• Youth Nationals, Laser 4.7. Photo Beau Outteridge.
    Youth Nationals, Laser 4.7. Photo Beau Outteridge.
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Australian Sailing has announced HERE that it has ceased running Australian Youth Championships. It will continue to run State Youth Championships once COVID-19 orders allow.

ALCA welcomes this change and AS’s Youth initiatives.

Following AS’s change, ALCA will be placing additional emphasis on Youth at the Australian Laser Championship events. The Laser Australian Championships already include Youth categories as cube events. These championships will become the selection event for the World Sailing run Youth Sailing World Championships and are and will remain the ranking events for applicants for all ILCA World Championships.

ALCA will rename the Australian Championships as Australian Laser Open and Youth Championships. These championships will always be run as separate events from the Masters while the Australian Laser Masters will be run as a separate annual event.

The Australian Open and Youth Championship six-year rotation around the states will be unchanged though, as previously advised, the WA event at Fremantle SC due to COVID-19 will be postponed for one year.

The separate Australian Masters event will be held on a three year rotation around the east coast mainland states.

It is expected that with the greater focus on youth in the National Open and Youth Championships and with the increase in emphasis and numbers in the 4.7 at these events the Laser Nationals will continue to grow and prosper.

The separate National Masters events have always been popular and very well attended. ALCA considers that running more of these will increase Master’s participation and interest.     

The rotation sequence for these events will be as follows:

Open & Youth

Masters

Year

1-8 January

February

2021

No Event

No Event

2022

WALA (Fremantle)

VLA (Venue TBA)

2023

NSW & ACT (Georges River)

NSW & ACT (Port Stephens)

2024

SALA

QLA

2025

QLA

VLA

2026

TDLA

NSW & ACT

2027

VLA

QLA

 

WALA is working with Fremantle YC to run a great Laser Australian Open and Youth Championships 1-8 January 2022.

VLA is already working on the 2022 Australian Laser Masters and looking forward to running a cracker event after the disappointment of the cancellation of the World Masters at Geelong.

Representation for 2021 World Championships

Following the postponement of the 2021 Australian Laser Championships Fremantle January 2021 the ranking for ILCA World Championships in 2021 listed HERE will be based on the Australian Laser Championships Sandringham 2020.

Following the cancellation of the World Sailing run Youth Sailing World Championships in Salvador, Brazil, in December 2020, the postponement of the Australian Laser Championships Fremantle January 2021 and the cancellation of the final Australian Sailing Youth Championships South of Perth January 2021, AS will decide and announce who will represent at the next Youth Sailing Worlds The Hague, The Netherlands in July 2021.

There is still much uncertainty about these World Championship events and our sailor’s ability to travel to them with acceptable safety and cost. Sailors and supporters can see the latest information on the ILCA web page HERE.

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