Saving Sailing in the Olympics
by Eric Faust, ILCA Executive Secretary
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is surprised and disappointed by the announcement that the World Sailing Board has recommended to select new equipment to replace the Laser and Laser Radial Classes for the one-person dinghy events in the 2024 Olympic Games.
The announcement comes as part of the equipment reevaluation process that has been ongoing since May of this year. According to the published reevaluation procedure, the board’s recommendation is now meant to be presented to the World Sailing Council for acceptance or rejection at the upcoming World Sailing Conference later this month in Sarasota, Florida.
Have you booked your transport yet for this years Laser Nationals ?
The Spirit of Tasmania have generously offered special rates for those travelling to this years Laser Nationals in Devonport, Tasmania.
Click the below link or call them direct to get your quote and make your booking.
Be quick as dates are selling fast !
Dear Sailors, two changes have been made to improve the Oceania Fiji Masters in October.
Firstly we have combined the Radial event with the Standard Rig one to be run between 13th and 19th October (with racing 15th to 19th October) i.e. same as for the original Standard Rig event. We will have enough charter boats to manage this and having the two rigs together will make a better and more exciting event.
Second we have introduced the new Corinthian Category to allow sailors aged 21 to 34 to participate. This category is proving popular with local sailors. Read below for details.
Entries for the event will cut off on the 13th September, please make sure you have your charter booking in by July 31st with PSA.
Family, friends and Fiji!
Inquiries are flying in for the inaugural Oceania Laser Masters Championship which will see the fleet take over the Denarau region of Fiji’s main island from the 13th to 26th of October this year.
So far eight countries are set to be represented for the two event regatta which includes the standard and radial rigs. Sailors from Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Hawaii, Thailand, Singapore and of course Fiji, are on the entry list to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and epic racing. Continue reading
Laser Masters Sailors get excited, the 2018 Oceania Laser Masters Championships are being held at the luxurious Sofitel Resort and Spa in Denaraua Island, Fiji.
Warm water, perfect breeze, absolute paradise !
Brand new Laser charter boats will be supplied for the event, limited to 100 boats.
Charter bookings are now open & will be on a first come first served basis, book early so you don’t miss out.
Entries are now being taken along with special Fly and Stay deals from Fiji Airways and Sofitel.
Check out the website for all details…………
Report: Oceania and Australian Open Laser Championships 2018
The Open Laser Championships for 2018 were held in Brisbane and hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. A total of 175 Lasers competed across 4.7, Radial and Standard rigs in breezes ranging from 6 knots up to 20 knots gusts on windward – leeward courses. The days were hot with mostly good afternoon sea breezes and occasionally the threat of an afternoon thunderstorm. Although sailing was cancelled on one day due to a lack of breeze, eleven of the scheduled twelve races were completed. Continue reading
Bruce Kirby appointed to Order of Canada
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has made 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list includes 4 Companions (C.C.), 35 Officers (O.C.) and 86 Members (C.M.). Among the honorees was Bruce Kirby, C.M. (Ottawa, Ont. and Rowayton, Ct.) for his contributions to the world of sailing, notably for his internationally acclaimed sailboat designs.
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).
Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.
Dear Laser Sailors
Important information for submitting applications to compete in Laser World Championships in 2018.
ILCA Laser World Championships events page:
(1) Applications for entry for the following Laser World Championships will be accepted from Tuesday, 9 January through Tuesday, 20 February:
- 2018 ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championship
- 2018 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships
- 2018 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
Please ensure your sailors are aware that if they do not apply by the 20 February 2018 application deadline they may have little chance to receive an entry offer. Continue reading