The 2015 edition of the SA Laser Nationals will unfold offshore off Durban over the May Day weekend kicking off on 30 April until 3 May.
The rose of Durban’s Laser community, Frances van Breda, will be among defending champions lining up to defend their titles that they won last year in the Western Cape.
The Laser is the most popular single-handed sailing dinghy in the world and the annual event is hoping that close to 80 boats from around the country will hit the water to compete.
Top South African sailors along with a handful of international competitors will take to the Indian Ocean in the hope of being crowned national champion.
Van Breda recently competed in the 2014 Audi Laser Master World Championships in France, with the lessons learnt in Europe, she promises to be a feisty competitor in her home conditions.
“This is the second time in many years that we are hosting the Laser Nationals in our home waters,” said Campbell Alexander.
“Durban in May is at its best with the beach, the sun, the great sea swells and good breeze – and when the breeze picks up fantastic wave riding. I am sure that everyone competing will love our “Durban, the warmest place to be” conditions.”
Leading up to the Nationals, Richards Bay will host the KZN Provincials offshore. A fleet of sailors will use this opportunity to get in some much needed time on the water before the big event.
Laser – a swell boat to sail, the South African Laser Nationals will be taking place in Durban from 30 April to 3 May.
For more information, visit visit the Lazer Class online.
Photo 1 caption: Top lady sailors Frances van Breda and Charlotte Marshall are among those eagerly awaiting the SA Laser Nationals 2015 offshore of Durban from 30 April. Van Breda has just recently returned from France where she competed in the World Masters Laser Champsionships. Photo: Chris Clark
(With editing by gsport)