The Aussie ILCA Dinghies made a big impression in Kingston, Ontario, as they won 3 out of the 4 youth world titles in contention: 2 Laser 4.7 world titles, and one Laser Radial world title.
European sailors dominated the events. In the 4.7, both the podiums for boys and girls were exclusively composed by European sailors. In the Radial, it was all European too, except for two Australian sailors. As far as the racing was concerned, you can find coverage of both events on the Laser class website.
From an equipment perspective, the Australian ILCA Dinghies were allowed to participate in those Laser Worlds, even if they are not an equipment officially recognized by World Sailing.
This participation of ILCA Dinghies in the Laser Worlds occurred even before World Sailing took a position on the Rule change proposed by the class. Yes a rule change has been submitted around August 12 to World Sailing following the « Survey Monkey » vote by the membership. But World Sailing has not yet officially stated their position on this. Read on.