Monthly Archives: June 2023

12 Hour Sailing GWR Record Claim

Tom McEvoy is a 37 year old Laser sailor from the Brisbane Sailing Squadron who has applied to Guinness Book of Records for recognition of his epic 12 hour sail 120 Km from Redland Bay to Mooloolaba on 17th May. Tom’s story is Here.

The Guinness record claimed is for the longest distance sailed in a singled handed boat in 12hrs.

Possibly unbeknown to Tom and not recorded in the GWR is Michael Blackburn’s crossing of Bass Straight in his Laser on 9 March 2005.

Michael sailed 115 NM (213Km) in 13 hours and 1 minute. We copied the story in a post on this site Here . The full story is recounted in a video on YouTube Here.

Zoe Thompson & Matt Wearn to Represent AUS at Olympic Test Event

WA sailors Matt Wearn and Zoe Thompson have been selected by Australian Sailing to represent Australia at this year’s Paris 2024 Test Event, which is set to take place at the Olympic venue Marseilles from 9-16 July. Zoe produced a breakout international performance when she claimed Silver at this year’s Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma, Spain.

The Test Event is a major milestone on the path to Paris, with athletes competing at the Olympic venue under the same format they will encounter at next year’s Games.

All Olympic classes will be present at the event.

Entries Now Open for SPLM RQYS 7-10 July

With interstate travel well and truly re-established and winter weather starting to make it’s mark, Queensland Laser Association is keen to once again welcome sailors from interstate and overseas for it’s annual South Pacific Laser Masters Regatta.
Dates for the regatta are Friday 7 to Monday 10 July, with the SPLM Sailing Forum being held on the eve of the regatta – Thursday 6 July from 6pm.
The Notice of Race is available on the RQYS website Here. The NoR includes information on accommodation, charter boats and boat storage in addition to the usual details of the event.
The entry fee is $220 which is inclusive of the regatta dinner on the Sunday night. Entries can be placed Here.

Expression of Interest for the Sale of ClubOps (Sailor App)

ClubOps the market leader in Australia in providing applications for sailing club administration and race management is seeking a buyer who has a strong interest in sailing and who wishes to keep the business operational and growing for the benefit of the sailing community.
There is more information on the business and contacts Here.
To express interest, parties are asked to provide a short resume of capabilities before 3rd June to Michael Johannessen at

While a buyer is being negotiated the ClubOps and Sailor system will remain a viable race management option into the 2023-2024 sailing season. This is due to its solid subscription base which allows the system to continue functioning with full capability other than the booking functions.

The booking function will be reactivated once supporting systems are re-established after takeover with all necessary steps currently being undertaken to ensure an expeditious sale process.