Class Development Report/Sunday 24th August two Great Events

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Published on: 18 August, 2014

photo 1Sunday 17th August saw over 20 Lasers hit the water off Mordialloc. First group out in the morning were the Class Development (12) Group, who under the instruction of Ben Gunther, undertook an excellent session in an 8 – 12 Knot SE breeze with plenty of sunshine.  Most of the HP squad went out for a practice sail and joined in the Class Development Group for a few of the drills, which allowed everyone to mix it up a bit. It’s great to see these two groups getting together providing nearly 20 boats spinning around marks, getting off the start lines or running downwind together.

Ben worked on this week’s specific drills for the Class Development group. Each week Ben and the sailors are consolidating on what has been done and also being introduced to a new aspect to practice.

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Ben’s report is below.

“Yesterday we got lucky with the weather and had a great southerly breeze of around 8-12 kts. In the morning a large group of 12 started with a short drill of rounding two marks. The aim was to focus on rolling our boats to help gybe and tack. Everyone did a great job with this but there was still room for improvement including closer mark roundings and bigger rolls (particularly to windward when bearing away).

Another key tip to come out of this drill was the aim of getting the mainsheet block-to-block (rear blocks) as the boat tacks. This helps steer the boat through the tack by tightening the leach.

After a few laps we headed up wind, keeping in an even line by using rabbit/gate starts. It took a little while but the whole group eventual worked out the importance of positioning as the ‘rabbit’ starts crossing. Boats need to be even with all the other boats (not 2 boat lengths behind!) and allow at least a boat length of space to leeward and windward. Overall everyone looked very good upwind. A few had a bit of trouble with outhaul tensions and keeping the mainsheet tight (needed to be b-2-b).

After a short downwind we started some quick, one lap races. For the first 4 races all sailors were not allowed to hike or use their hiking strap. The aim was to encourage everyone to use other controls to depower, keep the boat upright and moving. For the last two races hiking was allowed and everyone learned how much faster the boat goes when you hike :)
We finished the morning with an acceleration drill which made obvious the benefit of being able to sheet in the mainsheet fast.

The two races in the afternoon were a great show of the fantastic mix of sailors the laser fleet currently has in Victoria. Everyone started ‘reasonably’ close to the start line which made for some competitive first beats. A clear difference across the course was less clouds out to sea (right) and with it a bit more pressure. Lots of gains were made from staying right of the fleet. In the debrief we also covered how to manage boats on the final leg to the finish.

Hope you all had a great day on the water! See you next Sunday.


The afternoon produced perfect sailing conditions with a very steady breeze. Mordialloc Sailing Club put on two excellent races and congratulations to all those who participated and to the winners. It was a beautiful day out on the water.

It’s never too late to join in so if you want to come along next Sunday just register via the following link.

This Sunday 24/8 we will again be running the Laser Class Development with Ben, but also have our first Women/Girls only Laser training session being conducted by Mark Tonner-Joyce. If you haven’t already booked please use the link above and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Bookings are essential so that we can ensure the safety of all the sailors and maintain a good coach to sailor

Free Coaching for VLA members

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Published on: 18 August, 2014


Sail Mordi on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August is a coaching regatta.

The VLA will have a minimum of two coaches at Sail Mordi with pre-race briefings by Mark Tonner-Joyce.

The NOR will be posted on the Mordialloc Sailing Club website Coaching by the VLA will be provided free of charge to VLA

members thanks to our sponsors, and at a total cost of $50.00 for the two sessions for non VLA members.

To ensure we have sufficient coaches and support boats please book on line at by Wednesday 27th August. If you are a VLA member please enter the promo code VLAmember.

Look forward to seeing everybody there.

August newsletter now Online

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Published on: 7 August, 2014


The days are getting longer. Spring is just around the corner. Time to get your Laser out onto the water… In this issue you we cover off a message from our President. Laser Class Development @ Mordialloc Sailing Club in conjunction with the Mordialloc Sailing Club Winter Series. We have an update from SPLM in Brisbane and finally we have some notices from our measurer Neville Beeson. Plus our regular sections. Till next month. Happy reading.

2014/15 Laser Nationals & Youth Championships – Perth Transport Solution

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Published on: 6 August, 2014

The containers for Perth are filling and with confirmation of our booking required by 31/08/2014, now is the time to confirm a space to transport your boat to Perth.

Attached is the flyer providing details of the proposal. Each container costs $9500 +GST and will hold 20 lasers on stackable trolleys. Final costs will be determined by the number of boats. Support/Coach boats will be at an additional cost.

E-mail Graham Riley ( to confirm your place today. Priority will be given to those who confirm by 22/08/2014 to ensure we have sufficient time to identify the best packing solution.

Laser Class Development/Mordialloc Winter Series

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Published on: 6 August, 2014

Sunday 3 August was the first day of the Mordialloc winter series for 2014, and it was a spectacular day with between 5 – 8 knots from the west / south west settling in for the afternoons racing. After the weather on Thursday and Friday nobody was expecting such a fantastic day on Sunday.

Prior to the racing in the afternoon, Mordialloc was host to 15 lasers participating in training provided by the VLA. Seven sailors participated in the first Class Development session, and four of the group were female. The boys could be in trouble this summer! This is a fantastic opportunity to get some high quality coaching from the best Laser coaches around with a mixture of 5 x 4.7’s a Radial and a full rig.

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Sean Bly was coaching this group and initially spent time discussing boat set up including topics such as traveller tension, hiking straps and the mainsheet, before the participants went out on the water.

On the water the focus of the group was on boat handling before the afternoon racing. Sean then debriefed everyone after the racing. It was a magnificent day of quality coaching for the Class Development group with a lot of valuable information being passed on.

The plan for next week is to focus on upwind boat handling with each week after that working on a specific topic and skill with Ben Gunther coaching. Ben has just returned from Poland where he competed in the Men’s Radial World Championships finishing 9th. Congratulations to Ben on a fantastic performance.

Alongside the class development group, the Laser High Performance group were also training. The VLA groups plus a few regulars brought the total number of Lasers on the water to about 17 for the racing. We hope to see you at Mordialloc next week.
It’s never too late to join in and if you would like to join the group please book on

Report on SPLM regatta 25-28/7/2014 at Royal Queensland YS

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Published on: 3 August, 2014

Five Victorian Laser masters travelled to Queensland

Five Victorian Laser masters travelled to Queensland to compete in this event which attracted 27 full rigs & 33 Radials. The 8 race series was conducted in very light winds with nothing over 7 knots for the whole regatta & at times almost drifting conditions. Nevertheless the race committee managed to complete 7 races which was a good effort considering the circumstances. The compensation was the temperature, appreciated by the
Victorians, sailing without the need for hot tops or spray jackets.

Both full rig & radial divisions were won by Kiwi’s. James Mitchell was the best of the Victorians with a 12th & Mal Parsons, Dave Kershaw & John d’Helin finishing 17, 18 & 19th respectively. Full results can be seen at

The Masters Rep meeting reported no progress on resolving the builders legal dispute & discussion was held around the need to revitalise the Asia Pacific Laser region.

John d’Helin

LaserWorld – June 2014

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Published on: 3 August, 2014


In this issue:

  • Club Racing Tips
  • Interview with Pavlos Kontides
  • Central & South American Championships 2014
  • 2014 Laser Masters Smashes All Records

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