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Ashley Stoddart selected to go to Rio for Australia!

The Qld Laser Association and its members congratulate Ashley and wish her all the best in her olympic campaign.

More info at the Olympic Team site


Traveller Series day at Lake Samsonvale

Sunday 08 February,  14 laser sailors ventured to the picturesque Lake Samsonvale as part of the Traveller Series.  They ranged from the young and spritely Natalie Bridge to the quite old but still spritely, Peter Craig.

The Lake is freshwater with no sharks, jellyfish or seaweed but with huge, challenging wind shifts.  The 1st race was held in very light shifty conditions with the race being shortened at the leeward mark – a mix of 7 radials and full rigs finished within seconds of each other.

The breeze picked up for the 2nd race to around 8 – 10 knots but still shifty, giving the sailors numerous chances to lose their positions or catch up if they were behind.

In the radials, Mark Kennedy won both races, Lyndall Patterson, 2nd in both races and Christine Bridge, 3rd in both races.  In the Full Rigs first race, 1st, 2nd and 3rd went to Rob Sykes, Matt Lane and Mark John, while in the second race it was a BSS Trifecta with Peter Fell 1st, Mark John 2nd and Matt Lane 3rd.

Full race results available later…

Many pictures of the boats on the water here;

Lunch was a very pleasant affair on the clubhouse deck looking out over the lake.

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Subject – Comments on Change to the Timing of Laser National Championships

I have been in discussion with a number of Laser sailors, their parents and officials around how to further improve the Laser Nationals.

The general view is that the current arrangements with the rotation and the combined Masters events in the smaller states is working well. Attendances and quality of the National Championships have been excellent.

One thing which has come up often in discussions is the length of the National Championship and the fact that it is run over the Christmas/New Year period (from 28th December until 4th January). Many feel that it would be better to start the Nationals on 2nd January to allow sailors and officials to have the Christmas New Year period with their families. It has also been widely suggested that if the starting date were moved then the series could be compacted by eliminating the lay day (normally on New Years Day).

The arrangement most preferred was to have measurement on 1st and 2nd January with the practice race on the afternoon of the 2nd then the series proper from 3rd until 8th January.

With the YA run Australian Youth Championship currently running from 6th until 10th January this change to the Laser Nationals would mean the Youths would most likely need to run from 11th until 15th January. In preliminary discussion with YA they see the merit in the changed arrangement and would be prepared to change the Youth Nationals timing to suit. Some of the other classes represented in the Youths appear to support the later dates for the Youths allowing them typically to run their own Nationals to avoid the Christmas New Year period as well.

For the Lasers the change, if it were agreed, would not be made until 2015/16 Nationals which will be held at Belmont NSW.

The main advantages and disadvantages of the proposal as I see them are:


  •  Allow participants, parents and officials to have Christmas/New Year at home.
  • Shorten the championship by one day.


  •  Extends the period which participants, parents and officials may need to take as holidays from work.
  • Removes the break mid series which some people like.

I would appreciate any views that you and others in your District may have around this possible change. I would like to gather opinions by the end of April 2014.

Of course I am always open to suggestions on how to improve these events generally and make them more attractive to our sailors. Please feel free to ring or email me.

Ken Hurling

Chair Australian Laser Association