RCLaser News by Terry Flynn
Chairman of theRCLaser Owners Association
The RCLaser class continues to be one of the most active classes at the DRBC.
RCLaser First Sunday of the Month Regattas
We have always sailed on the first Sunday of each month and we continue to do so for 2019. Normal support for a Sunday regatta is between 8 to 12 yachts.
This last Sunday 3rd March we sailed our Mad March Regatta. 7 skippers arrived to sail but both RCL135 Denny M & RCL143 Bernie W never made it onto the water for one problem or another.
About 5 races were sailed in the light easterly breeze before it swung into the north east and picked up slightly requiring a course change
After 10 races RCL23 Norrie T was a clear winner and although the results show Norrie T winning 6 races most of the races were very tight and competitive
It turned out to be a most enjoyable morning of sailing with Bernie W taking the helm of a number of other sailors RCLs for a race or two
The Fabulous February Regatta on 3rd February had 9 competitors sailing and we completed 12 races by 13h00. Commodore Norrie Taylor took the honors with Joe Robbertse and Terry Flynn being second and third
RCLaser Professional Loafers Wednesday Day Sailing
This sailing on a Wednesday morning is proving to be very popular with the `Gentleman of Leisure' or Professional Loafers as they have become known.
With the introduction of the RG65, a new class to the DRBC last year, the RCLasers have been able to strike up a happy working relationship with this new class and it was agreed by the sailors that we would alternate Wednesday mornings between the two classes.
This arrangement is flexible to be beneficial to the sailors and classes. If your instance the water level is too low for RCLaser then the RG65 takes over the morning and the RCLaser take over the next Wednesday.
The sailors then join the other Loafers for an early afternoon braai where much `banter' takes place between the fellow members.
RCLaser Thursday Afternoon Summer Series
The RCLaser class was instrumental in introducing this late afternoon `summer' sailing to the DRBC many years ago.
Initially this was only held for about 5 months of the year during summer and was very popular and often attracted the biggest fleets of all sailing and classes at the DRBC.
Last year the club made a decision to open Thursday sailing to all classes not only RCLasers.
This has had the unfortunate effect of shutting down RCLaser sailing on a Thursday afternoon as the same sailors all own other class yachts as well.
A similar arrangement to that of the Wednesday sailing should be considered
The RCLaser Regional and Nationals Championships
The RCLaser KZN Regional Championships are on the calendar for Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th May 2019
The RCLaser National Championships are on the calendar for Saturday and Sunday the 30 November and 1 December 2019