Marrai tiebreaks his way to Laser gold at Kiel Week + Zennaro takes out gold in the Radials

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On a windy final day at Kiel Week, Francesco Marrai charged past his rivals to clinch Laser gold by the smallest of margins on the final day of Kiel Week. Marrai’s fourth place in the Medal Race was sufficient to put him on equal points with Karl Martin Rammo, but it was the Italian’s better placing in the Medal Race that clinched victory ahead of the Estonian who had to settle for silver.

Francesco Marrai Laser class. Photo: Kieler Woche /
Marrai was beside himself with excitement. “To come into the race not wearing a bib [for one of the top three places] and to win here in Kiel Week is a dream come true. I remember watching Philipp Buhl win so easily here before, he is the master of Kiel, and I said to myself, one day I want to win like him, and here I am!” Buhl was hoping for another medal this week, and gold was well within his grasp. But after finishing last in the Medal Race the German fell to sixth overall, so close were the points in this 132-boat fleet.

Silvia Zennaro Laser Radial class. Photo: Kieler Woche / okPress
In the Laser Radial, Silvia Zennaro of Italy dominated the week to win gold for Italy. The bigger battle was for silver and bronze between two Turkish team mates. Ecem Guzel won the Medal Race which was sufficient to give her silver, four points ahead of Nazli Donertas.


Laser Standard:
(10) 1. Francesco Marrai (ITA,2/4/1/4/2/3/6(12)4/8) Punkte 34; 2. Karl-Martin Rammo (EST,(8)2/1/1/1/4/3/3/3/16) 34; 3. Jack Wetherell (GBR,4(10)4/3/3/4/9/9/1/2) 39; 4. Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR,1(11)3/2/4/2/5/6/2/14) 39; 5. Sergei Komissarov (RUS,2/7/3/3/3/1/12(13)7/4) 42; 6. Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen,3(19)2/1/1/1/1/4/9/20) 42; 7. Maxim Nikolaev (RUS,2/10/1/5/4/3/10/10(16)6) 51; 8. Enrique Arathoon (ESA,1/8/2/1/1/2/22/7(45)12) 56; 9. Filip Ciszkiewicz (POL,6/9/5/2/5/15/2(40)11/10) 65; 10. Eliot Merceron (FRA,11(13)6/8/2/9/4/2/6/18) 66;

Laser Radial:
(9) 1. Silvia Zennaro (ITA,1(8)1/1/1/1/5/1/14) Punkte 25; 2. Ecem Guzel (TUR,8(12)2/2/3/4/9/10/2) 40; 3. Nazli Cagla Donertas (TUR,(38)14/1/1/3/3/1/3/18) 44; 4. Joyce Floridia (ITA,(38)2/7/4/2/11/8/5/8) 47; 5. Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE,1/1/9/6/8(10)2/4/16) 47; 6. Erika Reineke (USA,3/3/9/7/6/6/13(14)4) 51; 7. Maria Erdi (HUN,12(38)4/3/4/9/7/2/12) 53; 8. Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR,10/5/7/7/5/2(18)11/10) 57; 9. Haddon Hughes (USA,(32)18/3/2/1/5/11/12/6) 58; 10. Svenja Weger (Potsdam,5/1/6/9/10/8/16(26)20) 75;

2017 Belmont/Newcastle Laser Winter Series

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The 2017 Belmont/Newcastle Laser Winter Series is on during May – August 2017 at Belmont Bay (Lake Macquarie) & Newcastle Harbour (Newcastle)

Organising Authority Belmont 16ft Sailing Club in conjunction with Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

The regatta is open to Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 classes

Online entry page / NOR

Event dates below.

Newcastle Laser Winter Series

See you there !


World Cup Series Hyères – Kontides steals gold again

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It was a case of déjà vu on the final day of racing at Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France as Cypriot Laser sailor Pavlos Kontides once again stole gold from underneath the nose of his rival.

Pavlos Kontides at the World Cup Series in Hyères, FranceKontides – Sailing World Cup Hyères © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy

On the second day of live Medal Racing from the south coast of France, it was the turn of the One and Two Person Dinghies to have their day. And the action didn’t disappoint. Continue reading

World Masters Games 2017

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The 2017 World Masters Games finished up over the weekend at Torbay Sailing Club , New Zealand.

Dan Slater on his way to gold at the World Masters Games. Photo / Supplied

Dan Slater on his way to gold at the World Masters Games. Photo / Supplied

Soon after Dan Slater crossed the finish line in the final race of the World Masters Games, someone yelled out that he had finally picked up a Games medal at the fourth time of trying. Continue reading

PSA factory Easter Shutdown

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The PSA factory will be closed for the Easter break.
We will be closed from Monday 10th April through to Monday 17th April.
We will return on Tuesday 18th April.
All online / email orders will be dispatched on our return.

Happy easter !

Tasmanian Laser State Championships

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The Tasmanian Laser State Championships were sailed in Hobart at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania on the 18th and 19th March

The weekend saw an eight race series and a mixture of wind strengths – being lighter on the Saturday and strengthening on the Sunday to produce some well earnt results for sailors who kept their eyes out of the boat (for wind shifts) and those who had a good understanding of the current/tide. Continue reading

2017 WA Laser States

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The First day of the 2017 WALA States at Fremantle Sailing Club.
By Rick Steuart, Perth Sailing Photography

The first three races of the states were conducted under trying conditions with the PRO Robin Olsen having to deal with changing circumstances throughout the day. The advertised temperature of 38 degrees probably happened in the city or the eastern suburbs, but at least on the water we were a little cooler. Continue reading

Laser Carbon Top Sections – Available now

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Laser Carbon Top Sections

The long awaited Laser Carbon Top Sections have been flying out the door.

All pre orders have been filled and our next batch is available for purchase.

The carbon tops are class legal and can be shipped anywhere via our courier network.

Shop online or contact your local Laser dealers.

2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships + 2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships

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Dear District Members,


Applications for entry will open Wednesday, 15 February 2017 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:


     2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships

     2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships


For both events, The deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 28 March 2017 at 23:59 Central US Time. 


You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 28 March 2017, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer. 


The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the district entry allocations.


2017 ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships 

Dates: Sunday, 16 July – Monday, 24 July 2017

Venue: Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Click HERE for Laser 4.7 Worlds Information & Application                  

2017 ILCA Laser Under-21 World Championships 

Dates: Wednesday, 26 July – Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Venue: Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Click HERE for Laser Under-21 Worlds Information & Application                 

We look forward to seeing you on the water!


Best regards,

The ILCA Team