New Name for the Laser Class

From the International Laser Class Association:

“ILCA Dinghy” Is New Face of World’s Most Popular Racing Boat

Austin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class-sanctioned events.

“It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50-year history,” said Class President Tracy Usher. “Our staff and our network of stakeholders have been working tirelessly to ensure minimal disruption to ILCA members and class racers in all regions of the globe.” Usher pointed out that the name change will apply to all three rig sizes allowed by the ILCA Class Rules (Standard, Radial, and 4.7 rigs) and the new class-legal sails for each rig will carry the updated ILCA logo.

Usher said the class is grateful for the overwhelming response they’ve received from the racing community and sailing industry as they look to involve new manufacturers in their existing system of suppliers.“ Boatbuilders, sailmakers, and manufacturers of spars, blocks, and other sailing hardware have immediately stepped up to help, showing just how tight this sporting community can be,” said Usher.

Chris Caldecoat, General Manager of longtime class-approved boatbuilder Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA), said his factory is gearing up to maximize production of the newly branded ILCA Dinghy. “The class’s new logo looks great on the boats and sails, and we’re excited about this new chapter in the long story of this great little boat,” said Caldecoat, who has been collaborating on the many efforts involving current and prospective suppliers and dealers.  Both PSA and builder Performance Sailcraft Japan have agreed to use the new ILCA name and branding for all of their class-approved offerings.

Eric Faust, ILCA’s Executive Secretary, said his team is close to issuing a formal application form to help narrow down the large number of prospective new builders he’s heard from since the class’s March announcement. “After recent discussions with World Sailing leadership, we’re assured that we have their full support with this changeover, especially since we now have the opportunity to comply fully with World Sailing’s fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing requirements for Olympic equipment.  We’ve already had serious interest from well-funded and highly respected builders who are committed to building to the exacting one-design standards of our construction manual and the ILCA Rules,” said Faust.

But Faust is quick to point out that there will be no performance difference in the sails, hardware, or any other equipment that has helped make the class the world’s most popular choice of racing boat. “Our main suppliers of spars, sails, and parts will remain the same. They’ll be selling the same class-legal gear, just under a different brand name,” said Faust. “Hyde and North have now made sample sails with the new graphic and we expect to see newly branded ILCA sails available for purchase in the next few weeks,” he said, adding that a combination of new and existing vendors and dealers will round out the more efficient supply chain.

Dan Neri, CEO of North Sails Group and a longtime Laser sailor, says his company is fully on board with this change. “North Sails has always been a huge supporter of ILCA and we are excited about their new direction and the opportunities it brings,” said Neri. “We’ve got our team ramping up production with the new logo and we look forward to continuing to supply quality products for this great one-design class.”

13-time Laser Masters World Champion, Peter Seidenberg, is also fully supportive of the move.  “As a Laser sailor for 46 years, and one who has competed internationally for the last 39 years, I have relied on ILCA’s strict one-design concept to be certain that all boats are exactly the same and that none of my competitors have an advantage by sailing a special boat,” said Seidenberg, who was inducted into the ILCA Hall of Fame last year. “I understand that, because of a breach of the construction manual agreement, ILCA considered it had no choice but to terminate its contract with the European builder and to search for new builders and that trademark restrictions forced the class to rename the boat. I fully support ILCA in their efforts to save the one-design concept of the class and to continue the long-established tradition of ensuring that the boats are identical around the world.”

Usher admits that the timing of the situation isn’t ideal. “Unfortunately we had to make this change at the start of the biggest season for new boat sales so we can’t promise that the next few months will be perfect,” said Usher, who added that PSA and PSJ would be able to move a “substantial number of boats” to Europe, North America, or wherever the need is greatest. “Europe may see a slight increase in delivery times, but other regions will soon see their orders filled more quickly and efficiently than under the previous builder,” Usher said.  ILCA plans to reach out directly to its members, districts, and to national sailing federations over the next 30 days with guidance on ordering boats and equipment easily.

As suppliers begin to receive new ILCA-authorized decals for class-approved parts this month, ILCA emphasizes that all existing authorized parts on the dealers’ shelves will still be legal for racing. Similarly, all existing Laser brand boats with World Sailing plaques affixed to the aft face of the cockpit are legal for all class racing regardless of the builder. “Club Edition” or “training boats” that do not bear the World Sailing plaque or sails without an ILCA sail buttons are not class legal and will not be eligible to compete in any ILCA-sanctioned event, including events organized by any national or continental class association.

2019 Sunshine Open Results

From the Sunshine Open Regatta at Severn Sailing Association this weekend: Gusts of 40 kts on Saturday kept the fleet on shore and 2 kts on Sunday offered only one race. Congratulations to Scott Williamson and Bob Tan winning their fleets.

Division: Laser (17 boats) (top)

Pos Sail Skipper/Club 1 Total
1 184116 Williamson, Scott/ Severn Sailing Association 1 1.00
2 214620 Waiting, David/ SSA 2 2.00
3 204428 Russom, Mike/ Brant Beach YC 3 3.00
4 156631 Johnson, Eric/ SSA 4 4.00
5 188095 Schoene, David/ SSA 5 5.00
6 198025 Shingledecker, Luke/ SSA 6 6.00
7 213962 Holweger, Mark/ SSA 7 7.00
8 193965 Knab, Jim/ Rehoboth Bay SA 8 8.00
9 152989 Futcher, JuneRose/ BTYC 9 9.00
10 199139 Russom, Dennis/ Brant Beach YC 10 10.00
11T 166870 Empey, Bruce/ SSA 18/TLE 18.00T
11T 173258 Lynch, Matthew/ SSA 18/DNC 18.00T
11T 174236 Kerrest, Jacques/ SSA 18/DNC 18.00T
11T 184620 Gay, Brendan/ SSA 18/DNC 18.00T
11T 192031 Linares, Carlos/ SSA 18/DNC 18.00T
11T 194620 Jacob, James/ SSA 18/DNC 18.00T
11T 196147 Reich, Bryan/ SSA 18/DNC 18.00T

Division: Laser Radial (13 boats) (top)

Pos Sail Skipper/Club 1 Total
1 196023 Tan, Robert J./ ssa 1 1.00
2 203955 Haldeman, Dorian/ Severn Sailing Association 2 2.00
3 191967 Moore, Jeffrey/ SMSA 3 3.00
4 206135 Burls, Natalie/ SSA 4 4.00
5 134195 McKenna, Koralina/ SSA 5 5.00
6 207150 Lawson, William/ SSA 6 6.00
7 200585 Young, Christopher/ SSA 7 7.00
8 214625 Cofer, Steven/ SSA 8 8.00
9 208036 Paufler, Pam/ Severn Sailing 9 9.00
10 153006 Westphal, Sandy/ SSA 10 10.00
11 188921 Schoene, Lauren/ Severn Sailing Association 11 11.00
12 166892 Feusahrens, Devon/ SSA 12 12.00
13 212662 McMurray, Kelly/ Ocean City Yacht Club 13 13.00


International Laser Class Association Removes LaserPerformance as Builder

From the International Laser Class Association:

International Laser Class Association Removes Laser Performance as Approved Builder

ILCA is seeking new builders to complement its existing network of manufacturers, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today. The move comes after longtime builder of the class dinghy, Laser Performance (Europe) Limited (LPE), breached the terms of the Laser Construction Manual Agreement (LCMA), which seeks to ensure the identical nature of all Laser class boats, regardless of where they are built.

“We’re disappointed to see such a long and productive relationship come to an end, but we had to move ahead in order to protect the level of competition and the investment for the 14,000 members of the International Laser Class and the more than 50,000 sailors around the world who regularly sail the Laser dinghy,” said Class President Tracy Usher. With its UK-based manufacturing facility, LPE was the ILCA-approved builder that produced boats for most of Europe, Asia and the Americas until earlier this week, when Usher says the class terminated the LCMA with respect to LPE after the builder’s refusal to allow inspection of the boats being built in their manufacturing facility as required by that contract.

“The very heart of our class is the ability for any sailor to race any other on an equal playing field, and the only way we can guarantee that level of parity is by ensuring that all builders are producing the boat in strict accordance with the Laser Construction Manual,” explained Usher, who said that LPE has unequivocally denied the class their right to access to LPE’s factory. “It’s the same for every class of one-design racing boat: if we can’t be sure that they are all the same, we have no class left,” said Usher, who said that LPE left the class “no option.”

Fortunately for sailors around the world, there are already two other manufacturers of class legal boats, one in Japan and another in Australia. According to Chris Caldecoat, General Manager of Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA), his company is able to take up the slack if needed. “PSA has sufficient capacity to supply the market until new builders are appointed in Europe and around the world,” Caldecoat said. “We have and will always do what is right for the sailors and the sport.”

“Doing what’s right for the sailors” is really all that matters, according to ILCA Executive Secretary Eric Faust, who emphasized that there will be no disruptions to the the 2020 Olympics or to any major ILCA event. “Performance Sailcraft Japan will supply all the boats for the Olympic competitions in Tokyo, while the next two World Championships are in regions with Performance Sailcraft factories. These are existing, class-approved builders so we expect no issues,” said Faust. “We’re confident that we’ll see new builders coming on line soon, and that we’ll once again have a robust dealer network around the world in plenty of time for the lead up to the 2024 Olympics,” he added. With PSA and PSJ supplying boats and parts to sailors formerly served by Laser Performance over the next few months, Faust expects the disruption to class owners to be minimal or non-existent.

ILCA understands that many of our sailors will have additional questions about this news. Please know that we plan to post a FAQ with more detailed information soon. Finally, ILCA would like to thank all of our sailors, coaches, members and enthusiasts for their support of the class over the years and we look forward to a prosperous future ahead.

2018-2019 SSA Frostbite Series 2 Results

Severn Sailing Association Laser Fleet completed their 2nd Frostbite Series with 9 race days.

Division: Laser (20 boats)

Pos Sail Skipper 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
1 214620 Waiting, David [4] 3 [7.6/RDG] 1 1 [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] 2 7.00
2 184116 Williamson, Scott 1 2 2 [4] 2 [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] [4] 7.00
3 92 OHare, Gavin 2 [7] 4 3 [8.4/RDG] 1 [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 10.00
4 198025 Shingledecker, Luke [3] [5] [12] 2 [21/DNC] 3 2 3 10.00
5 53 Petty, David [8] 4 [9.3/RDG] [21/DNC] 3 2 [21/DNC] 6 15.00
6 175881 Jacob, James 6 [11] 1 5 6 [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] [10.1/RDG] 18.00
7 184618 Anderson, Charles 9 6 [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 4 [11.9/RDG] 1 [21/DNC] 20.00
8 213962 Holweger, Mark [21/DNC] [13] 5 7 [21/DNC] [10.7/RDG] 3 5 20.00
9 58 Fishback, Bryan 7 1 [21/DNC] [21/DNC] [21/DNC] [21/NoFin] 13.3/RDG 1 22.30
10 209698 Emmet, Rob [14] [15] 8 [10.9/RDG] [21/DNC] 5 4 9 26.00
11 4 Poirier, Donald [11] 9 3 11 [11.9/RDG] [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] 7 30.00
12 212611 White, Matt [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 6 6 [21/DNC] 4 14.3/RDG [21/DNC] 30.30
13 2018 Burls, Natalie [13] 8 [12.3/RDG] 8 7 [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] 8 31.00
14 156631 Johnson, Eric 10 14.9/RDG [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 5 [21/NoFin] 5 [21/DNC] 34.90
15 152989 Futcher, JuneRose [15] [12.2/RDG] [21/DNC] 10 10 7 [21/DNC] 10 37.00
16 7 Cabrall, William [14.4/RDG] 14 7 [21/DNC] 11 6 [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 38.00
17 166870 Empey, Bruce 12 [21/DNC] 9 [21/DNC] [14.4/RDG] [21/NoFin] 6 11 38.00
18 197136 McVeigh, Rich [21/DNC] 15.6/RDG [21/DNC] 9 9 [21/NoFin] 7 [21/DNC] 40.60
19 182815 Reinke, Eric 5 12 11 16/RDG [21/DNC] [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 44.00
20 209702 O’Connor, Sean 16/RDG 10 10 [21/DNC] 8 [21/NoFin] [21/DNC] [21/DNC] 44.00

Division: Radial (10 boats)

Pos Sail Skipper 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
1 203955 Haldeman, Dorian [1] [11/DNC] [11/DNC] 1 1 1 1 [2] 4.00
2 206106 Filter, Henry [2] 1 1 [2] [11/DNC] [2.9/RDG] 2 1 5.00
3 180536 Cofer, Steven [6.3/RDG] [11/DNC] 2 4 2 [11/NoFin] [11/DNC] 3 11.00
4 153006 Westphal, Sandy [6.6/RDG] 2 3 [11/DNC] [11/DNC] 5 3 [11/DNC] 13.00
5 200585 Young, Christopher 3 4 [11/DNC] [7] 3 [5.3/RDG] [5] 4 14.00
6 180488 Boyle, Kaitlyn 4 3 [11/DNC] 3 [6.9/RDG] [11/NoFin] [11/DNC] 5 15.00
7 0 Richardson, Griffin 5 [6.7/RDG] 5 6 [11/DNC] 2 [11/DNC] [7] 18.00
8 175591 Millar, Jennifer [11/DNC] [11/DNC] [11/DNC] 5 [11/DNC] 3 4 8/RDG 20.00
9 178857 Myhre, LeAnn [11/DNC] 5 4 [11/DNC] 4 8.1/RDG [11/DNC] [11/DNC] 21.10
10 208036 Paufler, Pam [11/DNC] [11/DNC] [11/DNC] 8 8.9/RDG 4 [11/DNC] 6 26.90


D11 Masters in Florida

This week a number of District 11 Sailors were in Florida at both the Florida Masters, March 9-10 at Palm Beach Sailing Club and Masters Midwinters at the US Sailing Center Martin County March 12-15.

Bob Tan (SSA) had the best D11 finish of the weekend winning the Radial fleet at Masters Midwinters.  David Waiting (SSA) was close behind in 2nd.

Florida Masters


Standard Rig:

  • 23 James Jacob (SSA)
  • 30 Ron Thompson (HYC)
  • 33 Len Guenther (FBYC)
  • 35 Mike Moore (DGYC)
  • 36 Nabeel Alsalam (PRSA)
  • 42 Joe Hidalgo (SSA)

Radial Rig:

  • 6 Bob Tan (SSA)
  • 17 Steven Cofer (SSA)
  • 21 Keith Barron (PRSA)
  • 23 Stanton Smith (SSA)

Masters Midwinters

Results| Pictures

Standard Rig:

  • 19 Scott Williamson (SSA)
  • 43 Mike Moore (DGYC)
  • 44 James Jacob (SSA)
  • 45 Ron Thompson (HYC)
  • 47 Len Guenther (FBYC)
  • 48 Nabeel Alsalam (PRSA)
  • 50 Scott Salter (SSA)
  • 53 Edward John (SSA)
  • 54 Joe Hidalgo (SSA)

Radial Rig:

  • 1 Bob Tan (SSA)
  • 2 David Waiting (SSA)
  • 20 Natalie Burls (SSA)
  • 22 Steven Cofer (SSA)
  • 27 Keith Barron (PRSA)
  • 28 Stanton Smith (SSA)
  • 30 Victoria Gibb (GSA)

2019 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship in Atlantic Highlands NJ

2019 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship

The 2019 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship will be just a short drive from D11 in New Jersey at the Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club in Atlantic Highlands NJ and hosted by Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank NJ.  The sailing area is within sight of New York City making it a unique sailing venue.