Oceania Laser update

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On 19 November 2016, at the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) annual general

meeting, the World Council voted to change the geographic boundaries of the Asia Pacific

region into Asia and Oceania.

There are many reasons for this decision but the main one was to be geographically in line

with the International Olympic Council (IOC) and their view on the five continents around the

world as described by the five Olympic rings in the Olympic trade mark logo. Oceania is one

of those rings.

This new region for Laser, Oceania, will incorporate all Pacific island nations and Australia

and New Zealand.

While it is early days, the Oceania Laser Committee will work out the best way to run a viable

Oceania Laser Continental Championships annually that will gain the respect of the IOC and

World Sailing (WS) and set a bench mark for other ILCA regions to follow.

In the future it is hoped that this event will attract WS points and eventually be an Olympic

selection regatta for Oceania and ILCA member countries.

This initiative will create an opportunity for increased participation in Youth, Open and

Master sailing that will lead to stronger Laser class racing in the region.

In the meantime all Oceania Countries not registered or financial with the peak body ILCA

should become financial and compliant. Details on ILCA website.

Things like websites and better communications will be resolved over time and I will send

information when it comes available, so be proud and be involved and we all will be winners.

Ex Sail Melbourne World Cup Laser charter boat pre sale on now !

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Ex SAIL MELBOURNE WORLD CUP Laser charter boats are now available for pre sale.

These boats are 211500 series and will have only been used for the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne.
Each boat comes as a complete Laser package with your choice of rig.
Each package contains the following items…
– Ex charter hull
– Ex charter beach dolly
– Ex charter spars and foils
– Ex charter top cover, foil bag and mast bag
– New sail and battens
– New ropes, turbo kit and alloy tiller and ext.
The cost for the ex charter package is $9500 AUD inc gst
Numbers are limited, pre sale is available now through PSA or your local dealer.

Freight options….
Pick up in Melbourne, available straight after Sail Melbourne.
Pick up from PSA factory before Xmas
Freight can be organised, please enquire for costs.

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VLA Memberships for 2016/17

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VLA Membership Subscriptions 2016/17

Subscriptions are now due for the 2016/17 sailing season. An early bird discount and the opportunity to purchase some great Zhik gear applies for payments received by the 1/12/2016.

VLA membership is required for the Laser Port Phillip Regatta 8th and 9th October at Sorrento Sailing Club, and for the Victorian Laser Activate days with the first in Geelong on the 24 September at 10am.

* Membership includes a $50.00 voucher from PSA for use on the PSA/Laser store, link  at www.viclaser.org.au. Your voucher number will be forwarded to you via email from PSA. Continue reading

Ashley Stoddart has secured a place in Monday’s medal race in Rio

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Ashley Stoddart (Laser Radial)

In another impressive performance, Laser Radial sailor, Ashley Stoddart has secured a place in Monday’s medal race in Rio (2am Tuesday AEST).

Stoddart finished the preliminary series with a seventh and an eighth in today’s two races and is currently laying ninth overall.  Only the top 10 boats compete in the medal race.

“I didn’t really know the points going into today, I just knew that if I had a good day, it was possible, so I just went out.” Continue reading

Tom Burton guaranteed a Laser medal at Rio 2016 – but which colour?

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Australian Laser sailor Tom Burton goes into Monday’s medal race guaranteed a place on the podium. He finished the qualifying series 10 points behind Croatian Tonci Stipanovic and 10 points ahead of third-placed Sam Meech of New Zealand.

It has been a remarkable comeback after a poor start to the regatta when Burton placed 17th in the first race and eighth in the second. Since then his scores have not been spectacular and he hasn’t won a race, but six single single-figure scores when all around him was chaos have been enough to earn him a shot at the highest prize. Today he had an 11th in the first race and a fourth in the second. Continue reading

Laser 4.7 Worlds Highlights

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It was a tremendous fight at the top of the boys` gold fleet today: Guido Gallinaro, the Italian, finished the first race with a big lead of almost 200 metres, and expanded his lead overall. But Dimitrios Papadimitriou, who finished 11th in the first race, did not give up the fight for the podium. After a perfect start, the Greek controlled the fleet and finished first. Gallinaro started badly, couldn´t free himself from the fleet and finished 40th. When the Italian crossed the line, Papadimitriou was already celebrating his victory, which couldn´t have been tighter: His advantage on the Italian was one point in the end. Continue reading

Laser Radial Worlds – USA wins Boys, Australia wins Girls at Dun Laogh

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Laser Radial Worlds – USA wins Boys, Australia wins Girls at Dun Laogh

by Ray Gordon on 31 Jul

Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Saturday 30th July 2016: Ireland’s Ewan McMahon on his way to winning Silver on the final day the KBC Laser Radial World Championships hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport © David Branigan/Oceansport http://www.oceansport.ie/

Massachusetts student Henry Marshall has won the Boys KBC Laser Radial World title in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon. In a dramatic conclusion to the three world–title event, Ireland’s Ewan McMahon took the boys silver medal challenging the American for gold in a cliffhanger final 11th race.

The decision to launch early at the Royal St. George Yacht Club bore fruit this morning as three more races in the week long series were completed, bringing the curtain down on the biggest regatta sailed in Ireland this year. Continue reading