Laser Youth Group
FPSC’s Laser Youth group is open to any youngsters at the Club who want to sail a Laser. We cater for skill levels from RYA Youth Stage 3 upwards, but we are inclusive so if you can sail a triangular course and navigate yourself around the Pond or fancy your chances at top end of the fleet then come and join in! We aim to get our young sailors racing and competing at the Club and ultimately to give them the confidence to enter open meetings and events, if that is what they’d like to do.
The Laser Youth Group normally meets on Saturday mornings. We rig the boats, run a briefing and / or some on-shore training, get changed and go sailing!
We are back on shore in time for some lunch before Saturday afternoon racing. – the Laser 4.7 / Radial “youth” start is 10 minutes after the Saturday Handicap Race start. There are Summer and Winter series with trophies to be won for each!
Exact timing does varies throughout the year, so please check the Club Handbook or class programme on the web site (or email the LYG organiser below).
A bit about the boats...
Lasers were originally designed with what is now known as the “Standard” rig. It can be quite hard work and you need to weigh 75Kg plus to sail competitively, so optional rigs were developed to cater for lighter weight people - everything else stays the same.
The Laser is an RYA recognised Pathway Boat, with the 4.7 rig for Junior sailors (Under 16) and the Radial rig for Youth sailors (16 to 19 years). The UK Laser Association runs a very extensive event programme, so you can go and race a Laser with any of the rigs pretty much every week-end of the year, if that is your thing. The UKLA also organises regular open training and there is an RYA Squad system in place for all three rigs which could take you all the way through to the Olympics… If it takes your fancy, all three variants are raced internationally.
Laser 4.7 The Laser 4.7 has the smallest sail (4.7 square metres, believe it or not !) with a short bottom mast section. It is suitable for lightweight sailors from around 13 years old, depending on weight (50 -65 Kgs) and height as much as anything.
Laser Radial The Laser Radial has a 5.7 sq m sail and a bottom mast section that is longer than the 4.7 but smaller than the Standard rig’s. It is suited to sailors in the 60 to 75 Kg range and as well as being an RYA Pathway class it is the Women’s Olympic single hander.
Frensham Pond - Volvo RYA Champion Club
Frensham Pond was one of the first clubs in 1999 to become a Champion Club. This was recognition of many years of teaching youngsters to sail and race at top flight.
This now means that we:
Provide a structured Junior Race Programme in RYA recognised junior classes. In our case these classes are Cadet, Laser 4.7s and Laser Radials.
Provide regular class specific racing and coaching.
Develop youngsters enthusiasm and talent and encourage and support their development so that as many as possible gain places in the Volvo RYA Junior and Youth Development Programmes.
Encourage youngsters to attend training at other clubs and take part in Zone Qualifiers, Open and National Class Association and RYA events.
.... in other words the route to the top!
A measure of our success is that we currently have one Cadet team in the 2013 National Squad another 3 teams in the National Junior Squad, with several others hot on their heals in the development squads.
One longer term measurement would be that many of our National Championship winners, who were Cadets at Frensham in fact still race here today from time to time. You almost couldn't get better coaches!
The Champion Club scheme is divided into two age bands, these are Juniors, in our case sailing Cadets, and Youth who are encouraged to sail Laser 4.7 & Radials (single-handed).
The Club also recognises that not everyone will be in a Squad and may just want to race at home which is why we invest heavily in Club Cadets and RS Tera's to help introduce children to sailing and racing.
When Juniors move to the Youth section, they may want to continue to sail a double-hander and in this case we would encourage youngsters to continue to sail at Frensham in a range of boats.
'Best place to learn about what the wind does'
RS200, RS400 National Champion and Endeavour Trophy Champion
'Couldn't be better for youngsters to start racing'
OK, Enterprise National & World Champion and Endeavour Trophy Champion
'I really appreciate the encouragement, interest and support given to me from an early age by the Club and its members. I feel it has played an important role in the development of my sailing'
Europe National Champion and Pre-Olympic Regatta sailor