Laser Radial

Apr 28, 2020 -- Posted by : Admin

After six to twelve weeks, a Laser Radial sailor should know how to ...


• Follow program and harbor rules
• Stay protected from the sun
• Be safety conscious (Rule 1)
• Use a safety whistle appropriately
• Put on and take off a PFD in the water
• Tread water without a PFD for two minutes in the sea • Avoid collisions
• Get in the safety position • Capsize and recover • Execute a squall/storm drill


• Avoid contact (Rule 14)
• Use windward/leeward (Rule 11)
• Use Starboard/Port (Rule 10)
• Use clear ahead/clear astern (Rule 12)
• Be comfortable in a Laser on the water
• Tie an 8-knot, square knot, cleat knot, bowline, half hitch, and clove hitch
• Coil and throw a line
• Identify points of sail
• Name the parts of a Laser
• Know where the wind is coming from
• Explain actual vs. apparent wind
• Recognize the approach of puffs and lulls
• Explain how a sail works
          - push
          - pull
          - daggerboard as a foil
• Rig and de-rig properly
• Attach a sail onto spars
• Cartop and transport safely and properly Steer responsibly on a tow
• Do a MOB recovery
• Do simple navigation
          - North, South, East, West
          - recognizing and using landmarks
          - navigation buoys
          - water depth
          - reading a chart
          - using a compass
• Recognize and sail in currents and tides - tide charts
          - current indicators Assess weather
          - simple weather systems
          - clouds and what they mean - wind and weather
          - weather reports
          - barometric pressure
• Use sailing as a way to get somewhere 
• Take care of a boat
          - proper and neat stowing and securing - washing boats
          - jury-rigging
          - minor repairs 
• Row 
• Anchor
• Sail as passenger or crew on a big boat


• Leave the dock
• Return to the dock
• Maintain proper body position and weight placement in the boat • Hold the tiller and mainsheet correctly
• Stay out of the no-go-zone except when tacking
• Recover from irons
• Gybe
          - s gybe as apposed to c gybe 
          - pull-in sail and center tiller - mechanics
          - rolling
          - gybing in waves 
 • Tack
          - mechanics
          - rolling
          - rules (Rule 13)
          - tacking in waves
• Downwind Sailing 
          - reach
          - run
          - sail trim dictated by where the wind is 
          - adjusting trim
          - adjusting sail controls
          - body position and placement
          - steering
          - awareness
          - pumping on crests
          - steering waves
          - sail by the lee
• Upwind sailing
          - sail shape and trim
          - close-hauled
          - finding and holding “the groove.”
          - watching for speed and balloon in the luff 
          - telltales
          - sailing over waves
          - hiking
• Stop and start
          - heading into the wind
          - backwinding sail
          - pull in and head off
• Adjust the daggerboard for different conditions and points of sail 
• Adjust sail shape (when and why)
          - outhaul
                    = adjust foot tension and control depth of the sail
          - boom vang
                    = downwind leech tension         
          - cunningham
                    = adjust luff tension and control draft position
          - mainsheet
                    = control of speed and pointing                   
          - for different weather conditions
          - for different points of sail
• Where, when, and how to sit Position body weight
          - challenging the body on the boat
          - steering with weight
          - how body placement and movement affects the boat 
          - for different weather conditions
          - for different points of sail
          - quiet and gentle movement 
• Sail backwards
• Execute a 720
• Execute a windsurfer tack


• Respect others
• Respect equipment
• View sailing as a team sport
• Work in a team during rigging and activities


• Organize his or herself for competition in a regatta
• Understand sportsmanship in racing
          - responsibility
          - fair sailing
• Assess wind on a course
• Act on puffs and lulls
• Adjust sail controls for different legs
• Adjust weight for speed
• Find clear air
• React to wind shifts
          - tack on headers
          - stay on lifts
• Sail through puffs and lulls
          - spotting them
          - reacting to them
• Sail through wind shifts
          - recognizing them
          - headers
          - lifts
• Sail all standard racecourses
          - triangle
          - modified triangle
          - trapezoid
          - windward/leeward
          - offset marks
          - gate marks
          - Harry Anderson
• Apply racing tactics 
• Start
          - mechanics
          - favored end
          - current
          - line sight
          - strategies & tactics
          - timing (watches and mind)
          - rules and things to watch for
• Avoid la-la land 
• Round a mark
          - the mechanics of it
          - wide and tight
          - tactics
          - advanced applications of Rule 18
• Finish
          - dueling tactics
          - sportsmanship in finishing
• Use all racing rules competently
• Deal with protests and arbitration
          - knowing the rules
          - knowing who to ask
          - sportsmanship and hearing


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