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A short video from the Masters Worlds
(Big wind, big waves and a huge competition!)
Record Participation for 2014 Laser Masters’ World Championships
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Noble Marine Pwllheli Standard Qualifier
An impressive 41 Laser Standards made the journey to the slightly disorientating Pwllheli Sailing Club this weekend, for the opening Autumn Qualifier... (click title link to read more).
Noble Marine Pwllheli Radial Qualifier
75 sailors travelled to sunny Wales for the first of the Autumn qualifier series on the last weekend of September... (click title link to read full report).
Thompson claims ISAF Sailing World Championship bronze
Nick Thompson claimed Great Britain's first medal of the ISAF Sailing World Championships – a bronze – in the Laser class on Thursday (18 September) ...
Earlier in the women's Laser Radial medal race, Alison Young consolidated her ninth place overall with a seventh place finish in the finale.
Great Britain has qualified country quota spots in both the Laser and Laser Radial events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at these World Championships.
Laser 4.7 Ladder 1 and NJS Qualifier Open
Online entry is open for this event at Datchet Water Sailing Club. CLick on title to access.
Please Vote on ILCA Rule Changes by September 30, 2014
Voting is open to ALL active members in our district - one vote per member. The voting period ends TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. The results will be announced later in the autumn.
If you have already voted, thank you. If you have not yet voted, please take a moment to click on the TITLE ABOVE and vote via a quick, 8-question online survey.
Laser Nationals - Accommodation available
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We are located in John Street not far from the Yacht Haven. There is ample parking on street here. The house is old so the rooms are big.
We have WiFi and Sky, lost of DVD's, washing machine, dishwasher and dryer.
We have a small garden with some chairs and a BBQ.
Contact: Dave Hewitt
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Upcoming Masters events
On line entry for Highcliffe Worlds Qualifier and Notice of race for Oxford Inlands now posted on the events page
Laser Masters Nationals
Pwllheli did brilliantly to get six races completed in light and shifty conditions. Congratulations to Denzil May and Ian Jones for winning the Standard and Radial Fleets respectively.
Full report available on the results page.
Lorenzo Chiavarini wins the Under 21 Europeans
and 4 Brits in the top 6:
2nd Jack Wetherell
4th Michael Beckett
6th (and 1st under 19) Henry Wetherell
UKLA Laser Masters Nationals and World Qualifiers - Day 1
Despite the Lleyn Peninsula waking up this morning to gusts of wind up to 28 knots the first day of the Laser Masters Nationals and World Qualifiers at Pwllheli Sailing Club got off to a great start ...
Brits win Laser and Radial Masters Europeans
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Laser Master European Championships in Belgium - Day 4
Alan Davies leads Standard fleet after 7 races and Jon Emmett leads Radial fleet with Ian Jones in third
Laser 4.7 Ladder 10 cancelled
After a review of the weather forecast for the weekend, it was decided to cancel the event, as the high pressure however welcome, means that there would be insufficient wind for both the open and coaching activities. We will be refunding the entry fees during next week.
Laser duo claim first Europeans medals
It was a double celebration for Britain's sailors in Split today (14 June), as Olympic hopefuls Nick Thompson and Chloe Martin both took bronze medals at the Laser and Laser Radial European Championships.
4.7 Ladder 10
This is a coached event by the the NJS coach Marcus Lynch.
We welcome any new Laser 4.7 sailors to our fleet. Our main aim is to prepare our sailors who are sailing at the Europeans this summer in Moss by providing coached support for this Ladder event. Boats will be offered to be fitted with tracking devices to allow sailors and parents to follow their progress during racing.
Registration starts at 9:00 on Saturday. The main briefing will be at 9:30 prior to racing .On Saturday the first start will be at 12:00 –
2 further races back-to-back followed by a debrief after racing.
On Sunday, briefing will be at 9:00 with a first start at 10:00 - 2 further races back -to-back.
There will be a debrief followed by prizegiving. There will be no coaching whilst racing.
The fee has been increased to 55 GBP to cover costs.
Lasers Masters Qualifiers
Sailing instructions for these on the events page - please download as the same general instructions will apply to the whole series.
NSSC have let me know that their clubhouse at Seaford will be open on Friday night, anyone arriving wishing to camp or park overnight will be made welcome. There won’t have a formal galley open but there will be Tapas, the bar will be open, and we will try and sort out any needs or requirements anyone has.
Laser Masters Nationals
Entries for the nationals are now open - please enter via the events page
Entries for 2014 Masters Worlds
ILCA have told me that everyone who applied before May 18th will receive a place offer as long as we confirm they are ILCA members. I note that they have also increased the entry limit to 600 so it may still be possible to get a late entry.
Laser Youth Training Programme
The dates for the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 Autumn and Winter programme have been published on the website.
Venues, prices, entry limits and online entry to follow soon.
Just a reminder that the date for 1st ranking of applications for Hyeres (3-11 Oct) is 18th May. There are currently 415 applications for the 500 places available. The UK has 35 places allocated for this 1st stage and 48 applicants so if you want to take advantage of a good ranking from the 2013 qualifiers you need to apply this week. There will be many more places available for UK sailors in the 2nd stage but applying before the 18th will give the best chance of a place.
Laser 4.7 Ladder 9 - Rutland
Ross Banham from Bewl Valley SC had an impressive day screaming round the race course in the gusty conditions to clinch two race wins and a second to cement his position at the top of the leaderboard. William Bedford sits in second after a 3-3-2 for today's efforts, whilst Savva Tretyakov ended his day in third.
Overnight leader Ross Banham from Bewl Valley Sailing Club took event honours by mirroring his results from day one with a further two race wins and a second. William Bedford sailed a striking series to finish 12 points ahead of third placed George Ford
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Laser Youth Training
Only limited spaces available for Laer 4.7 and Laser Radial Training in July.
Laser 4.7 Ladder
Josh Haynes wins Ladder 8 at Datchet Water Sailing Club. The event was attended by 35 boats with Aaran Holman second and Jordan Giles third on tie break from William Heritage. First Lady was Liz Sherwood.
The update ladder results have been posted on the event website for Ladder 8 as well as under Youth and Categories/Laser 4.7 on the UKLA website.
Lader Radial Youth Ladder now posted
The Laser Radial Youth Ladder after the RYA Youth Nationals has now been posted under YOUTH in the above menu.
RYA Youth Championships
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Laser Youth Training
Two training events have been planned in July for Laser Youth sailors. One in the Laser 4.7 and the other in the Laser Radial. See Calendar for dates and links to event website and online entry.
2014 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships - Applications now open
Applications for entry for the 2014 Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships are now open.
Entry is restricted to experienced sailors who are at least 12 years old but not 18 years old in the year in which the championship begins.
If you do not apply by the 11 April 2014 deadline, then you have very little chance of attending this championship or reserving a charter boat.
The deadline for receiving applications for entry is 11 April 2014.
2014 South West Laser Grand Prix Series - Preview
The 2013 South West Laser Grand Prix series was much more competitive with an increase in numbers over the previous years and we are planning for 2014 to be even better. We have kept faith with our classic venues and have added some great clubs for the coming season.
We are starting at 11 o'clock at Wimbleball SC on Sunday the 6th April .
Laser 4.7 Ladder 8 and Summer Squad Qualifier 1
The event is now open for online entry. For the summer squad qualifier 2 you will need to enter via the RYA racing events website.
Laser Radial Men and Youth World Championships 2014
Entry is now open
Laser 4.7 Trailor to Europeans
If you are interested in the Laser 4.7 trailor going to the 4.7 Europeans in Norway, then please contact Step Banham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laser Qualifier 3 - Avoid late payment fee
If you have not already done so, today (Tuesday) is the last day to enter / pay for the event at Highcliffe at the lower entry fee of £37.00.
European Entries - action required
Please ensure that your sailors are aware that if they do not apply by 16th March 2014, they have very little chance of attending these championships, except if the National Laser Class requests a late ranking date and reserves the necessary places and/or requests extra places. Declaring a late ranking date allows you to reserve your Allocated places and request Extra places for use later once you know which sailors should attend the championship. However, please be aware, to reserve your Allocated places and any Extra places available your National Laser Class will have to guarantee payment for the entry.
The deadline for receiving applications for entry is 16 March, 2014.
Top performance by Laser sailor in SailJuice series
Congratulations to CRAIG WILLIAMSON for finishing 5th out of 835 in the SailJuice Winter Series
Invitation to attend 2014 Japan Friendship Regatta
We have received an invitation for one under 16 years old Laser 4.7 UKLA sailor to attend the International Friendship All Japan Junior Yacht Club Regatta 2014 which will be held in Tokyo, and sailed in the area to be used for the 2020 Olympic sailing. The racing is scheduled for just two days.
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Applications Open for all Laser European Championships and Trophies 2014
EurILCA has now published details including the Allocated places and Notice of Race for 2014 European Laser Championships listed below.
Application for entry opened Monday, 24th February 2014 for all European Championships and Trophies.
Sailors who may be interested in attending any of these championships must complete the relevant application form on the EurILCA 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.
Please select the link to access allocations, application form and Notice of Race about each championship. These links are available on the EurILCA home page (http://europeanlaserclassassociation.eu).
European Laser 4.7 Women’s 18 and over Championship & Trophy 2014
European Laser Radial Men’s Championship & Trophy 2014
European Laser Radial Women’s Championship & Trophy 2014
European Laser Standard Senior Championship & Trophy 2014
Laser Radial Youth European Championships & Trophy 2014
Laser Radial Women’s Under 21 European Championship & Trophy 2014
Laser Standard Men’s Under 21 European Championship & Trophy 2014
Laser 4.7 Youth European Championships & Trophy 2014
European Master Championship 2014 - The European Master Championship is a separate event. You have to register directly by the organizing club not through EurILCA.
Something a bit different
We would like to invite you to our " Improve your Starting Technique online seminar.
This webinar will take place next Thursday 27/2/14 at 17:00 New York / Eastern Time.
Laser Training Center head coach Rulo Borojovich will provide you all the tips and tricks necessaries to master your starts.
In addition to Rulo's slides, and Videos, three times Laser worlds medal winner, Nick Thomson (GBR) will be the guest expert in this webinar, and will answer sailors questions.
More info at: www.rulosailing.com
I hope to see you there!
Masters Nationals - Date Change
To avoid a clash with the Masters Europeans the dates for this have been changed. Pwhlleli SC have very helpfully agreed to move the event to Friday 18th July - Sunday 20th July. Notice of race will be published soon in the events section. (J.Elwood)
Wildwind Laser Grand Prix Series
All the regional grandprix event dates are listed under CATEGORIES / GRANDPRIX SERIES. You can download list of dates and venues for your region here. (All events are also being added to the UKLA calendar).
The first events start mid March, so add them into this year's event sailing calendar.
Laser 4.7 Ladder events 6 and 7
Events are now open for entry,
Laser 4.7 World and European Championships 2014 – Qualification UPDATE
In line with the earlier notice, and due to the cancellation of last weekend’s Ladder 5 event at GWSC, qualification for the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Japan (8-15 August 2014) and the Laser 4.7 Europeans in Norway (25 July – 1 August) will use the ranking provided by the results of the Ladder 4 event at Datchet on January 18-19.
Information for both international events, including the number of places allocated to GBR sailors, has yet to be published by the international class associations but as soon as it is, UKLA will formally publish a Notice of Qualification, which will be posted on the UKLA website.
RYA announces IOC Youth Olympic Sailor selection for phase 2
IOC Youth Olympic Games 2014 - Selection Announcement
In accordance with the published selection policy, the following sailors have been invited to join phase 2 of the selection process for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games:
Boy 1 & 2:
Girl 1 & 2:
The following sailors are reserves if any of the invited sailors decline the invitation:
We expect to confirm the names of the sailors in phase 2 by 14th February 2014
Laser 4.7 Ladder 5 and Radial Youth Open Cancelled
Based on current weather forecasts and following discussions this afternoon (Thursday) between Grafham Water Sailing Club, the Race Officer and representatives of UKLA, we do not think we will be able to hold reasonable racing for the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 classes this weekend 8/9 February 2014 at Grafham Water Sailing Club.
Therefore we have decided to cancel :
1. The Laser Radial Youth Open event.
2. The Laser 4.7 Ladder 5, Worlds & European Qualifier 2 and IOC Youth Olympic Games Qualifier 2 event.
A separate announcement will be made by UKLA relating to qualification for Worlds & European events and a separate announcement will be made by the RYA relating to qualification for the Youth Olympic Games.
Peter Saxton - Commodore - Grafham Water Sailing Club
Simon Dabson - Race Officer
The RYA supports the decision made by the UKLA and Grafham Water Sailing Club to cancel the Laser 4.7 ladder event due to be held on 8/9 February 2014. This is due to extreme weather across the country and being highly unlikely to be able to race safely as well as the risk involved in travelling.
The RYA is aware that this event formed the second and final event in a series to select sailors for the IOC Youth Olympic Games.
It is the selector’s intention that the results from the first event (Datchet on 18/19 January 2014) will be used to select sailors to phase 2 as per the selection policy. There is no intention to extend the series further.
Confirmation of the sailors selected will be announced on Monday 10th February 2014.
Laser 4.7 Ladder 5 - Weather Watch
We continue to monitor weather forecasts for this weekend at Grafham Water SC and will publish a decision on whether the Laser 4.7 Qualifier and Radial Youth Open events go ahead as planned at or soon after 7pm today, Thursday 6 February. Please check your Email and the event microsites on the UKLA website for updates.
Boat missing from WPNSA - Laser Radial No. 195847 with grey cover, foils bag, spars and sail no. 202461 inside, has gone missing from WPNSA compound but trolley with orange tape on was left behind. Has probably gone missing in the last two weeks. Please does anyone know its wherebouts? Please contact Dot beadsworth at UKLA.
Esso Laser 4.7 Winter Championship
Ben Whaley wins Essos Winter Championship on count back from George Ford with William Heritage in third. First lady in fourth was Sophie Opielok.
The Laser 4.7 World and European Championship qualification series and the RYA Youth Olympic selection series conclude at the Laser 4.7 Open at Grafham Water Sailing Club on the 8th/9th February 2014.
Laser 4.7 Ladder Event at Datchet
Full results are available on the event website and the updated ladder is now under CATEGORIES --> 4.7.
The selection/qualification for the Laser 4.7 World and European Championships and the RYA Olympic Youth Selection Series currently are identical t the results for Ladder 4 (Datchet Open)
Laser fleet do very well at Bloody Mary
First Lady helm was Karyna Manuel, Grafham Water, Laser Radial
7. Craig Williamson – Staunton Harold – Laser
8. Rob Cape – Thames SC – Laser
2013 Laser Radial Youth World Championships at Oman Sail - Overall
Karyna Manuel from Great Britain wins the girls U17 girls title at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Oman
Laser Radial Youth Open
The Laser Radial Youth Open will be run alongside the Gul Laser 4.7 Ladder 5 event at Grafham Water Sailing Club on the 8/9 February 2014. Online entry is now open.
Laser 4.7 World and European Championships 2014 – Qualification
UKLA intends to use the Ladder 4 and 5 events as a qualification series for the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Japan (8-15 August 2014) and the Laser 4.7 Europeans in Norway (25 July – 1 August). Information for both of these championships, including the number of places allocated to GBR sailors, has yet to be published by ILCA and Eurilca respectively.
As soon as it is, UKLA will formally publish a Notice of Qualification, which will be posted on the event mini-sites and on the UKLA website. Until then, any Laser 4.7 sailors seeking to qualify for the Worlds and Europeans in 2014 should plan on competing at the Ladder 4 (Datchet January 18-19) and Ladder 5 (Grafham February 8-9) events, from which a ranking will be produced to select sailors for the international events.
IOC Youth Olympic Selection Events
The Laser 4.7 Ladder events 4 and 5 (Datchet Water SC and Grafham Water SC) are also being used as the selection events for the British event in the Byte CII class. For full details visit the website.
ONLINE ENTRY opens Monday 9th December
2014 ISAF Combined Sailing World Championships
In accordance with the recent notification from ISAF, GBR have been allocated 3 Additional Entries for the Laser Radial and Laser Standard at the 2014 ISAF Combined Sailing World Championships in Santander (8-21 September 2014), These Additional Entries are in addition to the one Priority Entry place which GBR is also entitled to in each Class.
The RYA is required to pay for any entries allocated to GBR and which it wishes to take up, by 1st February 2014, so if you are interested in attending the Event please send an email to email@example.com as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.
Online entries open for 2014 RYA Youth National Championships
Entries are now open online for the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships; the premier event on the RYA Youth Racing calendar.
The event will take place from 12-18 April 2014 at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and is guaranteed to attract the best Youth racers from across the country to do battle on the same waters used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Competition will be highly charged as selection for RYA Team GBR – the team which will represent Great Britain at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal – will also be up for grabs along with the opportunity to earn selection to the RYA UK Youth Squads and to win a host of international travel grants.
Success for GBR Masters Sailors
Jon Emmett wins the Apprentice Radial title adding to Ian Jones success in the Radial Masters fleet. Keith Wilkins is second in the Radial Great Grand Masters, Terry Scutcher second in the Standard Great Grand Masters and Mike Pridham third in the Radial Grand Masters.
Winter GYBE in time for Christmas
The current winter Gybe is with the postal system on its way to you.
RYA QUALIFICATION for ISAF SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - 8-21 September 2014, Santander, SPAIN
Click on link for the RYA document.
Noble Marine Laser Inland Championships at Grafham Water Sailing Club
This year's finale to the UK Laser season was not for the faint-hearted. The forecast was not the best but that didn't stop 187 assorted Lasers from arriving at Grafham Water on Saturday, 2nd November for the Noble Marine UK Laser Inland Championships ...
Record numbers qualify for Wildwind Sailing Holiday Draw
With all the Grand Prix Regional Series completed, 88 UK Laser Association members have qualified for the Wildwind sponsored sailing holiday draw that will be held this coming Sunday at the Noble Marine Inland Laser Championships.
The lucky winner will get a one week, all expenses paid (terms & conditions apply), sailing holiday at Wildwind's sailing centre at Vassiliki on the lovely Grek island of Lefkas.
Laser Qualifier 6 - what happens next
The UKLA have a committee meeting tonight and we hope to update you by the end of the week regarding your entry fees.
Sail Laser Weymouth to close on December 1st