The NZ Laser Association supports racing Laser / ILCA sailors and regattas at home and overseas. ILCA is the official name now used for Lasers. Come and join us.

2021 NZLA AGM and Chairmans Report

The 2021 NZLA AGM will be held via zoom, at 7pm on Thursday October 28th.

View Nicks Chariman Report

South Island Laser Champs

Queen Charlotte YC is hosting the 2021 South Island Laser Champs on the 23rd/24th October.

A great chance to get some practice in at next years National Champs venue - and get a jump on the Noerth Islanders.

More details at:

2022 NZ ILCA (Laser) Champs Queen Charlotte YC

We are back at the top of the South Island for 2022. This time In the Makborough Sounds for something new.

Entry Fees

  • $200 entry up until 12 Jan.  $300 entry after 12th Jan
  • or free entry for any sailor who has not competed at the NZ Laser Nationals in the last 10 years
  • All sailors must be a current financial member of the the NZLA, which is $60 year.
  • 100% entry refund if the contest is cancelled due to Covid or Covid travel restrictions prevent a sailor from attending. There is no refund of the NZLA membership.

More info to come . . .

Dunedin's Laser 50th Birthday Regatta

Dunedin celebrated the 50th Laser birthday on Saturday 11th September.

With Covid and a mixed forecast we were more than pleased when we got 18 boats on the water, exceeding our wildest expectations. Numbers were boosted by a few out of towner from central Otago.
We ran 5 short races in the upper harbour in the centre of town out of Vauxhall Yacht club. We captured the spirt of the laser with all sail sizes present, a mixture of abilities, ages from teens to Grand masters and both genders present. Sailing was in a mixtures of wind strength catching even the best out. This was followed by some food a short talk by Eric Stibbe and a birthday Cake.
To those in Auckland, Stay Safe, to everyone else Happy sailing.
Rob English

Wellington's Laser 50th Birthday

Seven Lasers enjoyed a typical benign Wellington weather pattern on our 50th Anniversary Celebration Sail. 

Departing Worser Bay soon after 12 noon, we had a mock start off the WBBC clubhouse then headed north into Scorching Bay in a light northerly breeze. The fleet then continued north around to a marker buoy in Kau Bay then a down wind slide back home.
Bruce J escorted us in his keeler and took some great photos which captured the occasion.
More photos taken on the downwind  from onboard my Laser.
A nice laidback way to celebrate the 50th anniversary and a good start to our season (official opening next weekend - Sat 18th September).
Michael Gray

Auckland's Laser 50th Birthday Regatta

Auckland Laser sailors celebrated the Laser's 50th birthday

with a quiet walk, by oursleves :(

Why the Laser has been renamed the ILCA

Commercial problems with the Laser trademarks mean that the Laser classes are being renamed.
With the new logo shown above.
New Name Previous Name
ILCA 7 Laser Standard
ILCA 6 Laser Radial
ILCA 4 Laser 4.7
ILCA 7 Masters Laser Standard Masters
ILCA 6 Masters Laser Radial Masters

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Laser class. Over that time the class has become synonymous with single handed dinghy sailing worldwide, from mucking around off the beach to the absolute peak of competition, the Olympics, and pretty much everything in between. While the hull and the basic design of the boat has remained unchanged for 50 years the class has progressively introduced new rigs; the Radial and 4.7, and developed an extremely strong worldwide Masters division to widen its appeal. It now has a worldwide following of sailors from under 12 to over 80 years of age. About 220,000 Lasers have been built and it is a measure of the success of the design that most of these are still sailing.
In spite of all this success there have been many changes to the commercial background of the class over the years, with a litany of manufacturer changes, trademark ownership changes etc, but through all that turbulence the fundamental brilliance of the boat has seen its success continue and its status as the preeminent dinghy class in the world grow.
Unfortunately, one side effect of the latest commercial ruckus is that there has been what has proven to be an unresolvable dispute between the owner of the Laser trademarks in most of the world, excluding Oceania, and the international class and World Sailing. This now requires the class to change its sail logo and rig identifications as listed above. While this problem does not apply directly to New Zealand (or Australia) we have made the decision to move with the rest of the world and change to the new logo and naming conventions.

There is absolutely no need to change any existing class legal equipment but all class legal sails and equipment sold from now on and all future official class correspondence will use the new logo and conventions. You may have already seen the new ILCA logo appearing on sails and from now on will see that and the new rig naming convention on boats and at regattas around the country. Its only a name and logo change, there is no change to the boats. The new naming conventions use the new class name and approximate sail area of each rig.

Its still the boat we all know and love, it will just have a different symbol on the sail and a different names in the headlines. So don't worry, its still the largest adult dinghy class in the world, its still the mens and womens single handed Olympic boat and the World Youth single handed boat for both boys and girls. It will still have the most World Championships of any class with the largest number of sailors and you will still see lots of them at pretty much every regatta in New Zealand. 
It's just got some new names.

Nick Page

Some ILCA Worlds venues changed and 2022 dates set

The 2021 ILCA 6 Men’s and Women’s World Championships is being relocated to Mussanah, OMAN, hosted by the Oman Maritime Sports Committee at the Barcelo Hotel.  The event dates have been changed to 29 November to 06 December 2021.  Additional information will be posted as it is available.


We apologize for the late announcement, but disruptions of the global supply chain, specifically shipping, have made it logistically impossible to have the charter boats delivered to the original host venue (Houston, USA) from Asia in time for the event.  Oman has offered to host this event, although at a later date.


Given this change, we have extended the application deadline to 30 August 2021, after which you will be asked to approve and rank your sailors.  All existing applications for this event remain valid, although we understand that some sailors may cancel due to the date and venue change.


Also, the dates and locations for several 2022 World Championships have been set  These are:

- 2022 ILCA 6 Masters World Championship – 09-17 June 2022 at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, MEXICO

- 2022 ILCA 4 Youth World Championships – 13-20 August 2022 at the Capable Planet Clube Nautico in Vilamoura, PORTUGAL

- 2022 ILCA U21 World Championships – 21-28 August 2022 at the Capable Planet Clube Nautico in Vilamoura, PORTUGAL


Please share this information with the sailors in your District.


Best regards,

The ILCA Team


International Laser Class Association


Stolen Laser gear

We had our car broken into at the Copthorne Wellington.
If anyone sees or hears of any gear for sale could you get in touch;
  • New laser sails
  • Sets of laser foils brand new
  • Carbon tillers and extensions 
  • Laser control lines
  • Lots of sailing gear (2 full bags were stolen)
  • Lots of Zhik dingy gear
  • Oakleys and kaenons sunglasses 
  • New wet weather jackets and dry pants
  • Tic Tac compasses 
Any help to find these would be much appreciated 
Emily  |
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