UK Laser Events

Scottish Laser Grand Prix Dates The dates below are for event which form the Scottish Laser Grand Prix (traveller) events. The events are at various Scottish venues and have a good standard of Laser fleet sailing.

Loch Earn Sailing Club 25th 26th April (1st Inland Series)

East Lothian Yacht Club 6th 7th June

Largo Bay Sailing Club 20th 21st June (Scottish Champs Including Masters)

Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club 22nd 23rd August

Loch Lomond Sailing Club 5th 6th September

Tummel Sailing Club 19th 20th September (2nd Inland Series)

Also:

25/26 April Laser National Open Training WPNSA (Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy)

3-5 July Laser Masters Nationals WPNSA

25-30 July Laser Open and National Championships Mounts Bay Sailing Club

Spar Rivets

Laser spars are made of aluminum tubing. New spars come with stainless steel rivets holding the various fittings in place. Over time the aluminum can corrode causing damage and eventually spar failure. To help prevent this damage the stainless rivets can be drilled out and replaced with aluminum. These will cause less damage over time, although Aluminum is considerably weaker and the rivets will need to be replaced from time to time. The rivets should be inspected for wear and damage on a regular basis to prevent any nasty surprises. Corrosion inhibitor paste should be applied where stainless fittings come in contact with the aluminum.

Laser, boom, corrosion
Boom corrosion
Boom, Laser, rivet, mainsheet block
Refitting a padeye to the boom.

The kicker pulleys can put a lot of tension on the kicker fitting, which can in some cases bend the boom. It is worthwhile to check the boom for straightness particularly after windy sailing. The boom has an aluminum tube liner inside near the kicker fitting. This liner adds a lot of strength to the boom to help prevent the spar from bending.

During the quiet winter months it is worthwhile to check your spars for loose fittings or rivets and make sure they are not bent. Spars can last longer by changing rivets and also swapping ends on the spar.

The topmast on a Laser is made from the same tubing as the boom, so if the topmast is broken keep the long bit, it may be used to replace on old boom.

Local Regatta Dates

Orkney has a selection of Regattas in the summer offering friendly competition in various localities. In addition there is a Laser Open Day scheduled for Saturday 14 March.

Round Gairsay 20 June

Burray 27 June

Holm and Rousay 4 July, Rousay will be aimed at the Yachts

Longhope 11 July

Stromness 18 July

Westray 25 July

Kirkwall 1 August

Port to Port (Kirkwall to Shapinsay) 22 August

Kemp Cup 12 September

Hatston, Slip, Calm, Low Tide
Calm weather at Hatston Slip

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