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All Three Laser Rig Prizes Decided With a Week to Spare at Howth Yacht Club  

10th December 2018
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Big winds for Laser racing at Howth Yacht Club Big winds for Laser racing at Howth Yacht Club Photo: Brian Turvey

With one week to go in the Howth Yacht Club Laser Frostbites Winter Series, the winners of all three rigs have been decided. Ronan Wallace has claimed top spot in the Standard Rig Fleet, with Tom Fox winning the Radials and Sophie Kilmartin winning the 4.7’s. The weather cooperated again this week, after some mid-week concerns over forecasted winds above 30kts. In the end we had winds in the mid-twenties and bright sunny conditions.

The triangle courses were set perfectly to give fantastic downwind surfing conditions. For the past few weeks, the run was left out for each race as winds were deemed too high. Race Officials changed back to the traditional Olympic course this week, which caught out Dan O’Connell at one weather mark! Only for this error, Dan would have won both races on the day. Dan ended up with a first and second. Mike Evans continued his consistent form with a 3 and 4. Ronan Wallace had an uncharacteristic 5th place in the first race, which will give some of us some hope for the Spring Series, before winning the second race.

Next week concludes the Winter Series. There is the traditional New Years Day race, starting at 12pm, and all are welcome. The Spring Series starts on 5th January, and runs until Sunday 3rd March. The End of Season ‘Round the Island’ race is scheduled for Saturday 9th March.

Published in Laser, Howth YC
Dave Quinn

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Dave Quinn

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David is a keen Laser sailor, having previously sailed an SB20 and a number of IRC Cruiser Racers.

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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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