Updated 5 April 2022
The Club has an enthusiastic sub group of members who sail RC Lasers, a quarter size model of the Olympic class Laser dinghy. Like the dinghy it is a strictly controlled one-design class.
While the group sails to the ISAF racing rules of sailing, we do honour the club code of being friendly first and competitive second.
Each year an RC Laser Club Championship of eight rounds is held at the club, usually from May to September. This series helps prepare sailors for State and National title events, which the Club stands ready to host
The RC Laser offers club members who usually sail ML45's or other classes, the opportunity to compete in a slightly more serious way if they wish.
The Club has a fleet of over 20 RC Lasers and there is usually a group of 5 - 8 members sailing each Wednesday, often at Mawson Lakes but sometimes at other venues. Members are notified of the sailing location via a WhatsApp group, so please join the group if you are interested.
Formal racing is generally held on one Sunday afternoon every three weeks or so as part of the RC Laser Club Championship. There is also a program of 4-5 handicap and paired sailing races held throughout the year, where up to 10 boats appear.
RC Lasers also sail on the combined classes sailing days, which are held on the first barbecue Saturday of each month.
Look out for the twilight series over summer and occasional events at venues around the state.
The 2022 RC Laser Sailing Program - updated 5 April 2022 & subject to change without notice.
Winter Program Please note that the winter series will be a handicap series this year.
All participants need to complete the online Entry Form
May Sunday 15th May 12.30pm Mawson Lakes – Winter Series Rd 1
Sunday 29th May 12.30pm Dotterel Ct West Lakes – Winter Series Rd 2
June Saturday 11th June 10.30am Mawson Lakes – Winter Series Rd 3
Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th June Victorian State RC Laser Championships – Portland
July Sunday 3rd July 12.30pm Mawson Lakes – Winter Series Rd 4
Saturday 23rd July 1.30pm Mawson Lakes ML45 day – Winter Series Rd 5
August Sunday 7th August 11am Port River Sailing Club – Port Line Cup
Sunday 14th August 12.30pm Mawson Lakes – Winter Series Rd 6
Sunday 28th August 12.30pm Wallaroo Sailing Club – Winter Series Rd 7
September Sunday 11th Sept 12.30pm Mawson Lakes – Winter Series Rd 8
Sunday 25th Sept 12.30pm Mawson Lakes – Reserve Date Winter Series
Tuesday / Wednesday Program
From the beginning of May until the end of September all Tuesday and Wednesday sailing will be at Mawson Lakes unless sailors are otherwise notified on our WhatsApp group. The Tuesday following the first Saturday of the month will be a barbeque day at Mawson Lakes, and all other sailing days will be Wednesdays.
RC State Laser Titles 2nd & 3rd April 2022
Peter Burton wins SA RC Laser titles in sunny Wallaroo
A participants report: I have now had the pleasure of sailing four times at one of the ARYA’s most recently registered RC yacht clubs – Wallaroo Sailing Club – which conducts their RC sailing on the Copper Coast marina at Wallaroo. Each time I sail there my estimation of the venue goes up and last weekend with brilliant sunshine and winds in the range of 7-12 knots all weekend was no exception. It is one of South Australia’s top RC sailing venues in my opinion.
Last weekend a fleet of 14 RC Lasers from 3 states gathered at Wallaroo for the first RC state titles ever to be run at Wallaroo Sailing Club. We began on Saturday afternoon with a south-easterly breeze varying in strength from 5-12 knots and capable of producing some moderate shifts in wind direction.
Peter Burton’s ability to keep his boat pointing high in shifty conditions and his determination to hold his course even in significant lulls in the wind made him stand out from the rest of the fleet. He also positioned himself well at the start, often 5-10 metres down the start line to get clean air and then would work his way up to windward on the rest of the fleet.
The other standout for the day was local sailor (and Wallaroo Sailing Club Commodore) Peter Elverd, who showed the benefit of being used to the conditions and he sailed consistently well over the whole day, often being in the top 2-3 boats to the first windward mark.
Peter Yates and Gary Hein (both from Victoria) were also quick out of the blocks to notch up an impressive line-up of finishing positions in the early races.
By race 5 Peter Burton has won 4 races and with the Victorians also doing well things were looking bad for the locals. Tim Arland and Alex Hayter had both had a tough day and when Bob Whitehead and I were both black flagged in race 10 things looked even worse. The top local sailors were definitely Phil Clerke (who was only able to sail on the Saturday) and Peter Elverd.
However, after a delay of half an hour, Sunday produced a beautiful westerly breeze of about 8-10 knots which was very consistent in direction. Neville Hank and I benefitted early on from sailing out to the starboard side of the course and picking up some extra wind, but we were soon joined by Peter Burton and others. Also, the starboard side of the course didn’t always pay off and Alex Hayter had some top finishes by sailing on the port side. John Berry and Rob Lees also had some very pleasing results. All in all, it was a magnificent day for sailing and Peter Burton did more than enough to maintain his winning position. Gary Hein nudged Peter Elverd out of second position and Tim Arland, Alex Hayter and I all moved several places up the ranks from our positions on the first day.
Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers at Wallaroo Sailing Club who provided us with great meals and warm country hospitality. Margaret Pope and Julie Elverd did an excellent job. Thanks also to the board and volunteers from Mawson Lakes Model Yacht Club who played a role in organising the event.
Filling the rescue boat and observer roles were Bevan Atkinson, Colin Bridgeman and John Orchard. Scoring was ably conducted by Lorraine Berry and Rose Ross. Our RO for the series was Stewart Ross, whose vast RO experience was clearly on display over the weekend – despite the black flags!