Folks some Laser news and information items for you.
ILCA 2019 Laser Handbook
The ILCA has released the 2019 Laser Handbook. It has all the information you need on the class its governance rules and history.
We will have copies to be picked up at our regatta venues however you can as easily download the Handbook from the ILCA web site HERE.
Australian & Oceania Laser Championships
The Oceania and Australian Laser Championships sailed on Bass Strait off Devonport concluded on 8th January. Sailed from Mersey Yacht Club the event saw 148 of the top Australian Laser sailors competing with sailors from around the world.
On the first day the legendary Bass Strait conditions did not make an appearance and no races were completed. This resulted in some very long days on the water subsequently as the race committee scheduled three race days on some with early starts. In the end all 12 scheduled races were completed.
Well done Tom Burton winning the Standards after a 3 month break. As he did in the series Tom is leading Matt Wearn. The Radial fleet was star studded and won by current Women’s World Champion from Belgium Emma Plasschaert. World Men’s Radial Champion Zac Littlewood from WA was second and Japan’s Manami Doi third. In the 4.7’s there was only one point between the first three places with our local star Brooke Wilson just being pipped at the post by Kristen Wadley (Qld) and Lawson McAullay (WA)
The full results are on the event web site HERE .
Laser State Masters South Lake Macquarie March 2nd & 3rd
Masters sailors our block buster State Masters Championship is coming up 2nd and 3rd March. This one will be at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club at Sunshine – always a great venue.
As usual you can enter until 11.30am on Saturday 2nd March at the club however unless you really can’t decide sooner we would appreciate if you could use online entry as we expect to be pretty busy on the day.
SLMASC have arranged with the Lake Macquarie Council to allow us to camp (tent only – no caravans) on Friday and Saturday nights on Sunshine Park at the club. Camping fee is $30 per night (with funds going to the Council). The clubhouse toilets and showers will be available 24 hours. Please contact Diana Charlton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book a camping spot.
On Saturday night the club is putting on a BBQ dinner for us. Nibbles, BBQ (steak & sausage) with salads, plus dessert and tea/coffee for just $20. What’s not to like.
Masters Golf Event
Rob Lowndes has organised the Masters Golf event on Friday 1st March. The prizes are not as great as those at the event with the same name at Augusta – but then nor is the expected standard of play.
The venue is the Morisset Country Club at Dora Street Morisset. Cost is $28 per person for members of any golf club and $33 for non golf club members. Cart hire is $40 per cart. Details of the event are on our web site HERE.Please contact Rob if you will be coming (text 0419 266 257 or email email@example.com).
Metropolitan Championships 16-17 March at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Don’t forget the Metros are this year at RPAYC on the weekend of 16 & 17 March. This is always a great club to sail from.
You can enter HERE.
New C5 Rig Being Trialled
The ILCA in looking at a new modern small rig for the Laser. Carriage of the trails is underway with the lead given to Australia and Japan. You can see the rig in action on Sydney Harbour in the ILCA video HERE. It is planned to get some of the new rigs for trial and demonstration locally towards the end of this season.
Eight Bells – Jeff Martin
We are saddened to learn of the passing of International Laser Association Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019 while on a ski holiday with family and friends.
Jeff’s dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years. Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor.
Our condolences go out to Jeff’s family and friends.