Laser Masters Pre-Worlds Training Camp
with Mark Bethwaite
August 22-23, 2009
Here's your chance to spend a weekend training with one of the
legends of the sport in one of the legendary heavy air venues in the world.
Whether you're tuning up for the 2009 Laser Master Worlds or just looking to
take your game to the next level, the Laser Masters Pre-Worlds Training Camp
with Mark Bethwaite is a unique opportunity to train and learn with one of the
world's top master Laser sailors.
The clinic is open to master Laser sailors (age 35 and older) who have good boat handling
skills and are comfortable in winds up to 25 knots. Enrollment is limited to 15
to ensure personal attention to every participant. Full rigs and Radials are
Head Coach: Mark Bethwaite
Bethwaite is the current world champion in the Laser Grand Masters division (age
55-64) and holds a total of six Laser Masters world championships. In addition,
Mark is a two-time member of the Australian Olympic sailing team, former world
champion in the J-24 class. He lives and sails in Sydney, Australia, and will be
making his first appearance in the Gorge on his way to the 2009 Laser Masters
Worlds in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a unique opportunity for local masters
to train with a world-class heavy air sailor in a world-class heavy air venue!
The Laser Masters Pre-Worlds
Training Camp will focus on training and performance improvement strategies for
master sailors. Special emphasis will be placed
on upwind and downwind set-up and technique in big wind and waves, a typical condition
for world championship venues, and one for which the Gorge is
particularly suited! The program will combine onshore chalk talks and video
presentations with on-the-water drills and short races. Optional Sunday program
(depending on participant interest) could be a scenic and spectacular 18-mile
run from Cascade Locks to Hood River.
Registration & Fees:
Clinic fee is $95, which includes
coaching, lunch each day, and after-sailing snacks & beverages. To register
online, click here. Enrollment is limited to 15 sailors, so sign up now!
Charter boats are available through
West Coast Sailing for $150 per day or $400 for a
3-day package (come early, stay late for an extra day of fantastic Gorge
Cascade Locks is located in the
heart of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, 45 minutes east of Portland
International Airport on Interstate 84. Cascade Locks and surrounding
communities have a wide range of accommodations from camping to four-star resort
hotels (see visitor information).
For more information:
Contact Bill Symes at