Fishing Bay Yacht club started the season by hosting a Laser clinic for a dozen sailors on a cool windless day. Mike Toms and Jon Deutsch took the sailors through the various simple, intermediate and advanced ways to rig a Laser and covered topics on the methods of dress and techniques for the various maneuvers. After a break for Lunch Jon demonstrated various aspects of boat handling while Mike narrated from the dock. After that, the boats rigged and everyone got a chance to try out a boat while drifting on Fishing Bay. While it wasn’t the best sailing day, it was a great day for sharing and learning knowledge about the Laser.
WOMEN’S LASER SAILING CLINIC will be held May 11-13 at Corsica River YC. All women sailors are encouraged to attend. $110- professional coaching, 3 meals, tent camping, 5 x 7 photo and awards. Call JR for more and registration; email@example.com: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
PRSA recently held a clinic and here are a couple of demonstration videos from it:
WRSC, in Galesville, MD, is offering a FREE Laser/Laser Radial Racing Clinic to all junior sailors on Friday 29 July. Kyle Swenson, WRSC’s Laser/Laser Radial coach with extensive racing experience will be running the clinic. Sailors must provide their own boat and be rigged and ready to start at 09:30. The clinic will be both on and off the water and end at 16:30. Sailors should bring a lunch and water.
All sailors are invited to stay for the Friday Night Racing off the club house dock, starting at 18:00 and ending by 20:00.
With Hurricane Earl out of the way, we had a beautiful forecast for the weekend. On Saturday it was mid 80s with winds building from 10-15 to 15-20. Around 8:30 am sailors started rolling in to check in and rig their boats.
After a quick intro the groups split off into their respective groups. 37 Lasers and Laser Radials worked together with Anna Tunnicliffe, Brad Funk, Erika Reineke, and Charles Higgins. I can honestly say that I haven’t seen so many sailors taking notes in one room. I was very impressed with the eagerness to learn and gain some valuable lessons from the coaches. The seven Optimists worked with McLaughlin BoatWorks’ Tom Coleman, who had them out on the water pretty quickly. North Sails Cleveland loft manager Nick Turney and Kings Point’s Assistant Sailing Coach Michael Collins took the 8 high school team racers and discussed their strategy for the weekend. We also had one windsurfer working with Alessandro Ambrossi from Hampton University.
eeing 52 boats out on the Elizabeth River was quite a sight; something I haven’t seen in my 7 years in the area. The coaches ran a couple drills in the morning to see the skill level of the sailors. After they had split them up into groups, the coaches worked in with their groups until lunch time. At lunch time I managed to talk to a couple of Opti sailors who were a little tentative on going out and asked them what they thought of the morning: nothing but big smiles across their faces!!!
In the afternoon the wind started to increase, which meant more fun for the coaches and sailors. The coaches stepped up their drills and pushed the sailors as hard as they could. They wanted to get as much as they could out of the few hours of sailing in the afternoon.
On Saturday evening, there was a BBQ and a little live music by Bekah Eden and her band. Unfortunately a lot of the sailors were really tired, so there weren’t too many people left half way through the evening; so I guess the coaches did their job.
Sunday’s forecast was a little lighter than Saturday, but there was still wind. It was nice having the different conditions over the two days so the coaches could cover drills that helped the sailors in all conditions.
People were a little sluggish on Sunday morning, but they were raring to go when the coaches started the talks. The sailors were out on the water in their groups and learning new skills and strategies.
After lunch the wind died down a bit more, which didn’t stop the Optimists who were out all afternoon. It gave the Laser coaches an opportunity to talk about health, nutrition, and some fitness. After their talk, Brad led anyone who was interested in a 20 minute yoga session (yes I did get pictures!!!).
After their yoga session, the sailors went out and did some fun races. They had to do a couple tacks where they ran around the front of the mast or around the back of the boom. All very funny, and sometimes painful. It was great to see everyone having a good time, and doing their best to get around the mast without falling in.
David Tunnicliffe has a Labor Day Clinic and Regatta at Old Dominion University (September 4-6) and registration is now open. The Clinic will be coached by some of the best sailors in the country, including Anna Tunnicliffe-Funk, Erika Reineke, Brad Funk, Mitch Brindley, Adrienne Patterson, Michael Collins, Nick Turney, Alessandro Ambrosi, and Charles Higgins. These sailors are some of the best in their field, and they’re all coming together to make this clinic a great opportunity to all sailors who register.
Another clinic that is available to the Lasers is a clinic on July 31-August 1. This will be a clinic for Lasers only at ODU. Please visit the website for more information.
You can check out www.tunnicliffeconsulting.com for more information about the clinic and the coach’s biographies. There is limited space in the each class, so make sure you register early to make sure you get your spot, and avoid late fees. You are also more than welcome to contact me for more information. Please spread the word about the clinic to all of your friends and sailors.
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The RHYC Sailing School is having a Laser Radial Clinic run by Ashley Love from Annapolis. The clinic will be on May 22, 2010. We are very fortunate to have Ashley coming to RHYC to run a day of coaching and training! She will spend the day with us working with the entire group and each individual on land and on-the-water. We expect to videotape the activities on land and on the water.
The day will start at 9:00 am, break for lunch (bring yours) and continue after lunch. After the boats are put away we will adjourn to the Club House to review & critique the videos and individual performance. The day should wrap up by 4:30 pm. Students need a Laser Radial, Life Jacket, hat, sun lotion, water, sailing clothes, pen & paper, and their lunch. Cost per student is $15. This is an incredible value, with the cost being subsidized by the RHYCSS!
ABOUT ASHLEY: https://www.cleverpig.org/coachprofile.php?coach_id=347
Ashley Love graduated from University of Richmond and St Johns, Oxford, England. She is currently employed as videographer for T2P Productions covering sailing events all over the world. She was an Assistant Sailing Coach for Scott Ikle at Hobart and William Smith College. This is one of the best college sailing teams in the country. Previously she worked at a Sailing program in Middle Harbor, Australia where she went through the multi level instructor development program.
Ashley has been racing for a long time in all sorts of boats including with her father in an E-Scow. She has been racing a Radial for 7 years at the international level, and attended the Worlds in Japan last fall. She is a fun, experienced and enthusiastic coach and sailor that loves Lasers!
For clinic information or to register and/or reserve a Radial please contact Chuck Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org For club information go to www.RockHallYachtClub.org.
This clinic is open to sailors from other clubs, so please pass this on to others you know may interested.
Notes on SailFit Laser Seminar, Clearwater Jane and I attended this event in 2005, and also spent three days training with Kurt last summer in Clearwater. Prior to that, we participated in two Rick White seminars where he was the guest instructor. The quality of the coaching was excellent; Kurt is not only very knowledgeable in the latest Laser techniques, he does a great job of teaching these skills to both intermediate and advanced sailors. The past two trips we shot quite a bit of video and the debriefs following the day’s sailing sessions were invaluable.
The clinic included training drills, practice starts and races, both in Clearwater Bay and out on the Gulf. I would recommend this seminar highly to both mid-fleet and top level Laser sailors.
Please join us for some beautiful sailing in Gulf of Mexico with the excellent instruction of the SAILFIT team! We’ll spend some great time on the water and take lots of video so you can see yourself in action!
On March 25th we will be finished by 2pm so you’ll have plenty of time to get to the airport or relax at the beach.
Contact Meka for more details
or call 727-631-7005 or toll free at 866-SAILFIT
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Steve Cockerill is coming to SSA on Wednesday, April 5. The presentation will start at 6:30 PM sharp. We will serve a light meal, starting at 6 PM, and refreshments will be included. We will finish up around 9:30 or 10.
Steve and Rooster sailing have produced a series of instructional DVD’s, called the “Boat Whisperer” series, relating to boathandling, technique, tactics and boat setup. Steve Cockerill has many World, European, and National titles to his credit in both single and doublehanded classes, but it is his ability to pass on knowledge that makes his Boat whisperer presentation excellent. Steve’s talk would cover similar topics, but would not specific to any boat type. As a result, the talk would be highly appropriate for Laser, Opti, and doublehanded dinghy sailors.
Though sponsored by fleet 10, this event will be open to everyone. Spread the word, and bring anyone you know who might be interested. To defray costs, we will be charging a fee, reduced for Fleet 10 members. For more information contact Luke Shingldecker.