2000 Class 

2000 Class Association Website (formerly known as the Laser 2000): http://www.2000class.org/

Welcome to the 2000 class at Chichester Yacht Club

The 2000 fleet is one of the largest at CYC, at last count we had 38 members with a 2000 and the last couple of years has seen a real growth in enthusiasm for the class. The number of boats racing regularly has increased as has attendance at the training days. The 2000 is a great boat, fulfilling so many needs; it is large enough and stable enough to take two adults and a couple of kids out for a sail down to East Head, or can be raced at any level without being too demanding, great for a parent and child or a couple. For the more ambitious there is also a very active and lively series of open meetings all over the country as well as the Nationals, this year at Abersoch in August.

It is a very friendly, sociable fleet so if you need a helping hand with setting up the rig or advice on how to get the best out of your boat there will always be someone who will assist.

The 2000 fleet has plenty going on and opportunities to race throughout the year for those that want to. There is always a good entry of Laser 2000s in all the club races and the open meetings like the Frozen Toe and Snowflake winter series.

The 2013 Chichester Yacht Club 2000 Open Meeting is on Saturday 7th September. Last year 22 boats entered for a great days sailing.

There are several training days planned for this year. These are most enthusiastically supported by regular racers as well as some of the less experienced who are keen to improve their boat handling skills. The sessions are run by club members and are always relaxed, sociable days out on the water. We always get a good turnout of 2000 sailors for the adult training days and expect that the new free sailing days will be equally as popular in 2013
Who to Contact
There are 2 class captains for the 2000s, Pete Harrison, who is very keen on training the 2000 sailors, and Rick Page.
Feel free to contact any of us.

Take a look at the 2 page guide on tuning your rigging and setting up to get the most out of your boat for different conditions. You will find advice for tweeks for on and off the water to make your sailing and racing more satisfying!
Click on the Tuning Guide button!

Following one of the windiest Laser 2000 Open meetings we have held and with the best ever turnout of CYC sailors, Pedro has some words of wisdom for those who spent more time swimming than thay wanted. Read on.

Coaches tips
We were blessed with a fantastic and talented faculty of observers for the CYC Laser 2000 Open on 17th July 2011. Thanks for comments to Roger Millet, Biddy, Mark Harper and Tim Hulley (last years winner).
You have to be in it to win it, so survival is first priority, sailing second, speed third. Being competitive is a by-product of the rest, not an end in itself!
• MT applied kicker in the gusts upwind so that the bend was just visible in the boom and cunningham ++ . Let C then K off (in that order) before windward mark to bear away.
• When your crew is crying, wailing and scared, don’t let her pull the kicker on. Suzy usually does the macro controls upwind, I just make minor adjustments. There is “on +” then there is snapping the boom, which she nearly achieved!
• We’ve told you to “blow the vang” (americanese for ease the kicker), but most went too far on Sunday. Vang ease, boom to horizontal for safety, or a bit higher for speed. Mark Harper told us to mark it. I agree, but have no mark – I know how far the knot is from the block on the boom for various settings from “off” to “on+”. Fiddle ashore so you know in advance for when the pressure is on later. Or stitch in some whipping twine or use a magic marker. On Sunday I was moving it constantly. Off for deep downwind lull, horizontal for breezy run and gybes. Very eased for tight kite reach big gust approaching, back on a bit when whoppa gust has gone.
• Gybe quickly and positively at full speed in a gust or maybe choose a lull? Don’t sail head down waiting for lull or gust. Get your head out of the boat to seek out your preferred option. Seeking gusts and windbands is fast. Sailing out of the gust band or seeking a lull might be safer. Try to be proactive and choose. The aim is to do rather than be done to.
• Sometimes a lull is a handy option, or you might prefer it! The point is, don’t gybe because you have to, gybe where you choose to! It is reported that only team MT did this consistently. Good that we can, bad that we haven’t yet taught the rest of you so well!
• Assume incompetence or aggressive competiveness from the others afloat, plan for it and sail accordingly. You should manage your performance but can only anticipate their range of options and manouvres. Approaching a leeward mark if coming up fast on a gust, expect fireworks and defence from those ahead. Sail conservatively in big fleets and big breeze. Better to drop a place and gain ten, or drop a place and survive than slash and burn. Red Mist is slow. It’s a race. Don’t expect the boat ahead to roll over and let you past! Any takers for this one?
• The common theme? Anticipation. If you now what happens next, no surprises. Make sure you do instead of getting done.
• Loads of debrief material from yesterday, perhaps we should have a beer, chalk and talk evening?
• We already have some good tacking video material for www.cycdinghies as a training aid. On Saturday we added some good gybing footage. A mixture of rolling it round (lulls), flat and fast (gusts). There is one can’t make my mind up – oops, but recovered. Will be edited and posted soon. Things to watch – amount of tiller movement, timing and speed of same. Same for tiller extension. Kicker tension. Crew moves in a roll gybe but sits still in a breeze. Watch clew of kite. As soon as clew is eased to forestay, sheet new side hard then release 3ish feet. Kite refills on new side as boat is gybed with no loss of speed.
• Nick Colbourne says none of us sail flat upwind. I told him it’s laziness and old age in our boat, what’s your excuse. Watch Martin Orton and cindy sail a 2000, or Rob Burridge, or Tim Hulley and realise what flat and very fast looks like!

Taken: Sunday 9th January L2K © Copyright Chris Hodge

Taken: Sunday 9th Jonathan & Anne Watkins Copyright Toby Hodge

Taken: Sunday 9th Jonathan & Anne Watkins Copyright Toby Hodge

Taken: Sunday 9th Copyright Toby Hodge