About the UKRCLA
What does the association do?
The UK class association was started in order to encourage class growth in the UK and to strengthen the sport's base through the introduction of new blood. The 'ready-to-sail' strict one design concept of the RC Laser offers the most potential in achieving that goal.
The association pulls together the community of RC Laser skippers in the UK. In doing so it provides skippers with opportunities of meeting together to exchange views, hints and tips on getting the most out of their boats and above all pit their skills against each other in the challenging sport of one design rc yacht racing.
There is a newsletter which is published 3 or 4 times a year and the association coordinates the Ranking Series of events, the National Championships and in 2013 The Championship of Nations.
Through the association skippers are also given the opportunity to race in other countries at International level should they wish to do so. In 2001 three UK skippers raced in the USA National Championships at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. UK skippers have also competed in the French Nationals.
What does it cost to become a member?
The annual membership fee is currently just £7.50 pa.
Why should I join?
In joining the association you are protecting your investment - a healthy class association means that boats are more likely to retain their value. More importantly you will be helping secure the class as one of the most popular radio racing yacht classes in the UK.
How do I join?
Does the association have a constitution?
Yes. A copy is sent to all owners upon joining and it can be viewed by clicking here
Who are the officials?
The association's President is European RC Laser importer Nigel Seary. Nigel is a full size Laser skipper and keelboat sailor when not running his family business. He is also a pretty nifty RC Laser skipper too.
Secretary John Park took to RC racing when forced to give up dinghy racing for reasons of health.
Dave Fowler is the Racing Secretary and he was very active in the Merlin Rocket class of dinghy before becoming an RC Laser skipper.
Webmaster Tim Long has been a keen sailor since the age of 8 and has sailed both dinghies and yachts of all types before becoming an RC Laser skipper at the start of 2012.