2016 Laser STD Masters Worlds recap

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DAY 6 28 May 2016 – Laser Standard Masters World Championship – Final Day

The wind gods smiled once again for the last day of the Laser Standard Masters World Championship, capping off the regatta with epic sailing conditions for the final two races of the event. The sailors enjoyed winds of 12-16 knots off the coast of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to wrap up this year’s event in spectacular style. Most sailors favored the right side of the course again today, but the left side seemed to pay just enough to keep the sailors on their toes. Continue reading

Laser mast rake explained

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Mast Rake 2016 by Chris Caldecoat

New worldwide builders target is set at 3815mm, previously the target was 3825mm

Following data collected at the ISAF Worlds it was noted that the average mast rake was 3815. Actually all boats in the STD Fleet were around this number, meaning that sailors where seeking boats at this rake as it was not the build average.

Data collected from Radial Sailors ordering new boats also showed this to be a good average.

Measurements you need to know.
– To measure the rake you will need a Std Rig section, it must measure 2855mm in length.
– Measure the rake from the outside edge of the bottom section ( see pictures below ), if you use this you will be able to refer to the production yards measurements.
– A new boat can move by up to 4mm in rake following a few sails. (can and aft)
– The boat is 8mm wider on the Stb side. Forget measuring side to side.(they are all like this World wide) A quick check is measure to the corner of the stern, if it is within 5mm of each other your          mast is in the middle of the boat ( inside 5mm means your mast is inside 1mm either side of centre )

Mast wear strips change your rake…. If you put one at deck level and one on the bottom of the mast you will lift your mast 10mm in rake. I have tested this and learned the hard way with my daughter sailing her 4.7, she was not happy with her boats performance change.

One important measurement to keep in mind, 1mm difference at deck level equates to 6.5mm on the final rake measurement.

Note that nearly all PSA boats are within 6mm of 3815 these day’s, so our rake tolerances are very tight.

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Head of State Coaching

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Hello All

No doubt word has started to filter out that Adrian has agreed to take on a Head of State Coaching role here in Victoria with One Sailing. This has been as a result of the exhaustive review of our coaching program that kicked off with a forum in early February that most, if not all of you, have been part of.

Firstly, apologies that you were not formally advised about the appointment. Agreement was only reached on Saturday, and then at the VST induction on Sunday it seemed appropriate that the appointment be outlined. Once the start date and other details are known a formal announcement via the various channels will be made to the full sailing audience. Continue reading

Laser Standard Masters World Championship – Day Two

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23 May 2016 – Laser Standard Masters World Championship – Day Two

(Riviera Nayarit, Mexico) Nothing seems to change the forecast here in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – wind, sun and waves means perfect Laser racing conditions prevailed once again for the Laser Standard Masters Worlds. This part of the coast is known for its reliable thermal winds, and today did not disappoint as the Laser Masters sailors took to the water for races 3 and 4 of the twelve race series.

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Day 1 – Laser Masters World Championships – Standard Division

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22 May 2016 – Laser Standard Masters World Championship – Day One

(Riviera Nayarit, Mexico) The last of four, back-to-back Laser World Championships in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico kicked off today with perfect sailing conditions. Two races were completed in the Laser Standard Masters World Championships under sunny skies with wind ranging from 9 to 16 knots.

Race one was started in 9 knot winds from 210 degrees – south of the typical sea breeze direction. As expected the wind increased in velocity and clocked right during the race, which rewarded those who chose the right hand side of the course. Continue reading