Melbourne turns on spectacular Sailing World Cup finish

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Melbourne turned on its best day at the Sailing World Cup Final….
Matt Wearn (AUS) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) held the top two Laser spots on 18 and 20 points with Tom Burton (AUS) and Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) third and fourth on 34 and 35. The top scorers were well clear of the pack heading into the Medal Race so it was first versus second and third against fourth to decide who walked away with the World Cup honours.

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Laser Class Announces New Composite Top Mast

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The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a class-legal composite top mast section that is expected to be available for purchase in early 2017.

Because the new mast was designed with the exact same weight and bend characteristics as the existing aluminium upper sections, it will not provide a performance advantage but instead will eliminate the permanent bending problems associated with the aluminium spars.

“ILCA’s policy regarding the introduction of new equipment is that it should always have the same characteristics as the existing equipment and that the new equipment should not give a performance advantage when raced alongside existing equipment,” says ILCA Executive Secretary, Eric Faust. “The composite mast definitely meets that objective. It’s been tested by some of the top Laser sailors in the world and they all agree that they can’t determine any difference while sailing.”

According to ILCA Technical Officer, Clive Humphris, “The new top section has been rigorously developed and tested over the past six years to assure that it is a ‘like-for-like’ part with the current mast. The advantage is that the new mast will be much more durable and won’t be prone to permanent bending like the aluminum masts.”

ILCA President, Tracy Usher, agrees. “I’ve sailed with a prototype composite upper while training in a wide variety of conditions — I couldn’t tell any difference between having this spar on the boat or using an aluminium one. I sail the same way and the boat seems to behave the same way. Everything felt the same.”

“This is going to make Laser sailing easier for everyone,” adds Usher. “Sailors won’t need to carefully align their mast rivet when rigging or worry about straightening their masts after a day of heavy air sailing. It’s going to be a big improvement for everyone!”

Because the composite mast is now a fully approved change to the Laser Construction Manual, there is no need for a change to the Laser Class Rules. As long as the mast is purchased from an approved Laser Builder or one of its authorised dealers, it will be legal for use at all ILCA sanctioned events.

The new mast specifications have been developed in close cooperation between the approved Laser Builders, World Sailing and ILCA. Because the composite top section is class legal and it will not provide any advantage in performance on the water, neither ILCA nor World Sailing anticipate that the use of the composite mast will need to be restricted for any future events. If it is subsequently determined that the use of the mast needs to be restricted, this will be controlled by Notice of Race on an event-by-event basis.

Carbon Top Sections will be available from PSA from February 1st 2017, click image below to pre order.


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.

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.

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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