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Please sign the petition to keep the Laser Standard and Laser Radial the Olympic boat for Paris 2024 

This petition is not about our members. Only 2 (1 Standard and 1 Radial sailor) ever get to go to each Olympic games. This petition is for the good of the sport of sailing.

Lasers may be found in nearly every country in the World. Those small countries which have Lasers in every club and whose young sailors can have the Olympic dream.

The less financially well off MNAs simply cannot afford to completely replace all their equipment and what will happen to all the Lasers they already have? 1 boat for club sailors, 1 boat for the Olympic sailors??

If some countries can afford to immediately update all their equipment and others cannot sailing once more becomes more elitist.

What is the benefit of replacing the Laser with a class which is very slightly faster when everyone is racing one designs anyway, so it is all about the sailor. For sure a small percentage of speed will not translate to a huge increase in viewing figures.

So for the good of the sport, from grass roots to aspiring Olympians in the Worlds smallest sailing countries, please join the 6000+ sailors who support the petition..

Another fantastic weekend at Pevensey Bay, please let us know your thoughts 

it only takes 3 minutes!

Laser Ladder Series 2018-19 
Laser 4.7 Ladder

The Laser ladder event at Rutland was the last event of the year. Congratulations to Scott Forbes and Elizabeth Beardsall on winning their respective series. Prize giving will be held at the Nationals in July

Unfortunately we have been unable to organise a 10th event at Lymington this year due to tides not being suitable. Hope to have it back in the calendar for next year.

Time for feedback from the Blithfield SGP 
Survey ends FRIDAY.

Pevensey Bay spares 
Laser Masters event sponsor Southeast Sailboats will be at the next Laser Masters event at Pevensey Bay. If you would like any Laser sails, spars or spares delivered to the event please place your order by Monday.

RESULTS Sailing Fast Laser 4.7 Ladder at Rutland May 4-6 survey 


Another top UKLA event.

Training boats 

Laser Performance has introduced the Laser 'Club Edition', described as a training boat which does not bear the World Sailing Building Plaque or a Sail Button. This is fine as a training boat but we feel it is important to clarify that these boats are not Class legal based on the Fundamental Rule within the Laser Class Rules. These boats will be ineligible to compete in any UKLA sanctioned events, broadly speaking but not exclusively, those advertised on the UKLA website. Whilst the UKLA would like all Laser racing to be conducted strictly in accordance with the Class Rules, it does not consider it should dictate to sailing clubs throughout the UK over their adoption, though they would be subject to protest by competing sailors in the same way that any non-compliant gear currently is.

Please note, the UKLA is not party to the discussions between ILCA and LPE, does not possess any privileged information and considers itself a neutral party. This advisory statement is solely to ensure sailors wishing to compete in UKLA events understand the Laser 'Club Edition' is marketed as a training boat and not as a racing boat.

UKLA RIB ET20 is for sale 
UKLA has decided to sell the UKLA Class Rib known as ET20. Package of 5.0 metre Tornado rib (2006), Yamaha 50 HP outboard (installed new 2017) with 309 hours use, and RM Trailer with rack for dingy transportation. Click the title link for more information.

UKLA SUPER GRAND PRIX Blithfield 11-12 May 

Super Grand Prix, the ultimate Grand Prix featuring both a days training (Saturday), a days racing (Sunday) and a social. Enter by clicking the title.

UKLA Masters Pevensey Bay SC 18-19 May. 

Details of the UKLA Masters Event at Pevensey Bay SC on the 18-19 May can now be found using the above link

Laser U21 Youth Training 
New dates have been posted on the UKLA calendar for Youth training in June and July.

Youth Nationals RESULTS 

are available through the title link

UKLA Masters National Championships Royal Torbay YC 5-7 July 

The Notice of Race and entry details can be found using the title link

Princess Sofia regatta FiNAL RESULTS 

Silver for El and Bronze for Thompo.

Updates on Qualification Ladders Published 

The various ladders for qualification purposes to restricted number events can be found by clicking the title link.

UKLA Plymouth Mount Batten Qualifier Standard report 

UKLA Plymouth Mount Batten Qualifier Radial report 

UKLA Stokes Bay Qualifier Standard report 

UKLA Stokes Bay Qualifier Radial report 

2019 MEMBERSHIPS - Don't forget to renew. 
Thank you to all members who have already renewed their UKLA membership. If you haven't, don't forget to renew, especially if you are attending an UKLA event in the near future.

Race Report - Noble Marine Laser Spring Qualifier, WPNSA, 9–10 March 
The first Laser Qualifier of the season, being held at WPNSA this weekend, had a fresh forecast. Racing was likely on Saturday, but with a forecast of gusts over 50 knots for Sunday, it wasn’t looking great for the second day. Since last year, there have been a few changes in the Class Association. One of the better ones meant the Race Officer was able to schedule four races on Saturday; a big day out for all....

UKLA 2019 Nationals - Largs Sailing Club. NOR published and Entries Now Accepted. 
The UKLA 2019 Laser Nationals, 27th July - 2nd August, Notice of Race is now published and entries now being accepted. The event page has lots of details of the event, venue and plans for the championships ashore and afloat.
Details can be found via the UKLA website calendar page and Nationals event.
https://www.kbsuk.com/laser/events/index.asp?EventID=109

RYA UK Squad applications 
The British Youth Sailing – RYA UK Youth Squad Applications for the summer 2019 entry are now open and will remain open until Tuesday 16th April 2019 (23:59hrs). If you wish to consider to apply for either a place in the Laser Radial, Laser Standard.

Laser Standard and Radial Worlds Qualification Documents. 
The revised Qualification documents have now been re-issued for the 2019 European and World Championships, excluding Masters.

A new Qualification document has been issued for the 2020 World Championship events, excluding Masters, taking place during February 2020.

Thank you for the feedback and comments. The documents can be found on the UKLA website under the relevant category. The relevant Ladders for Qualifications are being updated accordingly.

March 2-3 Dinghy Show: Come and see us and get involved 

The first weekend of March is the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace and the UKLA would love to have some active volunteers to come and spend just 30 minutes on the stand. We already have a full complement from Junior to Masters to cover the stand but the more the merrier.

You may even be able to pick up some absolute bargains from one of our many sponsors or at least have the chance to window shop, for what you may want to purchase later in the year! We are here to help you and if you would like to join us on the stand. If you can help in any way please do give Jon Emmett a call on 07748 902679 or email training@laser.org.uk We would love to hear from you.

Plymouth Standard and Radial Qualifier 23-24 March 
Event details for Plymouth are now live for our 3rd Standard and Radial Qualifier event this year.

Notts County SC Masters Qualifier 23-24 March 
Maters sailors - The online entry is now open for Masters Notts County SC Qualifier 23-24 March.

LPE MONTHLY DRAW - JANUARY 
Congratulations to Barney Procter - a master sailor of Cardiff Bay YC who has won the Laser top section in the January draw. Many thanks to Laser Performance for their continuous sponsorship

Laser 4.7 Sailors - Just a thought.... 
Feedback from the weekend at the Rutland SC Qualifier suggests that some of the sailors may wish to consider the following points that may help safety boats assisting capsized boats.
1. Having a 6mm diameter polypropylene bow line, approx 2.5m long, attached to the mast.
2, Ensuring that the dagger-board elastic is sufficient to hold the foil in the dagger-board case when the boat is capsized.
3. Ensure that the friction pad is also adjusted regularly to help prevent the dagger-board moving when the boat is capsized.

ILCA Laser World Championships 
Information about all ILCA Laser World Championships and access to applications is available through the ILCA events page

https://sailing.laserinternational.org/

Please note the application opening and closing dates for three ILCA Laser World Championships hosted in Japan in 2019.

Applications for entry for the following World Championships will be accepted beginning Tuesday, 29 January 2019:

2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men's World Championship
2019 ILCA Laser Radial Women's World Championship
2019 ILCA Laser Radial Men's World Championship

For all three of the above events, the deadline for receiving PAID applications for initial allocation of places is 9 March 2019 at 23:59 Central US Time.

You are encouraged to complete an entry application as soon as possible after it becomes available. Please be aware that if you do not apply by the 9 March 2019 deadline, you may have little chance of receiving an entry offer.

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