Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd - For the Obsessed
Product Feature
RS Feva
RS Feva

Rescheduled ILCA 50th anniversary spectacle on Sydney Harbour to take place this Sunday

by Diana Chen 15 Jun 2021 22:59 BST 20 June 2021
Laser sailing at Sydney Harbour © Jon West Photography

The 50th anniversary spectacle of the popular ILCA Laser dinghy sailing class, involving 200+ boats, has been rescheduled (as a result of weather and lockdowns) to 20 June 2021, starting at 10:00am near the Sydney Opera House.

Andrew Cox, Commodore of Double Bay Sailing Club, which is hosting the event, said, "We are privileged to showcase our incredible harbour to the world in the kick-off to a series of global celebrations of this important milestone for one of the most popular sailing boat classes ever. The footage is going to be spectacular."

In a fitting tribute to the ILCA Laser's status as the Olympic one-person dinghy sailing class, Mark Bethwaite AM, who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, and is a multiple times Laser class Masters World Champion, will officiate the event from the start boat near Farm Cove. He will be joined by guest-of-honour, Rob Mundle OAM, who introduced the Laser class to Australia after meeting with class founder, Bruce Kirby in New York in 1971.

Since then, Australia has had many champions in the class, including men's gold medallists at the last two Olympic Games. Participants in the event will include six Masters World Champions in the Laser Class - Brett Beyer, Vanessa Dudley, Jeff Loosemore, Rob Lowndes, Lyndall Patterson, and Martin White.

Tom Slingsby, Australian 2012 Olympic Laser-class gold medallist, who is in Europe competing for Australia in the SailGP Championship said, "I am disappointed to be missing this event - the Laser is a very special boat to me. It is enjoyed by so many people, whether sailing for fun or competing on the world stage."

"This celebration will showcase the popularity, the competitiveness, and the fun of the ILCA Laser class. Whether you're returning to the sport, transferring from another class, or just starting out - we encourage you to give the Laser a go!", said Commodore, Andrew Cox.

More information at dbsc.com.au/laser-50th.

Related Articles

ILCAs at the Queen Mary Summer Series Week 3
Two races held in a gusty and shifty westerly breeze 22 ILCA7s and 3 ILCA6s went out in a 10-15 knots gusty and shifty westerly breeze, completing one 3-lap race and one 4-lap race. Posted on 18 Jun
Sail Canada 2024 Sail West Championships Preview
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club to host the competition this weekend Over 100 sailors will be in action this weekend, June 22-23, at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, as they will take part in Sail Canada 2024 Sail West Championships. Posted on 17 Jun
Keil Week 2024: Reunion from AFG to ZIM
Sailors from 53 nations are set for racing in just 5 days time Even in the 2024 Olympic year, five days before the first starting signal of the main organiser Kieler Yacht-Club, athletes from 53 nations have already announced their participation in the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein. Posted on 17 Jun
ILCAs at the Queen Mary Summer Series Week 2
Frequent large shifts and gusts for the sailors Doing a couple of half windward legs before the start, I felt there were frequent large shifts and gusts meaning the sides would be dangerous and the right side approaching the windward mark may have less wind in general. Posted on 10 Jun
62nd Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy Preview
One month to go, 160 entries have already been received The 62nd running of the Lord Birkett Trophy, which commemorates the saviour of Ullswater, is now less than a month away on 6th and 7th July. Posted on 10 Jun
Sailingfast ILCA Thames Valley GP at Littleton
Fifteen boats have a a glorious morning in Shepperton Littleton SC in Shepperton hosted the ILCA Thames Valley Grand Prix event, sponsored by Sailingfast, on Sunday 12 May 2024. The event was attended by fifteen boats with ten in ILCA7 and five in ILCA6. Posted on 7 Jun
2026-27 World Sailing Championships host announced
Valencia in Spain and Gdynia in Poland host new format split event World Sailing has selected the cities of Valencia in Spain and Gdynia in Poland to host the 2026-2027 World Sailing Championships as the event moves to a split format for the first time. Posted on 6 Jun
Sail Canada introduces the Canadian Sailing Team
2024-25 Canadian Sailing Team and Canadian Sailing Development Squad announced Sail Canada is pleased to announce the list of sailors who will be part of the 2024-2025 Canadian Sailing Team and Canadian Sailing Development Squad. Posted on 4 Jun
ILCAs at the Queen Mary Summer Series Week 1
A gusty and shifty 5 to 14 knots from the north with wall-to-wall sunshine 22 ILCAs lined up for the first 2 races of the QMSC summer series. The wind was a gusty and shifty 5 to 14 knots from the north with wall-to-wall sunshine. The race team set a good course making use of the full width of the reservoir. Posted on 4 Jun
Chipstead SC ILCA Open
Blessed with wind which increased through the day Once again, amazingly for Chipstead, the Open was blessed with wind which increased through the day and had enough West in it to give a reasonable beat down the length of the Lake. Posted on 29 May