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.
For additional information about the proposed rule change, click on any of the following links:–
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good luck to all the sailors heading across for the regatta !
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.
PSA Masters Laser Coaching Clinic by Brett Beyer
Masters Sailors, another great reason to get organised and enter the upcoming Oceania Laser Masters event in Fiji.
A 3 day Masters Laser coaching clinic in paradise !
Brett Beyer will be in Fiji prior to the event running the first PSA Masters Laser Coaching Clinic, passing on his immense knowledge both on and off the water.
Sofitel Resort and Spa, Denarau Island Fiji
11-13 October 2018 (preceding the 2018 Oceania Laser Masters, Fiji)
Cost – $600 per sailor for the 3 day coaching clinic
Charter boat – $600 for the 3 day clinic (if you are chartering for the event there is no charge, you can use your PSA charter boat) or bring your own boat.
Includes 3 day coaching clinic, on and off water coaching.
Link to sign up here