What is LaserFest?
LaserFest is a celebration of Laser sailing which combines racing and social events in a fun series for all levels of Laser sailing. The first LaserFest (2017) had 46 Laser sailors participating, making it instantly the largest event on the Whitstable Yacht Club calendar. The most recent LaserFest had over 50 Laser sailors, making it the biggest club Laser racing event in the UK.
When is LaserFest 2021?
The weekend of the 10th and 11th of July 2021. There will be a BBQ on the Friday evening, racing on Saturday, music and the band Sold on Soul on Saturday evening and more racing and prize giving on Sunday. Come join over 50 Laser sailors who are committed to having fun on the water, great music and drinking beer.
How can I enter / register?
Go to the WHEN/WHERE page and click on the venue or venues where you’d like to sail and click ‘register’. Entry fees are paid on the day.
I’m not a member of the Whitstable Yacht Club, can I compete?
Laser sailors can be a member of any Kent sailing club. Contact us to see if you’re eligible.
Do I have to sail all the races/all the clubs?
No! We encourage you to participate, even if you can only sail one race. Many sailors will do the whole series but others will sail selected dates. Some will do only one. We just want everyone to come along and have fun.
I haven’t sailed in awhile, is that OK?
Yes, don’t worry if you’re a little rusty. LaserFest is meant to be relaxed and fun, not a hyper-competitive event. There will be all levels participating - from beginner to experienced. Laser radials, standards and 4.7s are all welcome.
My boat is not ready, can you help?
Charlie at the Laser Purchase Scheme runs a not-for-profit service to help local Laser sailors get their boats up to scratch. Contact him and he can look over your boat and make recommendations. If you do need anything, he can get parts at internet equivalent prices and help you install it.
How much does it cost to enter?
LaserFest is not-for-profit, so all we need is £10 per day to help cover costs. If you pre-register for two days, the second is half price.
Can I come just for the social stuff; see the band?
Yes of course! On Saturday 10th July, come see the renowned band Sold on Soul perform a mix of dancable soul classics.
Can I get involved even if I don’t sail?
Absolutely. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes volunteers needed, from safety boat personnel to shoreside logistics. Contact us to get involved.
Can I sponsor LaserFest?
If you’re interested in connecting your brand with a bunch of beer drinking, music loving Laser sailors, then LaserFest is for you. Contact us for sponsorship information.
Is there a LaserFest mascot?
Yes, Arthur The Dog is the official mascot of LaserFest. He’s a big fan of chew toys, Laser sailing and cheese.