Laser Training Center
Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
August 2014

In this issue:
  • Seidenberging your hull.
  • Welcome new coach Judith Krimski.
  • Month long training programs in Cabarete, starting at $1,690.00 Laser, hotel, and Gym.
  • All winter clinics schedule in Cabarete.

Secure a watertight hull by “Seidenberging” your Laser.

Peter Seidenberg has been racing the Laser since 1980. He has won 4 North Americans, 4 European and 9 World titles in the different Masters age groups.
When Peter took delivery of his brand new Laser here in Cabarete, we realized how meticulous he is about boat preparation.  Water inside the Laser is not very common but a totally dry Laser is faster, and allows the sailor to concentrate on racing as it eliminates speed doubts. Peter's treatment to the hull also secures a longer dryer life for the boat. We have coined the process “Seidenberging.”
Goal: Making sure your Laser is always dry inside the hull.
By creating more room for silicone to seal around any screw going through the hull, AKA re-calking.
Process: Completely remove all screws from hull. To make sure you did not forget any screws we circled them in red in the attached diagram. 

With a counter sink-bit (exhibit A), counter sink the point of entry of the screw to the hull (exhibit B). When possible counter sink also the piece that needs to be screwed in. (Grab rails for example).
When the hole is too big to countersink, as is on both sides of the bailer, use a file or small knife to remove the burr on the cockpit and bailer side.
Put a generous amounts of silicone on the screws and the hull, and screw all parts back in.
Install deck hatches.
When the cockpit is filled all the way to the top with water, i.e. after a nosedive down a wave, the "breathing" hole under the hiking strap in the forward cockpit wall may allow water to enter the hull. 
To access the inside of the boat easily, Peter  adds a hatch on each side of the centerboard case.(Exhibit C).

The cut- out boat material is similar in weight to the hatches and therefore the weight of the boat stays the same. It is much easier to use a big sponge to dry the inside while the boat is laying flat on the dolly, rather than propping it upright to assure every last bit of water drains out the minuscule stern plug. Other advantages to installing hatches are the ability to wash the inside of the hull with fresh water to remove saltwater, and ventilating the boat to keep it dry inside. Peter’s Lasers are always the most rigid boats around and a contributing factor may be that they are always dry inside.

Welcome coach Judith. 
Different coaches have different views on many aspects of racing, and of course have their own unique way of delivering a message. We even realized that some sailors respond in a totally different way to the same instructions given by two different coaches. Therefore it has always been part of our policy to bring in new coaches with new ideas.
For the winter of 2014/2015 our coach of choice is Judith Krimski from the USA. Many of you follow ‘Center of effort‘ her blog for racers. Others know her as a contributing coach to The Laser Sailor magazine.
Here is Judith’s story in her own words: I started my sailing career as a competitive windsurfer and Fanatic team rider competing in events around the U.S. After a few years hiatus to raise a family I went back to big boat racing but soon realized my heart was in single handing. In 2007 I took up the laser and quickly developed a passion for the boat. I love the physical and mental aspects of the boat and since racing is my thing I have worked hard to push myself performance and knowledge-wise.
The laser is a challenge on all levels while simultaneously being a boat that is fun for the average sailor and there aren’t many singlehanded boats that can be sailed from youth to seniors.
As an adult sailor learning the laser I have faced and conquered numerous challenges. Keeping up physical fitness for maximum performance on long regatta days, developing muscle memory so boat handling becomes seamless, not to mention learning to “feel” the boat.
I am excited to bring my perspective on laser coaching to the Laser Training Center. My goal will be to give every sailor the specific, focused coaching they need to improve quickly. With it’s consistent conditions, Cabarete is the perfect place to do that.
To reach Coach Judith directly and discuss your goals contact her at We are sure that you will immediately feel her unique and thoughtful interest for individual success whatever your current level of sailing is.

The cheapest month long training session ever.
Starting at $1,690.00 including Laser, accommodation and gym classes.
February, March 2015.

If you thought taking a month off in the winter to travel to a warm and windy place, improve your boat speed and boat handling techniques, all the while enjoying the vibe of a Caribbean town that lives and breathes watersports was out of your budget, it is time to reconsider.
In February and March 2015 we are offering a package that includes everything a sailor can wish for.
Laser coaching: Five days a week, our coach will set up marks, or start lines, and run drills for all participants. These on the water sessions will be two hours long, followed by video debriefing of the day's training. Optional private or group coaching is also available.

Gym: Join one of the classes offered at Rouge Gym, Cross fit, TRX, or Yoga.
For those who don't want to beach run to the gym, Mototaxi are readily available and do not make a  dent on the budget.

Accommodation: Take advantage of one of Cabarete's hotels to pick the comfort that fits you best.
Our packages start at $1,690.00 a month based on shared lodging at the Laguna Park Hostel.
Who are the other sailors? This new program was created in response to sailor's demand. To make sure you are challenged by other sailors, forward this newsletter to your Laser buddies, and make sure they join you.

The program will run from February 1st to March 30th, 2015. The rate of $1,690.00 is for four (4) weeks of training. Rates are available for shorter or longer stays. Just ask.
While in  Cabarete, take advantage of this great opportunity to learn to kitesurf, surf, or just chill, and concentrate on Laser sailing. Wifi is widely available so staying in touch with work or family is quite simple.

Dates and programs, updated list.
Winter 2015. 
Our winter coaching program runs from December 29th 2014, to March 30th, 2015. Below you will find our schedule for clinics and regattas. BUT! if these dates don't fit you or you wish to come for private coaching, create your own group, or come with your club for a private session, just let us know
December 29th to January 3rd 2015. New Year's clinic and regatta. January 1st, is a day off.
 A Laser X Clinic. (the X stands for Xcellence in Xecution). This is a very busy week for the different hotels in Cabarete. If you wish to join our X clinic, please let us know ASAP to assure the accommodation of your choice. Fees: Laser charter $390.00, coaching  $420.00.  For more details, and reservations contact us.
January 5th -9thBig boat sailors wanting dinghy experience.
If you know how to sail, but have little or no Laser sailing experience this clinic is for you. For our advanced sailors who like to join as the dates fit them well, no need to worry. We will keep you busy, too.
Fees: Laser charter $390.00, coaching  $420.00.  For more details, and reservations contact us.
January 11th -14th. Pre Race Clinic.
The perfect warmup for our annual Regatta.
 Designed for Laser sailors who can tack and Jibe at ease in 16 knots of wind. Upwind speed, downwind speed, sail trim, boat control on a start-line,  will be the principal points of concentration of this clinic. The four days of training will be followed by a rest day before the regatta. Fees: Laser charter $390.00, coaching  $420.00.  For more details, and reservations contact us.
January 15th-18th, 2015.   13th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta.
Be the first in the northern hemisphere to race a Laser in 2015. Serious and fun regatta, at times with some buoys close to the beach, for close cheering by sun bathers. January 15th is registration day. Racing 16th-17th-18th of January 2015. Perfect for sailors who want to continue to the Miami OCR (ISAF WORLD CUP) the following week.  Fees: Laser charter $375.00, registration fee $80.00.
For more details, and reservations contact us.
January  20th-24th . Masters Clinic and regatta.
Designed for Laser sailors who can tack and Jibe at ease in 12 knots of wind. Here we will concentrate race planning and management. How to create a plan and execute it for the fist upwind leg. Tactic talk will include fleet positioning following the start, creating and keeping your lane. Naturally we will not forget boat handling and speed drills. Coaching during the regatta will include individual goals for each sailor. Feedback to sailors by the coach between races. Video watching and race analysis after the race. Enrolment is limited to ensure personal attention to every participant. Full rigs and Radials are both welcome. Fees: Laser charter $390.00, coaching  $420.00.  For more details, and reservations contact us.
February 10th to 14th, 2015. Valentine's day couple's clinic. A clinic designed with the non sailing spouse in mind.

A winter Break Laser Festival. For those who love to sail and race the Laser, but don't want to sit in a class format and rather spend the extra hours of the day with the family or friends, canyoning, hiking or going to the Monkey Jungle. Unlike our Full-on clinics, here at 2:00PM each day coach Judith, will set up a short race course in the bay and give starting sequences, to allow practice of starts, mark roundings, sprint sailing, and performing under pressure. If anyone will want to join the short debriefing after the racing, they are welcome. Personal video sailing analysis , and one on one coaching is available at an additional fee. Laser charter and participation in the on water activity is just $120.00 a day per person, including boat charter and coaching, the excursions are extra.
MORE dates and spring break clinics will be updated soon.

Laser Training Center, Cabarete. Tel. + 1 (809) 571-0640.