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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.

WATCH LIVE racing from the Princess Sofia on from 10:00 GMT April 2nd! 
Just 2 days to decide who will make the Gold fleet!

The RYA have now brought forward the closing date for the RYA UK Youth Squad applications.
Applications will now close 23:59hrs on 4th April 2018. You will not be able to apply after this date – please don’t delay and apply now via the RYA Youth Selection webpage:

Laser Masters Series - One month to go! 
The 2018 Laser Masters Super Series kicks off in just 1 Month!

Parkstone Lasers are very excited to be hosting the 1st Laser Masters of 2018 21/22 April

What to expect:
* Great onshore facilities with a brand new club house at its centre.
*Excellent launching into the marina
*A short sail to a relatively tidal free area, which offers superb opportunities for tactical racing on each leg of an Olympic course.
* Meal on Saturday evening (tickets can be purchased along with entry) with entertainment and prize draw.

Online entry is now open, discount for early entries up until Wednesday 18th April.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Following a review of the weather forecasts this morning and from a telephone conversation with WPNSA & the RYA, we have agreed that, on balance and given the long travelling distances of some of our competitors, it would be prudent to cancel the Qualifier at WPNSA.

It leaves me only to thank all those who will have put in so much effort in order to hold the event and hope that they don’t feel that their time has been wasted. UKLA have experienced great events WPNSA & we will be visiting again in October
Ken Falcon

Standard report from Stokes Bay Qualifier 

Radial report from Stokes Bay Qualifier 

Benefits of UKLA membership 
Joining the UKLA if you are a Laser sailor is the right thing to do because the Class Association is always working for you: Click through to see all the great benefits of being a UKLA member.

RYA UK Youth Squad applications for the British Youth Sailing Team have opened today (13th March 2018) and close 23:59hrs on 6th April 2018 (last day of the RYA Youth National Championships 2018). To apply and obtain more information, including the Notice of Selection and details of the relevant indicators: The profiling sign up closes midnight 18th March – to sign up:

Voting is now open for the 2018 ILCA rule changes 

Congratulations to Ant Law, a master sailor from Burnham on Crouch and a member of Royal Corinthian,, who has won the January draw prize of a Laser race power pack. Many thanks to LPE for their generous sponsorship.

UKLA Laser Grand Prix Series 2018 
A poster for each region is now available for download under categories - grand prix

WILDWIND support Laser Masters Nationals with holiday prize draw 
We're delighted to announce that Wildwind Sailing will once again be supporting the Laser Masters Nationals this year at Hayling Island. A prize draw for all entrants will take place at the regatta, for an all expenses holiday to Wildwind Greece, including flights. Massive thanks to Wildwind for their generous sponsorship once again.

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