The Lane Cove Laser class has approximately 22 active sailing members and races each Saturday during our sailing season with a 2:10pm start for the Laser Radial and 4.7 rigs and 2.20pm start for the Laser Standard rigs. Expect 10 - 15 starters spread across Standard, Radial Rigs and perhaps one or two 4.7s. The Laser courses incorporate triangles with clear air out in the main upper harbour area. These courses are designed to avoid congested areas and provide good sailing angles with much variety. The races commence and finish at the club house in the Lane Cove River which provides a great vantage point for family & spectators. Race presentations take place after racing in a convivial atmosphere at the family orientated club.
We have lasers rigging at the Dunois Street, Woodford Bay Laser shed the main Clubhouse and at various points around the upper harbour shore. The current season begins on 10th Sept 22 and goes through till 1 March 23. There will be 28 Saturdays of racing including 5 Club Championships and 3 handicap start races.
The fleet is a combination of ages (16 -75) and sailing skill levels range from expert to complete beginner. We have a mentoring program which assists those with little experience to join in, have fun and progress. There are also a small number of club Lasers which are used as part of our Learn to Sail programme and can also be made available for use by prospective members (naturally some rules apply to this, but feel free to enquire). We have quite a few examples of sailors with no previous experience enjoying a race every week and showing competitive skill. We try to cater to the needs of any person looking to join us while providing a healthy competitive racing environment to help everyone improve.
Both females and males enjoy Laser sailing where those up to about 75kg prefer the Radial rig, with a slightly smaller sail, while heavier sailors prefer the Standard rig. Some sailors have both rigs and use their Radial on windier days and Standard for lighter winds with the same hull and rigging being used for both. The 4.7 rig is smaller again and is better suited to lighter sailors.
For any further information please contact John Hayward, Laser Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org