Welcome to the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Laser and Laser Radial Fleets

laserfleet manning sHost of the 2016 Laser Midwinters West, 2014 Laser North American Championship, 2012 Laser Midwinters West, 2010 Laser Masters North American Championship and the 2008 U.S. Laser National Championship. This is the place to be if you want to race Laser, Laser Radials & Laser 4.7's. Our calendar is chock full of days to race with an active group of Laser, Laser Radial and now Laser 4.7 sailors, Juniors, Masters and Ladies too!

Come join us for great racing year round. ABYC is an active, family oriented, volunteer driven club with myriad programs and activities for sailors, their families and friends. For more information about joining ABYC, https://www.abyc.org/abyc-info/want-to-join and come to see us soon.

ABYC Laser Fleet Captain: Jorge Suarez

2016 Halloween Regatta

The ABYC Halloween Regatta drew a fleet of eleven Radials for three races in light conditions.

The race was won by Gavin McJones from California YC (CYC), followed by David Wood from Balboa YC and Bastien Rasse from CYC.

For complete results go to: http://sailwave.com/results/2016_abyc_halloween_regatta_results.htm

The Laser Formula

A choice of rigs for different weight sailors—3 boats in one:

  • Are your children reaching the age when they want to go sailing in a Laser by themselves?
  • Does your husband or wife fancy the occasional sail in your Laser?
  • When you arrive at ABYC, have you found it is too windy for you to go sailing?
  • Maybe you are too light to sail the Laser with the Standard rig?

The Laser Formula is the answer to all these questions.  By changing only the sail and lower mast the Laser can be sailed comfortably in all wind conditions and provide exciting but controlled sailing for any sailor weighing as little as 73 lbs.  The Laser Formula is a 3 rig option that has been adopted by a number of sailing schools as a simple and economical way to keep sailing in all winds and reduce the amount of ‘down time’.

Laser 4.7

 The Laser 4.7 uses a short pre-bent lower mast to maintain a balanced helm and a sail area that is 35% smaller than the Laser Standard.  It is ideal for learning to sail or for the lighter weight sailor (73 – 121 lbs.) graduating from Optimist.

laser radial

 The Laser Radial is the next step up.  It uses a more flexible and slightly shorter lower mast together with a sail area 18% smaller than the Laser Standard.  The Laser Radial has a large following with national and international regattas and World Open &Youth Championships attracting as many countries and competitors as the Laser Standard Rig.  As well as a strong following amongst lighter weight sailors (121 – 154 lbs.) the Laser Radial is also used for youth, women and masters (35 yrs. +) racing.  Many countries now support a full Laser Radial Youth program.


 The Laser Standard can be sailed by any weight in light winds, but as the wind increases it is better suited to higher sailor weights (154 + lbs.).

Regardless of which Laser option you choose, there is an active Laser group at ABYC willing to lend a hand in you becoming familiar with Laser sailing and racing, along with the Laser Race clinics scheduled for this month and next.

Fall & Winter Laser & Radial Racing Clinics at ABYC

Oct 2016 Laser Clinic2

   Susan Lanoue, Charlie Crockett & Kim Adam  

A series of Racing Clinics organized by our Junior Sailing Director, Elizabeth (Liz) Ackerman, are being conducted at ABYC and are open to all Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 sailors.

These clinics are for all Laser sailors who are comfortable and confident sailing in the ocean and are conducted/coached by Allie Blecher former Junior Sailing Director at ABYC, 2012 U.S. Sailing® Singlehanded Champion and 2009 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-American Sailing Team member from the College of Charleston.

Allie hosted morning—less experienced— and afternoon—more experienced— groups of sailors for the October Clinic.  Allie reported the groups experienced light wind conditions, so she had the sailors practice light wind boat handling techniques and boat speed, followed by an emphasis on sail trim in light conditions.  So regardless of the weather, these clinics will certainly improve your Laser sailing skills.

The next Clinics are Sunday November 6th, Friday November 18th (one day before the Turkey Day Regatta) and Saturday December 17th.  Weekend Clinics run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.,

Friday Clinic 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The cost is $75.00 per clinic.

It really does help with planning when participants pre-register online, so if you are planning to attend one or all clinic days, please register on-line by going to this site.  It is:


Laser & Radial Racing at ABYC

Lasers and Radials will be competing in the Turkey Day Holiday Regatta November 19th-20thExpect large competitive fleets of Lasers and Radials at Turkey Dayas the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association (SCYYRA) conducts one of their Ullman/Frost Series: http://www.scyyra.org/ullman_frost/c/C18 in conjunction with the Turkey Day Regatta.  The Ullman/Frost Series is open to junior sailors under the age of 19 and who have not yet entered college.  The Ullman series is contested in Lasers, the Frost Series in Radials.  Note: a separate entry fee and registration is required for the Ullman/Frost Series.

The Turkey Day Regatta is also the first scored event in the 2017 ABYC Laser Fleet Championship Series.  So don’t miss this head start on the 2017 Championship season.

Looking forward to New Year’s Eve, Mark Townsend once again hosts the always popular Boxing Day Regatta.  So whether to say adios to the old year or welcome the new, it’s always great fun to mix it up with the wide variety of sail craft that come out to race in this reverse handicap race around Alamitos Bay.