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Impressive Speeds From Lasers Racing In Howth

11th February 2019
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Laser racing in Howth on Sunday 10 February Laser racing in Howth on Sunday 10 February Photo: Neil Murphy

Two races were sailed by the Lasers at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday 10 February in demanding conditions, writes Dave Quinn.

We had westerly winds against a flooding tide, which generated a small but steep chop. Absolutely brilliant for reaching, but somewhat tougher upwind.

It was probably the fastest your correspondent has ever gone in a Laser. Winds were averaging 20 knots and gusting to 28.

Howth Lasers 10 Feb 19

The first race was sailed over a lap-sausage-lap of a triangular course with the run and the gybe marks being where most capsizes occurred.

The race management team took pity on the fleet and changed to triangles without a run for the second race and, in recognition of the number of competitors who were swimming rather than sailing during that race, the course was shortened after just two laps.

The fleet was still left with a broad reach back to the sanctuary of the harbour, which gave further opportunity for some more Sunday morning swimming but all survived and there were plenty of tall tails to be told in the bar afterwards.

Howth Lasers 10 Feb 19

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Daragh Kelleher won both races in the Standard Rig, and Tom Fox showed some impressive speed to beat most of the standard rigs on his way to winning the Radial fleet. Sophie Kilmartin continued her winning ways also with two wins in the 4.7 fleet.

The impressive speeds on the reaches were vouched for by the Sailracer GPS trackers fitted to the boats for the event, confirming that over 14 knots can readily be achieved in a Laser, albeit not a comfortable situation to be in with the gybe mark approaching fast.

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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.

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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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