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Laser SB3s join Vice-Admiral's Cup

Big plans for 2012 lie in store

Thursday November 24th 2011, Author: Katie Ashworth, Location: United Kingdom

In 2012, the Laser SB3 fleet in the UK will be taking part in the Vice Admirals Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight. This is the first time that the class have been invited to take part in the event.

"We're looking forward to some tight racing in the central Solent, it'll be fun being part of this lager event," explained UK Class Chairman, Chris Darling.

Racing will take place over three days, 18-20 May. Three races are scheduled for Friday and Saturday with just two on Sunday allowing time for the prize giving and everyone to return to their home ports.

The Vice Admirals Cup is the first of a number of Laser SB3 events that will take place in the Solent during 2012. Shortly after the Vice Admirals Cup the Laser SB3 fleet will be taking part in the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th Year Anniversary Regatta in Hamble before making the trip to the eastern Solent for the annual Seaview Yacht Club gathering of the class....and what an epic gathering is has turned out to be in the past, both on and especially off the water!

2012 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for the class as it moves into its second decade. The National Championships will be held in mid June at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, just ahead of the closure of the venue for the Olympic Games. Cowes Week will no doubt be as popular as ever. In the third week of September, the European fleet will gather for their Championships at Medemblik, Netherlands where approximately 70 boats are expected to compete for the European Championship title.

Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia will host the 2012 Laser SB3 World Championships over 12-20 December. Highly subsidised shipping will encourage a good turnout of European entries for the fifth World Championships of the class in one of the world's "sailing paradises".

2012.....let's be havin' ya!

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