Host of the 2018 Laser North American Championships, 2016 Laser Midwinters West, 2014 Laser North American Championship, 2012 Laser Midwinters West, 2010 Laser Masters North American Championship and the 2008 U.S. Laser National Championship.
This is the place to be if you want to race Laser, Laser Radials & Laser 4.7's. Our calendar is chock full of days to race with an active group of Laser, Laser Radial and now Laser 4.7 sailors, Juniors, Masters and Ladies too!
Come join us for great racing year round. ABYC is an active, family oriented, volunteer driven club with myriad programs and activities for sailors, their families and friends. For more information about joining ABYC, https://www.abyc.org/abyc-info/want-to-join and come to see us soon.
The Laser Formula
A choice of rigs for different weight sailors—3 boats in one:
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’.
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.
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.
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.
ABYC Laser Fleet Captain: Jorge Suarez
Ahoy Laser Sailors
In addition to the Laser clinics offered by ABYC’s Jr. Program, our Junior Program Director, Craig Ramsay, ABYC Laser Fleet Captain, Jorge Suarez, along with several accomplished Laser racers are scheduling Coachless Sundays for Laser & Radial racers this year.
Coachless Sundays provide a set sailing time so sailors, able to sail that day, can sail together. The type of sailing drills depends on the number of boats as well as the desired sailing techniques needed. This series of Laser/Radial racing practice will help sailors improve their tuning, boat handling and race tactics in preparation for the 2018 Laser North American Championship Regatta at ABYC July 12-15 as well as Laser Midwinters West at Santa Barbara Yacht Club March 23-25, Laser Pacific Coast Championship at Cascade Locks OR August 3-5 and other ABYC regattas this year.
The sessions are open to both Full-Rig and Radial racers and there is No Cost, at least for the time being and depending on participation and need for support craft. Training will take place both in the Bay and in the Ocean depending on conditions and attendance.
Be ready to sail and be off-the-dock at 1:00 p.m. So don’t be late and be sure to mark your late winter and spring Sundays to be at ABYC for Laser Sailing!
Please note: Coachless Sundays will not be held on the following dates due to the noted conflicting events:
March 4: SCYA Manning Series Regatta
April 22: ABYC Spring Spruce-Up
May 27: Memorial Day Regatta