Volunteer Extraordinaire

A story and photo courtesy of sailing web site Live Sail Die.

Without volunteers, 99% of all the sailing we know and love just wouldn’t happen. They are the first to arrive and the last to leave, making sure marks are laid, start lines are in place, results are processed and so much more.


Ken Hurling OAM our ILCA Australia and Oceania chair has served as head coach of Moreton Bay College team sailing team for 23 years. With no connection to the school, Ken was asked by friend and neighbour Terry Buckley to give an assessment of the girls and their abilities while training at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in the Pacer class. And the rest they say, is history. 23 years later the school has purchased a new fleet of boats, dedicating one to their head coach, Ken.

The dedication took place at a blessing for the new fleet on the 6th of October, with Moreton Bay College principal Janet Stewart bringing a tear to almost every eye in the room when she said “Ken has been an integral part of our sailing community for over two decades. His dedication, passion, and unwavering support for our sailors have left an indelible mark on all of those with whom he coached…. and the staff and coordinators at the College.”

Newly named Pacer Ken Hurling with the man himself at RQYS

Coach Boats Required for Charter ILCA 7 Worlds

A number of overseas coaches are looking to charter coach boats for the ILCA 7 Worlds. If you are bringing a coach or support boat to the Nationals, please consider leaving it in Adelaide and chartering to a coach for the Worlds. Adelaide Sailing Club will arrange truck transport to return and this can be included in the charter fee.

Please contact commodore@adelaidesailingclub.com.au or vice_commodore@adelaidesailingclub.com.au if you have any leads.

ILCA Under 21 Worlds Kicks Off in Morocco


The first ILCA World Championships in Africa for a while got underway in Tangier Morocco on Sunday with the ILCA Under 21 Men’s and Women’s Worlds registration and equipment inspection. This will be followed by six days of racing two races per day starting on 17 October. 184 sailors from 38 countries are competing.
The photo above shows the talented Australian team with supporting coaches Tristan Brown and Ryan Palk. Pictured are Patrick Scally, Jack Eickmeyer, Frances Beebe, Julian Taylor, Lachie Weber, Isaac Schotte, Tom Holmes, Daniel Costandi, Lawson McAullay, Liam Cox. Photo absentees are Michael Compton and Stefan Elliott-Shirecore.
The event web site with all the information, media and results is Here.

Best of luck and good sailing to the team.

Stop Press – Great results in U21 Worlds with 6 Australians in the top 30.

ILCA Web Links

Now that we have almost all moved to ILCA some of the web resources have changed and most will follow over time.


Mrs Google will find most ILCA web sites but if not below is a list of URLs for Australian ILCA Districts and ILCA International and World ILCA Regions.  


Links to ILCA Districts & Regions



Applications for ILCA Worlds in Adelaide Closing


Applications for entry to 2024 ILCA 7 Mens (24-31 January) and 2024 ILCA 7 and ILCA 6 (2-10 February) World Masters Championships at Adelaide Sailing Club close at midnight USA Central Time on 26 September.


Event details and links to apply for entry are on the ILCA web site Events Page Here.


Information on ranking for sailors applying for entry to these events is on an earlier post on this web site Here. Ranking order will be posted on the ILCA web site on 27 September and entry offers will be made by ILCA in the order of ranking from 3 October.


There is more information on how the ILCA entry process and ranking work in the explainer Here.

ClubOps (Sailor and Aus Laser App) Purchase

Northstar Technologies Inc. is an Atlanta, USA based multinational enterprise cloud management software company specialising in sporting club management. in August 2022 they acquired WA based Top Yacht and now have added ClubOps to their stable.

ClubOps is the originator of Sailor App used by many Australian clubs and Aus Laser App used by most Australian ILCA districts. They say that they have 200 employees.

Both Top Yacht and Club Ops appear to be running business as usual so far. The Australian Laser App and Sailor App are still on the App Store are all working as they have been.

It is understood that Northstar are considering how best to integrate their new acquisitions into their extensive range of sporting club operations support software products.

Applications Now Open for 2024 Solidarity Program


2023 Solidarity Program ILCA 4 Sailors With AST Sailors

Applications are now open for the 2024 Solidarity Program for ILCA 4 female sailors for the 2024 Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships.

Following the successful running of the Solidarity Program in 2023 for girls from Australian Districts ILCA Australia have launched the expanded 2024 program which will support ten ILCA 4 sailors.
• One from each Australian district excluding NT
• One from New Zealand
• Three from Oceania small islands

The program will provide free entry for the event and functions, a supplied boat, merchandise and coach but more importantly entry to a team of like keen sailors for the duration of the championships. You can see examples of the experience of sailors in the 2023 Solidarity Program in our post Here.

Online applications Here will close on 1 October 2023. Each Oceania District will select their sailor by 31 October and applicants will be advised of the selections on 1 November.

There is further information on the eligibility and selection for this program in the document Here.

World Championships The Hague, Netherlands Wrap


The 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships are concluding with the ILCA 7 and ILCA 6 Medal Races today in The Hague, Netherlands. You can watch them live online Here 14:00 CEST and 15:00 CEST, (10.00pm and 11.00pm AEST) with expert commentary from Olympic champion Lijia Xu.

The ILCA 7 gold fleet started day 7 (races 9 and 10) with two false starts, including one with a black flag, before getting race 9 underway in light wind and current. The wind picked up for race 10, and the ILCA 7 fleet got off cleanly in an 11-14 knot breeze.

At the head of the ILCA 7s in race 9, Matt Wearn came in 25th while Britain’s Michael Beckett was second. In Race 10 Matt Wearn took over the series lead from Michael Beckett who had been on top all week. In race 10, Matt Wearn was close behind Michael Beckett mid-fleet until the last square run where he managed to catch him and execute an aggressive luff forcing Becket head to wind and into a tack. Michael Becket then finished 66th a place which he had to carry as he already had his drop a BFD in race 5. Matt could drop his 65th place leaving him with a 20-point lead, which guarantees him gold as long as he sails in the Medal Race and doesn’t get disqualified. Michael Beckett is actually in third place, one point behind New Zealand’s George Gautrey.  Gautrey has been climbing up the ranks all week despite a (dropped) BFD in race 9.

The Australian ILCA 7 team had great results overall Ethan McAullay was 17th, Luke Swifto Elliott 20th, Zac Littlewood 34th and Finn Alexander 35th in the 138 boat event.

On day 7 the ILCA 6 fleet had a lot of trouble with several false starts and black flags as the wind increased to strong and choppy. The tricky conditions and starts made the scores very unpredictable and changed the rankings.

Switzerland’s Maud Jayet moved into first place on the day, three points ahead of Tokyo Gold Medalist Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom and Hungary’s Maria Érdi who are tied for second. Rindom won the last race of the day, while Érdi had a bad 49th place in the first race. Only four points separate the top three, and Marit Bouwmeester from the Netherlands is also in the running for gold, nine points behind Jayet. The medal race will be thrilling.

The first Australian Mara Stransky is 10th so will be in the medal race and has qualified Australia for a start in the Paris Marseilles Olympics. Casey Imeneo had a great series with a win and a 3rd place mid series. She finished 16th in the 110 boat event. Elyse Ainsworth was 31st, Zoe Thompson 35th, Sylvie Stannage 50th and Evie Saunders 62nd. Full Results are on the Event Web Site Here 

There are descriptions of each day’s racing and photos on the ILCA web site Here.


Casey Imeneo Day 4 – Photo Suellen Hurling Live Sail Die

Grass Roots ILCA 4 Youth Training in Queensland


Our ILCA Australia Chairman is almost as passionate about youth involvement and training in our class as our Youth Director Don Elks.
Photo here is of  the coach and keen sailors on the launching ramp at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron ready for the Sunday Morning ILCA 4 youth training session on 13th August.

Ken reports “The concept started with a partnership between RQYS, QLA and head coach Adrian Finglas. It happened in the past in Queensland and was very successful under Adrian with over 24 national champions and Olympic sailors.

This is not an elite squad environment but more a fully inclusive concept of big fleet training, something our ALCA Youth Director Don Elks has been advocating as the future of our class.

Club training and club racing is where it all begins and training starts with an egg and bacon breakfast supplied by parents. This approach makes the sailors feel welcome and gives the parents an opportunity to get to know each other in a happy environment. One coach 18 sailors, all playing the main game. Very few other class can offer this high quality, big fleet tactical one designed racing.

Well, done Adrian, RQYS, QLA and parents.”

Sailing World Championships The Hague 11-20 August

Matt Wearn winning Olympic Test Event Marseilles


The 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships are expected to see more than 900 boats and 1,400 participants from over 90 nations. These will be held in The Hague, Netherlands 11-20 August. There are 107 Olympic places on the line at these World Championships with the balance being contested in the separate class 2024 World Championships and in regional Olympic qualifying events around the World.


51 Sailors in all 12 Olympic classes have been selected by Australian Sailing to compete in the event.


In the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 events 16 countries in each will qualify at these 2023 World Championships for a place in the 2024 Paris (Marseilles) Olympics. Australia will have six women (Zoe Thompson, Elyse Ainsworth, Casey Imeneo, Mara Stransky, Evie Saunders and Sylvie Stannage) and five men (Matt Wearn, Finn Alexander, Luke Elliott, Zac Littlewood and Ethan McAullay) competing.


The event web site is Here.


There is more information on the Australian sailing Team web site Here.


Volos ILCA 4 Worlds Bushfire Rescue

As extreme heat and wildfires continue to engulf Mediterranean coastlines, sailing coaches at the ILCA 4 Youth World Championships in Volos, Greece came together in a great effort to rescue locals with a beach rescue operation.

Witnessing the scene from across the water as racing concluded, coaches jumped into their RIBs and headed for the nearby village to evacuate residents and local native wildlife from the beach after fires blocked all exits from the area on the mainland.
The coaches grabbed bottles of drinking water and travelled the 10 miles across the bay to Nea Anchialos, Magnesia at full speed. Around 60 boats transported more than 130 people from the beach and brought them back to the safety of Volos.
Andrus Poksi, Field Operations Officer at the International Laser Class Association, said, “The selfless and quick reaction of the coaches was inspiring to see.
The full story is on the World Sailing web site Here.

2024 World Masters Adelaide Entry

Entries are now open for the 2024 ILCA World Masters 2-10 February in Adelaide. The event limit is 300 places which is similar to the entries (297) for the last World Masters in Australia scheduled in 2020 but not held due to COVID.

The 2024 Masters at Adelaide Sailing Club will be a great event. Entries will be open until 26 September Here

Sailors who did not compete in the ranking event (2023 Australian Masters – Port Stephens) will be ranked in the order in which they apply for entry after all those who sailed at Port Stephens. The ranking will determine the order that places are offered by ILCA.

ILCA 4 Youth Worlds in Volos, Greece

Photo of team AUS for ILCA 4 Youth Worlds at Volos

The ILCA 4 Youth World Championships have just concluded in Volos Greece.

There were 437 total competitors including 3 girls and 10 boys from Australia. The Australian team was guided by Australian Sailing Qualified Coach – Tasmanian, Rohan Langford.

ILCA Australia Youth Director Don Elks did his usual great job organising the ILCA 4 Youth Worlds Team and said he was very proud to of this young team’s performance.

Don said “Everyone got to the top of their respective fleets in light conditions including hot temperature and bushfires. ILCA 4s are back in the gold fleet. Anneke Meyer finished 6th U16, Aidan Simmons 23rd and Tom Fader 50th.
Special thanks to coach Rohan Langford and to parents for support of the team.”

The event web site is Here and results will be posted Here.

2024 ILCA World Championships Application & Ranking

The ILCA 6 Women’s Open World Championships 3-10 January and ILCA 6 Men’s Worlds 12-19 January in Mar del Plata, Argentina entry applications are now open. The ranking event for these championships is the 2023 Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships Georges River.

Entries for the ILCA 7 Men’s Worlds 24-31 January in Adelaide will open on 2 August. Their ranking event will also be 2023 O&A Open & Youth Championship.

Applications for entry for the 2024 World Masters (ILCA 6 and 7) 2-10 February in Adelaide will also open on 2 August. Its ranking event is the 2023 Australian Masters Championships Port Stephens.

Sailors who wish to apply for entry and who did not compete in the ranking event for these (and any) ILCA World Championship will be ranked after all the sailors who did sail in the ranking event and in the order in which they apply for entry.

Entry offers will be made by ILCA in the order of ranking however we are hopeful of gaining sufficient places for all Masters who want to compete in Adelaide.

The ILCA World Championships web site pages with all the information and application links are Here.

Expression of Interest for 2023 Pacific Games


The 2023 Pacific Games will take place in the Solomon Islands from the 19 November to 2 December 2023. Over 5,000 athletes are expected to attend the games. Australia is sending 115 athletes from 24 sports that includes sailing.

The sailing team will be made up of:

 Class  Gender Number of Sailors
ILCA 7   Male 2
ILCA 6   Female 2
Windsurfer LT (Heavyweight 79   kilograms and over)   Male 1
Windsurfer LT (lightweight under 79 kilograms)   Male 1
Windsurfer LT   Female 2

Australia Sailing with the AOC, is sending a team of eight athletes and two coaching staff members. The 2023 Pacific Games is funded by the AOC which covers airfares, coaches and some of the uniform, but interested parties should note that there may be other expenses the selected athletes may need to cover.

If you are interested in representing and competing for Australia at the 2023 Pacific Games please view 2023 Pacific Games Nomination and Selection Criteria and register your interest by applying Here.

The event Notice of Race is Here and the Official Website is Here.

Australian Sailing will select and send two coaching staff to support the eight athlete team for these games. For information on coach selection please see the Coaching Staff Nomination Selection Criteria  and if interested please register at Coaching Staff Online Registration.

The deadline for submitting interest is 11 August. Following the closure of the EOI process, the team announcement, in collaboration with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), will be made by the end of August.

For more information regarding the event or EOI please contact lesley.fasala@sailing.org.au.