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Important Notice  
Men’s Laser Radial Worlds 2020

The Men’s Radial Worlds in 2020 will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club in conjunction with the Women’s Radial Worlds. The latter is likely to be the selection regatta for Oceania region for the 2020 Olympics.
It is also likely that for the Men’s event the number of Australian entries will be capped. The ALCA has responsibility for ranking Australian sailors for capped ILCA events. The ALCA ranking procedure is explained here
Because the entries & rankings for 2020 worlds will be finalised prior to the 2020 Australian Laser Nationals, then the 2019 Nationals in Devonport Tasmania will became the ranking regatta (unless ILCA modify the rules). It means that if you are planning to sail in the Men’s Radial Worlds in 2020 you should compete in the Tassie event in 2019 to give yourself the best chance.

Thank you

A big thank you to everyone who completed our survey regarding this summer of sailing. We will have results and more information shortly. 

Once again, our annual midwinter regatta the South Pacific Laser Masters (SPLM) has been held with almost 60 boats turning out in glorious Queensland winter weather. This year the Laser Standard fleet was strongest with 34 entries while the 4.7 fleet had enough entrants to justify their own start.

As has become customary the event kicked of with a Laser Forum on Thursday evening. Our guest speaker was Mark Hipgrave who apart from sailing his Laser has competed recently in the single handed trans Atlantic race and double handed Melbourne to Osaka race in his Jeanneau Sunfast 3600. Mark provided remarkable vision and discussion of the storms and other perils of short handed ocean racing. Many thanks to Mark for his effort in putting together this address.

Brisbane winter weather is usually either beautifully sunny and calm or strong, cold gusty westerlies. On Friday we got lucky with an 8-13knt westerly wind that held in all afternoon enabling the race organisers to get three races in the bank as insurance against the forecast calm days. The wind provided great racing with enough breeze to have everyone hiking and tricky shifts to keep it interesting. 

Saturday was a great day for fishing but unfortunately a glassy blue bay provided enough breeze only to sail out but not back. Racing was cancelled around 1:30pm and the fleet towed home.

An early start was ordered for Sunday to take advantage of the morning land breeze that had been in evidence each day but our luck was not in as a fickle westerly faded and the fleet once again was towed back to shore. After a pleasant few hours basking in the sun the breeze built and the Race Officer ordered us back on the water for two light wind races in a westerly.

A promising forecast for Monday saw us on the water at the scheduled time but a promising 10- 14knt westerly faded to nothing just as racing was commenced. However, it was soon replaced by a wonderful 7- 11knt northerly sea breeze and that saw the Radials get in three races to match the 4.7s and complete their quota of eight races while the Standard rigs could only squeeze in two races before the time limit expired.
Congratulations to all competitors for entering and making this such a great regatta and special thank to RQYS for running a great series in difficult conditions. 

All results can be found here

Top places in each Division and age category were;
  1st: George Meikle 2nd Kate Yeomans 3rdTaryn Agius
  1st: Scott Leith 2nd Garry Robberds 3rdLindsay Whitton
Grand Masters
  1st Mark Kennedy 2ndMichael Pitt 3rd Jan Kemp
Great Grand Masters & Legends
  1st Kerry Waraker 2nd Lew Verdon 3rd Rob Lowndes
  1st Jan Kemp                     2ndChristine Bridge               3rd Diane Sissingh
Standard Rig
Apprentice Masters
  1st Dan Bight 2nd James Brandt 3rdAndrew Verrall
  1st David Whait 2nd Mike Knowsley 3rdAndrew Stransky
Grand Masters
  1st Gavin Dagley 2nd Chris Dawson 3rd Steve Gunther
Great Grand Masters
  1st Peter Stephenson 2nd Colin Verrall 3rd Greg Philliips
Kate Yeomans - 2nd4.7’s
Mark Kennedy - 1st Grand Masters (Radial)
George Meikle - 1st4.7’s
Gavin Dagley - 1st Grand Masters (Standard Rig)
Dan Blight 1stStandard Rig Apprentice Master
During the Yachting Queensland Awards eight special sailors were recognised for their contribution to the sport with an individually numbered Barrenjoey Pin.

From left Daniel Fitzgibbon, Ron Jenyns, Ash Brunning, Christine Bridge, Ash Stoddart, Lyndall Patterson, Matthew Percy and Daniel Fitzgibbon (front)

It was great to see three of the recipients being recognised for their laser sailing!

In order to be eligible to receive the Barranjoey Pin, athletes must either have:

Competed for Australia in an Olympic boat class1 at a World Championship, IYRU Women’s World Championship or Paralympic World Championship and placed Top 10 at that event.
Competed for Australia at the Olympic or Paralympic Games in sailing.
Achieved Australian Sailing Team (AST) status in an Olympic boat class following its inception in 2006.

the boat class must have been a current Olympic boat class at the time of competing (i.e. Elliott 6m was only in for the 2012 Olympic Games, therefore someone who competed in this event outside the years of 2009-2012 would not be eligible).

The Laser Youth and Junior Finalists Orla Almost, Melanie Watson, Ben Coleborn and Frazer Brew with Barrenjoey Pin recipient Ashley Stoddart at the 2018 Yachting Queensland Awards held at Southport Yacht Club last month.  Mara Stransky picked up the Female Sailor of the Year Award which was very proudly collected by her father Andrew Stransky on the night.  Annie Eastgate was a finalist in this category, but picked up 2018 Coach of the Year.  Mitch Kennedy was a finalist in Male Sailor of the Year and Michael Wilson President of the QLA was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category.  Congratulations to all the finalists and Award Winners. 
The Mens Australian Laser Team are dominating in the 2018 World Championships. Our very own Mitch Kennedy has made the Gold Fleet for the next round and Dan Self has made the silver fleet out of a field of 165 boats which is a great effort.  We wish them both all the best for the final days of racing.

Our 2018 Queensland Female Sailor of the Year Mara Stransky is in the silver fleet in the Laser Raidalsand currently sitting in 62nd Place out of a fleet of 119 boats. 
Ben Coleborn  is really happy that he has made the Queensland Sailing Team this year and wants to see where that will take him.  He really enjoys his sailing especially in heavy winds! .  Ben has a determination to give his best in all conditions regardless of where he is coming in any race.  He never gives up and it shows in his results. He is training twice a week with the QAS Strength and Conditioning coach to improve his fitness ready for Nationals
But what makes Ben stand out is his attitude.  He loves hanging out at RQ where he sails out of even if he doesn’t get on the water. His sailing team members are his close friends and he will do anything to help them succeed. He is a qualified Assistant Instructor and is looking forward to becoming a full instructor when he is old enough. 
Only one month to go until the start of the Laser Masters World Championships in Ireland. Racing starts 7th September - check out the regatta website for all the news.  
On behalf of the South Brisbane Sailing Club I would like to invite the Queensland Laser Association members to participate in the 2018 Brisbane Riverfire Sailing Regatta on 29 Sep 2018.

As the event is being hosted in conjunction with the Brisbane Sailing Squadron, Oxley Sailing Club and Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club we are planning for a show of smaller dinghys to create a great spectacle on the eve of the Brisbane Festival's Sunsuper Riverfire.

As you will see in the  Notice of Race, we have made provision for a class start for Lasers and the awarding of a class trophy to the winning Laser.

You can see this event on facebook:

and the new AS revolutionise sport website:
Oceania Masters
The 2018 Oceania Laser Master Championships will be held on the beautiful Denarau Island, Fiji, hosted by The Denarau Yacht Club. 
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 100 brand new PSA Lasers will be allocated for the event, just turn up and sail in paradise! 

STD rigs from the 13th – 19th October 2018 
Radials rigs from 20th – 26th October 2018

Charters, accommodation packages and entries are now open, visit the website for all details.

The Oceania and Australian Laser Championships will be held from 1st to 8th January. On belhalf of the Tasmanian Laser Association the event will be hosted by the Mersey Yacht Club in Devonport.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE

The regatta web site which has information about the location and charters and will be the go to location for further information, notices and results is

One of the great aspects of being part of the Laser family, is being able to travel with the minimum amount of gear and still be just as competitive. Something most other classes are not able to provide. Here’s some ideas on how easy this can be. 

The QLA is supportive of our members attending regattas and wishes to encourage our members to compete in higher level regattas by providing monetary support where the sailors meet the criteria set out in the QLA Travel Support Policy. QLA members are encouraged to apply for The Grant.

Sail 27 Discount Code
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and Zhik gear with our chandlery partner sail27.   

This offer is only available to current financial members of the QLA registered
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Each time the discount code is updated, you will receive an email with the new
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enter the discount code during the purchasing/check-out process.  The current
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