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Laser Masters Nationals

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Looks like the Bartley pond sailors have been experiencing the waves recently so here is another one...

3 days at the Laser Masters in force 4 to 6 in sunshine and a swell off Eastbourne. A Laser event for the more mature sailor (or so you would think). It seems like most mature Laser sailors have become Olympic Coaches judging by the sponsored cars in the carpark!

It was a great event with over 5 countries represented, 'beer on the beach' each day after sailing, and a fine evening with the 'Jazz Folkers' on the Saturday interspersed with people who could actually play their instruments!

The racing was fantastic with 65 boats on the start line and some big wave surfing on the downwind legs with plenty of capsizes all round.

I managed to hit my target of just getting into the middle third of the fleet and I am getting the hang of upwind wave sailing at last...

Full report in Y&Y and Laser.org.uk. Next event it Arun in September if any or you over 35s fancy it...

(I am 208687 in the picture - just catching up....!!!)

Simon H

P.S. any tips on how to recover from 3 days hiking out in a Laser- I could hardly walk!

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