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.

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 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.

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.

laser

 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

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   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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwy70wW7rPz1_uz2vqjsDF6nx07gr90Zi-HEm1ycC1jMU2qg/viewform

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.

Fall & Winter Laser & Radial Racing Clinics at ABYC

laser rigs

A series of Racing Clinics organized by our Junior Sailing Director, Elizabeth (Liz) Ackerman, are being conducted this fall and are open to all Laser and Laser Radial sailors, not just juniors.

These Clinics will be 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.

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Allie racing for College of Charleston

These clinics are for all Laser/Radial sailors who are comfortable and confident sailing in the ocean.

Liz and Allie want everyone to know they are welcome to come and sail.  By the time you read this, one Clinic has been conducted.  The next Clinics are Saturday October 22nd, 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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwy70wW7rPz1_uz2vqjsDF6nx07gr90Zi-HEm1ycC1jMU2qg/viewform

For more information about Laser Racing Clinics, or the Junior Sailing Programs at ABYC, please contact Liz.

2016 ABYC Laser & Laser Radial Fleet Championship

The ABYC Laser & Laser Radial Fleet Champions are determined by results of race performance, volunteer participation in assigned Fleet duties and membership in the International Laser Class Association.  Champions win the right to compete in the ABYC club Championship Regatta on Opening Day 2017.  With only one scored regatta to determine our winners, Sawyer Gibbs is our probable Laser Fleet Champ and Joseph Hou our likely Radial Champ.

Congratulations Sawyer and Joseph.  Good luck winning the Club Champion parking space next spring.

More Laser & Radial Racing at ABYC

In addition to the aforementioned Race Clinics, Lasers and Radials will be competing in the Halloween Regatta Saturday October 29th and 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 Series is contested in Lasers, the Frost Series in Radials.  Please Note: a separate entry fee and registration is required for the Ullman/Frost Series.

Finally on 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 on a Laser or Radial with the wide variety of sail craft that come out to race in this reverse handicap race around Alamitos Bay.

New Updated ABYC Laser Fleet Website

As the ABYC website has been modernized, so to the ABYC Laser Fleet site: https://www.abyc.org/laser-home

From the ABYC webpage, clink on Fleets, then select Laser.  Choose Events Calendar to see all the events ABYC Fleets have posted.  Laser Fleet events are posted in RED.  You can see details of each event in the right hand column.  There are also links to Newsletters and Photo Galleries at the top of the page.  A Classified link is also there, but no ads to date.  Watch for listing of our 2017 schedule in October with more event dates as they become available.

2015 Manning Series Regatta

Although weather forecasters predicted rain all weekend, the showers stayed away in place of dramatic cloudy skies and brisk breezes for a small fleet of Lasers. Rodion Mazin was the leader of the pack all weekend with seven bullets. Rodion's ability to start well, hike his boat flat and navigate the waves both upwind and downwind proved too much for the rest of us to challenge. With the Race Committee (RC) running twice-around windward-leeward courses, our small fleet spread out across the course, but several times we were close together downwind and at the turning marks. Our RC PRO, John Williams and crew did a good job with minimal delay between races and largely keeping us separated from the 29 boat strong fleet of CFJ's that were sharing the course.

On day two, the RC chose to set-up the race course closer to the channel. This location exposed us to more waves coming in off the ocean and once the breeze filled in, we were challenged to hike hard upwind and steer through the chop. Downwind there were nice waves to keep things interesting.

Just behind Rodion in second place for the weekend was Jorge Suarez, followed by Michael Kramer, your author, Glenn Styron (who could not race on day two), Chris May (visiting from Indiana and sometime Lido crew for his uncle Paul Makielski) and Charlie Crockett joining us on Sunday. -- Steven Smith

Laser / Radial Clinic and Races

2015 april 1 sWe don't know why, but warm and dry Santa Ana weather conditions greeted our Laser Clinic this past January and prevailed again for our Laser Clinic and Races in March. No matter, we all got seven races of practice in tricky, shifty light wind conditions on the Bay and had a grand time.

Before racing, our attendees were treated to a thorough demonstration by Jorge Suarez, of how to properly and safely rig and set-up a Laser. Jorge followed through, checking with all the racers to ensure all boats were ready to race.

For the light winds of the day Jorge started us off with a twice around windward-leeward course but soon found once around was sufficient which allowed everyone seven starts and races. Actually more than that as we had a few recalls. Michael Kramer, sailing a Laser was the overall winner, followed by Susan Lanoue racing a Radial. Also sailing Radials, following Susan were; your author, Hannah Carter from Dana Point YC (DPYC), Carsen Lenthall from DPYC, Kathy Reed, Conner Presley from DPYC, Bert Heidenreich from Huntington Beach, Rob Stropky, Cindy Heavrin, Jennie McCarthy, Tom Morel and Robert Enrico. It was great to have newcomers Cindy, Rob and Tom as well as Jennie who has raced her Sunfish with us in past Clinics. Bert Heidenreich was especially notable as he showed up sporting a prototype radial-cut full-rig Laser sail which looks pretty slick with its radial design and larger window. We also welcomed three racers from DPYC who were even accompanied by their own whaler, complete with coach.

A big thank you goes out to Jorge for organizing and running the program, Bonnie DeMoss for assistance and photographs and Hannah Carter's Dad who stepped in to help Jorge with RC duties.

ABYC Friday Laser Twilights

2015 april 2 sSusan Lanoue, assisted by Allie Blecher, created a professional presentation for Race Management and has organized twilight racing for Laseraand Laser Radials on the Bay, Friday evenings beginning April 3rd and running through September with breaks for the CISA Clinic April 10th, Long Beach Race Week June 26th and July 3rd.

The first start will be at 6:00 p.m. with five races planned each evening. Entry fee for each Friday will be $5.00. All Laser and Laser Radial sailors are welcome! I can't think of a better way to end the week and kick off the weekend! For race information, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and to Register, go to: http://abyctwilights.weebly.com/laserradial47.html

Laser Clinic and Bay Races

2015 jan 1 sJorge Suarez explains the finer points of rigging a LaserJorge Suarez and Rodion Mazin conducted a Clinic on rigging and setting-up a Laser for a group of interested sailors on a sparkling and blustery January Saturday. We began the day on the ABYC patio where Jorge and Rodion rigged a Laser Radial and answered questions from the attendees.

Once the boat was rigged, we debated the merits of watching a few instructional videos in the Quarterdeck vs. rigging our own boats and racing on the Bay. Racing won as since we arrived, a brisk yet warm easterly Santa Ana wind was nearly raising white caps on the Bay and we wanted to take advantage.

Jorge and Rodion packed Perseverance with gear and set a start line near Mark C in the Bay, but the wind died down significantly. We were able to start a race; however, Jorge and Rodion struggled gamely to set race courses, moving all over the Bay in maddening, shifting and blustery wind conditions.

The wind conditions were challenging and it seemed everyone sailed into a wind hole or caught a favorable shift more than once during the day. Kris Hublitz from Dana Point YC was our winner of the day with eleven points for the six races. Robert Enrico was second with 22 points, your author third with 25, Michael Kramer with 26, followed by Kathy Read with 35, Charles Crockett with 38 and Jennie McCarthy in her Sunfish. It was great to have Kathy with us, trying a Laser Radial, racing in Jorge's boat. Though usually found racing a Lido 14 with Cindy Heavrin, Kathy showed she knows a thing or two about racing with several excellent starts and holding her own keeping up with the faster full-rig Laserson occasion. Also attending the Clinic and post-race follow-up were new ABYC members; Ed, Britta, Franziska and Pia Hirsch. Though they did not race with us, it was fun to see the entire Hirsch family enjoying sailing on the Bay on their Laser.

Overall, the day was a good learning experience, because the conditions were always changing, with 180 degree wind shifts to unexpected stiff puffs to flat calm. You were always having to change gears and adjust something. Each mark rounding was different, whether you went from close hauled to broad reach or something in between, you had to be ready for the unexpected. Thankfully, the last leg of the last race turned out to be a screaming, edge of control, spray-filled reach across the bay to the finish at our yacht basin entrance. A great end to a fun day. Thanks again Jorge and Rodi! -- Steven Smith

2015 jan 2 sCharlie Crocket, at the stern, helps Jorge rig the sail