Want to increase your Laser fleet numbers?
Increase your active sailing numbers in your club?
Increase and attract new members to your club?
Improve your Laser sailing skills?
OR just have more fun??
You need to contact the VLA now to book a place for your yacht club this coming season to “Activate” those stale lasers sitting around the yard or to re-invigorate your Laser fleet!
Basically it’s a day of going through everything Laser with our expert coach, from rig set up and tuning to getting onto the water “for a hands” on coaching session. This is then followed with the club race in the afternoon and a de-brief afterwards. It is a session designed for beginners to club racers to improve and share some quality time with like-minded people.
Attached is the club “flyer” that gives a more detailed overview of the program, so feel free to get your Laser club representative, or just do it yourself, and get your club to consider applying for a date to put in their seasons program.
Any questions please contact David Porritt via VLA email.
HOW TO ACTIVATE 2015
On Saturday 1 August, the VLA will be holding the second of the 2015/16 Women/Girls Laser Class Development training sessions at Mordialloc Sailing Club, with coaching provided by Sarah Ogilvie.
This is the Saturday before the commencement of the Mordialloc SC Winter Series on Sunday 2nd August. Sarah will be providing Class Development coaching for all Laser sailors on the Sunday, but Saturday is restricted to female sailors.
The Women/Girls training sessions are very popular and female Laser sailors of all standards are encouraged to join in, either in 4.7s or Radials.
The cost for the session is $60.00 and bookings can be made at http://www.trybooking.com/144019
For more information, please contact Joby Graves: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries are now open for both the 2016 Australian Open Laser Championship 27 December 2015 to 4 January 2016 at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club and the 2016 Australian Laser Masters Championship 12 to 15 February 2016 at Port Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club.
You can get the Notices of Race and information as well as place entries on the dedicated event web sites:
2016 Australian Open Laser Championship
2016 Australian Laser Masters Championship
The Victorian Laser Association is thrilled to announce that Sarah Ogilvie (nee Blanck) will be coordinating Laser Class Development Coaching for 2015/16.
Laser Class Development Coaching is open to all Laser sailors of any age group, who are members of the association, and wish to develop/improve their Laser sailing with a view to competing in State and National regattas.
To assist Sarah we will use specialist Laser coaches when Sarah is unavailable, or where the sailor coach ratio warrants additional on water support.
In addition to the Laser Class Development coaching Sarah will run four separate Women/Girls only sessions during the year in addition to the coaching available at the Sarah Blanck Perpetual Regatta on the 7-8 November.
Masters sailors are encouraged to join the Class Development Sessions, but it is also recognised that the Masters would like their own training camp, and planning is underway for this to be conducted prior to the Laser Masters Australian Championships at Port Stephens, NSW 12-15 February 2016.
Much of the Class Development activity occurs prior to Christmas. It is the VLA’s Intention to conduct additional Class Development and Laser Activate days at active Laser Clubs after Christmas with the specialist Laser coaches.
Bookings for Class Development are made through Trybooking on a pay as you go basis, but we would appreciate it if sailors would book early so that we can manage the sailor/coach ratio and ensure there are sufficient RIBS.
A tentative program can be downloaded here
The VIC SAILING TEAM aims to provide the best possible support, encouragement and opportunities for aspirational Junior and Youth sailors in Victoria, and to offer young athletes direction, in line with the Yachting Australia Youth Development and High Performance Pathway.
The VLA is pleased to recognise the sailors who have qualified for the 2015/16 VIC Sailing Team, in partnership with Yachting Victoria.
We were all set for one of the biggest VLA regattas in some time, however, we were somewhat let down by a lack of wind across both days.
On Saturday, the Race Committee got the fleet on the water in very light winds. After almost getting racing underway at one point, only to be stopped by yet another wind shift, all boats were towed back to the Club about 4pm.
Sunday was more promising with racing getting underway on schedule at 10am. Throughout the morning the wind slowly and persistently shifted from 350 degrees around to the left. After a light wind, first race of about 4 -> 7 knots, a second race was completed in even less breeze.
A third race was started, however the breeze died out, and the boats were again towed back to the Club.
While a new breeze appeared about 2.15pm, by the time it settled after ~2.30pm, there was no time remaining to get the boats back out on the course and racing underway by the cut-off time of 3.00pm.
As we did not get the minimum of three races for a series, the 2015 Zhik Victorian and Youth State Championships will not appear in the record books.
Not to be deterred, the VLA was able to present the great Zhik gear on offer to the winners (non-official) based on the two races completed.
Results for the two races that were completed are available here: Results
A copy of the Sailing Instructions can be found here: Laser_States_2015_SI _Final