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At the ALCA AGM a number of important issues were raised for discussion.
  1. Carbon bottom section for Radial rigs: ALCA proposes to push forward with the selling of a carbon bottom section to replace the current alloy bottom section following many problems with bent bottom sections. PSA as builder has received many complaints and letters claiming that the current section is not “fit for use”. ILCA is in support of this change but the constitution requires that all Laser Builders agree with the change. Currently LP Europe has not agreed with the change and this is the only holdup. PSA has been trialling a carbon bottom section and provided one to Lyndall Patterson to use. Cost of a new carbon bottom section is expected to be a little over $1,000.
  2. Measuring at the Nationals: There was considerable discussion about how measuring should be conducted at the Nationals in order to reduce the time it takes. Options discussed included the current full and detailed measuring of every boat and a lottery system. Consensus was that we would stay with measuring of all boats prior to competition commencing. It was agreed that measures such as a compulsory booking system should be introduced to reduce unnecessary waiting.
  3. Reaching:  A discussion was held on why reaching had disappeared from the courses as sailors prefer to have the fun of reaches included in racing. PRO advised that windward/leeward courses are much easier to change in case of wind direction changes compared with trapezoid course. Finns use a triangle + windward /leeward course when wind is over 20knts. Meeting concluded that organising authority should consider trapezoid courses when stable wind patterns are anticipated.
  4. C5 new rig: The new C5 carbon rig was introduced and its role in attracting younger/lighter sailors was discussed. At this stage it is not seen as a replacement for the 4.7 rig which is still seen as the preferred entry point into Lasers.
Sad to report on of the passing of ILCA Executive Secretary Emeritus Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019. Geoff died while on a ski holiday with family and friends. 
The ILCA reports Jeff's dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years. Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor. 

The loss of Jeff Martin will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff's family and friends.
Twenty two Queensland sailors travelled to Devonport Tasmania for the Australian and Oceania Championships. Racing was held in the legendary waters of Bass Strait and the host club is sited in the Mersey river some 3nautical miles from the race course. Despite a glass-out on day 1 all 12 races were completed in moderate to fresh breezes culminating in a wild final race which featured gusts measured on the Start boat over 33 knts and mountainous seas which included breaking waves. The regatta was well run by the Tasmanian Laser Association and their impressive legion of volunteers. As a result of playing catchup from the lost races on day 1 and some un-settled conditions sailors and support crews endured some long days on the water although we were lucky with the weather and did not encounter much of the predicted cold Tasmanian conditions. A nice video of the racing can be seen here
Highlights included:
  • Rio Gold medal winner Tom Burton taking out the Standard Mens championship.
  • Queensland’s Mara Stransky winning the Australian Womens title and finishing third overall women behind world number one ranked Emma Plasschaert of Belguim and sixed ranked Manami Doi of Japan.
  • Kristen Wadley from north Queensland winning outright the 4.7 division
  • Lyndall Patterson winning her Grand Master division
  • Fraser Brew finishing third in the radial Youth Men division
Congratulations to all competitors who made the long trip south and who will remember their time sailing in a wild Bass strait.
Full results can be found here
Pictures on facebook here
Thanks to Beau Outteridge for some amazing images!
 Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club had to pull out due to a lack of volunteers after a busy Christmas and new year period. and we are hoping to secure them for next years States.
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.

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