ILCA Australian Championships

2022 Australian Masters Championships


Women’s winners Christine Bridge (left) and Gayl Robinson in action on Day 2 – Jon West photos


The Australian ILCA Masters was run very successfully between 25-28 February at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria. There were 106 entries with 31 ILCA 7s sailing in one fleet, 30 ILCA 6 Grand Masters in a fleet and the other ILCA 6 age divisions in a third 45 boat fleet.


The venue Balnarring on Westernport Victoria provided excellent open water and good clean winds. These combined with ocean and wind swells gave some exhilarating rides and fair racing. All ten scheduled races were completed with light breezes on day one followed by six races in 15 to 18 knots on days two and three and around 12 knots for the final two races. Tides were an issue in the second half of the series when they were pushing the fleet over the start line. On the final day the second ILCA 6 fleet managed four general recalls and three black flag starts before the final race got away minus the 25% of the fleet which were black flagged.


The Westernport Yacht Club did a fabulous job both on and off the water. Racing was run like clockwork and the logistics of launch and retrieval of the support boats from Westernport, Sommers and bay side clubs were run with military precision. Catering at the club after racing, the functions and free beer from an event sponsor Bright Brewery were all much appreciated by the sailors.


There was a two day coaching clinic lead by Brody Riley & VLA head coach Rhett Gowans  held before the series. This was fully subscribed and very successful.


The winner of the ILCA 7 fleet was Master Brett Bayer WSC/DBSC. Brett won six races edging out Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC. Sommers YC Apprentice Sean Bly was third. In the ILCA 6 GM fleet John Jager McCrae YC won by a point from Sandringham sailor James Mitchell with David Early GRSC third.


The full results with age divisions scored separately are Here.


The age division podium places are listed below.


Division 1st 2nd 3rd First Women
ILCA 6 Apprentice Vaimooia Ripley MHASC Vaimooia Ripley MHASC
ILCA 6 Master Owen Mc Mahon RBYC Danial Blight BSS/RQYS Gayl Robinson SYC Gayl Robinson SYC
ILCA 6 GM John Jager McCYC James Mitchell SYC David Early GRSC Christine Bridge RQYS
ILCA 6 GGM Jeff Loosemore GR/MHASC Tim Alexander NSC Michael Pitt RQYS
ILCA 6 Legend Kerry Waraker RQYS Lew Verdon MHASC Kevin Phillips GSC
ILCA 7 Apprentice Matt Blakey PMYC Sean Bly Somers YC David Newman DBSC
ILCA  Master Rod Barnes DBSC Nick Alexander MHASC/DBSC Stuart Holdsworth RPAYC
ILCA  GM Brett Beyer WSC/DBSC Gavin Dagley PMYC Steve Gunther PMYC
ILCA  GGM Gary Martin Darwin SC Mike Stockdale PLYC


There are great photos by Jon West which you can view and purchase Here.



ILCA 6 GGM winner Jeff Loosemore & ILCA 7 winners Brett Beyer GM & Matt Blakey AM – Jon West photos

Oceania Laser Masters Championship Darwin NT 2022


The 2022 Oceania Laser Masters Championship will be held 20-26 August from the Darwin Sailing Club Fannie Bay, Northern Territory.


This will be a great and memorable event not to be missed.


The Notice of Race is Here. Entries/Registration are open until 20th June 2022 Here. Enter before 30 April 2022 and save $50.


It is a long drive so most sailors will prefer to fly and charter. A limited number of charters are available from PSA. Book your charter Here.


There is a flyer with more information Here and web information and links are Here.


Contact NT Laser District at or Darwin Sailing Club if you need more information.

Late Fee on National Masters Entry Removed

VLA Chair John d’Helin has announced that there has been a strong take of of places on the start line for the Australian Laser Masters. There are 93 entries so far.


The VLA and Westernport Yacht Club are looking forward to welcoming Master’s sailors at Westernport in a few weeks time.


Due to the uncertainties created by the current COVID situation and representations from a number of sailors John reports that the $100 late fee has been removed. The organisers also plan to apply a considerate entry fee refund approach where COVID impacts on a sailor’s choice to travel or not. This will be applied on a case by case basis on application to John d’Helin.


The revised NoR covering these changes is Here.


You can place your entry without the late fee Here.


A reminder this is the ranking event for the 2023 World Masters to be held in February in Pattaya, Thailand.

Apprentice Masters Age Range Extended

ILCA has just announced that from 2022 the Apprentice Masters age range will be extended from 35-44 to 30-44.


ILCA says that it is excited about this change, which for the first time gives sailors under the age of 35 the opportunity to join the ILCA Masters World Championships and to enjoy the unique atmosphere of that fleet. All other Masters age categories will remain unchanged.


The new age range will apply for all ILCA District, Regional and World events including the 2022 Australian Masters at Westernport and the 2022 Masters World Championships in Mexico.


ILCA says that while it does not expect this change to dramatically increase the number of Apprentice entries in events it believes that by being more inclusive and “broadening the tent” to allow more adult sailors to enjoy Masters events it will attract more interest in the ILCA class from both grass roots and former competitive ILCA sailors looking to get back into our great sport.

Australian Masters at Westernport 25-28 February

The Australian Masters is on at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria 25-28 February 2022.


The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter Here.


Event results are Here.


Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.


The Australian Masters will be preceded by a two day coaching clinic 22-23 February. Information on the coaching clinic is Here. You can enter for the clinic ($150) Here.


Information on PSA charters for the Masters event ($1,000) is Here.

2022 Australian Open & Youth Championships Fremantle WA Cancelled

With regret due to ongoing uncertainty about travel logistics and border closures it has been decided to cancel the Laser Australian Open Youth Championships 1-8 January 2022 in Fremantle WA.


We considered delaying the event to later in 2022 however there is no guarantee, with the strict stance taken by the WA Government, that this will be possible. ALCA COVID policy requires that sailors from all states and territories can travel quarantine free to and from the event for it to be the National Championship.


In place of 2022 Australian Championships we invite each district to run and event, or designate an existing planned event as the ILCA World Championship selection event. The results from these district events will be interleaved and scaled for size to rank sailors for 2022 ILCA World Championships.

NoR Issued & Entries Open for 2022 Australian Laser Masters


The Notice of Race has just been issued for the 2022 Australian  Laser Masters Championship will be held at Westernport Yacht Club in Victoria 25-28 February 2022. This event will be the first under the new rotation arrangement for the National Masters.


The Notice of Race for the event is Here. You can enter Here.


Entry links, documents, updates and results for the event will be on the Australian Laser app. Select 2022 Laser Masters Australian Champs in National & District Events.


The Australian Masters will be preceded by a two day coaching clinic 22-23 February.

Australian Laser Masters 2022


The venue for the 2022 Australian Laser Masters Championship will be Westernport Yacht Club, Victoria.


The club is on Balnarring Beach on the northern shore of the western entrance to Western Port Bay, Victoria. It is approximately 70 kilometres from Melbourne.


The natural geography of the land and shore provides a great site for boating activities. Balnarring Bight is a shallow bay, ringed with a series of reefs which are partly exposed at low tide. This ring of reefs protects the beach from extremes of south to south-easterly weather which can (and do) come in regularly from Bass Strait. You can get an idea of the race track from the club’s webcam photos HERE.


The event will be run from 25-28 February 2022 and will be preceded by a two day coaching clinic 22-23 February.


The Notice of Race is Here.

Australian Laser National Championship Rotation

Australian Sailing has announced HERE that it has ceased running Australian Youth Championships. It will continue to run State Youth Championships once COVID-19 orders allow.


ALCA welcomes this change and AS’s Youth initiatives.


Following AS’s change ALCA will be placing additional emphasis on Youth at our Australian Championship events. The Laser Australian Championships already include Youth categories as cube events. These championships will become the selection event for the Laser sailors in the World Sailing run Youth Sailing World Championships and are and will remain the ranking events for applicants for all ILCA World Championships.


ALCA will rename the Australian Championships as Australian Laser Open and Youth Championships. Going forward these championships will always be run as separate events from the Masters while the Australian Laser Masters will be run as a separate annual event.


The Australian Open and Youth Championship 6 year rotation around the states will be unchanged and the separate Australian Masters event will be held on a three year rotation around the east coast mainland states.


It is expected that with the greater focus on youth in the National Open and Youth Championships and with the increase in emphasis and numbers in the 4.7 at these events the Laser Nationals will continue to grow and prosper.


The separate National Masters events have always been popular and very well attended. ALCA considers that running more of these will increase Master’s participation and interest.


The rotation sequence for these events will be as follows:

Open & Youth Masters
Year 1-8 January February
2021 No Event No Event
2022 WALA (Fremantle) Cancelled VLA (Westernport)
2023 NSW & ACT (Georges River) NSW & ACT (Port Stephens)
2025 QLA QLA
2027 VLA QLA