The Frensham Nearly5 Group (Laser 4.7 and Radials) meets at midday every Saturday. The group is a mix of abilities from beginners to experts and from those who just enjoy sailing to those who want to race. Many of the group are youth sailors, but the group is open to Frensham Pond members of any age.
The normal Saturday afternoon starts with a meeting at 12 to do some on-shore training and plan the rest of of the day. That lasts 15-30 minutes depending on the weather and what we need to talk about. Then it's on-the-water training/sailing until 1.30 when we come in for a break. At 2pm (2.30pm in the summer) we can join in the Frensham afternoon club race.
A bit about the boats...
Laser 4.7 - the Lasers are all the same boat really! The 4.7 bit refers to the size of the sail (4.7 square metres). The Laser 4.7 has a smaller sail and shorter bottom mast section than the other types of Lasers, but everything else is the same. The Laser 4.7 is suitable for sailors over the age of 12 but can be sailed by people of any age and there are some adult 4.7 sailors in the group, though it is fair to say most 4.7s are sailed by teenagers.
Laser Radial - this is the Laser with the next size sail up from the 4.7 (it is actually a 5.7m sail). In the Olympics it is the Ladies Singlehanded Dinghy, but elsewhere it is often sailed by teenagers and adults alike, nationally and internationally. Most of the Radial sailors in the Group are older teenagers or adults.