By Timothy Davison

Bursting with sensible suggestion on rigging, launching and crusing in all stipulations, this is often the last word consultant for all Laser sailors, no matter what your point. color pictures and illustrations aid the newbie flip from amateur to useful membership racer inside weeks of having afloat. The more matured sailor will locate the go-fast information from crusing champions worthwhile. We inform you every thing you must recognize, from developing, throughout to crusing your Laser. The ebook additionally contains: constructing new regulate strains studying the normal, 4.7 and Radial rigs Going swifter - upwind and downwind warding off universal error Outsmarting the competition even if you are new to crusing or you are looking to get a head commence while racing, The Laser ebook is the one publication you must succeed in best apparatus. international classification RACERS percentage THEIR secrets and techniques Paul Goodison (Standard rig) who's the present global number 1 Laser sailor, an Olympic Gold medallist, eu and British Champion. Steven Cockerill (Radial rig) has been a 6 time Laser Radial nationwide Champion and Radial Masters international Champion Philip White (4.7 Rig) who used to be four th within the Laser 4.7 Worlds

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Keep altering course so the sail just doesn’t flap. • Don’t slam the bow into waves. • Watch out for windshifts. • Keep a good lookout for other boats (particularly by watching underneath the sail). • Move your body (legally) in time with the waves to help the boat over them. qxd 1/28/09 1:53 PM Page 43 BEATING 43 BEATING IN LIGHT WINDS Adjusting the sail Aim for speed rather than steering very close to the wind. Keep an eye on the water and on your burgee (or wind indicator) to spot windshifts.

Only let it out further if you want to run by the 0 lee rather than gybe. • Have the centreboard partly up. • When a gust comes, run straight downwind Since 1979, when I wrote the first edition of this book, the biggest changes in technique have been on the run. We now know that the Laser runs faster by the lee, that is just before it gybes and with the wind blowing from the leech to the mast. Surprisingly, it is also more stable like this. To get going fast, let out the sheet to 900 (more in light airs, less in strong winds) with the kicking strap (vang) well eased.

If you’re surfing and the opposition is not, you’ll make huge gains. That’s how the Ben Anslies and Robert Scheidts of this world get such a huge lead. But if surfing isn’t possible, there’s no point in deviating much from the downwind course. And if you’re surfing straight downwind anyway, once again just go for the leeward mark. So how do you pick up the wave in the first place? When you feel a suitable wave lift the transom, either: • Bear away and pump the mainsheet once to get the boat shooting along the wave or • Luff and pump the mainsheet once to shoot the boat along the wave the other way.

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