Laser 5000

The first Mostly Harmless was a Laser 5000 bought so that Tom and Natalie could test the weight equalisation capacity of this innovative one design to the limit.  With our heights and weights we were allowed to have the aluminium wings extended to the maximum – pin hole 13 – but this was further than Natalie could jump out from the gunwale so we sailed with the wings at pin hole 12.  We also had to carry extra correctors, taped in place because there was insufficient space provided.  Tom sailed the inaugural class championship at Lee on the Solent with Steve Norbury as crew and the championships at Restronguet with Iain Rabbits at the front end.  The photo below shows Simon Nelson hoisting the kite at the Bloody Mary in 1993 while Tom starts to move out onto the wing.

Bloody Mary reduced