Laser News: competing further afield

The forecast looked good: sunshine and up to 18 knots of wind. Marcus Chavasse packed up his laser on 5th July to make his way to the Laser Open Meeting at Emsworth Sailing Club (ESC) on Chichester Harbour. He had been told that there might be some stiff competition, particularly from younger Laser sailors. The psychological battle started early. At least seven of the boats put up sails with sponsorship or “GBR” on the sails suggesting that these people did not just compete in their own back yard. As a longstanding member of ESC as well as Tammy, Marcus reckoned that local knowledge would have to play a part. He turned in a creditable 6th in the first race. In the second race, he recognised the need to ignore large wind shifts in order remain to the East side of the channel, out of the tide and then cross the channel on a single tack. This strategy paid off. He was rewarded by leading round the windward mark, only to throw it all away by bearing off to the wrong wing mark. A disaster. The wind got up to Force 5. The black flag came out after a general recall. In the last race, Marcus found that, when corkscrewing downwind, the boat does not sail competitively with the mast pointing downwards! Another write off. It was good to sail the laser on a more open stretch of water for some variety. The event was comfortably won by a member of the GB laser squad. Marcus managed 10th overall. He will be looking to tempt a few others to travel to this event next year.

A great day out!