RC Laser Class
RC Laser is a one make, no modifications class and is available as a ready to sail package.
It is hugely popular throughout the UK and Poole Radio Yacht Club.
There are over forty registered Lasers in the Club and over a third of them race on a regular basis.
Laser Class Captain
A word from the Class Captain
End of Year Wrap - Chris
Well what a year it been, The Laser fleet are back on the water racing, and so far we are at max number of 6 helms, its great to be back at the lake after a brief period at Longham water.
The fleet continues to grow, with Eric in boat 39 our latest member to join the fleet.
With the light at the end of the tunnel hopefully we will increase our numbers.
it would be great to see up racing with 10 boats plus,
Several helms have improved their handling of their boats, non more so than Peter Reeves in boat 54, its great to see, Our new booking system is up and running thanks to Michael Brophy for all his hard work. Over the Christmas break why not dust your boat off and come and join the fun, book early.
My top tip for those wanting a spare lid for there boat is check the Christmas nibbles, twiglets lids fit and there even red in colour.
Anybody looking the buy a Laser please contact me I know of a boat tucked away that could be yours.
Laser Class Capt
Message from Peter Lewin - Sailing Secretary - 28th October 2020
A reminder to all helms:-
All classes in the club use the current Racing Rules of Sailing and Appendix E of those rules to govern their activities.
Only two club classes, the Lasers (from their international rules) and 8M (a Local class with its own local rules) have any variations to these rules.
Hence the IOM, DF65 and Classics adhere to all of the applicable rules and appendices.
This includes rule 31 Touching a Mark – Whilst racing a boat shall not touch a starting mark before starting, a mark that begins, bounds or ends the leg of the course on which she is sailing, or a finishing mark after finishing.
The fact that at present helms are restricted to a helming area does not vary the rule. Many events up to European and International level stipulate a control area for competitors. Competitors shall be in this area when controlling boats that are racing, except briefly to handle and then release or relaunch the boat. E3.1
Covid-19 Keeping us informed - 21st September 2020
As you may have heard one of our members has gone into self isolation whilst awaiting a relative’s test result for Covid-19. Hopefully this will be negative but we will keep you informed of developments.
This and the recent guidance released from the MYA means that we have to have a document in place which guides us through a procedure if this occurs again.
If a member feels unwell he should keep away from club activities.
It is imperative, as happened in this case, that the club is informed and until tests have shown there is no need for concern those involved do not come down to the club.
If a club member has been in contact with someone showing symptoms they should be in self isolation for 14 days and be tested if they develop any symptoms.
If a club member has symptoms he should immediately inform one of the committee so that we can alert other members who may have had very recent contact with that person.
If any of the above are relevant to you please keep the committee informed of all developments both positive and negative.
Please remember that we are trying to protect our members who almost exclusively fit in the “At Risk Group” due to age alone if not a myriad of underlying health conditions. You may feel that you can “Weather the Storm” so nothing to worry about, but others are far more vulnerable.
Part of this protection is that all 6 people attending a club racing session must make sure that they or the safety officer has them “signed in” (please print clearly) and a contact phone number, preferably mobile, left. We can be asked to produce this track and trace information in the event of a suspected outbreak.
Lake Flushing Programme - 6th August 2020
The Lake will be flushed on the following occasions:
20th August sluice open at 23.12 Sluice closed 21st August 11.44
This may affect sailing of IOM’s the Friday Morning. Classics should be
ok in the afternoon.
20th September sluice open at 16.17 Sluice closed 21st September 12.40
This may affect sailing of 8m’s on the Monday Morning depending on
how quickly the lake fills.
30th October sluice opens at 19.51 Sluice closed 31st October 8.12
Should not affect sailing.
29th November sluice opens at 22.09 Sluice closed 30th November 8.11
Should not affect sailing.
28th December sluice opens at 19.48 Sluice closed 29th December 7.19
Socially Distanced Social Sailing - 12th July 2020
Members please see Safety Officer and Participants List on Members Page
See also detailed Participants Instructions and important safety instructions
RC Laser Class
The RC Laser is a well established one design boat, modelled on its big sister the Laser dinghy, sailed at various Clubs through out the UK and the World wide, There is a National Laser association which organises TT (open meetings) at various clubs through out the UK ,and a National Championship held yearly. Its ready to sail out of the box, with strict class rules, only allowing sails and spares from the class manufacturer to be used, and sailing under normal sailing racing rules,there are 4 sails A, B, C, and D, used for different wind strengths, There are only 2 controls on the transmitter that a helms needs to master, the main sheet and rudder making it, a great level entry boat, for new comers and established sailors to sail in close fleet racing.
At Poole Radio Yacht Club, we have a established fleet, we race the Lasers on Wednesday morning and Saturday morning start time 10.30 with 8 races on each morning, 4 races then we stop for coffee and a further 4 races after coffee.
The fleet has seen a number of new members join and is getting a good turn out of boats,
We enjoy some close racing in our friendly fleet, if your looking to get into RC boat racing why not come down and see the fun, you can have a chat over a coffee, you can purchase a second hand boat for as little as £300 getting you on the water.
Contact me with any questions
Laser Fleet Captain
Some Useful RC Laser Links
RC Laser Association