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Interested in Laser 4.7 Sailing

by The PSA Team on 18 Nov 2009
Laser 4.7s in Race 3 - 2008 Australian Championships - Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Greg Maunder © http://www.gregmaunder.com
Congratulations on showing interest in the world’s most popular sailing dinghy!

Success Story: The Laser’s simplicity makes it an ideal learn to sail boat suitable for clubs, sailing schools and holidays. With its three different sized rigs, it makes an ideal family boat with a rig to cater for the kids, mum & dad. Its vast global distribution makes it a fantastic fleet racing craft, from club, right up to Olympic level.

A Laser is for life, from Junior’s learning to sail with the smallest rig, called the Laser 4.7 to youth boys and girls aiming to win the prestigious Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Youth World Championship, Masters racing for world titles and ladies aspiring to win the Olympics in the Laser Radial and finally, the largest rig, the Laser Standard in which Masters compete for world titles and men compete for the Olympics.

Three boats in one: The Laser 4.7 is the smallest sized of three Laser rigs and is completely interchangeable with the Laser Radial and the Laser Standard, as only the sail and lower mast are different. That means on windy or cruising days or when you bring a friend along, you just switch rigs. You get three boats for little more than the price of one. You get more for your money when you buy a Laser.

When you out grow your Laser 4.7 all you need to do is simply upgrade to the Laser Radial and then Laser Standard rig, which is just a case of buying a new bottom mast section and sail, easy!

Sail for fun, play games with your friends, explore, discover and learn in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. It is advisable to get some instruction to set you sailing in the right direction. PSA offers Laser Coaching, contact; coaching@lasersailing.com.au for details.

Ideal weight & goals: Although kids can sail around in a 4.7 from 35kgs, a more suitable weight is 50+kgs.

Getting started is easy, buy a boat, join your local club and have fun learning to sail and race then aim to compete in the annual Australian Youth Championship and then the Laser 4.7 World Championship, held in a different venue around the world each year. Racing is a great way to meet people, make friends and to travel.

AUS Champs: The 2010 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship will be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia from 6-10 January. Here is the link to the event website: http://www.youthchamps.org.au

World Champs: The 2010 Laser 4.7 World Championship will be hosted in Thailand from 31st March to 8th April and entry is available to sailors who will be at least 12 years old but not 18 years old in 2010. For more information visit: http://events.laserinternational.org/en/events/overview/100z52

Buy a boat: PSA is offering assistance in the arrangements of purchasing your new or second hand boat through your local dealer. Contact us on; +61 (0) 2 4389 1088 or email: info@lasersailing.com.au

Other useful links:

Performance Sailcraft Australasia www.lasersailing.com.au
Australian Laser Class Association: www.lasersdownunder.com
International Laser Class Association: www.laserinternational.org

Best Wishes,
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