Laser Training Center
 
Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
 
September  2013

In this issue:
  • Laser Training Center, alumni is  the 2013 world champion.
  • Head coach Rulo's tip, for a perfect start.
  • Fall prices fall. (Autumn clinics at special off season pricing).
  • Getting fit for the Laser while having fun.
  • January Clinegattas schedule announced.
  • NOR 12th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta.
Juanky Perdomo, PUR wins Laser Radial - ISAF Youth World Championship 2013 - Limassol CYP.
 
Juanky was a stand out sailor already in his Opti days. But when he decided to get serious about his Laser career, he contacted head coach Rulo, at the Laser Training Center, to come up with a plan that will elevate him to the necessary level for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
 
Juanky's and Rulo trip started this year at the Miami OCR regatta, in which Juanky qualified for the Gold fleet, placing thrice in the top 10. A pretty amzing acheivmet for a rookie.
 
We would like to congratulate Juanky for winning the 2013 ISAF Laser Radial Youth Worlds, and wish him  lots of success in reaching his new goals.
 
 
Watch Juanky's reaction to his victory, on youtube. 
In Juanky's own words here are the three main reasons that he chose Coach Rulo and the Laser Training Center.
  • The main reason I travel to Cabarete to train at LTC is to be able to train with their coach Rulo Borojovich. As a coach he has vast amounts of experience coaching other top level sailors and the insights he provides into your technique and sailing abilities help you improve at a very fast pace. He is very dedicated when it comes to working with other sailors and is welcoming of new people from different countries. He was the main factor in my improvement this year.
 The Conditions
  • The great thing about sailing in Cabarete is that you are pretty much guaranteed a great week of sailing whichever time of year you schedule your training. The wind and waves usually pick up in the afternoon which makes for great heavy air practice, but you can also practice with light wind and flatter water in the morning which makes for a sweet training experience.
 The Place
  • Cabarete is a very special place to be whenever you are not sailing. I love running on the beach during mornings or afternoons or just going there to relax. The people are very friendly, the accommodation is relatively cheap, and above all the atmosphere is fun and lively.
Naturally this also means that any sailor coming to our clinics will benefit from the same kind coaching techniques, and insight for the latest evolution in the racing circuit.

How to avoid an OCS and win the start:
By Rulo Borojovich.

1) Line your bow just behind a windward boat:
To stay hidden from the RC, approach the first row of boats by matching your speed to the speed of the boat windward of you. Line up your bow 10 cm behind the windward boat, using the other boats to hide your sail and bow numbers, (see picture).
Being close and behind the windward boat till the last 15-20 seconds before the start gun, will also give you more distance to the start-line, allowing you to begin your acceleration before the boats next to you. Achieving full speed first with a lee bow position gives you control of the windward boat, after the gun.
 
2) Use a safe transit line:
Choose a transit line that is set behind the real start-line.
Therefore, use the stern of the RC boat, and not the flag as a reference point to choose your transit line.
 
When lined up with other boats it may be difficult to find your transit line. Always try to find a reference point that can be seen from below the booms of the other boats. 
 
3) Use the boats around you to time your trim:
At the start, you are “match racing” the boats next to you. There is no point in worrying about a boat that is 10 boat length away.
To accelerate first, be alert to the movement of the other sailors, or the sound of the other boat’s mainsheet ratchet to start trimming your sail as fast as you can.
Following these steps will increase your chances of crossing the start-line at full speed on time, with a gap to leeward, while having the boats above you struggling to hold their lane!
If you still fear of being over the line early, bailout as soon as possible, and look for a new starting spot.  A bad start is better than a OCS!

Thanksgiving Youth clinic, by head coach Rulo.
 
November 28th to December 1st, 2013.
Is a comprehensive training clinic for young sailors ages 14-21 interested in developing the skills to compete at a high level. Participation is open to Laser, Laser Radial, and Laser 4.7 sailors. This immersion program will focus on performance sail trim, tactics and boat-handling in classroom and on-the-water sessions. Coaches will also familiarize sailors with the ins and outs of pursuing a National or Olympic campaign, including time management, travel and personal commitment. The clinic is open to sailors over 14 who have good boat handling skills and are comfortable in winds up to 18 knots.
 
Program
Every day will begin at 8:30 am with stretching at the beach followed by a video briefing prior to going on the water. We’re usually off the water by 4 pm for snacks and a final video review. Come prepared for an intensive sailing and learning experience! Contact us for details.
 
Fall prices fall. Special clinic rates in September, October, and November.

The hotels, airlines, and now the Laser Training Center has joined the low season efforts. For those who can travel during September, October , and November in order to upgrade their Laser sailing techniques, we have three new clinic dates.  

How to get Laser fit while having fun.

Personally I never liked working out in the gym. It did not matter how hard I worked out the guy next to me seemed stronger and fitter.
 
Not all Laser sailors have the benefit of having a fitness trainer who follows up every breath they take and every pound of food they eat.
 
For the rest, we would like to reccomend the sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Similar to running, the faster you paddle, the harder it is, but with no impact.
 
We have made a special deal with GreenWaterSports.com for a $100 discount, on the unique line of Red Paddle Co boards from England. The Red Paddle Co boards are inflatable and roll into a back-pack making them very suitable for sailors, who already have their Laser on their roof. Having the board always on standby in the car, allows to go out for a ride on a day that sailing is not possible as the wind is too light. Red Paddle Co boards can be pumped to an industry leading 20 PSI, which makes them perform like a hard board.
 
Use the coupon code "laser" at checkout to take advantage of the $100 discount on Red Paddle Co boards at GreenWaterSports.com.
 
Here is more information about the fitness benefits of SUP on the GreenWaterSports.com website: 
 
"Paddle boarding is a great all over body workout. Head to toe, every muscle is engaged in balancing on the board or during the paddle stroke with the bulk of the effort being done by the body’s ‘core’ muscles. As the name suggests, the core muscles are integral to the support and function of your whole body. A strong core is a strong body.
 
“It feels like you’re standing on an exercise ball, swimming and cycling at the same time!”
 
Sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers and even surfers have joined in the fun due to the complimentary nature of paddle boarding. When the wind is too light or the waves are too small, paddle boarding gets you on the water and having fun. It also keeps your body in shape. Stand up paddling has also become a go-to sport for athletes of all sports to cross train because of several key benefits of SUP:
  • Full body workout from head to toe
  • Balance, strength, endurance, co-ordination, flexibility, and core stability
  • Cardiovascular workout
  • Low impact
  • Outdoors
  • Above all, it’s a fun workout!
The best part? You don’t need to be a super athlete to benefit from the amazing workout paddle boarding provides, it is available to everybody of all fitness levels on all bodies of water. Lakes, rivers, right through to the open ocean. With paddle boarding, everyone can get out, enjoy a full body workout and have fun while doing it!"


Important dates of Clinegattas.
 
A “Clinegatta” is a clinic followed by a regatta with continued coaching during the regatta.
 
For Winter 2014 we so far have the following Clinegattas scheduled:
 
December 24-28, 2013. Christmas Clinegatta. (Clinic and coaching in an in-bay regatta)
The program will consist of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim, boat speed, etc., together with information on what is important for developing a successful Laser racing campaign. Coaches utilize daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and on-the-water exercises.
Special emphasis will be placed on downwind technique in big wind and waves, a condition for which Cabarete is particularly suited! This clinic we will cover:
  • Windward and leeward mark rounding
  • Tacking in different wind and waves conditions
  • Gibing in different wind and waves conditions
  • Upwind speed on waves
  • Downwind speed on waves
  • Tactics upwind on the last 3rd of the beat. 
 
December 31- January 4th. New Year’s Clinegatta:
The program will consist of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim, boat speed, etc., together with information on what is important for developing a successful Laser racing campaign. Coaches utilize daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and on-the-water exercises.
Special emphasis will be placed on downwind technique in big wind and waves, a condition for which Cabarete is particularly suited! In this clinic we will also cover:
  • Windward and leeward mark rounding
  • Tacking in different wind and waves conditions
  • Gibing in different wind and waves conditions
  • Upwind speed on waves
  • Downwind speed on waves
  • Boat handling at the start
  • Racing rules
  • Goal settings for racing 
 
January 6th to 10th, 2014.  Midweek Clinegatta:
The program will consist of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim, boat speed, etc., together with information on what is important for developing a successful Laser racing campaign. Coaches utilize daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and on-the-water exercises.
Special emphasis will be placed on downwind technique in big wind and waves, a condition for which Cabarete is particularly suited! In this clinic we will also cover:
  • Windward and leeward mark rounding
  • Tacking in different wind and waves conditions
  • Giving in different wind and waves conditions
  • Upwind speed
  • Downwind speed
  • Reaching technique
  • Pre start routine
  • First beat plan  
 
January 21st to 25th, 2014.  Master’s Clinegatta.
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, wind shift 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. Enrollment is limited to ensure personal attention to every participant. Full rigs and Radials are both welcome. 
 
For full details on our Winter 2014 schedule keep on looking at calendar.
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Don't miss the best Laser winter regatta, the week before the OCR.
 
12th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta,
     January, 17th - 19th , 2014
Cabarete, Dominican Republic





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