Laser News

Laser Annual General Meeting 10.30am Sunday 24th May 2015

The Laser AGM will be held at the Club from 10.30am on Sunday 24th May. Please come along and have your say about Laser Fleet operations for next season.

The Meeting Agenda and all meeting documents including next season’s draft race program and SI’s for discussion are here.

OTB Presentation night

Congratulations to all the winners!

Presentation Starters Presentation NS14 junior Presentation NS3 Presentation NS2 Presentation NS1 Presentation NS junior Presentation Lasers4 Presentation Lasers3 Presentation Lasers2 Presentation Lasers Presentation Lasers Woman Presentation Lasers CC std Presentation Lasers 1 Presentation Fireballs1 Presentation Fireballs Presentation Cats Presentaiton Lasers HC Lasers Wally Cook Trophy Presentation

GSC Laser Photos from Season 2014/15

To see Laser photos from season 2014/15 from Alison Meech click here.

Presentation Night 9th May

  • Tickets are now on sale for OTB Presentation night on Saturday 9th May 6:00pm for 6:30pm.
  • The tickets are $35 per head for Senior sailors and partners and $20 for juniors.
  • The tickets are available at the club office which is open business hours.
  • You can ring the office on 02 4325 7216 and arrange to pay for tickets by credit card for pickup at the bar after hours.
  • Ticket sales will have to close on 1st May so we can confirm our restaurant booking numbers and arrangements.

GSC Lasers at Nationals in WA

Tom Burton won his third National crown at the Open and Masters Nationals held in testing conditions off Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club 80 KM South of Perth over Christmas New Year. Tom won in a close tussle with Perth local Matthew Wearn and the two were in a class above the others in the 47 boat fleet.

Jordan Makin Nationals

Jordan on his way to thrid in 4.7’s at Nationals – Photo by Rick Steuart

Jordan Makin did exceptionally well to finish third in the 50 boat 4.7 fleet. Jordan was just beaten for second on a countback.

Conditions were character building with 15 to 25 knot breezes and large waves each day. With a long sail out and back and two races each day everyone had a good workout.

There were six GSC sailors competing and (minus Tom Burton) you can see their happy faces after a testing days sailing.


nationalsGSCSailorsApart from Tom’s win and Jordan’s third Dave Edmiston was first and Kevin Phillips second in the Great Grand Masters GGM and Brian Pike was fourth in the Radial Masters. Welll done all.

Full results are here.

Tom Burton Wins at Sail Melbourne

Tom Burton finished third in the final (medal) race on Sunday 14th December at sail Melbourne to convincingly win the event. Tom a Gosford Sailing Club member and world number one ranked Laser sailor defeated 39 top Laser sailors to win the event.  The results are here.

Jordan Makin Wins in Sail Melbourne


Jordan in a Radial at States in Belmont

Congratulations to Jordan Makin up and coming Gosford Laser sailor who won the 4.7’s at Sail Melbourne which concluded on Saturday 13th. Jordan won from a hot fleet of 45 young Laser sailors in Sandringham. The results are here.

Jordan last week sailed a Radial in Sail Sydney finishing 9th in a fleet including many top international sailors.

Jordan will sailing his 4.7 at the National Championship at Mandurah WA between 27th December and 4th January we wish him luck.

Other Gosford sailors who will compete in the Nationals are Chris Meech, David Edmiston and Kevin Phillips.


NBSailSports Sprint Series Gosford 31st August


Jack S(Prague) looking good in NBSS

On an uncharacteristic sunny day but with light winds 40 Lasers and a solitary Finn completed three races of the NBSailSports Series at Gosford on the last day of winter Sunday 31st August.

The start was delayed 30 minutes in the hope that the predicted 7 knot SE’er would kick in. It was a very slow first work but after that the light southerly (circa 6 knots) did grace us allowing, but just, the three scheduled races to be run. The last start at 3.00pm was achieved with the help of the black flag after two general recalls.

Jack Sprague sailed very consistently to record three thirds and was just pipped by by Nicholas Skulander who had two wins from the three starts. Runner up on the day was Italian visitor Lorenzo Cerretelli with a 1,2 and 4. Jack was later heard explaining to Lorenzo that his name is just the capital of the Czech Republic with an S in front of it.

Gosford sailor Jordan Makin won the 4.7′s.

In the Radials a family double with Zac Skulander winning on the day on a count back from John Smidmore with series leader Vanessa Dudley a few point back in third.

Results for the day are here and the series results are here.

Thanks to Gosford Sailing Club volunteers and especially Brian Baker (organiser and course layer) and Bill Bollard (start boat).

Chris Meech Wins AuGust Series

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Chris Meech leads the AuGust race and series

The AuGust  Series concluded on Suinday  31st August. The last three races were combined with the NBSailSports Sprint Series.

Chris Meech who sailed in every race easily won the series.after 24 sprint races. Kevin Phillips was second and Jack Sprague third.

The full series results are here

You can see photos from Sunday 24th August here.


Andrew Heenan’s Cycle for Ben

Andrew about to set off - Indian Ocean in the background

Andrew about to set off – Indian Ocean in the background

Andrew Heenan lost his son Ben on 11th March 2014 after a long battle with mental illness. Andrew is undertaking a bike ride from Perth back to the Central Coast a massive feat to raise funds to assist the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health with its work.  

Andrew left Perth on Ben’s Birthday 12th August. So far he has raised over $50,000 for the Florey Institute.

You can find out more and follow Andrew’s journey on Facebook here. You can add to the donations here.

Upcoming Laser Events

The Au-Gust series continues for the next three Sundays with the NBSailSports Winter Sprint Series combined on Sunday 31st August.
The Au-Gust sprint races start at 12 noon except when combined with the NBSailSports Series on 31st August when the start will be at 1.00pm.
You have a chance to win a new Laser just for participating in the NBSailSports Series. Details are here.
The Saturday season kicks off with the Bill Bowry Regatta Race on 6th September.
We are hosting the NSW/ACT Laser Coast Championship Regatta on 18th and 19th October.
The full 2014-15 Laser Season Program and SI’s are posted on the links below.
Laser Season Program 2014-15
Laser Sailing Instructions Season 2014-15

Season Fees and Entry

Peter Ineson Warming Up for the Season

Peter Ineson Warming Up for the Season

The documents for 2014/15 season are posted on the Club Web Site here. These include the Season Entry Form and the Equipment (safety) Audit Form.
This season the Club will be collecting race entry fees which for Lasers are $110 for seniors $65 for juniors for the whole season. Laser boat storage is $360 per year. Club membership fees are additional and will have already been invoiced by the Club.
Season race fees can be paid at the club office during office hours (Monday – Friday   10am – 5pm) or you can fax (02 4323 4488) or email ( the form with credit card details or phone (02 4325 7216) them through again during office hours. The Club requires that fees be paid by 1st November 2014.

Peter Ineson Cooling Off Soon After

Peter Ineson Cooling Off Soon After

Alternatively the fee per race is $8 for seniors and $5 for juniors. If you choose to pay by the race these fees are paid in cash using the payment envelopes outside the sailing office.

The only changes to arrangements for this season are that we will be using a Red Laser Flag as the class flag for races where Standard, Radial and 4.7’s all start together i.e. normal pointscore races. The standard colour Laser flags will be used in events like Club Championships where separate starts are used. This season the Saturday starting order will be:

  • Mixed Fleet
  • Etchells
  • Laser
  • A class
  • Sports Boats

Equipment Safety Audit

All you need to do for safety audit is check your boat then fill in and sign the Audit Form here. Armed with this completed form see Kevin Phillips on any Saturday and you have the audit form signed off. The form conveniently has the Laser standard information completed. The main things to check are:

  • Your boat has its name and number and GSC written on it
  • You have the normal Laser mast and centreboard and rudder retaining lines and devices
  • That you have an Australian Standard floatation jacket with your name and club written on it

Au-Gust Series

The traditional Au-Gust Sprint Series has started and will run each Sunday in August with the first start at 12 noon. The final day 31st August will combine the Au-Gust with the NBSailSports Winter Sprint series. For this day only the first start will be at 1.00pm.

Results to date of the series are here.

The  for the Au-Gust Series the race documents are at NoR and Sailing Instructions.

For the NBSailSports Winter Sprint Series the Notice of Race is here.

GSC Laser Presentation Saturday 17th May

The GSC Laser presentation was held at  the Club on 17th May and a great night was had by all.
Congratulations to all our prize winners!
Club Champions are Grant Robson (standard), Adam French (radial) and Jordan Makin (4.7)
Overall handicap winner is Kevin Phillips, with Bruce Chappell as runner up.
Winner of the Moyston Cup, for the most memorable incident of the season, was a no-brainer… we all remember it well… Trevor West, for pulling the top mark in the before anyone rounded for the last lap of one of the first races of the season.
Enjoy the pics…most available on our Gosford Lasers facebook page:

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John Buckingham Wins Len Walpole Regatta


John Buckingham with Len Walpole Regatta Prize

In testing conditions for the final three heats on Sunday 16th March John Buckingham won the Laser Section of the inugural Len Walpole Regatta.

Following light conditions on Saturday Sunday presented a thirty knot change with heavy rain and lightning causing a long delay to the start. After spending time capsized while the worst of the storm blew over most Laser sailors sought shelter around Chris Meech and went ashore at Saratoga Sailing Club. The Saratoga Club members offered refreshment to the asylum seekers – real boat people,

When storm passed three races were run and in a tight finish John Buckingham won the Len Walpole Memorial Prize. The full results are here.

Club Championship Heat 3 Will be Sailed on 18th January 2014

The postponed Heat 3 of the Club Championship will be sailed to be 18th Jamuary 2014.

The revised season program is on the web site here.

Change to Sailing Instructions for Scoring 3 November 2013

Due to our increased fleet size the scoring of DNS which stood at 40 points is inappropriate now being less than the points for some boats which started and finished a race. To correct this anomaly and bring the scoring more into line with Racing Rules of Sailing the following change is made to the series scoring  Paragraph 1.3 of the Laser Sailing Instructions.

3.1. Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 Appendix A A4 Low Point System shall used to score Pointscore and Championship Series with the following modifications:

  • A boat which did not finish scores the points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the race.
  • A boat which was disqualified scores the points for the finishing place five more than the number of boats entered in the race.
  • A boat which did not start in a race scores the points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the respective series.

GSC Try Sailing Day 27th October

claire@trysailing48 people came along for the Club’s try sailing day on Sunday 27th October. There were GSC sailors with the FEVA’s, Fireballs, Magic and Laser to give folks a taste of sailing. The wind was kind not to strong and not to light.

The picture is of Claire Heenan with her first try sailing customer before venturing out on the Club Laser.


Change to Laser Sailing Instructions

There has been a change to the Laser Sailing Instructions to reflect the new arrangements for the finish line.

The altered and added paragraphs are:

1.3. The Start line will be between a staff displaying a Blue flag on the Race Committee Vessel at the starboard end of the line and a mark with a pink flag at the port end of the line.

1.4. The Finish line will be between a staff displaying a Blue flag on the Race Committee Vessel at the port end of the line and a mark with a Blue flag at the starboard end.

1.5. Boats shall not pass through the Finish Line in either direction when the committee vessel is on station (Flying the Blue on station Flag), except when finishing the race. Failure to observe this rule will result in the Boat being scored DNF. This alters RRS 28

The course diagram showing the changed finishing line is below.

New Laser Course

The revised Laser Fleet Sailing Instructions are here.

30 Boats for the Bill Bowry Regatta Race

There was a great turnout with 30 starters for the first race of the season the Bill Bowry Regatta on Saturday.

You can see the full results here.

Boat Fix It Day 20th July 10.00am

This Saturday from 10.00am – NB Sailsports are hosting a boat “fix it” day at the Club.

Come down and work on your boat in company. Mitch Buckingham will have a wagon of stuff, and expertise for all those gel coat nicks & scratches.

Club Working Bee 8.30am 27th July

For your calendar the club working bee is on 27th July starting at 8.30am.

Jobs assigned for the Lasers are:

  • Trailer maintenance
  • Detail Club Ribs
  • Reorganise and clean up boatshed
  • Clean outside GRP tables
  • Paint gates and replace wheels
  • Clean outside drains
  • Clean out PJ shed
  • Clean boat ramp.

Peter Walsh has paint, grease and detergents. It would useful be bring along scrubbing and paint brushes and brooms.

We always get a great roll-up from the Laser Section for this event so lock it into your busy winter diary.

Laser Presentation 18th May 2013

Brianpresents There was a good turnout for the Laser Presentation at the Club on Saturday night. A great night was had by all. Congratulations to all the winners and grinners.

You can see who won what last season here. Detailed results for the season are on the Club web site here

Photos from the Laser Presentation are here.

The sailing photos shown at the presentation are here.

Captains Report for Season 2012/13

You can see Brian Baker’s wrap on last season here.

Highlights include;

  • 31 race days with 51 races (including AuGust Series) completed.
  • 51 sailors competed in at least one race with fleets around 25 to 30 each Saturday.
  • A number of young new faces joining the Laser ranks.
  • GSC member Tom Burton retains world number one rank and wins his third consecutive National Laser Title.

Laser Section Annual General Meeting Sunday 5th May 10.30am

The Laser Section AGM will be held in the downstairs meeting room at the Club on Sunday 5th May starting at 10.30am.

The agenda and copies of all the documents for discussion including next season’s Sailing Instructions and draft sailing program are here.

Come along and have your say.

Final 2012/13 Season Results

Deran has finalised the season results for Club Championship, Season Pointscore and Sprint Series. You can see the results on the website under Sailing/Lasers/Laser Results or just click here.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Laser Presentation 18th May


  • Tickets are now on sale for Laser Presentation Extravaganza on Saturday 18th May 6.30pm for 7.00pm.
  • The tickets are $20 per head for Laser sailors and partners and $45 for guests.
  • The tickets are available at the club office which is open business hours.
  • You can ring the office on 02 4325 7216 and arrange to pay for tickets by credit card for pickup at the bar after hours.
  • Ticket sales will have to close on 11th May so we can confirm our restaurant booking numbers and arrangements.

Offshore Regatta Ettalong 6 April


Jane wins the start by a nose

A small but enthusiastic fleet sailed in the ofshore regatta from Ettalong on 6th April. We sailed two races in a 5 to 10 knot S to SSW breeze. There were 3 ladies and 3 blokes. The ladies were first second and third and the blokes filled the other positions. First was Jane Humphris with two wins. Jane wins the Offshore Throphy.

Thanks to Bill Bollard for lending his boat for the start and finish. Thanks also to Brian Baker for organising and laying the courses and to Bazza Pownall and Dave Burrows for helping out.

The results are here and there are a lot of photos taken on the day here.

Laser Dates for Your Calendar

Here are some dates to put on your calendar for upcoming GSC Laser events.

  • Saturday 6th April – Off the Beach Sailing from Ettalong to mark the start of the Gosford to Lord Howe Race, rig on the beach at Ettalong local to the boat ramp opposite Half Tide Rocks and sail on Broken Bay, approx. 1 pm start. Don’t worry the tides are good on this day. NOR and SI will be issued soon.
  • Laser AGM is schedule for Sunday 5th May at 10.30 am in the Juniors Room at GSC, come along and have a say in the next seasons events.
  • Saturdays 18th May is the Laser Fleet’s annual presentation dinner to be held at GSC, three course meal and a few laughs along the way.

Sailing members and their partners $20 per head.
Any other guest would be at $45 per head.
Tickets will be available at the bar starting 6th April.
Ticket Sale will have to close 11th May as we have to advise our firm number to the restaurant on that date so get in early.

Hope to see you all at these events.

Winter Sailing @ Woollahra


16th June to 4th August 2013

  • All classed supported
  • Development Laser 4.7 fleet
  • Sunday 10 a.m. Start
  • Rigging area available on foreshore park
  • Prizes sponsored by NBLaser

Woollahra Sailing Club
Phone: 9371 9805