Mark Bethwaite – Winning the Great Grand Master Worlds

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markMark Bethwaite – Winning the Great Grand Master Worlds – story by Improper Course

I first met Mark in 1971 soon after arriving in Sydney as a 20-year-old out to see the world. I watched him and his crew, Tim Alexander, work on their superb FD before the 1972 Olympics but was soon after transferred by HP to Melbourne. Four years later I returned to Sydney and sailed Lasers with a terrific fleet off Balmoral Beach. And yes, I sailed with Mark in his first Laser race – a long-distance race to the Opera House and back. Continue reading

2016 South Pacific Laser Masters

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The South Pacific Laser Masters are on again at RQYS!

Pencil in 22-25 July right now for great competition and champagne sailing. Early bird discount entry is only $190including the Regatta Dinner on Sunday July 24. Why not enter online now at

PSA have charter boats available for the event and will be there with regatta support.

Full details here:

Look forward to seeing you there.

New Victorian Technical / Sales rep for PSA

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PSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas and Paul Vincent as their Victorian Representatives, providing advice and assistance with New boat packages, delivery, rig set up and ongoing support, at a personal level.

Having almost a decade of involvement in Laser Sailing, on a National and International level, they bring a wealth of knowledge in 4.7, Radial and Standard Rig and are ready to help you with all aspects of Laser Sailing.

Whether you are looking to get into Laser Sailing, the most popular single handed dinghy in the world, or looking to upgrade your existing boat, they will be pleased to help.

 Phone 0407586208, or email  for sales, assistance or advice.

Announcing 2017 Laser World Championships: Standard Men and Masters

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ILCA is pleased to announce the venue and dates for two of our 2017 Laser World Championships.

2017 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship
5 September 2017 – 12 September 2017

2017 Laser Masters World Championships
14 September 2017 – 23 September 2017

The venue is the Sailing Club Mornar.

We plan to accept applications for both events beginning 7 March 2017.

2016 Tassie Laser State Championships

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Sam King holds the PSA Perpetual Trophy after winning the Championships.

The Tasmanian District Laser Association held its State Championships on the 19th and 20th of March at Port Dalrymple Yacht Club in northern Tasmania.

The 2016 PSA Laser Tasmanian Championships have been decided with Sam King from the Royals taking the overall yardstick win along with the Radial title.

Port Dalrymple sailors had a great regatta with Josh Harriss and Ryan Moreton finishing second and third respectively overall on yardstick, and match those results in the Radial titles.

In the Full rigs Zac Pullen from the Royals took the win with PDYCs Thomas Cooper second despite breaking his boom on the first beat of the last race and sailing another two runs and a beat with a broken boom. Jock Calvert from the Royals took third.

In the 4.7 class RYCT sailors dominated taking the top three places, Max Gluskie taking the win from Will Sargent and Thomas Males.

The Tasmanian Veteran title went to Tony Tate, with Port Dalrymple’s Lucy Cooper having a great first Laser regatta taking home the 2016 Tasmanian woman’s Championship.

Link to full list of results



2016 Laser STD Masters Worlds recap

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DAY 6 28 May 2016 – Laser Standard Masters World Championship – Final Day

The wind gods smiled once again for the last day of the Laser Standard Masters World Championship, capping off the regatta with epic sailing conditions for the final two races of the event. The sailors enjoyed winds of 12-16 knots off the coast of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to wrap up this year’s event in spectacular style. Most sailors favored the right side of the course again today, but the left side seemed to pay just enough to keep the sailors on their toes. Continue reading

Laser mast rake explained

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Mast Rake 2016 by Chris Caldecoat

New worldwide builders target is set at 3815mm, previously the target was 3825mm

Following data collected at the ISAF Worlds it was noted that the average mast rake was 3815. Actually all boats in the STD Fleet were around this number, meaning that sailors where seeking boats at this rake as it was not the build average.

Data collected from Radial Sailors ordering new boats also showed this to be a good average.

Measurements you need to know.
– To measure the rake you will need a Std Rig section, it must measure 2855mm in length.
– Measure the rake from the outside edge of the bottom section ( see pictures below ), if you use this you will be able to refer to the production yards measurements.
– A new boat can move by up to 4mm in rake following a few sails. (can and aft)
– The boat is 8mm wider on the Stb side. Forget measuring side to side.(they are all like this World wide) A quick check is measure to the corner of the stern, if it is within 5mm of each other your          mast is in the middle of the boat ( inside 5mm means your mast is inside 1mm either side of centre )

Mast wear strips change your rake…. If you put one at deck level and one on the bottom of the mast you will lift your mast 10mm in rake. I have tested this and learned the hard way with my daughter sailing her 4.7, she was not happy with her boats performance change.

One important measurement to keep in mind, 1mm difference at deck level equates to 6.5mm on the final rake measurement.

Note that nearly all PSA boats are within 6mm of 3815 these day’s, so our rake tolerances are very tight.

Yes they are One Design ! Continue reading