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Onboard Trackers Introduced for Howth Yacht Club Laser Frostbites

11th October 2018
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Lasers competing in this year's HYC Frostbites will use onboard trackers Lasers competing in this year's HYC Frostbites will use onboard trackers Photo: Afloat.ie

Olympian Dan O’Grady and Tokyo Olympic campaigner Ewan McMahon are among the entries lined up for next month's 2018-2019 Laser Frostbites at Howth Yacht Club where onboard trackers will be used for the first time in the long-running series.

Howth's own Olympic Radial campaigner, Aoife Hopkins, is also going to race some of the series in her busy schedule.

The series starts on Sunday 4th Nov, and runs to 9th March 2019. Organisers have arranged the hire of onboard trackers this year. This will allow for superb debriefing and coaching opportunities along with plenty of post-race banter!

Format is largely the same with 2 races each Sunday morning (FG 10:45) just outside the Harbour.

The event always attracts a large entry with sailors ranging from Ex Olympians and current top Olympic campaigners to absolute beginners, across the 3 rig sizes. All are welcome.

Online entry now open here

Dave Quinn

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David Quinn Started sailing Mirrors in Sutton on Dublin Bay aged 15, before moving on to Lasers. He campaigned the Laser for eight years, including European Championships and Grade One Regattas. He was Chairman of the Laser Class in 2001, coinciding with the Laser World Championships in Royal Cork. After a short time working as the Racing Manager for the Irish Sailing Association in 2004-2005, he bought an SB20 in 2006, and raced that on the Irish circuit with some success for a number of years. He also competed in UK IRC Nationals and Commodores Cup around that time with Tiamat. After a break from sailing when his first child was born in 2011, he recently started racing Lasers again in late 2017, inspired by the upcoming Laser Master Worlds which was held in September of this year.

At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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