Bruce Kirby appointed to Order of Canada

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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.

    Kirby has previously been inducted into the US National Sailing Hall of Fame (2012) and Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame (2014).

    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.

    2018 ILCA Laser Worlds

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    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

    Laser Class Rule Changes Approved

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    In 2017 there were four rule change proposals put forward before the ILCA class membership for vote. All four changes were approved by more than two-thirds of voting members in addition to being approved by the World Council, the Advisory Council and World Sailing, all of which are required in order to modify class rules.

    Class Rule Changes Approved

    Effective beginning 1 January 2018

    1) Electronic Compasses

    Rule 22 was changed to allow the use of certain electronic digital compasses that are not GPS Enabled. ILCA will maintain a list of approved compasses on the ILCA website as an interpretation to the Class Rules. This rule change was approved with 81% “Yes” votes.

    Click here to see the electronic compasses that have been approved for use after 1 January 2018.  Continue reading

    PSA Christmas Closing Dates

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    PSA will be closed from Thursday 21st December 2017 and re opening on Monday 8th January 2018.
    Last online orders will need to be in by Monday 18th December for dispatch before Christmas.
    All online /email orders will be dispatched on our return on the 8th Jan.
    PSA will be at Nationals and Youths @ RQYS over the holidays, if you need anything pop in and see us.

    Have a safe and happy Christmas !

    Laser Race Upgrade – FREE during November !

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    PSA are giving away a “FREE Laser Race Upgrade” with all new Laser purchases during November 2017.
    Buy a new Laser package during November and receive the following upgrades for FREE !
    * FREE carbon top section upgrade
    * FREE PSA 12k carbon tiller and extension upgrade
    * FREE Blacksmith carbon wind indicator
    * FREE Ronstan start watch
    Contact PSA or your local dealer to order your boat today !

    New Lasers available in Victoria !

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    PSA’s Victorian Rep Paul Vincent has just returned from the PSA factory with a batch of brand new Lasers ready for the summer. He has a range of rakes and rigs available aswell as a full stock of spare parts including carbon top sections, sails, alloy beach dollies…..

    Get in contact with Paul direct on 0407 586 208 or email

    Tom Slingsby Interview

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    A great interview with Tom Slingsby on his return to dinghy sailing and explaining his training and strategy during his time at the top.
    Interview by the guys at


    Hi, Tom. It’s Colin Gowland phoning from ISA.

    Yes, hi.

    How are you?

    Good thank you.

    Okay. Awesome. Hey, thanks a lot for having a chat here.

    No problem.

    Everyone’s been really excited since you made that announcement on Facebook about coming back into dinghies. Continue reading

    Laser Master Worlds final results.

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    Racing on the final day of the Laser Masters World Championships was brought forward an hour to increase the possibility of all fleets sailing at least one final race. In hindsight, it was a wise move as the wind pattern of previous days was repeated. An offshore land breeze from the North eventually shifted to build from the South West after a two-hour wait afloat. Continue reading

    Pavlos Kontides wins Laser Worlds

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    Pavlos Kontides wins Laser Worlds

    Split, Croatia (September 19, 2017) – The second electrical storm of the week at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships passed by today while the fleet were held on shore. Although it was not directly overhead, it was strong enough to destroy the gradient wind. After passing, it left behind a rare, unstable, and light easterly wind.

    The islands around Split were reporting various wind directions after the storm and significantly, the forecasted north westerly had not developed by the 14:00, the latest launching time to achieve a start before the final warning signal cut off. At the final start time, there was zero wind, and the championship was called.

    After his strong performance yesterday, 27-year-old Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus claims the 2017 title. Winning by 15 clear points in a star-studded fleet, through mixed sailing conditions, is an amazing victory respected by all of his competitors. In 2012, he became the first Olympic sailing medalist from Cyprus and now he has become the first Olympic class World Champion from Cyprus. Olympic Gold in 2020 is well within his sights.

    With no races completed, the leaderboard remains unchanged and Australians Tom Burton and Matt Wearn take home silver and bronze, only one point apart.

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