The covers are finally off!
The 4000 in all its glory is now on stand F24 at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014. (Here are some sneak pics of the stand). In addition to the show we have launched our new website www.4000.org.uk carrying our new branding, general facelift and social media links.
As promised there are a number of proposed changes on display following a great deal of effort from various quarters to get them done in time for the show! Here is a rundown of the proposals however, if you can, get down to the show 1st & 2nd March a see them for yourself.
The Proposed Changes
Sails – Safety / Cost – Modern square top with some floatation to help when righting the boat. Square top offers more gust response and a modern look.
Mast – Safety / Cost / Durability – Mast tube replaced with more robust ‘Gamma’ section that will require less sleeving to achieve the same bend and robustness. Less sleeving reduces cost slightly and reduces weight which makes righting the boat easier after a capsize.
Trapeze wire – Safety / Cost – Switch to rope instead of wire along with possible additional crude adjuster
Kicker wire – Cost – Switch to rope instead of wire and can be made at home with a splicing fid with the original pulleys. Also remove u bolt on mast and replace with spectra loop to reduce wear on jib leach.
Trampolines – Cost / Durability / Availability – a new replacement version is being looked at that would offer less windage when capsized.
Spinnaker sock – Cost / Availability – a new replacement version
The 4000 on display belongs to Steve Cockerill and he bought it for £950 about 1 month ago. It is boat Number 4190 (i.e. 190th boat built) and was built in 1996; so is 18 years old and still looks great! For the show it has been given the prototype mast and sails, new ropes, new deck hardware, other new updates and general clean. These have brought the boat image up to date whilst addressing other issues such as cost, safety and availability of spares.
(Just click the pictures to see a close-up)
Over the last few months there have been a number of developments with regards to the 4000 Class, and some of you may have heard through the grapevine that changes are afoot. I am pleased to announce that the designers of the boat, Phil Morrison and Derek Clark, have signed off a new licence holder for production and marketing – Rooster Sailing Ltd. In addition the boat will now be known as a ‘4000’.
Further to the change in name and supplier there has been a 4000 Steering Group set up with a remit to improve and promote 4000 class racing. To that end, the committee has looked at various aspects of the boat with regards to safety, durability, marketing, supply and cost. From this a number of proposals for modifications to the boat have been made which are not intended to alter the performance, so old will be able to sail with new competitively. Details of what is being looked at will be released soon and a number of these proposals will be on display at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on the 1st-2nd March 2014 on the UK 4000 Class Association Stand F24.”
On behalf on the Class Association I would like to extend a warm welcome to Rooster Sailing Ltd and hope that with their help we may be able to breathe new life into our great class and get large fleets sailing again. I would also like to thank the Steering Group for all their work to date developing the new parts.
Author: Richard de Fleury
Image / Logo: Rooster Sailing Ltd
Absolute latest (14/1/14). We now have six 4000′s confirmed with Tony Ainsworth, who is taking 2 trailers x 6 boats each, going to Garda. We are competing for trailer space with the Solo’s, who are sailing at Riva whilst we are at Campione. There are still 3 or 4 places on his second trailer if you get in quick (again, ahead of the Solo’s), and I am sure that these will be at the lower price of £460 as he should fill everything up eventually.
The original prices as below:
Six assorted boats £460.00
Five “ “ £550.00
Four “ “ £690.00
Deposit of £150.00 reserves a place. If you’d like to go to Garda without having to trail your boat all the way, SIGN UP SOON! (contact Fran or myself for Tony’s bank details)
The 2014 series is coming together, Europeans now set for glorious Garda, and Nationals as part of Torbay Week. We will add more UK series events as they are locked in. If you’ve an idea for an event e-mail Neil - email@example.com. For full details go to the Events Calendar page.
A damp and muggy morning greeted the fleet at Rutland Sailing Club for the 2013 Inlands. However, the breezy day we had been forecast was nowhere to be seen with patchy wind on the water. Nonetheless the fleet of 9 rigged in earnest and by the first start a light wind had filled in.
From start to finish there was good close racing with no runaway leaders and plenty of position changes throughout the fleet creating a mixed bag of results. Fran & John, the favourites to take the title, showed their wealth of experience taking the first two races.
By race three the wind had improved but was still presenting a challenge with crews trying to search out the best of the breeze particularly on the downwind leg. The filling wind brought with it some shifty gusts which caused a few issues, most notably for the early leaders Fran & John who uncharacteristically binned it in the drink during a gybe in race 3 from the lead. With the leaders upside down the championship was flung wide open with Tim & Harry taking full advantage to chalk up a win to close out day one. In the same race 5th, 6th and 7th was practically a photo finish with a big gust carrying in Mark & Matt and Richard & Jo from wide at speed towards a deep soaking Neil & Charlotte. Following much spray and a late aborted gybe by Mark all three passed the line unsure who had got what? 5th was taken by Mark with the others left to work out what happened!?
Day 2 brought the wind we had been expecting with white caps becoming more frequent as bigger gusts rolled through providing excellent racing. Tim & Harry picked up where they had left off on day 1 taking another win with a surprise challenge coming from Callum & Tom, Rutland locals and newcomers to 4ks, taking their third consecutive 2nd place. Fran & John replied in the next with a win in the windiest race of the event to force a decider for first overall. The second race also saw a number of the fleet testing the water temperature along with a number of the other fleets present. At one point a significant number of boats were over up and down the racecourse proving some of the gusts were indeed what the weatherman had promised getting well into a F6.
The final race saw Fran & John squeezed into 3rd place by Neil & Charlotte while Tim & Harry took another win to be crowned Inland Champions. Rutland as ever was a cracking event and it was great to see a number of newcomers to the fleet in particular Callum and Tom who showed some real promise for the future coming 3rd overall.
Congratulations to Tim & Harry on their win. Also many thanks to Rutland SC and our race officer David Wilkins and his team for a fantastic event with expertly run racing.
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The L4000’s took part in the spinnaker classes’ handicap fleet over the August Bank holiday weekend. The interesting thing was sailing with the ISO’s, Alto’s and Javelins; all four classes were very evenly matched boat for boat around the race course. This is surely the best evidence for a review of the Laser 4000 PY rating.
The courses were of a trapezoid type around the iconic light blue Olympic buoys, giving a fast two sail reach after the windward mark rounding, followed by two exciting kite legs with breezes up to 22 knots. The standard of race management was excellent as you would expect from this venue. Each boat was given a GPS tracker, so all races could be studied ashore to show tactics and speeds, with the Laser 4000’s in excess of 17 knots.
The Sailfest event included coaching for those who asked for it, and there was a debrief and video of Saturday’s racing by Peter Aitkin. There was also a fascinating talk given by the CEO of WPNSA on the meticulously detailed preparations leading up to the Olympics last summer.
This form of handicap racing proved most enjoyable practically as there were closely matched boats with which to engage. The results for the L4000 series were extracted from the overall.
The 2013 Laser 4000 Nationals were met with sunshine and warm wind as they were sailed as part of Falmouth Dinghy Week from Restronguet Sailing Club on the South coast.
The racing was scheduled to take place over 4 days with 2 back to back races each morning(ish) allowing the fleet tinkering and tuning time as well time to enjoy the rest of the events social aspects. Better still with the sun out this provided time to dry kit for the next day!
Day one was met with a light to moderate breeze which the ODD made good use of getting the first race away promptly. Close racing was soon disturbed at the first leeward mark as a number of cruising yachts got mixed in on the action causing some interesting mark approaches and roundings as boats navigated round the mark and moving obstacles! Shifting winds saw the fleet split over the next beat before settling in position for the finish. Race 2 was delayed due to large wind shift causing a move in the race course. Once reset fickle winds provided challenging racing leaving the fleet more spread as shifts and gusts took their toll.
Day 2 brought more wind, sun and spray. Fabulous conditions saw the fleet enjoy good close racing with gust riding being the game of the day. Race 4 saw the fleet play a game of ‘spinnaker chicken’ on the way to the second mark to see who would deploy their kite first and still make the mark. This led to Richard & Jo having a hairy moment in a gust when Jo went to say ‘hello’ to the mast as Neil and Jo performed a textbook overtake and mark rounding. As the race unfolded shifting and strengthening winds left the windward leeward course a fetch and tight reach with boat speed becoming key. Dave and Alayne powered though to chalk up a race win.
Following racing on day 2 the 4k fleet showed off its ‘work hard play hard’ mentality on a trip across the bay to Falmouth to sample the local pasties, beer and general festivities before returning to sample yet more beer local cuisine at a local pub.
Day 3 looked bleak as not a ripple could be seen on arrival however, as promised by the OOD, a light breeze filled in in time for racing to commence and by the end of the day a massive gust of 12mph was recorded over the committee boat! The light and trying conditions had crews searching for any edge burying bows, raising dagger boards and fully utilising ‘wing wangs’ in the pursuit of speed. However, experience showed through with Fran and John taking 2 race wins to stretch their slim overall lead. Further down the fleet some of the closest racing took place with some dramatic 100m spinnaker sprints to the finish. The day once again saw the fleet enjoying more great beer and fine food at a local pub reminiscing over the racing so far.
The final day presented the fleet once again with moderate gusty conditions and Fran and John needing one more good result to see of a strong challenge from Dave and Alayne. However, it would appear no one told Fran as she was doing a spot of seal spotting at the windward mark before promptly parking there to have tea and scones, letting Dave and Alayne through. A special mention to Charlotte and Mike, sailing together in a 4k for the first time, for determination in trying conditions as they learnt to sail with considerably less than intended mainsheet after snapping it!
With final positions close, match racing was the game with pairs of boats covering each other throughout the fleet. Finally, after the fleet suffered some directional issues on the final race Fran and John won through and came away as the National champs whilst at the same time collecting the trophy for winning the UK series after a consistent performance this year. Congratulations to them and the other competitors for a fantastic event and many thanks to our hosts Restronguet Sailing Club.
Save £10 by booking early !
Laser 4000 Nationals includes:
- 4 Days of races on the Carrick Roads – 2 back to back morning races leaving the afternoons free to explore the rest of Cornwall. The host clubs provide afternoon teas at their clubs after racing.
- Parking of Boat and Trailer at Windsport (A private dinghy park) next to Restronguet Sailing Club where there are the usual shower and changing facilities. This is the main centre for the dinghy racing area and we are feet away from the water – at high tide.
- Henri Lloyd Prizes
- Sponsored Sailing hats etc…
£120 total (before 5th Aug, then £130 for late entries)
- The Laser 4000 AGM will be held in the Bar at Restronguet Sailing Club on Monday late afternoon, prior to the proposed evening meal at Castaways
- If you want to stay on at Windsport and do the remaining 2 days of Falmouth Week, that can be arranged – the additional Thu / Fri is £20 per day (you have already paid for Sun> Wed in the £120 Total ) – see me / Falmouth Regatta Website
- Car Parking is sought after, since this is the prime sailing area in Falmouth / Carrick Roads. We have negotiated a further £25 for the 5 days if you wish to leave your car close to the boat. Otherwise there are pay and display car parks at similar costs 400 yards away – if you can get there early. Knowing the parking situation I always choose the Windsport parking.
- Camping details / Campervan etc details here
Payment / Entry
Please make cheques payable to “UK District Laser 4000 Association” or pay online to Sort Code: 20-79-25 and Account No. 20259985
… and fill in the Entry form (PDF or Spreadsheet) and return it to me scanned and then via email to email@example.com or post including cheques to: 3 The Pines, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5HZ. (my mobile is 07775 664 357 if you have any questions)
Hope to see you in Cornwall
Other Events going on this first part of the week
Sunday 11th August
The Wursels Hog Roast and Cider Night: Somerset’s Finest Scrumpy-Guzzling Quartet, back again by popular demand for The Famous Cider and Hog Roast Night.
Family Fun- Family Portraits now and in 100 years with Tarquin.
Acoustic Music 3pm-5pm 6pm-8pm
Bubble and Shirt 9pm-11pm
Monday 12th August
Falmouth’s Got Soul- Soul Survivors: An evening with the country’s finest 10 piece soul band.
Family Fun- Rock of Ages with Tarquin
Acoustic Music 3pm-5pm 6pm-8pm
Live Music 9pm-11pm
Tuesday 13th August
Company B: Company B are a “rowdy” jump jive band playing music from all the “Louis” (Jordan & Prima), Bull Moose Jackson, Wynonie Harris and Tiny Bradshaw.
Family day- with Tarquin, Crazzy catalogue faces all day
Wednesday 14th August Family Fun Day
Throughout the Town
The Red Arrows display 6.15pm over the inner harbour. The best viewing points are throughout the town at waterside locations such as Custom House Quay, Church Street car park, Prince of Wales Pier, Events Square. Other good locations include the Beacon and the Docks Lookout.
Port of Falmouth Sailing Association (POFSA) Town Management office for shore-side enquiries on 01326 313553 or the HLFW race office for sailing enquiries on 01326 211555
Windsport email: Cookie@Windsport.co.uk
Mylor Harbour, Falmouth
Cornwall TR11 5UF
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After a final two days at Follonica that saw really glorious 4k sailing (30+ degrees, F5, waves, sunshine anyone?) John and Fran from Grafham have taken their first and much deserved 4k Europeans title. Coming second, and sailing together for the first time were David Marchant and Charlotte Heffernan, also from Grafham. Very closely behind them were Anna Ferrari and Andrea Cavaglieri, the first Italian crew. The four day event tested crews over a range of conditions; from light winds on the first day to solid F5 conditions on the penultimate day. Nearly all the races saw tight racing, and even though the British contingent was a little smaller than years past, 5 of the top 7 boats being GBR remains a strong showing.
It also wouldn’t have been a 4k Europeans without the evenings: pasta on the terrace, cocktails overlooking the sea, pizza on the pier and a strangely recurring plastic donkey. Great hospitality and organisation from the Italian Fleet and the club at Follonica and we look forward to returning to Italy next year.
Full results here.