Please select your home edition
Edition
Wessex Resins 2019 - Pro-Set - 728x90

Royal Varuna Yacht Club secures ILCA 6 and 7 Masters Worlds, February 2023

by Morten Jakobsen 4 May 04:32 BST 08-28 February 2023

In the face of strong competition, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) has secured the rights to hold ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Masters Worlds in Pattaya, Thailand, in 2023 - and that's only 8 months away.

ILCA 6 and 7 are the classes which were previously called Laser Radial and Laser Standard. It is expected that between 150-200 sailors will attend each event, so it will be huge, even by the lofty standards of past RVYC events. Having these numbers of competitors in Thailand will, of course, bring benefits to the area and potentially the country, as many will undoubtably take the opportunity to see other parts of Thailand when they are here to race.

ILCA 6 Masters Worlds starts on Wednesday 8 February 2023, with ILCA 7 following suit on Saturday 18 February. Full details will be posted at sailing.laserinternational.org/site/events-list when available.

The Master sailors from RVYC are stepping up to the challenge by organizing 2/3 day training weekends on the third or fourth weekend of each month for the remainder of 2022. The sailors have been promised Masters-specific coaching from K. Veerasit (Lim) who represented Thailand in the Laser class at the Sydney Olympics 2000, supplemented by guest coaches. So far the maximum number of participants is 22, but numbers are expected to grow from September onwards, now that it is easy to travel to Thailand again. For those not quite up to date - since 01 May, international travellers are welcome in Thailand as long as they are fully vaccinated. There are no other pre-conditions for entry to The Land of Smiles.

These weekends are open for all Masters ILCA sailors (age 30+), for the modest fee of THB 1,200 (USD 35) for a two-day weekend or THB 1,800 (USD 52) on a three-day weekend. Charter boats are available, either for the weekends, or for the entire training period, with or without the Masters Worlds events.

A typical weekend could consist of longer courses/exercises (Friday); working on starts and specific skills (Saturday, two sessions), and racing/individual coaching (Sunday). Over the 13 months the programme is running, training has already started with particular focus on boat handling and skills development, and will move towards starts, speed, and race craft closer to the Worlds. It will also be feasible to participate in two or three major Thai races throughout the year, not to mention the Thailand Nationals which will be scheduled immediately prior to the Masters Worlds in order to encourage more international competitors to participate.

Highly convenient accommodation is available at RVYC at very reasonable rates, and - most importantly - there will be free refreshments at the RVYC Beach Bar after each Saturday's de-brief.

If you want to take part in the coaching, contact the Varuna sailors on

For questions on participation in the Masters Worlds, please contact

Related Articles

ILCA Super GP at Carsington
Two days of sailing, one been coached, one putting it into practice So what is a Super GP? Two days of sailing, one been coached, one putting it into practice! Supported by the class association, the UKLA. Posted on 29 Jun
ILCA Grand Prix Open at Lancing
Plenty of breeze and sunshine The forecast for Sunday 26th June was set for a 18-20 knot South Westerly breeze with plenty of sunshine and the day itself did not disappoint. Posted on 29 Jun
ILCA Grand Prix at Yorkshire Dales
Few competitors got through the day without a swim Visitors were welcomed by bright sunshine and Race Officer Tim Heaton. The sunshine quickly disappeared as Tim set the course in a force 4/5. Few competitors got through the day without a swim, but everyone enjoyed the blistering reaches. Posted on 22 Jun
Harken joins a great team of sponsors
For the UKLA ILCA 2022 Nationals at Hayling Island Harken are back supporting the class and getting involved with the resurgent interest in racing this great dinghy. Over 250 ILCA's took part in the 2021 Nationals and this year promises to be just as successful with 170 already entered. Posted on 27 May
Midland ILCA Open
Plenty of shifts on Edgbaston Reservoir A 'steady' 8 knots of south-westerly breeze brushed across Edgbaston Reservoir on the morning of Sunday 22nd May for the Midland SC Laser Open meeting. Five visitors from the region joined the seven home competitors. Posted on 24 May
Papercourt ILCA Open
A clean north-easterly running straight down the weed free lake The weather was perfect, dry and warm with a clean north-easterly running straight down the weed free lake. This was champagne conditions for the 22 hardy ILCA sailors signed up to compete. Posted on 6 May
ILCA NZ Nationals - Day 4: Winners decided
Saunders adds NZ Laser Championship to World title; Armit wins Youths and Wild wins Masters Favourite Tom Saunders continued to dominate the 41 boat ILCA7 fleet, adding the 2022 New Zealand championship to his recent ILCA World Championship win. Youth sailor Caleb Armit dominated the ILCA6 fleet. Phil Wild wins Masters. Pilkington tops Womens. Posted on 23 Jan
ILCA NZ Nationals - Day 3: Leaderboard unchanged
In the ILCA 7's it was again a two out of three bullet day for reigning World Champ Tom Saunders Patience was the name of the game for the beginning of day 3. The fleet was on course for a 1pm start as scheduled, with a light easterly blowing. Posted on 22 Jan
ILCA NZ Nationals - Day 2: Saunders and Armit lead
Three races were sailed on Day 2 of the ILCA 6 and 7 NZ Championships from the Queen Charlotte YC Three races were sailed on Day 2 of the ILCA 6 and 7 NZ Championships from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Picton. There was no change to the ILCA7 overnight leaderboard, with current World Champion Tom Saunders, posting two wins and a second. Posted on 21 Jan
ILCA NZ Nationals - Day 1: Two wins for Saunders
Familiar faces at the top of the leaderboard after Day 1 of the NZ ILCA Nationals Recently crowned World ILCA Champion, Tom Saunders, won both races in the 2022 ILCA NZ National Championship being sailed at Picton. Youth sailor Caleb Armit turned in the same scorecard in the ILCA6 fleet. Posted on 20 Jan