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Sailing marathon for UKLA Chairman
Ken Falcon is in the process of preparing to sail around the Isle of Wight on 1st June whilst the Round Island Yacht race is taking place. He will be sailing his Solo, the singled-handed racing dinghy in aid of 'Sailability', the RYA's unit for assisting disabled sailors, which is a wonderful cause.
The entire circumnaviagtion of the Island, a distance of about 60 miles, will take me about 16 hrs. Ken will be launching from Stokes Bay Sailing club at about 03.00hrs and sail to Cowes (in the dark) so that he will start before the first RTI start at 05.00hrs. As you know, there will be some 1600 boats taking part, so he should be in great company. If, due to adverse conditions, he can't go on 1st, then he will reschedule for 2nd, 15th, or 16th.
Ken will be paying his own expenses, ie travelling costs etc in order to maximise income to Sailability. Ron Westwood will be accompanying him in a rib - just in case.
If you would like to donate, no matter how small, or large, every penny counts, then use the following link www.justgiving.com/Ken-Falcon or, if you prefer, send a cheque to Ken Falcon at Spring Cottage, Venns Gate, Cheddar, BS27 3LW made payable to 'RYA Sailability'.
For more information on the Charity and the work the RYA do, you can look at www.rya.sailability.co.uk. If you get a chance, please circulate this information to anyone you think might be interested and/or who you think might be glad to give a donation.
Andrew (Bart) Simpson
It was with great sadness that I learnt of Andrew's death whilst he was racing on Artemis in San Francisco Bay. It is hard to accept that our sport can, on occasion, be fatally dangerous. Bart, as we have called him for years, was, along with Iain and Ben, part of the larger Laser family having competed in many of our major events. Bart was a great sailor and a great guy. He was definitely one of my heroes. We shall all miss him. Ken Falcon - UKLA Chairman
The Laser Class are very shocked and sad to hear of the death of Andrew (Bart) Simpson in San Francisco yesterday and would like to pas on our sympathies to his parents, wife and children. Andrew joined the Laser class from Optimist as a teenager sailing in the RYA Youth Squad with Ian Percy and Ben Ainslie, going onto Olympic level sailing. In 2001 he moved onto the Finn class, and then teamed up with his old Laser friend Ian Percy to campaign a Star in the Olympics with such great success. He will be missed in sailing as one of its great characters. Dot Beadsworth - UKLA Secretary
Laser Radial and Standard Ladders updated
Full results for qualifier 3 and update Laser Radial and Laser Standard including Youth Ladders now available on the event website Click on event title. Ladders also accessible via CATEGORIES
Laser / Torch Update
UKLA represents the owners of Lasers and, as regards the current legal action being taken by Bruce Kirby, has no standing, legal or otherwise, in respect of any legal arrangements between designer and/or copyright owner and/or licencee and/or builder etc. All UKLA can do is watch, somewhat bemused, and wait to see what comes out of it all. I am aware, from hearsay, that Lasers are still being sold. As regards those Lasers, if they display a plaque issued by ISAF, then UKLA can only judge them as being a Laser ... [Click on title to read our Chairman's summary.
Laser Law Suit
Details of legal submission.
Southern Regional Training Castle Cove Weymouth
The next Southern Region Training weekend will be held on 11 & 12th May at Castle Cove Sailing Club sailing on Olympic waters. Click on title to link to online entry.
Laser 4.7 Grafham Summer Squad Qualifier
Results now available on event website.
Laser 4.7 Ladder
Ladder updated after Grafham. Link available under categories
HISC Laser Qualifier 2
Laser Radial and Laser Standard ladders published including the Youth ladders. [Click on title to go to event website]
Over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to co-ordinate the Home Counties & Eastern Region Laser Grand Prix. Unfortunately it has come time for me to hand it over to the next person for an exciting new chapter in the sailing series. Its a simple enough to organize with many exciting opportunities to meet new sailors across the region and country. I will be happy to help my successor take it over and possibly carry on doing posters and the website in the future if they want. It doesn't have to done by just one person, I have been doing it with my Dad and its worked out ok for us.
If you are interested in taking on this exciting role then don't hesitate to get in contact with me!
Noble Marine Laser Radial and Standard Qualifier at Stokes Bay
170 Laser sailors arrived at Stokes Bay for the first of the Spring Qualifiers to be greeted with the first day of Spring, warm sunshine but no wind. ... The culture shock happened on Sunday morning when the competitors were faced with a 10oC drop in temperature and a bitterly cold shifty ENE 12 knot breeze that slowly increased during the day. ... [Click on title for full report}
HC & ER Laser Grand Prix
All, Just a quick note to say that the 1st event is on its way at Alton Water 24th March 2013! Sorry for not getting all the dates on the UKLA website yet. We look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming events!
Gul Ladder 6 - Rutland Sailing Club
Six races were sailed at Rutland this weekend. Jamie Calder wins the open meeting with Merrick Stanley second and Jake Farren-Price third. First lady in sixth overall was Sophie Heritage. Full results available on the event website.
Bartley SC Laser FLeet Activate Day
Bartley Sailing club Laser fleet Activate day on 10th March 2013 starting 10am
Click on title for full article
Crewsaver to sponsor UK Laser Association Qualifiers
Following on from the success of the 2012 Series Crewsaver will again be sponsoring the UK Laser Association youth sailors at the UKLA World & European Qualifiers that start at Stokes Bay S.C. the weekend after the Dinghy Exhibition. Aimed specifically at rewarding the top youth sailors in both the Standard & Radial fleets Crewsaver prizes will be won at each of the six UKLA World & European Qualifiers.
On hearing of the continued support UKLA Chairman Ken Falcon said “The Crewsaver series proved very popular with the youth sailors last year as I am sure it will do again this year for the younger helms.”
Greg O’Brien – UK Sales & Marketing Manager said
"Crewsaver are delighted to continue with the Youth sponsorship for 2013 Qualifiers and to be associated with the UKLA. Crewsaver are extremely committed in supporting young sailors and the grass roots of our sport.
The Crewsaver dinghy range is developed to the highest standards of research, design and manufacture by a devoted team of watersports enthusiasts to enable the wearer to enjoy their sport with total peace of mind”
Wildwind Masters Nationals (12-14 July)
David Beer and his team at Lyme Regis are working hard to set up a great event - the Notice of Race is now available via the events page.
We will be setting up on line entry for the event but if you wish to use the traditional method an entry form is also available.
Stokes Bay Training 16&17th Feb PLACES AVAILABLE.
We have only 4 places left for the Southern Regional Training at Stokes Bay this coming weekend. Email Daniel Goodwin (email@example.com) if you want to sign up.
Laser 4.7 Esso Winter Championships
33 boats compete at Esso WInter Championships at Datchet Water Sailing Club which is also the first of two selectors for the ILCA World and European Laser 4.7 Championships.
Jamie Calder wins the event counting only top 3 finishes (9pts) with Sophie Heritage second (and first lady) on 26 pts and Tristan Bracegirdle in third on 29pts.
Full results on the event website.
Pre-Qualifier Training Stokes Bay 16th&17th Feb
The UKLA are running this weekend with Ben Paton as Head Coach, at the venue for the first UKLA Qualifier and therefore it is a good opportunity to experience the venue with expert coaching available.
The theme for the weekend will be race preparation along with boat handling exercises to shake off the winter rust.
The weekend will be suitable for all Laser Rigs sizes and intermediate to advanced sailors.Please enter early so additional coaches can be arranged if necessary. If you need further information please contact Daniel Goodwin.
Worlds Deadline at midnight 14th January !!!
Note that some of the ILCA entry sites have a deadline of midnight on the 14th January 2013!.
Urgent Reminder - Applications Deadline - 2013 Laser World Championships
The deadline for receiving initial applications for entry for the 2013 Laser Worlds in Hungary is fast approaching. Application need to be submit on the ILCA website before 14th January 2013.
Completing an application form does not commit sailors to attend the championship, it simply registers their interest to attend. Sailors who do not complete an application form will not be able to attend the championship.
2013 Masters Worlds - Oman
Applications for entry may now be made via the ILCA event website - URL as below
Rankings following 2012 qualifiers posted in Masters category.
These will be used to rank entries for initial allocation of places in early June as there is unlikely to be another qualifier before then.
NB The indication of who would qualify by right needs to be checked as some sailors may have moved up a category!
Home Counties & Eastern Region Laser Grand Pix
I hope everyone is having a good festive season! A quick note to anyone who is interested in, or already has events with our circuit. Already 12 events are confirmed for the 2013 series, I would like for all clubs interested to have events arranged with myself within the next month as i would like to publish the final calendar end of February latest.
If you have no recently visited, the Home Counties website, www.hcerlasergrandprix.co.uk now has a google calendar on with the dates that you can subscribe to! Exciting!
Any Questions please get in touch! Majm@dsmills.co.uk
UKLA sailors success in Spain
The year ended well for both the UK Laser Associationn Men & Women sailors in the Christmas Race regatta held at Palamos in Southern Spain in the final days before Christmas.
Youth sailor Elliot Hanson won the Men's division with Alex Mills-Barton in 5th place. It was the same scoreline in the Women's Radial division when Ali Young took the top spot and Chloe Martin sailed a solid regatta to finish 5th as well.
Prize draw winners announced
Following the draw for the new Rules Books I am delighted to announce that the following members won:
Mark Searle A copy of the Paul Elvstrom explains the Racing Rules of Sailing
Rick Plummer A copy of the 2013 - 2016 Racing Rules of Sailing
Brian Tucker A 2nd copy of the Paul Elvstrom explains the Racing Rules of Sailing
These books were very kindly donated by Adlard Coles Nautical
Reading GYBE just got easier
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Don't want to be stuck in front of your PC
Sign in at www.laser.org.uk
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It couldn't be simpler (if you have a teenager in the house)
Eddie (With thanks to Ross Mackley)
2013 Laser Championship Applications Deadline
2013 Laser 4.7 Youth World & European Championships
2013 Laser Standard Men's Under-21 World & European Championship
2013 Laser Radial Women's Under-21 World & European Championship
The deadline for receiving initial applications for entry on the ILCA website for the 2013 Laser Worlds in Hungary is 14th January 2013
Winter Issue of Gybe
The latest issue of Gybe is now available online.
2013 Youth Training Program Dates
The Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial Youth Training Dates and Venues for early 2013 have now been published. Access via UKLA calendar or Clubhouse.
Masters Inlands Photographs
Now successfully uploaded!
Jon Emmett Head Coach Stokes Bay Training Weekend 24th/25th Nov. 2012
Jon Emmett will be the Head Coach for the Southern Region Laser Training Weekend at Stokes Bay on 24th&25th Nov. 2012. Please follow link to enter or contact Daniel Goodwin for information on 07979 598825
UKLA Members honoured by the RYA
Congratulations go to four young members of the UK Laser Assn who are honoured by the RYA today.
The RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award winners included Ellie Meopham (Wales), Hector Simpson (Yorkshire & Humberside), Lorenzo Chiavarini (Scotland) and Lottie Harland (Thames Valley & London)
Lottie is also one of three nominees for the overall title of 2012 YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year. Her citation reads:
"Lottie who has Asperger's Syndrome has overcome many social difficulties to give other young sailors the benefit of her knowledge and the confidence to get out on the water. She helps out at her club and motivates others wherever she can. Lottie recently set up a junior committee and in the summer, she helps at the club's Sailability sessions one evening each week assisting physically and mentally disabled people to try sailing."
Event report now on the results page and ladders on the Masters page
Laser and Radial confirmed for 2016 and 2020 Olympic games.
Laser 4.7 Ladder updated after Inlands
See Categories --> 4.7 for details
Radial Inlands report
120 Radials made the journey to Grafham Water Sailing Club for the last domestic sailing event of the season, the Inland Championships (although the "Masters" have their Inlands next weekend at Rutland). The event was held at the same time as the 4.7 and Standard Inlands who were racing on a separate course. The qualifiers start next year in March, the weekend after the Dinghy Show.
UKLA Laser Inland Championships
Alex Mills-Barton wins Standard Fleet with Mat Reid 2nd and Elliott Hanson 3rd.
Jon Emmett wins Radial Gold Fleet with Kieran Hill 2nd and Hannah Snellgrove 3rd (and 1st Lady).
Jamie Calder wins 4.7 Fleet with Merrick Stanley 2nd and Josh Atherton 3rd.
Dates confirmed for Laser Nationals 2013
The 2013 Laser Nationals will be held at Paignton Sailing Club on the 3rd - 9th August.
Latest Issue of Gybe
Have you read the latest version of online Gybe? If not, you need to login and then click on the large GYBE button on the top right.
We had a mersea triple trailer stolen last Saturday week from green hills in Dublin .
With the trailer were a full rig laser ; sail number 196757 with all the bits and launching trolly , another laser hull ( no spars , foils or sail) and a topper hull ( light red , quite unique as it was a manufacturing flaw ) with no spars , foils or sails ... The name , if still on any of the stuff is Raymond ..
Alison Raymond 00353868386020
UKLA Qualifier 6 Plymouth
5 races were sailed this weekend. Full results, updated ladders and prize winners have been posted on the event website.
2013 ILCA Laser Championship Applications Now Open
2013 Laser 4.7 Youth World & European Championships
2013 Laser Standard Men's Under-21 World & European Championships
2013 Laser Radial Women's Under-21 World & European Championships
Laser Masters Europeans 2012, Roses, Spain - Prizegiving
Photographs by David Beer from Lyme Regis now in the Masters area
Laser 4.7 Datchet Results posted
and the Laser 4.7 ladder have been updated. Click on title to go to event website.
Pwllheli Qualifier - results etc
The results, updated ladders and event reports have been posted on the event website.
Laser 4.7 Autumn Training
Dates and venues have been confirmed.
Late Entry Fees - Laser Qualifiers 5 and 6
The UKLA committee have reviewed the issue of late payment fees for the Laser Qualifiers and have decided to apply the late payment after close of play on the Monday prior to the weekend event.
All those sailors who have paid the late entry fee for Laser Qualifier 5 at Pwllheli Sailing Club with have the difference refunded.
If you have not signed up yet for the Laser Qualifiers or the Inland Championships at Grafham, don't leave it too late and pay extra to participate in these events.
Sunderland Qualifier - Radial report
The first Autumn Qualifier always sees a plethora of new faces and the absence of some old, as sailors move classes, either joining from the junior classes or leaving for higher performance boats or simply boats for heavier people! This is especially true shortly after the Olympics where many sailors take a short break or possibly change the focus of their sailing.
Sunderland Qualifier Results
Results and Ladders after Sunderland posted on event website. Click on title to view.
Laser Masters Europeans, Roses, Spain - Reminder
Do not forget your insurance & membership card. Rumor has it there is no fax machine!
Masters ladders updated following Arun
GUL Laser 4.7s at Oxford
40 boats travelled to Oxford SC for the first Ladder event of the 2012/13 series. Although no sailing was possible due to lack of wind (but great sunshine) on Saturday, three races were sailed on Sunday. Jamie Calder wins Laser 4.7 event with Karyna Manuel second and Olivia Burt third. [For full results click on title]
Gul Laser 4.7 Ladder events - online entry now open
The first two ladder events at Oxford and Datchet SC are now open. The late payment surcharge for this weekend's Oxford event will not take effect until 4th September.
Laser Qualifiers - Online entry now open
Online entry is now open for Laser and Radial Qualifiers 4 - 6 incorporating the Crewsaver Youth Series in Sunderland, Pwllheli and Plymouth.
Summer Issue of Gybe
The current Gybe issue is now available online (30th Aug)
Complete Lasers and Laser Spares Now Available from the International Laser Class
Dear Laser Sailor,
As you may know, LaserPerformance has changed its policy of supporting Laser World Championships and is no longer supplying charter boats for Laser Class events.
Because of this change in policy, the International Laser Class was required to purchase a supply of Lasers for the running of the 4.7 and Under-21 World Championships held this spring in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
These ex-charter boats and laser spares are now back in the UK and available for purchase at a great price.
UKLA Youth Training events
The training programme for our youth members will be headed by Tim Hulse and Marcus Lynch. The first three Radial training events will also serve as Transition Training indicator events for the RYA. The entry for the first one on the 8th/9th September is now open and venues / entry for the next 2 will follow shortly. [Click to access online entry and further details]
UKLA Youth Strategy
UKLA are very excited to announce the introduction of a Youth Representative to the UKLA Committee subsuming and replacing the 4.7 Representative currently in place. We believe this is an important step forward that will help us better achieve our overall objectives and ensure our strategy addresses the issues of new members to the class whilst promoting and improving the standard of training and racing for our youth members across all rigs ... [Click on title for full announcement and more details]
Laser Masters Arun YC
NoR & entry form now on event calendar. Note local SI 1.6(b) - tow rope requirement. Camping available @ £5 & motor homes £10.
Laser 4.7 qualifers - online entry now live
The first three Laser 4.7 qualifiers are now live for online entry. Click on title for first two at Oxford SC and Datchet Water SC respectively. The third qualifier is being held as part of the UKLA Inland Championships at Grafham Water SC (see calendar for links)
Direct links available from EventAssistant CLUBHOUSE for quick entry.
Team Shirts for the 2012 European Masters, Roses, Spain
Ian Rawet is organising polo shirts for the event. Follow the link for more information.
HARKEN UK LASER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
With the Olympics just days away this year's National Championships are missing some key figures. So far the weather at Abersoch has been rather unpredictable and there have been delays afloat to allow banks of mist and drizzle to clear the race areas. However, for the 200 helms that have entered the regatta the event is living up to expectations.
After the first three full days of racing and with six races completed, and a discard now allowed, Alex Mills-Barton has won five races in the Standard fleet to hold an 8 point lead going into the 2nd half of the championship. Behind him a group of four helms: Martin Evans, Jack Wetherell, Elliot Hanson & Ben Cornish are locked into a battle for the other main places overall.
The near 100 strong Radial fleet have been racing in flights but after today's results they will be separated into Gold & Silver fleets for the final two day's racing. Hannah Snellgrove holds a narrow popints lead over youth sailor Jack Preece, both of them recording only wins and 2nds on their scorecards. Behind them six helms have a realistic chance of upsetting the overall results.
The Laser 4.7 fleet is showing healthy signs of growth with 49 boats entered, including a strong representation from across the sea (Ireland) and six different winners. Three helms; Hamish Eckstein, Conor O'Beirne & Will Creaven are showing at the top but with the weather set to improve for the rest of the week all things are possible.
The championships are sponsored by HARKEN UK and continue until Friday, 20th July
UKLA Notice of Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the International Laser UK Class Association will be held at South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, Abersoch, on Monday, 16th July 2012 at 6.30 p.m. or when announced after racing.
Masters Nationals Report & Results
Now in results area. Event photographs by David Beer in the Masters Area
FIRST WILDWIND HOLIDAY WON
The first of two sailing holidays donated by Wildwind Holidays to the UK Laser Assn was won at the UKLA Masters' Nationals by Gary Pilgrim from
Gary's winning ticket was drawn during the Championship Dinner at Paignton S.C. on Saturday evening. Gary's holiday, which includes flights, accommodation, transfers and all the sailing Gary can pack in, will be at Wildwind's sailing destination in windy Vassiliki on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkas. Gary can choose any date for his holiday to be taken either later this year or next year - perhaps he'd like to join British Head Coach Chris Gowers (who took Paul Goodison to Gold in 2008) at his specialised Laser Training week in May 2013.
The other holiday will be won by a qualifying helm from the ten regional Grand prix series currently running across the UK and will be drawn at the UKLA Inland championships at the end of the season
HARKEN UK Laser National and Open Championships
Laser sailors are reminded that the 1st JULY is the deadline date for the £150 reduced rate entry to this year's Nationals at Abersoch, sponsored by Harken UK. On-line entry closes on 4th JULY after that you can still enter but through the UKLA Office.
Laser Masters Europeans, Roses, Spain
Entry now open. Closes 15 September 12. Follow the link
UKLA Event T-Shirts
Click on link to view new Laser Association Event Shirt, customisable for the major events.
Laser Masters Nationals - Reminder
The late entry fee of £20 comes in after Wednesday (20 June) next week. Enter this weekend to avoid paying!
UKLA Laser Open and National Championships
Event website now available
STOP PRESS - Alison Young takes GOLD at Weymouth Sail for Gold regatta
Derwent Reservoir GP Open date confirmation
This event is being held on the 23rd of June, not 9th of June as previously advertised.
Leigh and Lowton Open - Date confirmation
Please note that this event will be held on the 7th July and not on the 16th June. This open is part of the Northern Grand Prix series.
Late spring issue of Gybe
The first on-line edition of GYBE is now available to members through the icon at the top right hand corner of the front page. Sign in and catch up with all the latest news.
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Dutch Masters Photographs
David Beer from Lyme Regis has provided some photographs from the recent event.
Audi Women's Laser Radial worlds - after 6 races
Alison Young lies 3rd and Charlotte Dobson in 8th
Alison Young select to represent GBR at Olympics
The British Olympic Association has confirmed the RYA’s nominations of Alison Young, who will make her Olympic debut in the Laser Radial event
Laser Worlds and Results after day 2
High quality British competition at this event, with Nick Thompson unable to attend due to illness.
More Laser Masters Teign Corinthian Photographs!
Go to the masters section. Also a link to a utube video
Laser Radial World Qualification and Ladies U21 Ladder posted
Go to LASER RADIAL under CATEGORIES
Gul 4.7 Ladder 7 + European Qualifier 3 at Datchet Water SC
Results have now been posted on the event website.
Laser Masters Teign Corinthian Photographs
By Heather Davies. Now on the masters page.
Laser Masters Teign Corinthian
Updated NoR & map now on events calendar. Revised arrangements for boat parking & signing on
Laser South Coast Grand Prix 2012
Starts on 21st April at Chichester
43 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre at Palma de Mallorca
Paul Goodison takes silver with Nick Thompson in 7th. [Click on title for full results].
Team GBR ISAF Youth Laser Representatives
As the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships 2012 came to a close on Friday (6 April) after four days of adrenaline-charged racing in Cardigan Bay, Sarah Webb Gosling OBE who represented Britain twice at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships and won two consecutive Olympic gold medals, revealed the names of the twelve sailors who will represent RYA Volvo Team GBR – the team set to compete for Great Britain in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2012, to be held from 12-21 July in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, is the 42nd edition of the championship. The venue for the championship will be the Royal St George, National and Royal Irish yacht clubs on Dublin Bay.
In the single handed category, Welsh sailors Michael Beckett and Ellie Meopham made the most of their local knowledge making up GBR’s contenders in the Laser Radial class.
Ellie Meopham, the Welsh sailor from Fishguard Bay SC, commented: “It’s quite over whelming to have won but I’m really happy and it’s such a great way to end the week. Today’s first race didn’t go well but in the last two races I had great starts. Generally the weeks racing has gone well; there’s been a mixture of conditions which have suited all the sailors and Pwllheli is a great sailing venue. The Youth Worlds is going to be the biggest regatta I have ever sailed in so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Laser Youth Ladders after RYA Volvo Youth Championships
The Laser Radial and Laser Youth Ladders have been posted under CATEGORIES and the respective RIG.
RYA Volvo Youth National Championship
The Laser Radial class is proving triumphant for New Zealand’s Andrew McKenzie who has increased his lead in the gold fleet with a bullet and two seconds. Hermann Tomasgaard from Sweden consolidates the international competitors calibre by occupying second after two spectacular bullets and a second. Leading the charge for the Brit’s is Christopher Eames, third overall and Ellie Meopham is top girl, ninth overall.
Hector Simpson from Yorkshire Dales SC remains on top in the Laser standard class after two bullets and a third, cementing his position four points ahead of George Spedding who has leap frogged Richard Cumpsty into second from a 1-3-4 score line today. d
43 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre at Palma de Mallorca
Very tight at the top of the Laser Standard Fleet with two days to go.
1. Tom Burton (AUS) 36 pts
2. Paul Goodison (GBR) 38pts
3. Nick Thompson (GBR) 38 pts
In the Laser Radial Charlotte Dobson has climbed to 8th and Alison Young to 14th.
Full results on the event website
Delta Lloyd Regatta 2012 - Important changes
Changes have been made to the sailing schedule for this year's event. Full details in the document link.
Roadford Lake Laser Open CANCELED
The event on the 29th of April has had to be canceled.
RYA Youth Nationals at Pwllheli
Day three lost to high winds (and cold conditions).
In the Laser Standard Fleet after 6 races
1. Hector Simpson 11pts
2. Richard Cumptsy 18pts
3. George Spedding 19pts
In the Laser Radial Fleet after 6 races
Top British Boy - Christopher Eames 2nd
Top British Girl - Ellie Meopham 3rd
43 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre at Palma de Mallorca
Nick Thompson is lying second after 6 races in the Laser Standard. Paul Goodison is lying in 6th.
Charlotte Dobson currently 14th with one more qualifying day.
Laser Masters Teign Corinthian
First event of the 2012 series next weekend (14/15 April). There are changes to boat parking, launching & NoR due to storm damage to the beach. Visit http://www.tcyc.org.uk/laser-masters-open-meeting-2012/ for more information.
Wanted - Laser Masters Coordinator
Interested? Go to the Masters page for more information.
Crewsaver UKLA Youth Series
The third & final leg of the Spring half of the Noble Marine UKLA World & European Qualifier Series, which incorporates the Crewsaver Youth Series, was held at the Olympic Centre at Portland over the weekend of the 24th & 25th March ...
Wessex Laser Grand Prix Circuit at Bowmoor Sailing Club
The Wessex Laser Grand Prix Circuit starts each year at Bowmoor. Class Association Chairman John Ling has made this his own recently, but did not have it his own way last year, being pipped by Club Member Harry Joyce. The early arrival of summer this year brought 34 sailors out to join in the rematch, but neither had it all his own way.
Gul 4.7 Ladder Event at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy
Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy hosted the 6th event in the Gul 4.7 ladder series over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of March. The event was also the penultimate qualifier for the 4.7 Europeans and attracted 45 sailors.
Laser Radial and Standard Ladders
Ladders now posted under RESULTS on Qualifier 3 website. Click on title link
Laser Open at Papercourt Sailing Club
Stunning sunshine and just enough breeze provided unexpectedly Mediterranean like conditions for the 25 boats contesting the Papercourt Sailing Club Laser Open Meeting held on 24 March 2012, generously sponsored by Guildford Marine.
Radial Qualifier report
Over 100 boats at Stokes Bsy
Please download the report through the title link.
Ladies First at Crewsaver Youth Series
The 2nd event in the Crewsaver Youth Series, held as part of the Noble Marine UK Laser Association's World & European Qualifiers for Standard & Radial rigs, was sailed at Stokes Bay S.C. over the weekend of the 17th & 18th March.
Weather conditions were predicted to be difficult with an area of high pressure building over the Southern UK. With perseverance the Race Officers managed to get in three races for all fleets on Saturday. Sunday morning's racing was postponed in the hopes that the wind would steady and towards mid-day one race was completed for the Standards, Radial Gold & Silver fleets before the wind faded completely.
At Sundays' prizegiving the winners of the Crewsaver Awards for the event were:
1st Standard Youth - Elliot Hanson - £50 voucher - His 2nd victory
1st Radial Youth - Rheanna Pavey - £50 voucher
2nd Radial Youth - Andrew Green - £30 voucher - His 2nd podium place
3rd Radial Youth - Jack Preece - £20 voucher
Congratulations to them all.
The final Spring Qualifier event in the Crewsaver Youth Series is next weekend at Portland, Dorset
Last Day for reduced entry rate
Today, Monday is the last day for the reduced entry fee for the final Spring Qualifier to be held at WPNSA next weekend. Please go to the event website via the calendar and sign-up and pay to avoid paying more.
This weekend sees the Laser 4.7 fleet at WPNSA for the Gul Ladder 6 event and the Laser Radial and Standard fleets at Stokes Bay for the Noble Marine Laser World and European Qualification Series incorporating the Crewsaver Youth Series. Results and other information can be found on the relevant event websites.
Dinghy Purchase Scams
There has recently been a spate of scamming by certain individuals enquiring about the purchase of boats that are advertised on the UKLA, and other, association websites ... (full report by click on title).
CREWSAVER TO SPONSOR UK LASER CLASS YOUTH SERIES 2012
The UK Laser Association are delighted to welcome Crewsaver as a sponsor for the 2012 season. The new sponsorship is aimed very specifically at young Laser sailors who are competing at the six UKLA World & European Qualifiers, with the first prizes having been awarded at the Hayling Island Qualifier. The top youth sailors in each rig at each event will win prizes from Crewsaver.
Wildwind Sponsors UKLA
Wildwind Holidays is sponsoring the Laser Masters National Championships and the UKLA Grand Prix Series with a sailing holiday. The UKLA Grand Prix winner will be drawn at the UKLA Inland Championships.
Laser Masters Worlds at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
All the latest news from the event
Ian Jones is lying 4th after 7 races in the Radial A Division.
Full results http://www.rqys.com.au/index.php/2012-world-laser-masters-championship/
Laser World Masters Championships day 1 Laser Masters Worlds at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
After a pre-race thunderstorm anything could have happened on Waterloo Bay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia but the wind gods had read the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's brochure and they dialled in perfect Laser breezes for the 233 sailors from 19 countries sailing in the first two races of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships ...
Laser Grand Prix series kicks of this weekend
The UK Laser Association Grand Prix season starts this weekend with the Thames Valley meeting at Haversham Sailing Club on Saturday, 10th March.
This year all the qualifying helms across the UK will be entered into a draw for a Wildwind Sailing Holiday.
For a full list of events see the EVENT CALENDAR.
Laser Radial and Standard Ladders updated
The ladders after Hayling Island have now been posted on the Stokes Bay event website (Qualifier 2 - click on title link to access).
Laser Masters Update
Notice of Race for Teignmouth & Paignton together with event information now on the Event Calendar. Also 2013 World Masters ranking process is in the Masters area.
Top performers at Noble Marine Hayling Qualfier
Alex Mills-Barton wins Standard fleet with Martin Evans second and Elliot Hanson third (also winner of Crewsaver Standard Youth Sailor).
Ali Young wins Radial fleet (also first lady) with Michael Beckett second (winner of Crewsaver Radial Youth sailor) and Hannah Snellgrove third.
For full list click on title link.
Hayling Island Qualifier report
Nearly 150 Radials at the first event of the season!
UKLA and ILCA Yearbooks have been posted
Guide to the Qualifiers
A must read for anyone attending UKLA qualifers
Noble Marine Laser Radial and Standard Qualifier
Saturday sees the start of this year's Laser Radial and Standard World and European Qualifier series. New this year is Crewsaver's sponsorship of a Youth series within this overall event.
We intend to keep you up-to-date with all the action on the event website. (Click on title link to access the event website).
Tom Joesbury wins Lymington 4.7 Qualifier
After strong winds kept the fleet ashore on Saturday, four races were sailed on Sunday with Tom Joesbury coming first on 10 pts with Danielle Thomas first lady and second on 13 points on tie break from Fraser Woodley.
Full results on the event website.
Last day for reduced entry to Hayling Qualifier
Hurry and pay the reduced entry fee of £46.00 for the first qualifier. This will rise to £60 if the early payment deadline is missed.
Laser Standard and Radial Qualifer - HISC
The first Laser radial and standard qualifier at Hayling Island is rapidly approaching. The increased entry fee will apply from the Sunday 19th February.
The sailing instructions for the event have now also been posted. (Click on title bar to access event website).
Alistair Goodwin wins first ESSO 4.7 Winter Championships
Alistair Goodwin won the first ESSO 4.7 Winter Championships held 21/22 January at Datchet Water in heavy winds. The 50+ entrants for the ESSO Winter Champs faced winds gusting in excess of 35 knots on Saturday and completed a weekend of 6 races in similar conditions on Sunday. Thank you to DWSC, the Coachs led by Andrew Walsh and particularly sponsers ESSO for what was a very competative first event for what will be an annual event to start the seasons racing for the 4.7's. Follow the link above for all results.
Laser Radial and Standard Qualifiers - Online entry now OPEN
Online entry for the first three qualifiers went live on the 20th January. See Event Calendar for link to event sites.
Why not sign up to Clubhouse and use your entry details to enter all the events without you having to re-enter your details each time .
Helpers required for registration and race office for first qualifier. Please sign-up on the online helpers list.
Pay early to avoid the late entry fees which become active two weeks before the event.
Having trouble remembering which events you have signed up for?
Did I remember to pay?
Tired of typing in your entry details every time you enter another event?
THEN CLUBHOUSE IS FOR YOU.
Clubhouse is an additional functionality being offered to sailors who regularly use EventAssistant for entering Sailing Events.
Clck on title to read a full description of Clubhouse and you can enter the application through the link at the top right of the event microsite.
UKLA World and European Qualification Documents
The latest versions of the UKLA Qualification documents for Laser Standard and Laser Radial for the ILCA World and European Championships is available under CATEGORIES>
2012 World Laser Championships - Application Deadline
There is now only 1 week left to make applications for entry to the 2012 World Laser Masters, World Laser 4.7 Youth and World Laser Standard Junior Championships.
Links to the ILCA website can be found on the calendar.
Nick Thompson takes silver at Worlds
Nick Thompson has takes silver the Laser Standard World Championship at Perth with Gold going to Tom Slingsby (AUS) and Bronze to Andrew Murdock (NZL) Paul Goodison finishes in fifth overall.
Alison Young finished in 7th in the Laser Radial World Championship (Women's single handed dinghy event).
Increase in Entry Limit for European Laser Radial Men's Championship & Trophy 2012
The entry limit for the 2012 European Laser Radial Men's Championship & Trophy has been increased from 65 to 130 places. Click on above link for more details
ILCA event applications now open
Applications Open for the 2012 World Laser 4.7 Youth Championship, World Laser Standard Junior Under 21 Championship and World Laser Masters Championship
For all of these championships the deadline for a sailor to submit an application is 10th January 2012
Winter issue of Gybe
With December nearly upon us, the winter issue of Gybe is in the post to enable a good read in these dark evenings.
Lost Ugg boots at Grafham
Did anyone pick up a pair of tan boots with cream fur lining and a button on the side at the weekend? If so please contact Jon Emmett: firstname.lastname@example.org
UKLA Laser Inland Championships
Results have been posted online
2011/12 RYA Volvo Transition Training Squad Applications
Sailors wishing to be considered for the 2011/12 RYA Volvo Transition Training Squad (Phase 2) should complete an online application by going to the RYA Racing Events website and following the RYA Squad Applications link.
Closing date for applications: Laser Radial – Sunday 20th November 2011
UKLA Laser Inland Championships
Don't forget to sign-up online for the Inland Championships. The entry fee goes up on the 7th November.
Please sign-up early to help us planning safety cover for the event.
Masters section updated.
Series ladders & next year's events.
Proposed Change of Class Rules
Kirby responds - ISAF and Laser World Council now with major Headache
Scottish winter training dates now announced.
Check the event calendar for more details.
EC454 - European Laser Championships 2012 - Allocations Announced
ILCA has now published details regarding the Allocated places for 2012 European Laser Championships. (Dates and links on calendar).
Sailors are advised that the application fee for all 2012 Laser European Championships has been increased to €50 euros. The increase in the application fee is intended to encourage all sailors to react when offered a place for entry. Sailors who may be interested in attending any of these championships must complete the relevant application form on the ILCA website. Completing an application form does not commit a sailor to attend the championship, it simply registers their interest to attend. Sailors who not complete an application form will not be able to attend the championship.
UKLA Midlands regional training at Grafham 5/6 November
The above course is now full. If you enter now your details shall be held on a reserve list and if we get enough new entries we shall employ an additional coach and you shall get a place.
Laser Qualifier - Paignton
Event and ladder results posted for Paignton event.
Laser Inlands - Notice of Race
Document now posted on event site.
NEW VENUE - UKLA Inland Championships
Due to the low water level at Carsington Sailing Club, UKLA have moved the event to Grafham Water Sailing Club. Many thanks to GWSC agreeing to host us on such short notice. Please check event website for further details.
Read the report on the Lymington weekend
(through the title link)
Pictures of Lymington training
(Can be viewed by clicking on the title link.)
Home Counties and Easter Region GP Series
I am sorry to announce that the results from the home counties and eastern region event at walderingfield have been excluded from the overall series.
This comes due to club allowing the use of replica sails in a NOR Amendment at the start of the day for the event.
I am sorry for the inconvenience caused to the people who traveled to the event.
Home counties and eastern region laser grand prix coordinator
The Lymington training was heavy oversubscribed.
Approximately 30% of entrants had to be turned away, so if you want to avoid dissappointment... please book early!!!
Weed forces cancellation of Maidenhead open
Due to bad weed this year at Maidenhead they have had to unfortunately cancel the open meeting on Sunday 23rd of October (2 weekends time).
Burghfield did have similar problems but have told me the open will definitively be on as it has cleared up last week with help of weed cutting machine they have (29th October).
Laser Results and Ladder results posted
The Laser Radial and Standard results as well as the ladders are now available on the event website.
Laser Masters Section Updated
The section has been updated with date changes for 2012, ladders & transport to Roses, European Championships 2012, Beer NoR.
Double Bill - Thames Valley Circuit
This weekend is a double bill, with Queen Mary on the Saturday and Frensham on the Sunday!... Good winds forcast for both days! (force 3-4)! It should be a good turnout for both!
Autumn issue of Gybe on its way.
2011 Radial Nationals report
(click the title link)
Laser 4.7 Ladder Events
The Gul Laser 4.7 Ladder events are now open for online entries. Follow the links from the EVENT CALENDAR on the top menu.
The Harken Laser Open and National Championships are in full swing at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. Full results and reports are on the event site (click title for link).
As part of their sponsorship of the Laser Nationals, Harken are running a competition with monthly prizes during August, September and October. See the Harken ""image" on the home page.
Laser qualifiers - online entries NOW OPEN
Entry for the autumn qualifiers is now open. Follow link from the calendar.
Laser Masters - updates
2011 Laser Masters Ladders and Whitstable photographs now on the masters page
Podium finish for GBR sailors at World and European Junior Championships
Skandia Team GBR sailors proved a dominant force at the 2011 Laser Standard World and European Junior Championships which concluded in La Rochelle on Saturday (23 July), with Alex Mills-Barton clinching the European title and silver in the Worlds while GBR team mate Martin Evans secured the European silver and Worlds bronze.
The Skandia Team GBR Development squad sailors finished the regatta nine points apart come the end of the week, with Mills-Barton finishing a further nine points behind New Zealand’s Sam Meech who took the 2011 Laser Junior World Championship title.
Harken announce Nationals sponsorship
Harken UK is delighted to announce their sponsorship of the 2011 Laser Nationals
at Weymouth, from 27th August to 2nd September 2011. The Harken Laser UK Nationals 2011 are
expecting 300 boats to attend the event, which is to be held at the Weymouth & Portland National
Harken have a long standing relationship with the Laser fleet, manufacturing and supplying a number of
innovative sailing solutions for the Laser. The Harken manufactured Laser Licensed products include
the Laser Vang, Mainsheet Blocks and Clew Sleeve. In sponsoring the 2011 Laser Nationals, Harken
hopes this will demonstrate, at least in part, their appreciation for the loyalty shown over the years ...
Southern Regional training co-ordinator desperately required
A Regional co-ordinator for the Southern region is desperately required. You wouldn’t have to do any of the day to day organization; this is all done by the head coach. You simply needed to handle to administration for the weekends which is now mostly done on line. If you are interested please contact Jon Emmett ASAP (email@example.com 07748 902679).
Laser 4.7 Europeans - Event website
Georgina Povall takes BRONZE at Ladies 4.7 Europeans in Workum.
CHANGE OF VENUE - Portugal
The Portuguese venue in the Europa Cup and the European Masters Series 2011 has now changed from Matosinhos to Cascais. The dates of the Europa Cup and EMS remain the same as: 01 - 03 October 2011 . Updated entry information on the ILCA website (www.laserinternational.org)
Laser 4.7 Europeans
Read all about it in the team blog.
Laser Masters Notices
The venue and date of the Laser Masters Worlds has been confirmed by ILCA
as the Queensland Royal Yacht Squadron, 578 Royal Esplanade
Manly QLD 4179, Australia 12 - 19 March 2012.
The date of the Laser Masters 2012 Europeans at Roses, Spain, has been
moved from May to 1 to 7 October. This now avoids the clash with the
traditional Ascension Day date of the Dutch masters.
RYA Volvo National Youth Squad Applications
The 2011/12 RYA Volvo National Youth Squad Applications have now been opened for the September entry point.
Sailors wishing to be considered for the 2011/12 RYA Volvo National Youth Squad – Main (September) Entry Point (including current members) should complete an online application by going to the RYA Racing Events website and following the RYA Squad Applications link.
Rooster Laser Masters National Championships
The event sponsored by Rooster Sailing took place at Whitstable YC, Kent over the extended weekend 1 – 3 July and attracted an entry of 94. The fleet was split 54 standards and 40 radials, each with their own start. The championship was also the second UK world-ranking event for the 2012 World Masters to be sailed in Brisbane, Australia ...
Rule Interpretations: Splicing on the Traveller
The December 2010 issue of Laser World announced a number of Rule Interpretations. One of these has clarified Rule 3(b)(ii) on splicing the loop in the traveller: "The most forward part of the triangle that forms the traveller is regarded as load-bearing and may have a splice at that point." As it was a Rule interpretation, not a change in the Rule itself, it became effective as soon as it was issued. It has also been included, with the other interpretations, on page 43 of the 2011 ILCA handbook, which you should have received at the beginning of June.
At the briefing for the Stokes Bay Qualifier in March, the UK Measurer Nick Livingstone mistakenly told competitors that using a splice to close the traveler loop was illegal. Several sailors therefore took out their traveller splice, or were asked to remove it. Nick had not been made aware of the formal interpretation at the time of the Stokes Bay Qualifier, and apologizes to all those competitors who were adversely affected.
Nick also asks everyone to note that (a) the splice must end before the traveller Clamcleat: you cannot have a thin traveller-loop and a thicker tail passing through the traveller cleat, and (b) the traveller cannot be spliced or re-formed anywhere else along its length. For instance, reinforcement of the rope where it passes through the traveller fairleads is not allowed. The use of metal fairleads can cause excessive wear of the traveller rope; any minor burr or imperfection can cut into the rope, and some ropes are more prone to friction and UV degradation. Using the original type of plastic fairleads will solve the first problem, though you will need to monitor these for long-term wear.
If anyone has any questions about these interpretations or any other Rule matters, please email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposal to change the Laser's Fundamental Rule
You may already know of a proposed change to the Fundamental Rule of the ILCA Rules. The change might seem a minor one, but it may have profound implications for the future of our Class. (Click on link for more information).
Live web cam at WPNSA
The link for the live web cam can be accessed via the Nationals event website.
Euro Masters Series 2011 - Sweden - Date change
The date of the Euro Masters Series regatta in Nynäshamn, Sweden has changed from 29th-31st July 2011 to 5th-7th August 2011. The Host Club has changed the date in order to widen the gap between the Finnish and Swedish regattas and maximise the opportunities for sailors from both countries to attend both regattas.
The rest of the Euro Masters Series dates are unchanged. The amended schedule and Notice of Race for the 2011 Euro Masters Series can be found on the ILCA website: http://www.laserinternational.org/europe/euromasterseries2011
What are qualifiers? ...
A short article by Jon Emmett outlining why there are qualifiers, what happens at these events and additional information to help you decide if these are for you. Click on the above link to read his article.