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SHSC benefits from a very active Laser fleet with 75 boats registered and regular racing fleets upwards of fifteen boats. The Laser is arguably the most successful single-handed dinghy ever built with most clubs enjoying healthy fleet numbers and numerous fleet events at regional, national and international levels. The success of the Laser can be attributed to its one design simplicity and its versatility, with three rigs catering for different crew weights and abilities. The fleet attracts sailors of all ages. In recent years it has achieved Olympic status with Britain's Ben Ainslie winning a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics and Paul Goodison also winning Gold in Beijing in 2008.

At SHSC we are fortunate to have a very active racing membership across the spectrum of abilities. Competitive sailors can enjoy racing alongside (or slightly behind) accomplished and renowned champions, whilst newcomers to the fleet find plenty of accompaniment throughout the race. Due to the high number of competitors, final positions can vary greatly from race to race which keeps the fleet vibrant and exciting.

Being a one design boat, you have the confidence that you are against the next sailor and not the next boat and whilst the price tag of the boat can be off putting, there is a very healthy second hand market for those entering the fleet on a budget.

The small 4.7 rig is an ideal transition for junior/youth sailors progressing from Optimists or Toppers. Then the Radial rig caters for youth and small adults in all conditions. The Laser 1 full rig is the largest of the three sails and is the most popular adult rig.

The Laser enjoys fleet status throughout all the series racing during the season and this has resulted in sailors joining for the winter from other clubs. On Wednesday evenings Lasers join the rest of the fleets in handicap racing. Throughout the season there are training sessions held by experienced sailors.

Each year in October, the club hosts the final Midlands Grand Prix event incorporating the series prize giving. This attracts the best sailors in the region and is a great opportunity to sail with the best as well as a great show for spectators.

The club owns four Lasers, which can be hired by contacting Nigel Pepperdine

Laser Midland Grand Prix Dates 2016

This year’s Laser Midland Grand Prix consists of 18 Open events across Midlands clubs culminating in the Staunton Harold Sailing Club Open and Series Prize giving on Sunday 2 October 2016.  6 results to qualify for overall prizes and a sailing holiday draw.

Dates and venues can be found on the UK Laser Association website – www.laser.org.uk under Events Calendar.