July 25, 2017

What's Missing from my Practice Laser?

By Doug
The training has started for people going to the Laser Master Worlds in Split in September. Here’s my practice Laser, do you see anything missing? 

I like practice to be a little harder than normal, so here’s what I don’t use to force me to be more aware of my surroundings:
  • A compass to keep my head out of the boat.
  • A watch so I can focus on boats around me at the start.
  • A flag at the top of the mast forces me to feel the wind.
  • Hiking pants helps me feel the boat.
  • An old MK1 sail is not fast and makes we work harder.
So, here’s what’s missing – my practice sail has no telltales. This forces me to sail by feeling the pressure on the centerboard, rudder, and sail. Sailing at night is the best way to get the feeling for a boat but if you can’t to this, sailing without telltales is the next best thing.


  1. From the photo it looks like you don't bother with the foils either. All the best for Croatia. I cannot make it this year - pesky day job getting in the way.

  2. Mk 2 sail seems to be a notable too!

    1. You're right, the old MK1 sail definitely is slower, mainly because it does not point as well. I've added it to my list.


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