Laser Fleet

 

 
Laser Dinghy at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
Laser Dinghy Fleet at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
 

 

One of our larger fleets, the Laser class attracts good turnouts: up to 10 for a race. There are about 40 Lasers berthed at Island Barn so you can be sure of company whenever you sail and whatever your standard. Every year we invite Laser Sailors, across all rig formats, from around wider region to join us at our Laser Open. The day forms part of the Thames Valley Traveller Series usually attracted 20-30 boats with a high quality of racing.

Laser sailing and racing presents a unique set of physical and skill based challenges. Good physical fitness helps the Laser sailor to endure the straight legged hiking and body-torque techniques required to get upwind and reach quickly. Downwind sailing is unique in that Lasers can both sail by the lee and reach. With three rigs to choose from you can decide which one suits you best, even change from Standard to Radial as the weather varies.  The Laser is an Olympic class for both male and female sailors, and the ISAF awarded International status to the Laser 4.7, and so many young sailors are progressing into the class from the Optimist and Topper knowing that they will be able to stay competitive as they grow older and bigger.  The Laser is now a separate part of the clubs junior sailing school which runs on Sunday afternoons from April to October. 

Paul Wright-Anderson is the fleet captain, and has nearly 20 years of Laser sailing under his belt.  Hes very happy to provide advice etc, and regularly arranges training sessions for all abilities. 

The Club has 6 Lasers for hire for those who wish to give the boat a try.  

Laser Open September 2012.
Sunny, a Force 2 -3 breeze and a good turnout, with more stars than usual. The racing was close with places hard fought for right through the fleet.At lunchtime Steve Janering from Wembley was leading from John McKelvie (IRL) and frequent winner of this event Graham Lund. Race three saw some different faces at the front, and left no-one with three good results, so it was all on the last race. For this race the wind, appropriately, increased a Force. Graham Lund led for much of the race, but in the end Steve Janering took the lead on the last run to take the event by a comfortable margin.