One of my favorite sailing bloggers once accused me of being too enthusiastic in my praise of Laser sailing. So at the risk of upsetting S...s..l.r, I'm going to indulge in another "Up The Laser Rant".
My April issue of Sailing World magazine finally caught up with me today. Many of the articles in the issue are a celebration of the Laser. So it seems I am not alone in my obsession.
Here are a few quotes from the contributors...
Dave Reed - Sailing World Editor
"The Laser is the only boat I've ever owned."
"It's the pre-eminent raceboat of our time."
"(I) couldn't imagine life without the Laser."
"The Laser is the only boat I've always considered to 'be my other boat'."
(After describing how how in 1970 he was asked by the Laser designer Bruce Kirby to try out his new design then known as the Weekender), "Today I enjoy day sailing my Laser as much as racing it. When I push away from the dock I still get the same thrill I experienced when Kirby let me take his Weekender for a spin."
Dave Olson - winner of the first World Masters Games - on the subject of Laser Masters sailing
"Conviviality develops so that all participants have a good time and... they leave with a warm comfortable feeling of fatigue of the body and a quiet renewal of the soul."
Couldn't have put it better myself.