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Although the web site for the Nationals is now closed we would still be delighted to accept your entry. Just telephone Dot Beadsworth on 01299 832970 or email her and make arrangements with her to enter on the day without a late fee charge..

Congratulations to Alex Hughes a youth sailor and a member of Sutton SC, who has won the June draw prize of a Harken block set. Alex is almost our latest new member only joining in May, so hope he now thinks it worthwhile to be a member of UKLA! Many thanks to LPE for their generous sponsorship.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Andrew Cokayne trophy awarded to Ellie Maynard at Abersoch Nationals last year. Ellie did not attend the prize giving and someone picked it up for her. The trophy is a large caved wood trophy. Can you help? Can anyone remember who picked it up? Please contact Dot on

UKLA Nationals - Gala Dinner 
Last few places available. These will be allocated in the order of payment.

Hunts Laser Open 15th July. 
The Hunts Laser Open will be postponed till late September or early October.
Current climate conditions has accelerated weed growth. For more details
and register interest email

Check out the Nationals social programme; early entry closes 8th July ... 
Have you booked up to come to the Laser Nationals yet? There's definitely a buzz about it! Late entre fee kicks in on July 8th, so not long now!
There are socials planned for every night.
For a full summary, See link, plus regular updates on the UKLA Facebook page UK Laser Class Association (UKLA)
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Full Y&Y report from the Masters Nationals 

Masters Europeans 
If you want your Laser delivered to Vigo, please contact Sailboat deliveries ASAP.

Masters Nationals: Standard Results from a fantastic long weekend 
In the Standards, Mark Lyttle of Queen Mary SC finished with six race wins and 14 points ahead of Tim Law of Salcombe SC, with Nick Harrison of Stokes Bay SC third.

Full report to follow...

Masters Nationals: Radial Results from a fantastic long weekend 
In the Radial class, Ben Elvin of Stokes Bay SC managed seven race wins to finish 13 points ahead of Ian Jones of Dovestone SC. In third place was Roberta Hartley of Parkstone YC.

Full reports to follow ...

Some absolutely cracking photos from HISC 

The weekend 9th and 10th February will be the RYA Profiling Weekend. (Most of the testing will be done on Saturday 9th February.) Testing will be offered around the country and home countries. Sailors looking for inclusion in the RYA Youth Squads should plan to attend this weekend. The RYA will send out further details of how this will work with selections and details of how the sailors can meet the physical demands necessary for the squads. They would expect to have the outlined details to the classes and coaches within two weeks.

Masters Gather for Nationals at Hayling 
Over 100 laser Masters from 10 nations have pre-entered for the UK Laser Masters Nationals at Hayling Island this Fri - Sun. Masters will compete in 8 races over 3 days for what promises to be an excellent event on & off the water. The weather is set to be warm & sunny with light winds, although there is a reasonable chance of a solid sea breeze all weekend. Rumour has it that the legendary resident Masters band - The Jazz Folkers - will be staging a glorious comeback gig! Accom is still available onsite at Hayling Island SC. The sun is going to shine and the beer is going to flow, What are you waiting for? Pack up your laser and see you there.

We are very pleased that Wildwind will be sponsoring the Grand Prix and Master's series this year. Please click on the title to read more.

Please note that the Grand Prix this weekend, 16th / 17th June has been cancelled.

2018 ILCA RULE CHANGES - Vote by 7th September 
To all UKLA current members, as of 7 June, we are halfway through the voting period on this year's ILCA rule changes. Voting is open to ALL active members - one vote per member. The six-month voting period ends FRIDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2018. The results will be announced later in the autumn.
If you have already voted, thank you. If you have not yet voted, please take a moment to click on the link to the voting survey on the ILCA web site, and answer a quick, 7-question online survey. . To be counted, you must vote by 7 September 2018.
Please vote on this year's rule changes. In this way ILCA can be certain the rules reflect the opinion of members around the world.

Follow the World Cup Finale here... 

UKLA Annual General Meeting 
All members will have received notification of the class AGM on Tuesday, 24th July in their summer edition of Gybe. We now have a nomination for Treasurer, Steve Taylor from Chelmarsh SC. nominated by Rob Cage and seconded by Gareth Edwards.

Congratulations to Norman Wilson a master sailor and a member of Northampton SC, who has won the May draw prize of a £150 LPE on line voucher. Many thanks to LPE for their generous sponsorship. Norman is on holiday in the Orkneys and is a member of the Association of lighthouse keepers. He said he likes to cruise but not race, and has been a member for a long time and loves his Laser.

The event this weekend 26th May,at Looe SC has been cancelled. Sorry to disappoint those who intended to go.

Please note that the Mounts Bay event has changed from 30th June to 1st July

Don't forget to book your places for the Gala Dinner at the 2018 LP Laser Nationals! Deadline for booking 22nd June 2018.
Gala Dinner supported by Tideway Investment Partners LLP
Date: Thursday 26th July, Price: £20 (plus £1.00 booking fee)
Dress code: Black tie
*Welcome drink (courtesy of Tideway Investment Partners LLP)
*Starter: soup (vegetarian)
*Main: Chicken breast filled with spinach and wrapped in parma ham or nut roast (vegetarian option)
*Dessert: Chocolate brownie, ice cream and raspberry compote

Brand new Laser XD Boat draw (courtesy of LaserPerformance)
After Dinner talks with top sailors
Deadline: June 22nd
Pre-booking essential!!

Congratulations to David Carter a master sailor from Jersey and a member of St Catherine's SC, who has won the April draw prize of a Laser carbon tiller. Many thanks to LPE for their generous sponsorship

Laser Radial Youth Training 
New dates for June and July have been added to the event calendar.

NEW - Laser Masters's Training 
A fantastic opportunity to sharpen up your skills under the top-flight coach and outstanding Laser sailor Ben Elvin.

We have two training courses for you to come along to:

Stokes Bay event on the Friday before the event
Hayling Island, the Sunday before the Nationals.
Get to know the place and leave your boat there ready for the Masters Nationals

This event has been generously supported by:

Tideway Investment Partners

Flo Nicholls GBR first U16 place and it was also crowned 2018 Laser 4.7 Youth European women’s champion on this category, finishing 9th overall with 92 points. Second U16 place was for Abby Childerley GBR with 103 points and 10th overall. GBR Finlay Dickenson is U16 men's champion with 62 points and 9th overall. Congratulations to them all.

RYA UK Junior Squad - Laser 4.7. 
The RYA originally booked training for the Summer 2018 squad (sailors to be selected after the ET Champs indicator in May) 2-3 June WPNSA and 30 June - 1 July Plas Heli.
The 2nd camp was rescheduled to assist the Class, to 9-10 July. This has since caused concern for parents and their children’s GCSEs. The RYA have listened to parents and have taken the step to re-arrange the two weekend camps to now be one 4 day residential camp at WPNSA 29 May – 1st June 2018.
If you do apply for to the squad and are selected, the RYA will appreciate it if you can accept your squad place online no later than the specified deadline; stipulated on the Sailor Declaration Form, as well as returning the form back to the RYA. The RYA will also require one male and one female house parent for the camp. Please stipulate this on the online acceptance if offered a place.

Race report from the Pwllheli Spring Qualifier 
Combined Radial and Standard race report from the final Spring Qualifier.

Laser race reports from RYA Youth Nationals 
Reports from the three Laser fleets at this year's RYA Youth Nationals held at Largs SC in Scotland.

Congratulations to Peter McCrystal, a master sailor from Lancashire and a member of Blackpool & Fleetwood YC, who has won the March draw prize of a Laser Standard Mark 1 sail. Many thanks to LPE for their generous sponsorship.

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