Wearn, Stransky, Riley, Coote and Wadley are 2020 Australian Laser Champions

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With the regatta already won before the final two races, Matt Wearn finished the week with a third and a seventh (which became his second discard) to wrap up his fifth Australian Laser Championship.

Conditions were testing, with strong 18-25 knot south-westerlies kicking up some choppy waves under a sunny sky but the leading sailors all managed the course well. Other winners were Mara Stransky, Brody Riley, Toby Coote and Kirsten Wadley.

Wearn, who finished11 points ahead of Kiwi Sam Meech overall, said, “Obviously it’s always good to win an event on the same waters that the Worlds will be sailed on. They were strange conditions, though. We didn’t have a sea breeze all week.”

Wearn said he’d had “a nice little break” before Christmas so he was keen to get racing ahead of a busy schedule that includes Sail Melbourne later this month.

Matt Wearn won his fifth Australian Laser title. Photo Jon West Photography.

Laser Radial

The Women’s Laser Radial class came down to a battle between two Dutch women. Maxime Yonker led the fleet after 10 races but her vastly experienced team mate, the Rio 2016 gold and London 2012 silver medallist Marit Bouwmeester, found something extra, winning the final race and the regatta.

Australian Mara Stransky had an up-and-down event which included two race wins and a black flag disqualification, but was still able to retain the women’s title (as first Australian) by a massive 112 points over her nearest Australian competitor, Elyse Ainsworth, who pipped Zoe Thomson by a single point.

Stransky said she was really happy to have repeated her win from last year. “It was an awesome competition so it’s cool to come out with a solid performance. It’s a nice confidence boost ahead of the worlds to have sailed well against the people who will be doing it (the World Championship).”

Mara Stransky had an up-and-down regatta but easily retained her Australian Laser title. Photo Jon West Photography.

In the men’s Radial, local McCrae sailor, Brody Riley, had a comfortable win by 39 points over fellow Australian, Michael Compton. He finished third overall, behind the two Dutch women.

“The Worlds is obviously the big one,” he said after the final race. “But it was nice to do well considering the quality of the girls’ fleet.”

Riley recently took a break from the Radial to sail the Standard rig and to further his law career, but said it was nice to be back in the class.

Brody Riley won the 2020 Australian Men’s Laser Radial Championship. Photo Jon West Photography.

Laser 4.7

The strong Singapore squad dominated the youth class, taking three of the four top places. Jonathan Lio had an amazing regatta, recording seven bullets from the 11 races.

Toby Coote was third overall and therefore won the boy’s title as first Australian. It was his first major win and he said he said he was very pleased, especially considering the high quality of the fleet.

Coote improved as the regatta went on and he put that down to getting in tune with his new boat. He said he’s not sure of his future plans but expects he’ll soon be too big for the 4.7 and will have to move up to the men’s Radial.

Kristen Wadley was first in the girl’s with a very creditable seventh overall to take her fourth title in a row.

“I’m too small to move into the Radials, so I’ve seen a lot of changes in the dynamic of the fleet – the top 10 when I first started is totally different to the top 10 at this regatta,” Kristen said.

Attention now turns to Sail Melbourne, beginning on January 17. The Laser fleets will again sail out of Sandringham, giving local and international competitors valuable practice on the waters that will be used for the World Championships in February.

Toby Coote was third overall and therefore won the boy’s title as first Australian. Photo Jon West Photography.

Full results are available at http://sailingresults.net/?ID=80313

– Laser 2020 Media

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Voting Now Open for Proposed 2019 ILCA Rule Change

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Voting is now open for a VERY important ILCA Class Rule change.

Voting is open from 1 July to 31 July 2019.

To secure the future of our class and provide certainty to World Sailing that we can meet their new Olympic Classes requirements, the ILCA World Council seeks your support by voting “YES” to approve an important class rule change: to remove the requirement for Builders to be licensed by Laser trademark owners. 

Click Here to Vote Now 

For additional information about the proposed rule change, click on any of the following links:– 

Rule Change Overview
Detailed Rule Change Information
Comprehensive Q&A
Full Rule Change Text

In a vote of the ILCA World Council, this rule change was overwhelmingly approved by an 11 to 2 margin, including the unanimous approval of all six ILCA Regional Chairmen.

The class now needs your support!

Your vote “YES” will:
1) Make sure that our class will remain in the Olympics.
2) Ensure that class-legal equipment is available in ALL parts of the world.
3) Give control of our class to the sailors, not the commercial parties.

To be counted you must vote by 31 July 2019.In order to secure the future of our class, please take a moment to click the link below and vote “YES” now in a quick, 1-question online survey.

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Aus Laser Nationals 2020 Entries NOW OPEN

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Notice of Race issued for 2020 Australian Laser Championships at Sandringham

• The first of seven major Laser events to be held in Victoria, Australia, between January and March 2020.

• Entries are now open and “early bird” registrations go in a draw to win a new Laser courtesy of Performance Sailcraft Australia.

• PSA will produce 160 new Lasers for the World Championships and will also have charter boats available for interstate and international competitors at the Australian Championships.

Victoria, Australia, June 24, 2019: The Notice of Race has been released for the 2020 Australian Laser Championships, to be run at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, from January 1-8, 2019.

The Australian Championships, which include Laser 4.7, Laser Radial (men’s and women’s) and Laser Standard rigs, are expected to attract large fleets as Australian and international sailors prepare for the World and Masters World Championships later in the summer.

Olympic Selection

As all eyes turn towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Australia’s leading men’s and women’s Laser sailors will also use the Australian Championships to push for Olympic team selection.

In the men’s Standard division, 2016 Olympic Champion Tom Burton has been under pressure from compatriot Matthew Wearn to retain his Olympic spot. Both will represent their country at the Olympic Test Event at Enoshima in August of this year and both are expected to line up at the Australian Championships in January.

The battle for the Women’s Laser Radial spot at Tokyo is also intense, with young Queenslander Mara Stransky winning selection for the Test Event after two top 10 finishes in Europe pushed her ahead of four other strong prospects. Stransky has confirmed that the Australian Championships are an important part of her preparations for the 2020 World Championships in February, at the same venue, where her closest competitors will also try to put their names in the selectors’ minds.

Victorian Laser Association President, John d’Helin said that it wasn’t just the “elite” sailors who would be lining up for the Championships, however. “I’ve heard from a number of middle-of-the-pack sailors and also from a few newcomers to the class, saying they can’t wait to get out on the water with the top sailors. It’s a rare chance for the Laser community, whatever their level of sailing, to take part in major events. I think that’s one of the beauties of our sport – Joe Average can be out there sailing with Olympic and World Champions, and having just as much fun.”

The Victorian Association has a solid program of social events planned for the summer and, thanks to major sponsor Visit Victoria, will also be distributing information about the many places to visit and things to do in the Port Phillip area and greater Victoria.

Win a New Laser

Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) will produce 160 new Lasers to cater for the demand from international and interstate competitors who intend sailing at the Australian, Oceania and World Championships.

The company is also offering early entrants in the Australian Championships the chance to win a brand new Laser with carbon top section, a beach dolly and the winner’s choice of rig. To be in the draw, all they have to do is get their entry in prior to August 31, 2019.

To enter, go to https://www.auslasernationals.com.au/ or https://www.trybooking.com/BDFIT.

Sailors planning to enter the Australian Championships, Sail Melbourne and any of the World events are also encouraged to visit www.laser2020.com where they can download the Laser2020 app and sign up to receive newsletters which will contain updates on the events, guides to sailing at both Sandringham and Geelong, information on the social program, special offers on tours and sightseeing, and valuable sailing tips from expert coaches.

The full Laser 2020 program is:

• Australian Championships, Sandringham Yacht Club, January 1-8, 2020.

• Oceania Championships in conjunction with Sail Melbourne, Sandringham Yacht Club, January 17-21, 2020.

• ILCA Standard Men’s World Championship, Sandringham Yacht Club, February 9-16, 2020.

• ILCA Men’s and Women’s Laser Radial Championships, Sandringham Yacht Club, February 21-28, 2020.

• Oceania and Australian Laser Masters Championships, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, March 13-18, 2020.

• ILCA Laser Masters World Championships, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, March 19-28, 2020.

Major sponsors of the Laser2020 program are Visit Victoria and Performance Sailcraft Australia.

Oceania Laser Master Championships 2019

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The 2019 Fiji Oceania Laser Master Championships

The 2019 Fiji Oceania Laser Master Championships will be once again held on the beautiful Denarau Island, Fiji. 
Warm waters and perfect breeze will greet you on your arrival at the event venue, the luxurious Sofitel Resort and Spa. 

Luxury suites, sparkling swimming pools, world-class cuisine, shopping, adventure options and best of all world class sailing conditions. 
A fleet of PSA Laser charter boats are onsite for the event, just turn up and sail in paradise! 

STD and Radial rigs from the 12th – 17th October 2019

Brett Beyer will also once again be running his Laser Masters Coaching clinic in Fiji before the event, spots are limited so get in quick.

Visit the event website for all event details and online entry.

2019 Oceania & Australian Laser Nationals

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The 2019 Oceania & Australian Laser Nationals kicks off in 5 days, sailing out of the beautiful Devonport in Tasmania.

You can follow all the results via the below link or download the Sailor App to stay up to date right from your phone.

Link to Results – www.mysailingclub.com.au/DisplayResults/DisplayPublicResultsId=482&Id2=2019%20Laser%20Nationals

Good luck to all the sailors heading across for the regatta !

Saving Sailing in the Olympics

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Saving Sailing in the Olympics

by Eric Faust, ILCA Executive Secretary

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is surprised and disappointed by the announcement that the World Sailing Board has recommended to select new equipment to replace the Laser and Laser Radial Classes for the one-person dinghy events in the 2024 Olympic Games.

The announcement comes as part of the equipment reevaluation process that has been ongoing since May of this year. According to the published reevaluation procedure, the board’s recommendation is now meant to be presented to the World Sailing Council for acceptance or rejection at the upcoming World Sailing Conference later this month in Sarasota, Florida.

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