The Laser 4.7 is the same hull as the Olympic Men's & Women's boat but with a slightly smaller sail and this new Class is growing fast as parents and young sailors enjoy the speed, ease of handling & cost advantages of only having to own one boat for all conditions and size of sailor.
On Friday 31 August, 2006 Laser Masters World Champion Murray THOM and the 20th in the World Ranked Laser Radial Sailor, Sara WINTHER coaching the young sailor's in 15 to 20 knot winds, which provided exciting sailing. So exciting in fact that MURRAY could not contain himself, and he ended up racing in a Laser 4.7 against the young sailors, who come from as far a field as Christchurch and Whangarei, in the afternoon races.
On Saturday 2007 New Zealand Laser Champions Michael BULLOT and Miranda POWRIE took time out of their busy training schedules to pass on their tips and secrets to a new generation of Laser sailors. Conditions today were slightly more settled; though there was still plenty of breeze to get the Laser 4.7's planning all around Big Manly Bay at Whangaparaoa just north of Auckland.
Michael & Miranda spent their time with the young sailors, teaching sail controls and boat handling with some exciting practice races to finish the day. Chris STEELE, 2007 World Optimist Champion, handled the larger Laser 4.7 well in the 15 knot plus gusts and only managed to 'death roll' the Laser once and did very well in the practice races. Chris remarked while speeding past the coach boat on the plane that 'this was heaps of fun!'
After two days of training for the Laser 4.7s, the Celebrations for the ISAF 100 year birthday celebrations reached their climax at Manly Sailing Club with the Takapuna Sailing Centre Icebreaker Regatta.
The 16 Laser 4.7 sailors were joined by 60 to 80 sailors of the larger Olympic brother & sister of the Laser 4.7 the Laser Standard Rig & Laser Radial. The Regatta consisted of five races with all prizes donated by Takapuna Sailing Centre and it was a great chance for the Laser 4.7 sailors to put all that training into practice.
Thank you again for helping ISAF celebrate 100 years of sailing - let's get out there and Sail the World!
"I am very proud to be President of the International Sailing Federation as we celebrate 100 years. What is evident is that the past one hundred years mark a period of vibrant and exciting growth for sailing. A period when the spirit of solidarity, friendship and passion for sailing has prevailed over borders, religions, genders and cultures. This weekend of 1-2 September, the "Sail the World" celebrations capture the very spirit of sailing. I am delighted at the number of events, clubs and classes all over the world partnering with ISAF as we join together to "Sail the World."' Göran PETERSSON
Formed in 1907, ISAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2007.
Amongst the highlights of ISAF Centenary celebrations will the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Sail the World weekend from 1-2 September. ISAF will also be publishing a 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book and launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame, which will take place at at a spectacular dinner hosted by the City of Estoril at Estoril Casino on 5 November.
Every ISAF event throughout 2007 will be an integral part of the Centenary celebrations. Whether a local regatta, or a World Championship event, everyone counts. ISAF would like your event to remember what a special year it is, so welcomes everyone to use the specially commissioned Centenary logo.
Find out more on about the calendar of Centennial Celebrations, relive our Highlights from 100 Years of Sailing and keep up to date with the latest news on the Centenary Celebrations at www.sailing.org/centenary.