Ken Hurling – OAM

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 29 January, 2015

Ken Hurling

The VLA congratulates Ken Hurling for being awarded an OAM for service to competitive sailing.

Ken is Chairman of the ALCA & also sits on the ILCA world council in addition to being President of Yachting Queensland.

Kenny is a true Laser legend. As well as all his admin duties (above) he finds time to deliver the QLD team Lasers all over the country.

On the Nullarbor

On a wave:

Kenny the GGM Laser sailor:

Good on you Kenny. I look forward to many more good times together.

John d’Helin- President VLA.

Women and Girls Session – 15 February

Categories: VLA
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 29 January, 2015

Laser Class Development

The Victorian Laser Association and Victorian Laser coach Mark Tonner-Joyce are pleased to advise the third Women and Girls coaching session will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday 15 February commencing at 9am.

This will be a great opportunity for practice and coaching for those sailors planning to compete in the Victorian Laser States at Mt Martha at the end of March.

The next session will focus on Boat Speed: upwind and downwind and on boat handling. We will also review the work from the previous sessions to reinforce the good things learned.

Mark will commence the second session at Sandringham YC at 9am, concluding at 5pm.

The cost for the day is $50.00.

All female Laser sailors are welcome.

Please book for the session by Monday 9th February so we can ensure there is sufficient on water support.

Bookings can be made online at

For further information please contact

Australia Day Long Weekend Regatta

Categories: Uncategorized, VLA
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 30 December, 2014


Australia Day Long Weekend


Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th

January 2015

McCrae Yacht Club

The Victorian Laser Association in conjunction with McCrae Yacht Club, welcomes all Laser Association members to the Australia Day Long Weekend Regatta. Two afternoons of great racing with fantastic prizes supplied by Zhik.

Racing commences at 13.30 hours. There will be separate starts for the classes subject to entry numbers.

The entry cost is $40.00. Bookings via

McCrae Yacht Club has arranged a catered BBQ on Saturday night for sailors and friends at a cost of $15.00 per head with drinks at bar prices. Please book for the BBQ via

The VLA wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you at McCrae in January.


VICTORIAN LASER SAILORS at the World Laser Masters

Categories: Reports
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 28 November, 2014

There were five VLA Laser Master sailors in the very large Australian contingent at the recent 2014 World Laser Masters’ World Championship. Thirty six countries were represented among the 499 entries. This was a massive organisational exercise with five starts each on two separate courses. It was very challenging for the organisers, but it all worked amazingly well, albeit with some problems.

The five Victorian starters were:
Peter Creak, PMYC, Apprentice Laser Radial
Gavin Dagley, PMYC Grand Masters Laser Standard
Dave Kershaw, Indented Head SC, Great Grand Master Laser Radial
Clive Humphris, Indented Head SC, Great Grand Master Laser Radial
David Wyllie, PMYC, Great Grand Master Laser Radial

Gavin had the stand out performance finishing 6th in the highly competitive Standard GMs and just outside the cubes. He won a heat and finished 2nd in two others.

Peter finished a credible 22nd in the Appentice Radial.

The Radial GGMs had 77 starters with Keith Wilkins (UK) the winner after a close series. Dave K finished 38th, Clive finished 45th and David W finished 28th.

There are not many venues that handle so many boats and the facilities at Hyeres were strained. The fact that most of the UK and European entries could trail their boats resulted in the large number of entries. Some action photos from the event can be viewed at .

Next year’s event will be in Kingston, Canada in July 2015

Sarah Blanck Regatta 2014

Categories: Reports
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 27 November, 2014


An amazing weekend was had by everyone who attended the all-female coaching regatta over the weekend of November 8th/9th for Laser, Sabre and Opti class sailing boats.

I was lucky enough to head up an outstanding all female coaching team of Tanya Stanford, Caitlin Davies, Jessica Case, and Megan DeLange coaching the Sabres, Melissa Hitchen-Haw and Belinda Brett-Stowell lending their experience and expertise to the Lasers whilst Eliza Solly nurtured the Optis. So for all groups it was a fantastic and exciting opportunity to learn and meet from some of our top female sailors in the country.

With incredible support from Westernport Yacht Club members, especially Peta Pietromonaco, and a host of others such as Lou Hutton (PRO) and Glenys Hitchen to mention a few who made the event possible and come together whilst maintaining a fantastic fun atmosphere and fostering great sailing camaraderie.

The Saturday produced challenging conditions right from the start with a gusty offshore breeze greeting the girls after briefings from their respective coaches. At the end of the session and de-briefings everyone had lunch between much excited talking and laughter!

The afternoon session centred on short races with more close quarter coaching. It was amazing to see so many improve incredibly quickly and try so hard all day even when energy levels started to wane.

Sunday gave us a better day with gentler winds and a similar format to the Saturday with renewed energy after a good night’s sleep!  Boat handling and race craft skills visibly improved over the whole weekend by all the groups.

With the sailing concluded by the afternoon, prizes and beautifully sculptured trophies by local Portsea artist Jos Law were awarded.

With such a great group I hope to see you all again next year and maybe bring some friends!!



Fading Memories

Categories: Uncategorized
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 27 November, 2014


Way back in about 1973/74 the Victorian championships were being held at Mordialloc Sailing Club for a relatively new class of single hander yacht….the Laser! The championships had attracted a larger sized fleet than most classes of the day, even though it had not been in Australia that long, of about 40 boats.

The Laser has gone through some minor evolution in that time. We had a mix of early Canadian made imports, nine thousand series numbers, with the newer Australian made boats with sail numbers well under the 20,000 mark, yes count the zeros! The Canadian boats had teak grab rails and tiller, all came with wooden foils, no ratchet block, no bailer just a hole, stretchy plastic traveller rope and vang (no turbo here), simple downhaul in 1:2 ratio with no blocks allowed, forget trying to adjust your outhaul anywhere except on the beach, car seat belt for a hiking strap, no fancy Velcro clew holder, and only in a standard rig! However, we had the luxury of all the groovy 70’s colours such as bright orange, baby blue, canary yellow, lime green, white, red etc. none of which matched the cream deck!

Saturday morning dawned with the fleet rigged and just about to leave the shore when a well loved and used green VW bug coughs to a halt close to the break wall rocks resplendent with a slightly battered lime green Laser on the roof. Note it is attached by only one roof rack at the front and tied to a bit of the bent up chrome window strip at the back, with spars sticking out of the side window at all angles! A super casual guy with wavy long hippy hair climbs from the driver’s seat yawning and rubbing his eyes from lack of sleep (?) and drags the boat off the roof, over the car, over the gravel, and down over the rocks leaving lines of green fibreglass behind whilst waving any help offered away saying it’s all cool! Who is this guy? Obviously he has no idea of the effect of a smooth bottom in the light winds we were about to face! He then pulls this crumpled “slept in look” sail from the car (no new sail every regatta in this era) and proceeds to rig up. It was about now my anxiety had set in that I was going to be late for the start line so like most I left the beach leaving this “dude” to rummage in the back of his car for some blades, cleaning what looked like dried pizza off them?! Who is this guy?

I didn’t really see him again that race…..he was so far out in front of most of us doing battle with Mr Clean’n tidy Andrew Foulkes for first place, that I went home and questioned what was really important in sailing and even life…forget polishing the hull and sanding my blades smooth!! So, ever since that day it never surprised me to see the name Tim Dorning at the top of the results sheets…wonder what happened to him and his long hair??

Ps : I notice there’s a guy with the same name sailing a boat every now and again in masters called “the bald & the beautiful”……….nah… couldn’t be??! Who is that guy?

Zhik announced as naming sponsor for VLA events

Categories: VLA
Tags: No Tags
Comments: No Comments
Published on: 27 November, 2014

photo for Zhik article

The VLA are thrilled to announce that Zhik will be the naming rights sponsor the three major regattas being conducted by the VLA this season 2014/15.

The three regattas are the Australia Day regatta, the Laser States and the Laser Masters.

The Zhik website is and the main dealers in Victoria are Sport Phillip Marine, OTB Marine and Power Drive Marine so please give them your support.

Zhik would love to receive your photos/videos of Laser sailors in their Zhik gear so please forward them to us.

Photo courtesy of Ben Hartnett.

«page 1 of 12

- A +
VLA Calendar
  • No Events
  • No Events
Subscribe to News Express

Welcome , today is Saturday, 31 January, 2015