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America's Cup Race Weekend Draw 
Please sign up for a chance of winning a ticket to the AC Portsmouth America's Cup World Series Race Weekend to cheer on Landrover/BAR. (This is an invitational event)

Team Origin have offered 4 places for a member of the UKLA Class Association to attend.

Entries are via this website using the same details as if you were entering an event.

Online entry will close on 30th June with the draw taking place on the 2nd July. Only one entry per person will be used. Entrants must be UKLA members..


Many congratulations to Nick Thompson and Olivia Jagger on their recent engagement. 

16th to 24th July - 4.7 Worlds, Nieuwpoort, Belgium
26th July to 2nd August - Radial Women under 21, Nieuwpoort, Belgium
26th July to 2nd August - Standard Men under 21, Nieuwpoort, Belgium
11th to 18th August - Radial Youth Worlds, Medemblik, Netherlands
19th to 26th August - Radial Women Worlds , Medemblik, Netherlands
19th to 26th August - Radial Senior Men, Medemblik, Netherlands
5th to 12th September - Standard Men Worlds, Split, Croatia
14th to 23rd September - Masters Worlds .Split Croatia

The Mk 2 sail is now compliant at all UKLA events.

Masters Nationals: Late payment entry fee deadline extended 
Just one week until the 2016 Rooster & Wildwind Laser Masters Nationals kicks off at Hayling Island SC. Late payment entry fee extended to 22nd June, so get your online entry registered now! Remember all entries go into an automatic prize draw for a fantastic Wildwind holiday!

Masters Spring Qualifier Race Report 
Jeff Loosemore of Australia storms to victory in the Radial class on day 2 of the Rooster Masters Spring Qualifier at Felpham SC. Meanwhile Alan Davis remains on course for an unprecedented quadruple in the standard more

ILCA Error 
On page 6 of the ILCA handbook under " ILCA Age Policy and Useful Information" the suggested age limits for prizes at youth events should read "Under 16" for Laser 4.7 (NOT Under 15) and include birth years from 2001 to 2004. The ILCA web site has been updated.

Laser Masters Worlds Qualifier, Felpham SC 
Breezy conditions and big waves on the final day at the Laser Masters Worlds qualifier saw Jeff Loosemore of Australia taking the Radial title from Andy Byrne after posting 3 spectacular bullets in Sunday's racing. In the standard fleet, Alan Davies was in imperious form once again, taking the title from Tony Woods of QMSC. Like Novak Djokovic, Davies remains ON for the unprecedented Grand Slam quadruple. Can anyone stop him? Full results here:



Peter Raymer funeral 
Peter’s Funeral Service will be held on Friday 17th June at 2.30pm at Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, ME5 9QU. The wake will be held at Whitstable Yacht Club after the service.
The family have asked In lieu of flowers, donations to Demelza a children’s hospice, this was Peter's wish .
Our Sympathy goes out to Peter’s family and friends.
Peter Gowing
Laser Class Captain
Whitstable Yacht Club
Tel:078385 49774

Peter Raymer 1927 - 2016 
We are very sad to announce that our oldest member, Peter Raymer, from Whitstable Yacht Club has died. He has been a member of the association almost from its inception and a keen supporter of the class, sailing well into his 80's, even competing in a Qualifier at Whitstable a few years ago. He was a good sailor, and competed in many Master's Worlds. A very active, cheerful and kind man, who will be greatly missed. His son John, would love to hear from any of you with memories of Peter, please send correspondence to 1 Dean Close, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4JW. His funeral is not yet arranged but the wake will be at Whitstable Yacht Club.

Masters Spring Qualifiers & Nationals - Entry Now Open 
Online entry is now OPEN for the upcoming Masters Events at Felpham (June 11 & 12) and the season highlight, Rooster & Wildwind Laser Masters Nationals at Hayling Island (June 24-26). You can enter now through the regatta website, and pay on the day to avoid late registration fees.

Nick Thompson 2016 Standard World Champion 

Ali Young 2016 Radial World Champion 

4.7 Ladder 10 is cancelled and won't be re scheduled. 

Midland Grand Prix at Staunton Harold date change 
The Wildwind/Rooster Laser Midland Grand Prix final event and prize giving has changed to 9th October.

Broadstairs Laser Open - 5th June 
Broadstairs SC have announced a Laser Open on 5th June, further details can be found on their web site.

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix events 8th May 
The forthcoming Grand Prix events this weekend (8th May) are at Blithfield (Midland), Papercourt (Thames Valley) and Yeadon (Northern).

Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix - Carsington 
Round 6 of the 2016 Wildwind/Rooster Laser Midland Grand Prix saw possibly the closest racing on the circuit for several years. The event was won by Chris Wright (Carsington) with Joe Scurrah (Carsington) 2nd and Rich Bennett (Staunton Harold) 3rd. Jenn Parsons (Rotherham) was first Radial from Thomas Woodings and James Cockayne both from the home club. Claire Purcell (Carsington) was the first 4.7.

Wildwind/Rooster South Coast Grand Prix - Arun 
The first of the 2016 Rooster South Coast and South East Grand Prix series took place at Arun Yacht Club. Twenty-six competitors arrived in Littlehampton for some close class racing on the sea. The weather was pleasant force 3 southerly, building to a 4 south-easterly.

In the standard rigs, after a general recall, Craig Williamson (Hayling Island) won from Alan Davis (Oxford) in second and Nik Froud (Royal Lymington) third. The top three competitors were separated by a tie-breaker.

Alex Bulter (Hayling Island) won all three races in the Radial fleet, with Will Birdhall (also from Hayling Island) second and Sue Ritchie (Newport) third.

Ami Jewell (Chipstead) was the 1st 4.7 and learnt a valuable lesson about black flags, but still collected a prize for her two first places.

Wildwind/Rooster Wessex Laser Grand Prix Results - Bristol Corinthians SC 
A good days racing. A reasonable 17 boats came to the line despite waking up to it snowing on the morning.

1 Benjamin Flower - Babbacombe
2 John Ling - Bartley
3 Greg Bartlett - Starcross

1 Will Hopes - Whitefriars
2 Haydn Lavender

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix events 30th April/1st May 
The Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix circuits continue this weekend 30th April at Oxford (Thames Valley), Annandale (Lakeland) and Weir Wood (South East) and 1st May at Bartley (Midland) and Salcombe (SouthWest).

RYA Youth Squad notifications - Delays possible 
Due to IT issues, we are unable to notify all sailors who have applied for a place in the RYA UK Youth/T2 Squad within the publicised timeframe.

We will endeavour to notify all applicants by Friday 29th April 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix events 23rd/24th April 
The Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix circuits continue this weekend 23rd April at Queen Mary (Thames Valley) and Carsington (Midland) and 24th April at Redesmere (Northern) and Chipstead (South East).

Laser Radial Worlds - Mexico 
After day 4 Alison Young lies in 3rd place after the qualification series and the Laser Radial Worlds

RYA Youth Nationals - Laser Standard Report 

RYA Youth Nationals - Laser Radial Boys Report 

RYA Youth Nationals - Laser Radial Girls Report 

Masters Inlands - Race Report & Photos 
- Record turnout of 82 boats
- Alan Davis wins standards by huge margin
- Steve Smith records maiden Radial victory
- Mk1 v Mk2 - The Big Debate

Access Photos from This Link

Racing at the Women's Radial Worlds starts on April 14th 

Laser Youth Training 
There are still a few places available for this weekend's Laser 4.7 Youth Training at Weymouth. See UKLA calendar for full list of Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial Youth training weekends.

Great start at Masters Inland Championships 
An excellent turnout of almost 80 boats at the Masters Inlands at Queen Mary saw the masters series 2016 kick off in fine style. Steve Smith recorded his maiden series victory in the Radial, while Alan Davis was unstoppable in the 54 strong standard fleet. Racing wrapped up in 20 knot breeze and sunshine. Results on the link, report to follow...

2016 Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix Round 5 - Earlswood 
The wind for Round 5 of the 2016 Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix was a perfect direction for windward/leeward courses. John Ling (Bartley) was the eventual winner after some very close finishes, with Pete Newbery (Earlswood) second and Paul Williamson (SHSC) third. Philip Deeley (Midland) was the first Radial and Andy Allan (Trimpley) still leads the series after 5 events.

2016 Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix Round 4 - Barnt Green 
Ed Higson (Bartley) won a very windy Barnt Green Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix Open, Dan Wigmore (Grafham) was 2nd and first Radial and John Ling (Bartley) was third.

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix Events 16th April 
The 16th April is a busy day for the Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix with the following events taking place: Delph (Northern), Killington (Lakeland), Littleton (Thames Valley), Bristol Corinthian (Wessex) and Loch Tummel (Scottish).

Final Call: Online Entry for Laser Masters Inlands, 9 & 10 April 
The first Masters event of the year kicks off at Queen Mary on Saturday 9th April. Entry fee just £30, 6 races. Entrants must be 33 years or older, Book your place now.

Stokes Bay Standard Qualifier 3 report 

Stokes Bay Radial Qualifier 3 report 

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix events 2nd/3rd April 
The 2016 Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix is starting to ramp up at Haversham SC (Thames Valley) and Arun YC (South Coast) on Saturday 2nd April and Earlswood (Midland) and West Riding (Northern) on Sunday 3rd April.

And for those who want even more Laser open meeting racing there is a Laser Open at Banbury SC on Saturday 2nd April

24 March 2016 is the application closing date for the following events:
• 2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
• 2016 Laser Radial Men's World Championship (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
• 2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (Kiel, Germany)
• 2016 Laser Under-21 World Championships (Kiel, Germany)
To submit an application, go to the ILCA Laser World Championships website, select the regatta where you would like to compete, and then fill out an Application Form, available through the event menu.

2016 Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix Round 3 - Rutland 
The Top Club prize for the first three boats from each club at the Rutland Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix was won by the home club team of Jon Williams, Richard Langford and Martyn Barrett. The Chelmarsh team of Cameron Smith, Steve and Alison Taylor were second.

Overall Results (Standards):
1st Paul Wiliamson (SHSC)
2nd Jon Williams (Rutland)
3rd Cameron Smith( Chelmarsh)

1st Rob Stenhouse (Rutland)
2nd Hilary Alison (Rutland)
3rd Sue Proffitt (Rutland)

2016 Wildwind/Rooster Wessex Grand Prix Round 1 - Bowmoor 
Round 1 of the 2016 Wildwind/Rooster Wessex Grand Prix was won by John Ling (Bartley) with Neil Crosby (Bowmoor) 2nd and Tim Keighley( West Riding) 3rd. Fi Lucas (Bowmoor) was first Radial with Matt Beck (Bowmoor) second and Matt Beck (Bowmoor) was first 4.7.

The Haversham Grand Prix event is rearranged for 2nd April 
The recently cancelled Thames Valley Grand Prix event at Haversham has been rearranged for 2nd April with the first race at 11:00.

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix events 26th March 
The Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix series continues on Saturday 26th March with Round 1 of the South East Series at Bough Beach and Round 4 of the Midland Series at Barnt Green.

The winner of the draw taken from all members who had renewed or joined by midnight 13th March, is Malcolm Lee, a master sailor from Keyhaven SC who has been a member since 2011. He is delighted with his win; we would like to thank LaserPerformance very much for their generous sponsorship of this draw.

Plymouth Laser Qualifer 

Plymouth Radial Qualifier 

Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix Round 2 
The Chelmarsh 2016 Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix was won by Cameron Smith with Steve Taylor second and Richard Coates third. All three are from the home club. Andy Allan (Trimpley) tops the leader board after two events.

Wildwind/Rooster Grand Prix events 19th/20th March 
The Wildwind/Rooster Wessex and South West Grand prix series start next weekend (19th March) at Bowmoor and Wimbleball. The third event in the Wildwind/Rooster Midland is at Rutland (20th March); the top three boats from each club will qualify for the 2016 top club prize at Rutland.

Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix Round 1 
The 2016 Wildwind/Rooster Midland Grand Prix got underway at Tamworth on 12th March. The wind was light and shifty but attracted 21 boats. Standard results: 1st: Paul Williamson (SHSC), 2nd: Craig Williamson (Hayling Island), 3rd: Rob Lennox (Barnt Green). Radial Results: 1st: Jenni Parsons (Rotherham), 2nd: Jason Culmer (Tamworth), 3rd: Cat Elson (Tamworth).

Laser Youth Training 
The venues have bee finalised for the Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial Youth training weekend for April - July. Click on the title or use the EVENT CALENDAR to access appropraite training event website.

Weymouth Qualifier Standard report 

Weymouth Qualifier Radial report 

24 March is the application deadline for the following Laser World Championships:
• 2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
• 2016 Laser Radial Men's World Championship (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
• 2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (Kiel, Germany)
• 2016 Laser Under-21 World Championships (Kiel, Germany)
To submit an application, go to the ILCA Laser World Championships website and select the regatta where you would like to compete – then choose "Application Form" from the event menu.

The 2016 Grand Prix starts on 12th March 
Next weekend sees the 2016 Midland and Thames Valley Wildwind and Rooster Grand Prix events get under way. At Tamworth (Midland) and Haversham (Thames Valley) on Saturday 12th March and on Sunday 13th at Chelmarsh (Midland). For those planning to travel to Chelmarsh from other clubs please beware that your boat must be cleaned and dry for at least two days before the event.

There have been some changes since the original fixtures were posted; please check the dates before travelling. The most imminent change is Rutland which will take place on Sunday 20th March.

Those wishing to race in the Weymouth World Cup must submit request by March 6th 

Wildwind to sponsor the 2016 Grand Prix Series 
Wildwind Sailing Holidays are to once again sponsor the UKLA Grand Prix series for 2016. Wildwind are giving an all expenses paid holiday including flights to their sailing centre based in Vasilliki on the Greek island of Lefkas. The holiday will be raffled at the end of the season to UKLA members entering the 2016 series.

Wildwind confirmed as Masters Nationals Sponsor 
Great news! Wildwind Sailing Holidays have been confirmed as a regatta sponsor for the 2016 UK Laser Masters Nationals at Hayling Island, alongside Rooster Sailing. One lucky competitor will win an all expenses paid sailing holiday (incl flights) to Vasiliki, Greece courtesy of Wildwind (

Racing at the Laser/Radial Europeans starts on Feb 28th. 

Trailer space needed for Qualifiers 
Spare space on trailer from Weymouth Qualifier 1 to Plymouth Qualifier 2 needed for Scottish sailor without car. Will pay for fuel / associated logistics cost involved in boat transport. If you are able to help please contact: Andrew McGowan 07832 132612,

TV Adventure series looking for sailors 
Windfallfilms are looking for people with a sense of adventure to take part in a major new maritime survival series for Channel 4, sailing the Pacific. If you are interested email for an application form at

Laser MK II Sails - Important 
The Mark 2 sail cannot be used at UKLA Qualifiers until after the Olympics, but can be used at all other UKLA events.

Laser 4.7 Ladder 10 being rescheduled 
Due to a clash with the Laser 4.7 Europeans the Laser 4.7 Ladder 10 event due to be held on the 2nd/rd July at Queen Mary Sailing Club has been cancelled. We are hopting to reschedule this event. More details about date and venue to follow.

Download the Masters Europeans NOR 

Gul Laser 4.7 Ladder series 6 2016 
Click on title to view video taken at the event.

Laser 4.7 Results updated 
The Laser 4.7 results for Ladders 5 and 6 have now been posted on the event websites. The World and Qualification Series has been posted on the Ladder 6 site and under Categores / Laser 4.7.

Ladder Series now updated after 6 events.

Laser 4.7 Ladder 7 - Online entry now open 
This event is being run alongside theUKLA Laser Radial and Laser Standard Qualifier.


Miami OCR starts tomorrow 
With Elliott, Lorenzo and Ali competing.

Laser Radial and Standard Spring Qualifiers 
The event websites and online entry are now live.

Important UPDATE Youth Winter Championships 
Unfortunately due to the low entry for Laser Youth Standard and Laser Youth Radial fleets we have had to cancel these two fleets. The Laser 4.7 Fleet will continue to race the Winter Championships which is also Ladder 5 and the first of the World and European Laser 4.7 UKLA Qualification events..

If you have a Laser 4.7 rig then you are welcome to transfer and take part in the Laser 4.7 Winter Championship.

OBITUARY - Nigel Blake - Laser master 
It is with great sadness I have to tell you Nigel Blake died 30th September 2015.
When I started the Laser Masters in Britain Nigel was one of the very first to participate and carried on successfully competing until recently.
He was well known in the Eastern Region and clubs such as Stewartby, Grafham and on the Norfolk coast where he last sailed at Rollesby Broad Sailing Club.
For many decades he attended the Dutch and other European Championships. Nigel, his bicycle and the van he slept in were a familiar sight. He will be much missed.
Nigel’s Sister was my informant and she knew nothing of his sailing life. She contacted me in January after opening my Christmas card to him. She would love to hear from Nigel’s sailing friends near and far. She is Mrs Pamela Murphy ( If you would like her address please ask me - Hilary Thomas (

Online entry now OPEN: 2016 Laser Masters Inlands 
Entry is now OPEN for the 2016 Rooster Laser Masters Inlands at Queen Mary, April 9&10. 6 Races over 2 days, entry only £30. No payment required now for online entry (pay on the day) so reserve your place on the start line now!

Applications for entry for several 2016 Laser World Championships are now being accepted. This includes the following regattas:

2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships
2016 Laser Radial Men's World Championship
2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships
2016 Laser Under-21 Worlds Championships

For all the above regattas, the deadline to receive paid entry applications for initial allocation of places is 24 March 2016 23:59 Central US time.

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

Daniel Whiteley takes bronze at ISAF Youth Worlds 

Laser 4.7 World and European Qualifiers 
Laser 4.7 Ladder events 5 and 6 and both open for online entry and notice of race. See calendar for links to event website

Happy New Year to all Laser sailors! 

The carrier delivering the 2016 European membership cards have mislaid them. This will mean there will be a delay in sending out 2016 membership cards until this is sorted out. Apologies to everyone.

UKLA Youth Winter Championships 
This is event is open to all UKLA Youth members in the Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Laser Standard rigs. This event is also the first of two qualifier events for the Laser 4.7 World and Europeans 2016.

Click on title to access event website and enter online

For anyone joining or renewing their membership for 2016, the new 2016 membership cards will be sent out in early January.

For those considering doing the 2016 Weymouth World Cup 
Please remember you have to qualify in Palma if you are not ranked in the top 30 in the World....

2016 Laser Masters Super Series 
Details of the 2016 Rooster Masters Super Series format. Series comprises 5 Masters Events, from which the best 2 results will be used to form the 2016 series ranking.

Ken Fowler has been nominated for an award in 'Achievement of the Year' category for his round the Isle of Wight trip in his second hand Laser starting from Highcliffe SC. To vote for him the link is

Laser trailer to Europeans 
We have a laser trailer leaving the UK in beginning of feb to go out to Gran
Canaria which will have space on it for 1 possibly 2 boats to get out to the
event. Please contact Hugh Styles on

UKLA would like to congratulate Daniel Whiteley and Hanna Brant who have been selected to represent GBR in the Radial Class at the ISAF Youth World Championships, Langkawi, Malaysia 27th December to 3rd January 2016, and wish them every success

Racing at the Radial World Championships starts on the November 20th in Oman 

Laser 4.7 2015 Qualification Documents 
Two documents have been posted under CATEGORIES / LASER 4.7s regarding the UKLA qualification process tor the 2016 Laser 4.7 Youth World and Laser 4.7 Youth Europeans. These documents are also available via the Laser 4.7 event websites.

From the Jury: 
Rule 42 Penalties

Please note that for next season at UKLA events the penalties for a yellow flag following a breach of Rule 42 will be as per the full requirements of Appendix P. For further details see the 'View from the Jury boat' article in the next edition of Gybe.

Changes of Sail Numbers

The Race Committee will only grant permission for a change of sail number at a UKLA event in exceptional circumstances for one event only. Even where permission is granted such permission has no authority to amend or nullify the requirements of the Laser Class Rules. As a result a boat could be disqualified for failing to comply with the Laser Class Rules. For further details see the briefing note in the Technical Section and the 'View from the Jury boat' article in the next edition of Gybe.

We would like to congratulate David Killey,who qualified from the Thames Valley region of the Grand Prix series, and has won the draw for a Wildwind Holiday, kindly donated by Simon Morgan of Wildwind Holidays. David is a long time member of UKLA and master sailor from Miadenhead Sailing Club. Many thanks to Wildwind for the generous sponsorship.

Last Laser 4.7 Ladder event this year. 
Not long until he last Laser 4.7 Ladder event being run at Datchet Water Sailing Club on the 21/22 November. If you have not yet entered then click on the news title of Event Calendar to access the event site.

Noble Marine Laser Inlands 2015 

Noble Marine Radial Inlands 2015 
Report from a very frustrating weekend.

Laser 4.7 Ladder 4 entries now open 
Online entry is now open on the event website for the Laser 4.7 Ladder at Datchet Water Sailing Club on the 21/22 November 2015.

Noble Marine Laser Standard Autumn Qualifier at Hayling Island Sailing Club 

Noble Marine Laser Radial Autumn Qualifier at Hayling Island Sailing Club 

Next years World Championships... 
Applications for entry for the 2016 Laser World Championships in Mexico are now being accepted. This includes the following regattas:

2016 Laser Radial Women's World Championship
2016 Laser Standard Men's World Championship
2016 Laser Masters World Championship – Radial Division
2016 Laser Masters World Championship – Standard Division

For the 2016 Laser Radial Women's World Championship, the deadline to receive paid entry applications for initial allocation of places is 6 December 2015 23:59 Central US time.

For the 2016 Laser Standard Men's as well as both Masters Championships, the deadline to receive paid entry applications for initial allocation of places is 28 December 2015 23:59 Central US time.

Laser Standard Mark II Sail 

The 2015 Inlands and 2016 Spring Qualifiers will all be raced with the Mark I Standard sail as this sail will be used for the international events until after the Olympics.

However from November 1st you can use the Mark II sail at club racing, Grand Prix and Masters Super series events.

Noble Marine Laser Standard Autumn Qualifier at Paignton Sailing Club, 10–11 October 
Click title to read the report :)

Noble Marine Laser Radial Autumn Qualifier at Paignton Sailing Club, 10–11 October 
Click title to read the report :)

Standard results from the Paignton Qualifier 

Radial Gold results from Paignton Qualifier 

Radial Silver results from Paignton Qualifier 

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!

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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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