LYC 2019 Fall Laser Program

The Lauderdale Yacht Club LASER Program is once again excited about our Fall Program which will begin August 31 and end with the International Orange Bowl Regatta in December.
As in the past, this program will continue to support sailors who are ready to race a LASER Dinghy safely. The LYC Laser Program is not a learn-to-sail program. Training sessions are held in open water in the Atlantic Ocean. LYC provides Laser storage at the on-site sailing center for $25/month. Members of the team are responsible for arranging housing for training sessions and supported events.

2019 Fall Calendar
2019 Fall Calendar Explained 


This team is designed for:

  • Sailors transitioning into the LASER 4.7 or Radial
  • Sailors who are working on boat handling and basic maneuvers in the Laser.
  • Sailors who require more experience to train effectively and safely in open ocean conditions above 15 knots. 

This team, coached by Bobby Noonan, will focus on skills needed to race in the open ocean. Practice will be held on the weekends from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and 9am to 4pm on Sundays in conjunction with the Race Team. The Tyro Team will support five events in the fall! Gulf Coast Championships, Cressy Qualifier, River Romp, District 13’s and Orange Bowl. All sailors are required to provide their own boats. New sailors apply to this team.

Contact John Casey for an application. 



The Race Team is designed for:
  • Sailors who have demonstrated proficiency in all basic boat handling and maneuvers in a LASER Radial / Full Rig.
  • Sailors who are ready for high-level race training.
  • Sailors who can effectively and safely train in open ocean conditions above 15knots.
  • Sailors who are willing to commit to a physical fitness program.
  • Sailors who can demonstrate an advanced level of commitment to training and regatta competition.
Erik Bowers, Erika Reineke and John Casey are Race Team coaches. The Race Team supports four regattas for the fall session: GCCs, Cressy Qualifier, District 13’s and Orange Bowl. Practice will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

The Laser Team will continue to be steered by the experienced hand of our Sailing Director, John Casey. John will oversee coaching and curriculum planning, as well as regatta planning and preparation to ensure smooth execution.


LYC Member • $987
Non-Member YSG • $1,495
Registration and calendar can be found on Regatta Network

All decisions regarding program admission and safety will be made by the coaching staff and Sailing Director. Certain weather conditions may require the coaching staff to restrict certain practices for safety reasons. All session fees are nonrefundable. Please send any questions via email to John Casey, LYC Sailing Director 

Team allocation is at the sole discretion of the Sailing Director and coaches. 
New Sailors are required to place an application. 

Please contact the Sailing Director or Laser Chair should you need assistance with this policy. 


LYC is constructing a new clubhouse Fall 2019/Spring 2020. Space will be very limited. No Trailers can be stored at LYC. If you are bringing your boat on a trailer, contact the Sailing Director a week prior to arrival.
The LYC trailer will be reserved for LYC member sailors attending regattas. Should there be an available spot for a YSG sailor it will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If a sailor has been allocated a trailer spot and cannot load or unload, there is a loading and unloading fee at $50 per load and unload. Should you be willing to tow a coach boat, your sailor is allocated a spot on the trailer.
All sailors are responsible for loading, transporting and unloading their own boats. All boats need to be unloaded at LYC within 24 hours after arrival back at LYC.
LASER Dinghy insurance is strongly advised. LYC is not liable for any damage incurred during loading/ unloading or transport. Please see the program waiver for details.


Regatta sign up sheets are for internal purposes, so LYC can provide sailors and families the best possible experience with a safe and effective sailor to coach ratio at a low cost. For each event there is a Sign up/Drop Deadline date in the Sign Up Sheet. If a sailor is signed up after the deadline, there will be a fee. Personal conversations and/or emails with the Laser Chair or LYC staff is not grounds for removal of the fee. It is the sailor and the sailor’s family sole responsibility to sign up or delete the sailor’s name from the list.


LYC LASER coaches strongly encourage sailors to take full responsibility of their boat, gear and their sailing in general. We ask that you drop your sailor outside the boat park and respect the parameters that our coaches have set. Any concerns or questions should be directed to the Laser Chair or Sailing Director.
There will be a fall parent meeting with the LYC Sailing Director, Fleet Captain and Laser Chair on Saturday, August 31st at 11am. Attendance is strongly encouraged as key information will be communicated about the program. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other parents! There will also be team gatherings scheduled throughout the season.