• Laser 4.7: All You Need to Know! A Webinar with Coach Agustin Ferrario
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 14, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    A Webinar to Discover the Amazingly Successful Laser of the Teens!The Laser 4.7, the smallest of the three Laser rigs, has steadily grown to become immensely popular in Europe. In North America, there is growing interest in the Laser 4.7, with fleets emerging in locations such as Nova Scotia, Florida, Ontario and Alberta. Trends are really encouraging. There were 66 participants in the 4.7 at the […]

  • 20 Reasons to Choose the Laser 4.7 (part 2)
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 13, 2019 at 4:23 am

    This is the second part of our article on the Laser 4.7 and the many reasons for youth sailors to choose it. If you have not yet read the first part, please do so by clicking here.XI. Role Models for the Youth SailorsA key element for youth sailors to pursue their career in racing is to be motivated, to be inspired. Often neglected, but critical in this process, are role models. And the Laser has […]

  • Laser Youth Sailing Under Threat in Italy and Elsewhere?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Can Laser youth sailing survive a « perfect storm » made of avoidable equipment shortages, arbitrary rig changes and undemocratic governance? While Laser sailing is incredibly dynamic and successful in Italy, there are huge concerns expressed, informally, regarding the negative impacts of recent and expected decisions by the international Laser class, ILCA, regarding the […]

  • Huge Youth Laser Fleets at the 2019 Italia Cup
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 9, 2019 at 10:11 am

    You are probably familiar by now with the huge fleets in the 4.7 and Radial at youth Laser regattas in Europe. For the European and World championships, for both the 4.7 and the Radial, levels of attendance of some 400 sailors are regularly reached.What is less known is that national regattas can also attract such huge fleets. The regatta that just started today in Italy is an example. This is […]

  • Confusion with the Laser / ILCA Plaques?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 6, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    With the unresolved trademark issues associated with the Laser, there is confusion with the plaques affixed in the cockpit of the boats.The latest model that came to our attention is from the “Club Edition” Lasers sold by LaserPerformance, at a substantial discount in the UK.The sticker on the left reads “International Class Sailboat” with the Laser name and logo. The right sticker reads 300,254: […]

  • Laser or ILCA Dinghy: Which One is Fastest?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    A Mix of Lasers and ILCA Dinghies at the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Kingston “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” — Phineas T. BarnumThe Laser is usually referred to as a single manufacturer one design boat (SMOD). But in reality, there are 3 builders (assuming LaserPerformance will be reinstated) and possibly more to come. The ILCA Dinghies are actual PSA Lasers, rebranded to circumvent the Laser […]

  • 20 Raisons de Choisir le Laser 4.7 (partie 1)
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Une question fréquemment posée est: Pourquoi le Laser 4.7? Alors que ce gréement du Laser est super connu en Europe, il l’est moins dans certains autres pays, en particulier aux Etats-Unis et au Canada. La réalité est qu’il y a de nombreuses raisons pour choisir ce bateau. Celui-ci, rappelons-le, est un Laser équipé d’une voile de […]

  • World Sailing Refrains from “Aeroing” the iFoil
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on November 2, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Something pretty astounding occurred in Bermuda today. World Sailing voted to replace the RS:X by the iFoil for the 2024 Olympics.Windfoiling is an amazing discipline, yet the rapid selection of this new equipment for the Olympics is truly noteworthy.Indeed, there were several reasons why windfoiling could have been rejected:1. Windfoiling is really new. Just a few years old, while conventional […]

  • Laser North American Grand Prix – Issues and Solutions for Youth Sailors
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Here is a blog post about the Laser North American « Grand Prix » with the hope that it would start a reflection about possible improvements for future years. This Grand Prix is aimed at selecting North American sailors to events organized by the Laser class, such as the Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds (U18), Laser Radial Youth Worlds (U19) and the Laser U21 Worlds, taking place both […]

  • 20 Reasons to Choose the Laser 4.7 (part 1)
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 28, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    A frequently asked question is: « Why the Laser 4.7? » While the 4.7 rig is very well known in Europe, it is less so in some places elsewhere, particularly in the United States and Canada. The reality is that there are many reasons to choose this rig, which entails a sail of 4.7 square meters (1 square meter less than the Radial sail) and a slightly shorter mast. This rig is […]

  • Laser 4.7: the Beginning of the End?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 23, 2019 at 10:29 am

    The Aussie C5 rig, supported by the Laser class president and a variety of interests, but seen as totally unnecessary and counter-productive by most, arrived in Europe, as can be seen on this picture on Garda lake taken on Sept 29.Is this the beginning of the end of the Laser 4.7?The C5 rig, like the 4.7, is intended for those sailors out of the Optimist, Open Skiff, etc, and is therefore a […]

  • Twelve Ideas for Developing a Provincial Youth Sailing Team in Québec (Part 1)
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 17, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    For a few years now, there has been talk about reconstituting a provincial youth sailing team in Quebec. Here are some ideas for doing so, which are not only adapted to the situation in Quebec, where competitive sailing is a little practiced sport, but which also rely on the methods used where high performance athletes are regularly produced. These ideas focus on youth sailors aged 12 to 18 and […]

  • Douze idées pour développer une équipe provinciale de voile jeunesse au Québec (partie 1)
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 16, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Cela fait maintenant quelques années que l’on parle de reconstituer une équipe provinciale de voile jeunesse au Québec. Voici quelques idées pour le faire, qui sont non seulement adaptées à la situation particulière au Québec, où la voile de compétition est un sport peu pratiqué, mais qui reposent aussi sur les […]

  • Douze idées pour développer une équipe provinciale de voile jeunesse au Québec (Partie 2)
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Ceci constitue la suite de l’article présentant douze idées pour développer une équipe provinciale au Québec. La première partie, si vous ne l’avez pas encore lue, est accessible à ce lien. Un développement est survenu depuis: la publication de la version officielle du projet d’équipe provinciale de la […]

  • Championnats du Québec 2019 de Voile Jeunesse: les Résultats
    by noreply@blogger.com (Unknown) on October 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Le podium en Laser Radial: 1. Victor Sullivan2. Calem Austin 3. Francis CharlandLes championnats 2019 de voile jeunesse se sont déroulés, comme à l’accoutumée, au Club de Voile des Deux Montagnes, les 7 et 8 Septembre 2019. Ce sont quelques 130 concurrents qui y ont participé.Voici les podiums pour les différents types d’embarcation et […]

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