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A Boat For All Ages? Surge Of Laser Radial Entries In 2018 DMYC Frostbites Boosts Ranks With Youths, Women & Older Sailors

1st November 2018
National Yacht Club’s Mark Lyttle (a one time keen DMYC Frostbiter when he was living in Dublin) was crowned champion on home waters at the recent Laser Master Worlds National Yacht Club’s Mark Lyttle (a one time keen DMYC Frostbiter when he was living in Dublin) was crowned champion on home waters at the recent Laser Master Worlds Photo: Afloat.ie

More than 40 Lasers have been registered thus far for the DMYC Frostbites, with entries still open online ahead of the series kickoff this Sunday 4 November.

The tally of 46 pledged for the latest Dublin Bay winter series is already way up on last year’s total — and even more interesting is that 24 of them are Laser Radials, showing a boost of interest among women, older and youth sailors.

In particular, the Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs’ youth training programme is sending as many as eight Radials to this year’s Frostbites, along with a group of 4.7s.

It’s being hailed as a positive sign for the class which has long experienced difficulty in persuading parents and coaches to encourage their children to compete in local racing rather than training.

The impact of the recent Laser Master Worlds in Dun Laoghaire will also be felt with a strong contingent of older sailors in the Radial class this year.

With the final numbers looking to be a field that’s one-third Laser Radials, it could be marking the resurgence of the class often thought of as only a youth boat as one for all ages.

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