Laser Training Center
October 2012

ILCA president with the new Carbon Top, and Radial cut full rig sail.
 
Mr. Tracy Usher, President of ILCA, is seen here rigging the new full rig Radial cut Mylar sail and carbon 'top mast'.  We do not know when the new Radial full rig sail will be voted in, but as was seen with the aluminum clew sleeve, when Mr. Usher is behind a change in boat parts, the change happens.
 
If you are new to the class, and have never seen one of these clew sleeves, it is due to the fact that the sleeve originally designed to maintain an identical distance between clew and boom on all rigs, had trouble sliding forward when the outhaul was released. Sailors just kept on using lines and Velcro straps to tie the clew down to the boom.
 
The most interesting rumor regarding the new sail, is that it was redesigned to be slow. The new sail was built to overcome the short life span of the current Dacron sail which forces racers to buy sails regularly. The first generation of the new full rig Radial sail were much faster than the current Dacron sail.
The difference in speed forced the sail designers to depower the new sail, ensuring that durability is its only advantage. Thus boats with the different sails can compete equally. When the new style and old style sails will  both be on the market, the Dacron sails price is expected to drop to around $450.00 from the current $650.00 price tag. We have no idea what will be the price of the new Radial full rig sail. The top carbon mast was made to have identical characteristics as the current upper alu. mast, but should stay straight even after use in very strong winds, avoiding the constant bend the alu. masts suffer from.
 
  

Laser name change - update.
The waiting game is probably almost over. Most sailors just want class legal parts to be easily available around the world and don't mind if things stay the way they are. Others want a new class that is open to as many sail, boat and spar builders as possible. This they hope will create price/quality competition to benefit the sailors. These builders will have to pay an annual fee to the new class organization, and a royalty for every boat, sail or mast built. 
 
For the Laser to be relaunched under a new name and stay Olympic, it needs ISAF's approval. ISAF's next ordinary conference is in Dublin, Ireland from the 1st to 11th of November 2012. The Olympic Classes Sub-committee will meet at 09:30 on the 2nd of November 2012 at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. The agenda for this meeting can be read here.
All agendas for all committees can be found here.
 
If a new name is asked for, and approved, ILCA will have to immediately change its name to fit the new class name. ILCA's world council representatives are expected to stay the same.  Of course there is no time limit nor occasion to change the name, but as the IOC is considered to be a very rigid organization, changing the name of an Olympic boat at a closer date to the Rio games will be extremely difficult. We wish every one involved in the process of a better future for the Laser a lot of luck, and trust that their number one priority will always be to serve the sailor's best interests.


What's the difference between our four January clinics?

We have better defined the difference between the four  January 2013 clinics.  There are still boats available for all the clinics, but time is running out. If you are considering to come contact us early as you can. Enrollment is limited to ensure personal attention to every participant. Full rigs and Radials are welcome.

Jan 1-5, 2013, New year clinic and in-bay regatta. Designed for Laser sailors who can tack and Jibe at ease in 12 knots of wind. Upwind speed, downwind speed, sail trim and all the new tricks Rulo picked up coaching at Olympic games in London. 4 days of training followed by a one day in-bay regatta. Coaching during the regatta will include a preparation brief, windshift report, expected current, and the day's forecast. Setting individual goals for each sailor. Video of starts, mark roundings, and other aspects of the races. Feedback to sailors by the coach between races. Video watching and race analysis after the race.

Jan 7-11, 2013, Midweek clinic and regatta. Designed for Laser sailors who can tack and Jibe at ease in 14 knots of wind. Amazing how many times we have reaching legs in regattas and hardly practice for them. We wont let this happen in this clinic.  Reaching and downwind legs will be analyzed thoroughly, not only for speed settings but also when to sail low, when to sail high, and how to keep our eyes behind us for clear wind. Clinic will include Upwind speed, downwind speed, sail trim and all the new tricks Rulo picked up coaching at Olympic games in London.  4 days of training followed by a one day in-bay regatta. Coaching during the regatta will include a preparation brief, windshift report, expected current, and the day's forecast. Setting individual goals for each sailor. Video of starts, mark roundings, and other aspects of the races. Feedback to sailors by the coach between races. Video watching and race analysis after the race.

Jan 13-16, 2013, Pre race clinic. Designed for Laser sailors who can tack and Jibe at ease in 16 knots of wind. The NEW edition of the ISAF sailing rules will be discussed at length in this clinic. 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 and than...

Jan 18-20, 2013. 11th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta. An ISAF grade 3 event. Perfect for sailors who want to continue to the Miami OCR the following week, or just enjoy warm winter sailing conditions to get a head start on the rest of the sailors.

Jan 22- 26, 2013, Master clinic and in-bay regatta. Designed for Laser sailors who can tack and Jibe at ease in 14 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 a preparation brief, windshift report, expected current, and the day's forecast. Setting individual goals for each sailor. Video of starts, mark roundings, and other aspects of the races. Feedback to sailors by the coach between races. Video watching and race analysis after the race.
 

Rulo's Tip of the month.
 
Correct vang tension is crucial for boat speed in any direction. Not only upwind it is important to keep the leech control.

Racing in inconsistent wind, requirers constant vang tension adjustments. Sometimes these minor adjustments are very difficult to feel, but can be done with confidence, when the vang lines are marked.
 
In today's tip of the month, Head coach Rulo takes out the mystery of how and where to mark the lines.  How to mark your vang lines settings.

Laser Training Center, Cabarete. Tel. 809 571 0640.  www.caribwind.com