Laser News

All the news that's fit to print for New Zealand Laser sailors.

Hibiscus Youth Regatta

Manly sailing club is holding its annual Hibiscus Youth regatta this Saturday 12th October2019.

Royal Akarana Laser Twilight Series

The second season of the Akarana Thursday night Laser Twilight series is about to kick off

  • Thursday nights
  • starts Thursday 3rd October 2019.
  • 5:15pm briefing
  • 6pm first race
  • more details and dates at

2 NZ Champions - Laser Masters Worlds 2019

Great effort by NZ sailors at the 2019 Laser Master Worlds at Port Zelande, Netherlands.

With Dave Ridley winning the Standard Apprentice Masters only securing the win on the last day after and epic battle with Eduardo Van Vianan (NED) and Jared West (ESP).

And Scott Leith won yet again in the Radial Masters, holding the lead from the 2nd day of the regatta to beat Anders Mattsson (SWE) and Ledet Jean-Christophe (FRA).

Rounding put the NZ tean were Andrew Dellabarca, Cris Brodie and Luuk Van Basten Battenburg now living and sailing for the Netherlands.

It was a tricky regatta with big wind shifts in some races, catching out even some of the big names.

Applications for entry for the 2020 Standard & Radial Laser World Championships

Dear Laser Class District Representative,
Please inform your sailors of the following important information for submitting applications to compete in several 2020 ILCA World Championships. 
Applications for entry for the following Laser World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 20 August 2019:
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Standard Men's World Championship
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women's World Championship
  • 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Men's World Championship
Detailed information about each of the Championships is available through the ILCA Laser World Championships events page: 

If possible, please publish the information below on your district website and send an email to any sailors from your country who would be interested and eligible to compete in either of these Championships. For your convenience, you may cut and paste the information below the red line into an email for your members.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about these events.

Best regards,

The ILCA Team



Dear District Members,


Applications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 20 August 2019:

For all three Championships, the deadline for receiving PAID applications is 1 October 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time.

If you would like to compete in one of these Championships, 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 the application deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page

Best regards,
The ILCA Team

Laser Vote

Thanks to everyone who voted on the recent rule change. We had a really good NZ turnout so thanks to all those who took the time to vote.
The result is still being verified and discussions with World Sailing are continuing so we do not have a final outcome on either the ballot or the Laser's Olympic status yet but hopefully it will not be too long now and we will certainly let you all know as soon as we can.

2019 Laser North Island

The 2019 Laser North Island Champs will once again be held as part of Napier Sailing Clubs summer regatta. Why mess with a winning formula.


Vote YES in the Laser Ballot before 31st July.
Just go to to vote. It only takes a minute.
All the background information about the issue is available on the Laser International website.

Nick Page
And a message from Karen - if you vote - please remember to join up to the NZLA for the current year.  Thanks.

Georg Cautrey's Bronze at the 2019 Laser World Champs

Photo: Junichi Hirai / Bulkhead Magazine

Read more at YNZ about George Cautrey's fabulous podium finish at the 2019 Laser World Champs. Including a knee dislocation!

The event was at Miho Bay, Sakaiminato, Japan and George in 3rd was followed by Sam Meech in 4th and a 10th for Thomas Saunders.
Aussies Tom Burton & Matt Wern were 1st an 2nd.

All results at

NZLA Ranking Policies for 2020 World and European Champs Published

Ranking policies for the 2020 World and European Champs have beed added to this page

If you intend to sail at one of these regattas, please check the relevant ranking policy carefully.
Som of the policies are different this year due to timings of some World and European regattas, the NZ ranking regattas and the Olympic cycle - some of the policies are different this year.
If you have any questions please email Nick Page as early as possible to avoid suprises.

ILCA Rule Change Vote

See below - where ILCA has opened the membership vote for a rule change to try and secure the place of the class in the Olympics for 2024 and beyond. I strongly believe that this option is the best for the class and hope that you will agree and vote YES to the ballot. Every vote is critical so please take the time to have a look at all the info and register your vote.
If you would like further info on any aspect of the issue before voting please feel free to contact me at, and I can either provide a reply by e mail or organise to talk through the issues.

Nick Page - NLZA Chairman

Dear District Members,

Voting is now open for a VERY important ILCA rule change. 

Please vote "YES" to secure the future of our class and to make sure that we remain in the Olympics!

The 2019 Rule Change vote is VERY important, as ILCA works to meet new requirements imposed by the World Sailing Council in their 2024 Olympic Equipment Policy, which includes allowing competitive supply of boats and parts by qualified builders worldwide. 

In a vote of the ILCA World Council, this rule change was overwhelmingly approved by an 11 to 2 margin, including the unanimous approval of all six ILCA Regional Chairmen.

The class now needs your support! 
Your vote "YES" will: 
1) Make sure that our class will remain in the Olympics.
2) Allow for healthy market competition and ensure that class-legal equipment is available in ALL parts of the world.
3) Give control of our class to the sailors, not the commercial parties.
If you would like additional information about the proposed rule change, click on any of the following links:
To be counted you must vote by 31 July 2019.

In order to secure the future of our class, please take a moment to click the link below and vote "YES" now in a quick, 1-question online survey. 
There is also a link to voting on the ILCA website:
Thank you for voting on this vital proposed rule change. 
Best Regards,
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