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Noble Marine Laser Radial Autumn Qualifier at Sunderland Yacht Club, 26–27 September 
Report from the 1st Autumn Qualifier

Online Entry for UKLA Inlands now OPEN 

Lasers at Barts Bash 
Lasers were the most popular class at Bart’s Bash for the second year running. The Laser Standard topping the rankings with 517 entrants, Radials 4th with 311 and 4.7s 7th with 101. Congratulations to Radial sailor Verity Hopkins from Weir Wood Sailing Club who has won the draw for a new sail provided by the UKLA and Laser Performance. The draw took place at Staunton Harold Sailing club from all UKLA members who pre-entered with either a Standard, Radial or 4.7 rig.

Lorenzo Chiavarini wins China World cup 
by nearly 20 points!!!



Laser Mark II sail announced 

Jon Emmet finishes top of the 78 fleet Radial Masters ladder in 2015, ahead of Steve Cockerill and Ian Jones.

Alan Davis finishes 2015 as the top ranked Standard Laser Master, ahead of arch rival Orlando Gledhill. A total of 98 Standard Masters took part in the series.

First Athletes Selected to Team GB for Rio 2016 Olympic Games 
The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the names of the very first athletes to officially join Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

London 2012 Olympian Alison Young returns in the Laser Radial while 2015 Laser World Champion Nick Thompson earns his first Olympic appearance to round off the first wave of sailing selections for Rio.

British sailors have established a proud tradition of excellence in Olympic competition, having won 55 medals – including 26 golds – since sailing made its debut at Paris 1900 with Team GB topping the overall Olympic sailing medal table.

The UKLA wish to congratulate Nick and Alison on their selection to the Olympic Squad for 2016.

Laser Youth Open Training 
The dates have been published on the UKLA calendar for the Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial Youth Training events. Online entry and payment is now available for these events.

Laser 4.7 National Junior Winter Squad 2015.2016 documentation 
Download from the title link.

Results from 4.7 Ladder event at WPNSA 

Results from the final Masters Super Series regatta at Arun SC 

Masters Radial Europeans 
Jon Emmett 1st Apprentice
Ian Jones 1st Master
Ian Escritt 1st Grand Master

Laser Masters Autumn Qualifier: Arun YC 5 & 6 Sept 
Attention Laser Masters: Online Entry is now open for the final series event at Arun SC, West Sussex on 5th & 6th Sept. Last chance to earn series ranking points. See you there!

the images from the week are all online and catalogued now
Lee Whitehead
07887 573135

Did you leave a starting watch at the Nationals? Contact Dot Beadsworth

Physical Profiling to confirm Laser Radial and Laser Standard Youth Squad selection will be held on the morning of Saturday 17th October 2015 at Osprey Leisure Centre in Portland. If you are intending on applying for Youth squads in these classes please keep this date free in case you meet the racing criteria. Details of minimum benchmarks can be found in the Youth selection policy. Further details including timings and how to prepare will be sent out after provisional places have been collated.

Laser National Championships 2015 Radial Gold Results 
Due to the computer crashing radial race 12 results were not published. These are now on the web site. Many apologies to those it affected.

Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships 
(click on title for day 6 report)

Sailing exchange 
Anyone interested in doing a couple of weeks sailing exchange with a Spanish 4.7 sailor, please contact the UK:A office.

Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships 
(click on title for day five report)

Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships 
(Click on title for day four report)

Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships 
(Click on title for day three report)

Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships 
(Click on title for day two report)

Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships 
(Click on title for day one report)

Calling Laser Masters in the North... 
The next round of the Laser Masters Super Series takes place at Leigh & Lowton SC near Manchester on Sunday August 16th. This is a great opportunity to get a taste of Masters sailing on a national level and should appeal to all UK Laser Masters based in the north. Online entry here, enter now to avoid late payment:

UKLA AGM - Change of DATE 
The UKLA AGM is on Monday, 3rd August 2015 at 6.30 p.m. or as soon as possible after sailing and NOT on Sunday, 2nd August as may have been made public elsewhere.

Radial Youth European Championship 2015 
Congratulations to Jamie Calder for becoming the Radial Youth European Champion 2015, and with a 16 point lead over silver, in Portugal. Congratulations also to Jack Cookson for joining Jamie on the podium with third place

STANDARD Masters Ladder updated 
Alan Davis and Orlando Gledhiill are TIED at the top of the STD Masters Ladder after 5 events. The final category A event at ARUN SC in September will decide the winner...

RADIAL Masters Ladder Updated 
Jon Emmet leads the updated RADIAL Masters ladder by 2 points from Steve Cockerill, after his win at the Masters Nationals at Pevensey

Notice of Race for Gul 4.7 Ladder series published 
(please download through title link).

Nick Thompson WINS Laser Worlds and Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini wins 3 races and finishes 10th overall. 
2015 Laser World Championship - British sailing star Nick Thompson admitted he was 'over the moon' to have finally sealed World Championship gold, winning with a race to spare as the seven-day regatta drew to a close in Kingston, Canada.

Thompson becomes the first British Laser World Champion since Paul Goodison (2009) to claim the coveted world crown in the highly competitive men's single-handed class, having won two silvers and two bronze medals from previous editions (2009, 2014 bronze; 2010, 2011 silver).

The 29-year-old Lymington sailor was determined to complete the medal set, and claimed victory in style, counting nine results inside the top seven from the 13 races staged at the site of the 1976 Olympic sailing regatta.

Welsh Open Laser Championships 2015 is CANCELLED. 

Photos & Videos from UK Laser Masters Nationals 
Photos, videos and comments from the biggest and best Laser Masters Nationals in recent years from the Pevensey Bay SC Facebook site

Radial Masters Nationals Report 

Laser Masters Nationals report 

Laser 4.7 ladder online entry closes 24th june 

Davis and Emmett win 'the best Masters event ever' 
Alan Davis (Oxford) and Jon Emmet (Weir Wood) are the new Standard and Radial Laser Masters National Champions after an epic event at Pevensey Bay. A record entry of 142 sailors from 11 countries battled it out over 3 days. Results here

Hype building for Rooster & Wildwind Laser Masters Nationals... 
More than 120 past Masters will be competing for the National Laser Masters Champion title at Pevensey Bay Sailing Club today on Friday, June 19.

With many of the athletes electing to stay in the camping village on site this promises to be one of the most competitive and fun events of the year, in the Masters Laser calendar...more

Late Fee Deadline - Rooster & Wildwind Laser Masters Nationals 
15th June is the last day before late entry fee of £10 applies for the Laser Masters Nationals. 127 entries have been registered so far. Sailors must enter before midnight June 15 to avoid late payment charge. Online entry at

2015 Laser Radial Women – World Championship Announcement 
ILCA is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Laser Radial Women – World Championship regatta, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Because this event is serving as part of the Olympic qualification process, we want to assure each country that they will be guaranteed at least one entry in this regatta if a sailor from their country completes a paid application prior to the application closing date of 7 July 2015 and is able to complete the entry process in a timely manner.

The deadline to submit a paid entry application for initial allocation of places is 7 July 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

Information about the ILCA Laser World Championships can be found through our Events page:

Scullion and Bartlett win Masters Series at Beer SC. East Lothian regatta blown out. 
Paul Scullion of Restronguet took line honours at round 4 of the Masters Super series at Beer SC, ahead of Dave Stockton of Wimbleball. In the Radial class, Greg Bartlett won from Neil Dunkley. Report attached. Meanwhile no sailing was possible at the Scottish regional Masters event at East Lothian SC due to strong winds all weekend.

Orlando Gledhill has a 10 point lead over Neil Peters after scoring maximum points after 3 events. Dave Freeman of Queen Mary SC lies third.

Steve Cockerill leads the RADIAL Master Super Series after 3 events by 2 points from Ian Jones.

Rooster Masters Series Update 
Rounds 4 and 5 of the Masters Super Series take place next weekend at Beer SC (6 June) and East Lothian (6 & 7 June). Great chance to pick up series points for Masters based in South West or Scotland. Meanwhile, online entries for the Masters Nationals at Pevensey have now topped 90...

Epic in Essex! Rooster Masters Series Round 3 Report 
Orlando Gledhill and Steve Cockerill kick the doors down at the Rooster Masters Super Series! Event sailed in epic conditions off the Essex coast. Race report by Peter Young.

You can download your Sailboat deliveries booking form here 

There is also a trailer for the youth Europeans 
Book your space early for Portugal!
The Venue is only 90 mins by train or bus from Porto.

Masters Super Series Round 2: This weekend at Brightlingsea 
Light to moderate breeze forecast for this weekend's Masters Super Series event at Brightlingsea SC, Essex. You can register your entry online at the regatta page here See you there!

UKLA Chairman on round UK sail 
Wonder what our chairman is doing in the upcoming weeks. Well, he is planning to sail around the UK, but in something slightly larger than a Laser. Click on the tile to follow his blog and view his realtime tracking. We are certainly hoping to have him back before our next Major events ...

Boats Deliveries to Laser Masters Europeans in Poland 
Sailboat Deliveries will be able to offer this delivery at the price of £425
per boat, provided that we get a minimum of 14 boats. £250 deposit due on
booking, with the balance due one month before the event. Our drivers are
CPC trained, as required by law, our vehicles are TACHO fitted, we have an
HGV operator's licence, we are members of the RHA and we have goods in
transit and public liability insurance. Please phone 01243 377633 for a
booking form.

STOP PRESS: UK Laser Masters Dominate French Masters Nationals 
British Laser Masters dominated the recent French Euro Masters event at Fousenant SC in Brittany, posting 1-2-3 in the Standard Fleet. Peter Young is the new French Laser Masters National Champion, beating his friend and rival Neil Peters into silver position, followed by Charles Campion in 3rd. Are they still speaking? Read full report here.

Laser 4.7 Ladder entries - LAST CHANCE TO ENTER 
Online entry to the Ladder 9 event which is run as part of the ET Championship at Rutland closed at 25:59 on Sunday May 3rd. This event is also the second RYA Summer Squad Indicator.

Online Entry now open for Brightlingsea Masters Series Event - May 16&17 
Register your entry now at event website to avoid late payment fees

Nick Thomson takes silver in Hyeres. 

Ali Young tops World rankings 

Laser 4.7 Europeans - ENTRY DEADLINE 
Sunday evening 26th April is the last opportunity to apply to participate in the Laser 4.7 Europeans. Click on title to take you to the event website.

Close of initial places for Men's Worlds April 26th 

How it Happened: Laser Masters Inlands Report 
The 2015 Masters Super Series kicked off in dramatic style at Grafham Water. Report by Dave Freeman.

Youth Nationals report: Standard rig 

Youth Nationals report: Radial boys 

Youth Nationals report: Radial girls 

Online Entry now open for East Lothian Masters Series Event - June 6&7 

Masters Inlands Overall results 

Radial Youth Ladders after RYA Youth Nationals posted under Youth 

West Riding Open POSTPONED 
Sadly we are going to have to postpone West Riding, the first Northern event
on Sunday 19th April. They have over running building work and the area is
too muddy for laying down a load of laser sails. We hope to run the event later in the year - date to be announced.

Ali Young takes Silver at the Princess Sofia 

One week to Laser Masters Inlands at Grafham 
This year the Laser Masters Inlands are being held at Grafham Water Sailing Club on the 11th/12th April. If you have not already registered online, then now is a good opportunity as this helps with our event preparation such as entry list, and input for the results programme. Payment can be made by credit card, GoCardless or Online bank transfer.

At £30 for the weekend this event is good value for the first Major Event in the Masters circuit.

RYA 4.7 Junior squad selection policy 

Laser 4.7 Events Updates 
Click on title to read document about Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds and European Laser 4.7 Youth Championship & Trophy 2015

Vanuatu Sailing Association - Cyclone Pam 
One week ago both Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Sailing Association development sailing program was devastated by cyclone Pam.

The attached letter of appeal relates to this. (click on title to read)

Application deadline for several Laser World Championships is approaching 
The Application Closing Date is quickly approaching for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

2015 Laser 4.7 Youth – World Championships
2015 Laser Under 21 – World Championships
2015 Laser Radial Youth – World Championships

For all three events, The deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 30 March 2015 at 23:59 Central US Time.

Laser Youth Training 
Training dates for UKLA Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 Youth training in May, June and July have been posted on the calendar. Venues are still to be confirmed.

Radial Qualifier at Weymouth 
A difficult weekend for some...

Standard Qualifier at Weymouth 
A difficult weekend for some...

Neil Pryde UKLA Laser Nationals 
The event website is now live and includes details about accommodation. Please note that their is an overall entry limit for this event, so prompt entry from the 15th April would be advisable.

Laser 4.7 Ladder 
The Laser 4.7 ladder after 6 events is now available under CATEGORIES --> Laser 4.7

Radial Qualifier at Stokes Bay 
Report by Georgina Povall

Standard Qualifier at Stokes Bay 
Report by Martin Evans

Entries for Italian Europa cup now open. 

General 4.7 information 
Useful stuff for those new to the class!

Entries from 7 Nations for UK Masters Nationals! 
Canada too expensive? Poland too far? The real international Masters action is here, with entries from 7 nations already in for the UK Masters Nationals at Pevensey! Laser Masters from Holland to Australia are coming to our shores in June. Visit to view entries and register your place on the start line.

Radial Qualifier at Torbay 
A windy weekend in the British Rivera

Standard Qualifier at Torbay 
A windy weekend in the British Rivera

Launch of 2015 Masters Super Series! 
Just over 1 month to go to the launch of the revamped Laser Masters Super Series at Grafham Water on April 11&12. This Category A event carries full series points and promises to be a great event to get the new series underway. Six races scheduled and entry fee just £30. Get your online entry in now at the regatta website:

Laser 4.7 results now available 
The laser 4.7 Ladder 5 (modified), laser 4.7 ladder 6 and the Laser 4.7 World and European Qualification series results are now available.

Spring Qualifiers start on 28th February 
The Laser Radial and Standard spring qualifiers are starting on the 28th of February at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. If you have not done so yet, do not forget to sign up online to the three spring qualifiers.

2015 Laser World Championships – Opening for Applications 
Applications for entry for several 2015 Laser World Championships will open Monday, 16 February:

Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
Laser Under-21 World Championships
Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Laser 4.7 additional training places 
We have pleased to be able to increase the entry limit to 30 sailors as we have been able to organise an additional coach for the training weekend of 21/22 February at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Online entry has been extended until Wednesday 11th February.

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2015 
The 31st edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta at Medemblik kicks off on May 24th and registration is well under way. Races will start from May 26th until the 30th, Medemblik will be the international gathering of superb sailing.

Eurilca Logo European Championships 2015 : Applications are open 

UK Masters Nationals Entry Offer - 20% Sail Discount 
Launch your campaign with a new sail, with our 20:20 offer. Enter the Masters Nationals Online by 20 Feb and get 20% off the price of a Standard or Radial sail, for collection at the event. Payment for sail at registration. Enter online now at and place your sail order with Neil Peters, email Payment for nationals entry can be made anytime before June 15 but online registration must be complete before 20 Feb to avail of offer.
Prices (Std & Radial): £315 (Folded), £370 rolled. Sail numbers not included. Must be collected from Pevensey SC.

ISAF World rankings 
The latest World rankings (February 2nd) sees Nick Thompson climb to 2nd, whilst top British girl is Chloe Martin in 12th.

Online entry now open for Laser 4.7 Ladder events 6 and 7 
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy confirmed as venue for Ladder 7.

Gul Laser 4.7 Ladder 5 and World and European Qualifier 1 
Ben WHALEY (GBR 204122) wins Ladder 5 event at Queen Mary and leads the World and European Qualifier event on 8 pts ahead of Milo GILL-TAYLOR (GBR 192619)on 10pts and Arthur BROWN (GBR 179741) in third on 25 pts. First lady is Anna STURROCK (GBR 171902) in 7th on 36 pts.

The second qualifier event will be held as part of the the Gul Ladder 6 event at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the 28th February/1st March 2015. (Online entry is now open).

ILCA World Championships application information 
Applications for entry will open Wednesday, 21 January 2015 for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:

2015 Laser Standard Men – World Championship
2015 Laser Masters – World Championships

For both events, The deadline for receiving entry applications for initial allocation of places is 4 March 2015 at 23:59 Central Daylight Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible once it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by 4 March 2015, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

Miami - the results are in! 

Laser 4.7 Worlds and European Qualifier 1 
Milo Gill-Taylor leads overnight with 3 wins ahead of Ben Whaley on 9 pts and Jack Elsby-Hartman on 17 pts. First lady in fourth on 21 pts is Mila Monaghan.

3 races are scheduled for Sunday.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 5 
It's a straight showdown between Nick Thompson and Germany's Philipp Buhl for the Laser gold. With neither sailor able to finish worse than second and with Thompson just one point ahead going into the double-point race, whoever finishes in front on the water will take the title on Saturday.
Alison Young is in the Laser Radial finals in fifth position.

2015 Masters Worlds Entry Open 
Entry is now open for the 2015 Laser Masters Worlds in Canada, via the regatta website:
First round entries close March 4th.
There are 160 charter boats available which will be allocated based on country applications. If UK applications are over-subscribed, the 2014 Masters Ranking ladder will be used to determine allocations. However, worth noting charter boat hire is very expensive at US$ 1,250 or US$ 1,500 (with foils). If you're interested in transporting your boat, contact Denzil May ( who is investigating container transport.

Laser Radial and Standard Spring Qualifiers 
Online entry will be available from the 22nd January. The event website also contains qualification documents for this year's ILCA Championships.

2015 Laser international calendar (last updated 9/2/15) 

Masters UK Nationals: Online Entry is OPEN 
Online entry is now OPEN for the 2015 UK Masters National Championships at Pevensey Bay, 19-21 June. Competitors must pre-enter online for this event and can register intent to sail now. Payment of £75 entry fee can be made through the site (via CLUBHOUSE facility) before 15th June, when late fees apply (+£10). Reserve your place on the start line for 2015 now!

Are you on Facebook? 
Keep up to date with the latest Laser Masters news by searching for 'UK Laser Masters Sailing' and liking the page.

New Masters European Website 

Letter to all Laser 4.7 Sailors 

UK Masters Nationals joins the European Masters Series 
After 10 years the UK has rejoined the European Masters Series (EMS). The Rooster UK Masters Nationals at Pevensey Bay will form part of the series and the event has been promoted across the European Masters database. With the convenient location of Pevensey for European sailors, it is hoped that record numbers of international sailors will attend the event this year.

Notice of race of all the Cat A masters events may now be found in the events calendar 

Membership Renewals: (2015 membership) 
The Secretary thanks everyone who has sent their renewals in early, and would inform you that you will receive your membership card early in January 2015. The UKLA membership year runs from the 1st January - 31st December.

The making of a Laser 

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