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Tinaroo May Day Regatta 29/30 April 2017

State 1 State 2 State 3

QLD State Title Results – see the results under States on the Results Page

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Applications for entry will open Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 00:01 Central US time for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

      2017 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

     2017 ILCA Laser Masters World Championship

For all events, The deadline for receiving paid applications for initial allocation of places is 16 May 2017 at 23:59 Central US Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 16 May 2017, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

The links below will take you to the event information sites with access to applications and additional information about each championship, including the Notice of Race and the district entry allocations.

2017 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

2017 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

Additional boom loop deemed to be illegal

boom loop

Clive Humphris (ILCA Technical Officer) and Jean-Luc  Michon (ILCA Chief Measurer) advise is that the fabricated loop is illegal and cannot be used.


Laser Class Announces New Composite Top Mast

The class legal composite mast will be available in early 2017.

5 December 2016

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 aluminum upper sections, it will not provide a performance advantage but instead will eliminate the permanent bending problems associated with the aluminum 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 aluminum 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 authorized 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.


QLD River Titles – Maroochydore

Congratulations to the winners;

Casey Sutherland, Mark Kennedy and Michael Wilson in the 4.7, Radial and Full Rig.

Results on results page


new Laser Dealer for Central and North Queensland

The Sailboat Shop – Brett Holly – 0422 082883

Sailboat Shop QLD Laser promo


Photo: Laser Fleet growing at Humpybong – up to 8 regular lasers

World Masters Games  – 23-28 April 2017

Auckland – Laser and Radial

2016 SPLM – results on Results page

congratulations to Greg Adams (Full Rig), Danny Fuller (Radial)  and George Meikle (4.7) and the other Masters Category winners  for taking out their respective divisions, and to everyone who competed and made it such a success.

SPLM pic



Brisbane Laser Dealer


Daniel Self
phone: 0488 326 001

QLA Rivers 2015 181


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