Congratulations Alison Young – Laser Radial World Champ !

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Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.27.19 PMUnder sunny skies on Banderas Bay, Alison Young (GBR) edged past Paige Railey (USA) with a win in the final race to claim the World Championship by one point. It was a difficult conclusion for Railey, who was leading the regatta going into the final day. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) moved up to third, followed by Marit Bouwmeester (NED), who dropped to fourth after a disappointing first race, and Gintare Scheidt (LTU).

The Gold fleet had a clean start in the first race (Race F12) at 1340h in 8-10 knots of a SSW breeze. Most of the fleet tacked to port early in the first leg, looking for the right shift that has been the afternoon pattern, although it didn’t materialize that first leg.

Gintare Scheidt (LTU) claimed the first mark and held the lead for the race. The wind built, and race committee extended the length of the second upwind leg on the outside of the trapezoid course. Young and Railey fought it out for a top-five finish, with Young taking it, but Railey still leading in total points.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.28.59 PMThe wind shifted right for the second race (Race F13) and built to 12-14 knots, but with patches that dropped below 10 knots. After a general recall, the second start was clean. Young claimed the lead early on and held it to the end. Railey needed a fourth or better to win the championship, but fell two places short. Still, she had a very consistent regatta, and is poised to do well at the Olympics in Rio this summer.

In the Silver Fleet, Silvia Zennaro (ITA) sailed a strong Finals Series, with four top-three finishes, to win over Agata Barwinski (POL), followed by Annalise Murphy (IRL). There was great racing in Mexico this week. This event is followed by several other Laser World Championships, all hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club.



Yachting Victoria – State Coaching Positions

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Yachting Victoria seeks Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified sailing coaches to be part of its revised HP Coaching Program.

During the early part of 2016 a thorough review of the current coaching programs has taken place. This has involved the seven partner classes, the VIS, YA, the Coaching Committee, several other coaching experts, and the YV Board. All of the input and feedback has resulted in an adjustment to the program that will free up the class partner programs to focus on ‘Class Development’ (recruitment/participation/retention/critical mass), and YV to take care of the HP aspect of coaching. This will be with an emphasis around campaigning and representation and will include VST and VST ‘Invitational” level sailors.

Suitably qualified coaches are invited to Express their Interest by addressing the below items. In the first instance this should be in a 2-3 page note, with an accompanying CV. The two should be merged into one attachment and be emailed to Lesley Fasala.

Items to Address

 The classes you are best suited to coaching at the HP level.

 The age groups you are best suited to coaching at the HP level.

 Your ‘portability’ in terms of coaching at different locations on different days of the week.

 Your ‘flexibility’ with regard to working weekends, late afternoons/evenings, and travelling interstate.

 Your ability to ‘talent id’ and develop HP pathways for athletes at differing stages.

 Your ability to plan, organise and execute.

 Your ability to engage other contract coaches and S&C service providers.

 Other information that a panel may need to know about you.

Those coaches that are shortlisted for an interview with the YV panel, will further workshop, at interview, how they think the HP coaching program can work in Victoria and how maximum output can be achieved with the resources at YV’s disposal.

If you believe that this opportunity is for you and that you have something to offer the program please have your Expression of Interest (one attachment) to myself by Monday 2 May. Email:

New Boat Deliveries

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PSA have just delivered 3 new boats down to Geelong for some lucky Laser customers.
If you are after a new Laser to be delivered to your club in Victoria get in touch and order direct with PSA.
Offering a full Laser race fit out with all new boats, delivered straight to your club and ready to race !
Ensure you mention you are a member of the VLA as we get a percentage of each sale generated through the VLA site to go towards funding local Laser sailing.
If you have any questions or would like more info please email

New Vic Laser parts stockist

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Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 1.38.08 PMVictoria has an ever growing Laser fleet and while you can always count on PSA for fast and reliable service via the PSA/VLA online store, the need to have parts readily available on the ground is also a vital part of the service we offer Victorian Laser sailors. For this very reason we are excited to welcome our newest Victorian parts stockist Sundance Marine.
Sundance Marine offer the boating community of Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding Yacht Clubs a service oriented business with high quality advice, service and supply, something for which Sundance is known. Their staff offer a wealth of sailing advice, support and experience.
Sundance Marine have a comprehensive range of sailing gear from the best brands to meet all your sailing needs.
Laser parts are now in stock so pop in and see the team.


3/36 Jetty Road, Sandringham VIC 3191

PHONE: 1300 55 00 89

Email :


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PSA are on their way down to Victoria after the Easter weekend with new boats for some lucky customers.

We have room for a couple more so if you are thinking of upgrading or purchasing a new Laser, now is the time.

Free delivery to Victoria on any new or ex charter Laser purchased before the end March.

Contact us today for all details

2016 Vic Laser AGM

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Victorian Laser Association-2016 AGM report

The meeting was held at Somers Yacht Club at 10.30 am on 12/3/2016.

The following were elected to the committee:

President                        John d’Helin

Vice President               John Jagger

Secretary/Treasurer     Fleur Philip

Measurer                        Neville Beeson

Committee                     Joby Graves

Committee                     Peter Merritt

Committee                     David Porritt

Committee                     Tony McPhail


The presidents’ report can be read here: Presidents report 2016 AGM

The minutes will be available on the web site in due course.


2016 Vic Laser States wrap up.

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2016-03-13 13.56.26Somers YC is situated in a coastal bush setting on the shores of Western Port Bay in Victoria. Ample parking & rigging areas are surrounded by Ti-tree, Banksias & Manna gums. Koalas & other wild life are often sighted at the club. The clubhouse faces south to Bass Strait & in the distance the ocean swell can be seen breaking at ‘The Nobbies’ on the tip of Phillip Island. The sailing area is protected by a massive sand bank that runs along the shipping channel on the SE side of the bay. During registration on Saturday morning Laser sailors were greeted by a pod of local dolphins not more than 10 metres from shore feeding on the incoming tide. Continue reading