event). Check the Australian Government Smart Traveller web site advice. This includes the Australian Government’s overseas travel ban for citizens and permanent residents invoked in March 2020. Also relevant is the Australian Institute of Sports information on overseas travel for sport HERE.

For undeterred Masters sailors entry deadlines and cancellation options and costs are summarised HERE.

2021-22 Events List

There is a list of Laser Australian and International events on our Events Page.

We don’t anticipate any COVID impediments to running the major Australian and Oceania 2022 events;

  • 2022 Australian & Oceania Championships Open & Youth (Fremantle, WA 1-8 January)
  • Australian Masters (Westernport, Vic 25-28 February 2022)
  • Oceania Masters (Darwin, NT 20-26 August 2022)

Notices of Race will be issued for these events shortly.

Participation in 2021 ILCA World Championships by Australians is unlikely due to the current Australian Government international travel ban. Information about these ILCA Laser Worlds and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE.

If these events can’t be held as World Championships due to travel restrictions there is provision for them to be run as International Regattas for those who can travel to and from the venue.

Sailors considering entering these ILCA 2021 World Championship events should carefully read the “Entry Regulations” and Attachment 1 “Application and Entry Procedure” of the Notice of Race (the information appears in the NoR for each event). Check the Australian Government Smart Traveller web site advice. This includes the Australian Government’s overseas travel ban for citizens and permanent residents invoked in March 2020. Also relevant is the Australian Institute of Sports information on overseas travel for sport HERE.

Applications Open for ILCA Under 21 Worlds 19-27 August Portland UK

Applications for entry for the 2021 Under 21 ILCA World Championship will be accepted beginning Wednesday, 17 March 2021.

The deadline for receiving paid event applications for initial allocation of places is 29 April 2021 at 23:59 Central US Time. Only applications received by the application closing date are eligible for allocated places. Late applications will be accepted after the initial round of entry offers.

Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE.

If these events can’t be held as World Championships due to travel restrictions there is provision for them to be run as International Regattas for those who can travel to and from the venue.

2021 Victorian State Championships Sorrento

The Victorian Open Masters and Youth Championships were sailed over the weekend of 27th and 28th February at Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club at the southern end of Port Phillip.

The light and at times variable winds proved challenging for the strong fleet of 78 boats, sailed by skippers across the age range from 13 to 75 years plus.

The overall winner and Radial State Champion was Casey Imeneo from McCrae Yacht Club who had a close tussle across the weekend with runnerup Simon Merritt also from McCrae.

In the Standard fleet it was a close battle between two Masters sailors from Port Melbourne Yacht Club. In the end Apprentice Matt Blakey had a narrow one point win over the Grand Master sailor Steve Gunther.

There was also close sailing in the 4.7 Division. The overall winner was Hamish Cowell from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, with runnerup Angus McIntyre also from Blairgowrie.

The full results of the event are HERE.

You can read the full report on the event HERE.

Laser/ILCA Turns 50

With over 218,000 boats built, and boats being raced in over 140 countries, in 2021 ILCA will celebrate the remarkable 50 year history for the world’s largest one design class.

It started out simply as Ian Bruce’s idea in 1969 to create a “car topper” dinghy and his call to friend Bruce Kirby, who famously sketched the boat’s lines and sail plan on a napkin.

From the initial 1969 prototype TGIF (Thank God Its Friday) the boat was first launched at the New York Boat Show in 1971 and it has gone on to become the greatest sailboat in the history of one-design racing.

You can see more about the origins of the Laser here .

ILCA is planning 50th birthday celebration events later this year that all sailors around the globe can take part in.

We are always open to suggestions from sailors on ideas for birthday events.

Six New Class Builders

In accordance with World Sailing’s Olympic Equipment Policy, which states that any interested and qualified manufacturer must have the opportunity to become a builder of Olympic equipment ILCA have now appointed six new builders worldwide joining PSA here and PSJ in Japan.

To comply with the WS policy the International Laser Class boats will be sold under the ILCA brand in order to allow builders to sell boats in any part of the world without trademark restrictions.

The new builders are;

  • Devoti Sailing s.r.o. (Poland)
  • Element 6 Evolution Co Ltd (Thailand)
  • Nautivela srl (Italy)
  • Ovington Boats Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Qindao Zou Inter Marine Co., Ltd (China)
  • Rio tecna srl (Argentina)

All ILCA approved builders’ boats are manufactured from moulds made from ILCA master tooling and are built in strict compliance with the standards and specifications of the class Build Manual.

In Australia we have been fortunate to have the most experienced builder in PSA here so perhaps little change in supply arrangements. Some other Laser Regions had not been well served under the previous builder arrangements so are very pleased to have production closer to home – an advantage we have enjoyed for a long time.

ILCA 2021 World Championships Applications

International Laser Class Association has announced that applications for entry for the following World Championships are now being accepted.

The ILCA deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 23 March 2021 at 23:59 Central US Time which is 24 March 16:59 Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT). ILCA say that if you do not apply by the deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page HERE.

If these events can’t be held as World Championships due to travel restrictions there is provision for them to be run as International Regattas for those who can travel to and from the venue.

Sailors considering entering these ILCA 2021 World Championship events should carefully read the “Entry Regulations” and Attachment 1 “Application and Entry Procedure” of the respective Notices of Race;

Also relevant is Australian Government Smart Traveller web site advice.
This includes the Australian Government’s overseas travel ban for citizens and permanent residents invoked in March 2020.

Australians are likely to be blocked from most international travel until at least 2022. Federal Health Department boss Brendan Murphy warned that substantial border restrictions and hotel quarantine rules will remain in place this year. In mid January Murphy said “I think we will go most of this year with still substantial external border restrictions”.

Whitsunday Regattas April 2021

With border restrictions easing (for the most part) the Queensland Laser Association Committee is keen to welcome all Laser sailors to participate in a program of regattas and coaching to be held in the pristine waters of the Whitsunday region in April 2021 as follows:

  • Sail Airlie – 3-5 April (Easter) – hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach;
  • Coaching – 6-7 April – by QAS Head Coach, Shane Smith – from Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach; and
  • Queensland Laser Championships: 8-10 April – hosted by Port Denison Sailing Club, Bowen on behalf of the QLA.

Further details are provided in the attached flyer HERE.

Performance Sailcraft New Management

There have been a lot of changes in the class builders over the past year with four of projected six new class builders now in production. These are;

  • Devoti Sailing s.r.o. (Poland)
  • Nautivela srl (Italy)
  • Ovington Boats Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Rio Tecna srl (Argentina)

They join legacy builders Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) and Japanese builder Performance Sailcraft Japan (PSJ).

Under new arrangements any builder can supply equipment to any world market. More detail is in a post on the ILCA web site HERE.

We have been fortunate to have local builder PSA supporting us and in particular most recently meeting the huge demand for supplied equipment and charter World, National & Regional Championships in 2020.

PSA have recently announced management changes and its continued commitment to the class and local sailors. Ian Douglas has been appointed General Manager. If you need any class equipment or a complete new boat contact PSA on 02 4389 1088 or via their web site

The PSA press release on their changes is HERE.

ALCA AGM – 9.00am 15th December

Due to COVID-19 and the postponement of the Australian Laser Championships this year’s ALCA AGM will be held by Zoom from 9.00am AEDT on 15th December.

The Agenda and tabled reports are HERE. The Zoom meeting details are on the Agenda.

All members of Australian Laser Districts are invited to attend.

A Blast from the Past

2010 Nationals Tom Slingsby on his way to a very big win – Photo Greg Pratt

If we can’t have an Australian Championship this year we can at least reflect on the great events of the past.

Greg Pratt has dusted off photos which he took at the 2010 Nationals at Adelaide Sailing Club. You can see these photos HERE. In this series Tom Slingsby won 10 of the 11 races which is about as dominant a win as you can get at this level.

You can see the results of the Standards HERE and thanks to the work of Rob Lowndes and others the results of the Nationals going back to last century are HERE. You may not recall how you went in the past but the internet never forgets.