UK Laser Association pleased with entries

UK Laser Association

UK Laser Association

Weymouth and Portland Qualifier for Laser European and World Championships

The UK Laser Association (UKLA) appears to be attracting the cream of young sailing talent.  With the Notice of Race and Entry Form now available for download from the UK Laser Association website, the organisers of the UKLA Qualifier are confident of a strong turnout with plenty of sailing talent entering the competition that kicks off this weekend at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). 

Three races are scheduled for the Saturday starting at midday and two races on Sunday starting at 10 am.  The qualifying event is one of six held throughout the year where competitors hope to qualify for the Radial and Standard European and World Championships.  It is a chance to sail against the best in the UK and with Weymouth and Portland hosting the sailing in the 2012 Games, some of the best foreign sailors too. 

The Laser is a small single handed, single sail boat with 3 different size sails (Standard, Radial and 4.7).  It is an Olympic one-design discipline which is very popular around the world and in which, Ben Ainslie, Olympic medallist and WPNSA Director, took gold in Sydney 2000.  The Laser class is a breeding ground for future aspiring Olympians and this qualifying event will be attracting the top sailors in Standard and the top women in Radial, plus the top youth. 

The award-winning venue has a background of running top quality events, most recently including the Flying 15 Southern Championships and the Dart Worlds.  The Weymouth Qualifier is held at the same time as Speed Week, where world records will be attempted as sailors, windsurfers and kite surfers from the globe over compete in Weymouth to sail as fast as they can over a 500m course.  The Academy is extremely privileged to host such unique events and welcome all spectators to enjoy the world-class facilities on offer whilst taking in the world-class sailing happening this weekend. 

John Tweed, Chief Executive at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, “The Academy’s excellent sailing conditions, race area, race management and harbour-side facilities make Weymouth and Portland an ideal choice for this event.  The Laser class is one of the UK’s most popular fleets and the Academy is well practiced at hosting such a big fleet.”

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