ALCA Youth Solidarity Program to Boost ILCA 4 Participation

A call to Action – Australia is in danger of losing its status as a world leader in Laser sailing.

  • European sailors won all 12 medals at the 2022 ILCA 4 Youth Worlds.
  • All 4 gold medals at the 2022 ILCA 6 Youth Worlds in the USA went to European sailors.


The ALCA is responding with a ‘Youth Solidarity’ program. This program is designed to encourage clubs to choose the ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7) for girls & boys transitioning from junior training classes & will be rolled out Nationally.


A similar program has been running in Europe since 2018. It is designed to encourage more girls & boys into Laser sailing via the ILCA4 pathway.


Our initial launch will be at the upcoming Nationals to be held in Sydney at GRSC. This year the focus will be on female sailors.

Each Australian Laser district (5 states + NT) will be asked to select a young female sailor to compete at the Nationals. The selected sailors will receive the following support from the ALCA:

  • Free entry into the championship.
  • Free ILCA 4.7 charter boat in race condition.
  • Free squad coaching during the regatta.
  • Free Solidarity squad T-shirt


They will be supported throughout the event by a suitable mentor & will get the chance to meet & chat with members of the Australian Sailing Team & Australian Sailing Squad.


The selections will not be limited to sailors currently in the Laser class. Female sailors considered to have potential can come from any class if they meet the selection criteria. We plan to caste a wide net advertising this opportunity to the broader sailing community.

Any enquiries about this initiative should be directed to solidarity@laser.asn.au

Application forms can be downloaded PDF Word or complete the online application form Here.

Application forms should be submitted by October 25th. Successful applicants will be notified on first week in November.