ULO History (21)

The Uganda Laser Open is the most prestegious event on the VNSC sailing calendar. It has been sailed since 1985, and has brought sailors from all over the world to the VNSC on the shores of Lake Victoria. The average number of participating sailors is around 35, the largest fleet ever assemblied for an ULO was in 2002, when 51 boats reported at the start. The current format, since 2010, consists of 10 races of around 45 minutes over 3 days with 2 discards. 

Year

Winner

2017 Dave Carrol

2016

David Carroll

2015

Al Bush

2014

Al Bush

2013

Gordon Bell

2012

Al Bush

2011

Tom Vanneste

2010

Roel Ballieux

2009

Don White

2008

Reint Bakema

2007

Al Bush

2006

Al Bush

2005

Al Bush

2004

Al Bush

2003

Don White

2002

Al Bush

2001

Keith Flowers

2000

Simon Woods

1999

Gordon Bell

1998

Gordon Bell

1997

Gordon Bell

1996

Keith Flowers

1995

Keith Flowers

1994

Gordon Bell

1993

Gordon Bell/G Bush

1992

Gordon Bell

1991

Gordon Bell

1990

Mark Henstridge

1989

Peter Hime

1988

Gray Bush

1987

Gray Bush

1986

John Wyles

1985

Peter Gudgeon

Kenya took the 3 top places in the Uganda Laser Open 2017 editions, while the best host, Stephen Luswata ended in 7th position. He had to give way to three young Tanzanians who over the last few years steadily moved up in the tables to grab the 4th and equal 5th positions this year. Annabel Bowerman was the best lady and Rosa Rafanomezana the best on VNSC club handicap. The annual regatta consisted of 10 races over three days and was sailed in excellent conditions. 

First Name Surname Country Age Cat Sex Prize Overall Points Overall Rank
David Carroll Kenya A M 1st Overall 7 1
Don White Kenya A M 2nd Overall 16 2
Daniel Francis Kenya A M 3rd Overall 23 3
Nganzi Mustafa Tanzania Y M 1st Saturday 23 3
Vedastus Buhahala Tanzania Y M 1st Friday 34 5
Saidi Mkomba Tanzania Y M 1st Youth 34 5
Stephen Luswata Uganda S M 1st Senior 35 7
Gordon Bell UK S M 1st Sunday 41 8
Kim Bowerman Uganda S M   46 9
Chris Shaw Kenya S M   57 10
Tom Edom Uganda S M   71 11
Annabel Bowerman Uganda S F 1st Lady 76 12
Erik Sorel Uganda A M 1st Apprentice 91 13
Rosa Rafanomezana Uganda Y F 1st Handicap 98 14
Soren Larsen Uganda A M   101 15
Harriet Fowler Uganda S F   110 16
Jenny Rafanomezana Uganda A F   110 16
Diarmuid O'Briain Uganda A M   125 18
Tom Smith Uganda S M   125 18
Beatrice Nassanga Uganda Y F   129 20
Jane Lowicki-Zucca Uganda A F   130 21
Alastair Taylor Uganda A M   135 22

 

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Dave Carroll from the Naivasha Yacht Club in Kenya won the Uganda Laser Open 2016 regatta in a mixed Standard, Radial and 4.7 fleet of 32 boats. He got 16 points out of 10 races with 2 discards. Reint Bakema of the VNSC was 2nd with 25 point and Imamu Said claimed the 3rd position with 29 points. Best Lady was Pat Knox from the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club. The races were sailed in moderate winds, with strong competetion in all section of the fleet. 

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Gallery

First Name

Surname

Country

Age Cat

Rig

Sex

Prizes

Overall Points

Overall Rank

David

Carroll

Kenya

A

Std

M

1st Overall

16

1

Reint

Bakema

Uganda

S

Std

M

2nd Overall

25

2

Imamu 

Said

Tanzania

Y

Rad

M

3rd Overall

29

3

Stephen

Lugemwa Luswata

Uganda

S

Std

M

1st Senior

31

4

Phillip

Betts

Uganda

S

Std

M

1st Saturday

32

5

Nganzi

Mustafa

Tanzania

Y

4.7

M

1st Youth

35

6

Gordon

Bell

UK

S

Std

M

1st Friday

37

7

Kim

Bowerman

Uganda

S

Std

M

1st Sunday

39

8

Robert

Moodie

Uganda

S

Std

M

 

72

9

Vedastus

Alphonce

Tanzania

Y

4.7

M

 

74

10

Chris

Shaw

Kenya

S

Std

M

 

85

11

Tom

Edom

Uganda

S

Std

M

 

93

12

Alex

Rhys-Hurn

Kenya

A

Std

M

1st Apprentice

95

13

Thomas

Smith

Uganda

S

Std

M

 

105

14

Patricia

Knox

UK

S

4.7

F

1st Lady

114

15

John

van Vredendaal

Uganda

A

Std

F

 

114

15

Sean

Mpungu

Kenya

Y

Std

M

 

130

17

Alain

Chanet

Uganda

A

Std

M

 

133

18

Margaret 

Bell

UK

S

Rad

F

 

149

19

Christian

Schniepper

Uganda

Y

Std

M

 

157

20

Erik

Sorel

Uganda

A

Rad

M

 

171

21

Beatrice

Nassanga

Uganda

Y

Rad

F

1st Handicap

178

22

Lars 

Fjord Garvey

Denmark

Y

Std

M

 

183

23

Jenny

Rafanomezana 

Uganda

A

Rad

F

 

185

24

Paul 

Kagwa

Uganda

A

Std

M

 

187

25

Harriet

Fowler

Uganda

S

Rad

F

 

191

26

Jane

Lowicki-Zucca

Uganda

A

Rad

F

 

205

27

Soren Hogsbro

Larsen

Uganda

Y

Std

M

 

217

28

Diarmuid

O'Briain

Uganda

A

Std

M

 

224

29

Alastair

Taylor

Uganda

A

Std

M

 

234

30

Petra

Schaefer

Uganda

A

Rad

F

 

238

31

Phillip

Gozel

Uganda

S

Rad

M

 

255

32

Al Bush from the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club convincingly won the 2015 Uganda Laser Open. This is his 8th win in 13 or 14 participations. He came first in 6 out of 10 races and finished the regatta with 12 points (2 discards).

Gordon Bell won for the 8th time in his sailing career the Uganda Laser Open. In the last of ten races Gordon clinched victory by beating Phillip Betts, who started the race at equal points.  First Lady was Annabel Bowerman.

Result 2013 ULO

Gordon

Bell

17

1

Phillip

Betts

18

2

Jelmer

van Lieshout

23

3

Steven

Luswata

27

4

Kim

Bowerman

28

5

René

van Lieshout

44

6

Rob

Moodie

50

7

Ali

 Berkay

57

8

John

van Vredendaal

58

9

Annabel

Bowerman

73

10

Rob

Whitwam

77

11

Tom

Smith

84

12

Margaret

Bell

101

13

Sarah

Vuylstecke

105

14

Emma

Robinson

124

15

Christian

Schniepper

124

15

Robert

Baigner

125

17

Oliver

Woodruff

126

18

Harriet

Fowler

138

19

Ans

de Jager

140

20

Helen

Kinmonth

153

21

 

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