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2018 Event Lasers

A truck full of event Lasers is headed to West Coast Sailing after the ISAF Youth World Championship this month. Event Lasers are the preferred way to get a great boat with $1,600 in savings. These are 2019 model-year, UK-built Lasers with ice blue gelcoat and great accessories: a trolley, blade bag, deck cover, and spar bag.

Buying Your Kid's First Sailboat

After having taken some sailing classes, your child is asking for more. Sounds like they are starting to love sailing. Congratulations! Now what...? Whether they need more time for training and practicing their skills, or are itching to participate in regattas, they’re going to need a boat. Many clubs and programs have some boats a family can use for a brief period, but, sooner than later you will need to take the plunge. While it might seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. We’ll walk you through the process of buying your kids first sailboat.

Getting Kids Into Sailing

So your kid is interested in sailing? Congratulations! Kids are fickle these days, with so many distractions available. Sailing can be a great way for a young person to spend their time outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends. Because sailing is dependent on weather and the environment, kids learn more than being in a gym all day with a ball. The sport of Sailing can be fun, social, and adventurous while encourage values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and sound decision making. When taught well and supported, it can build a positive and lifelong passion. The benefits are endless!

Laser Mk2 Sail Tuning by Fillah Karim

Check out this Laser Mk2 Sail tuning guide from sponsored sailing team member Fillah Karim. Fillah was an early adopter to the new Laser Mk2 class approved standard sail and has learned the ins and out and nuances of this new sail. The following are his notes and observations which should prove useful for anyone transitioning to this sail or looking for trimming tips.

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