The Laser/Radial/4.7 North American Championship, to be held at the St Francis Yacht Club July 24-27, is rapidly approaching. This is THE event for Lasers, Radials and 4.7s each year in North America and this year is no exception, with 11 races planned over four days of sailing on the world famous San Francisco City Front. To date we have nearly 100 boats pre-registered, in all three fleets (7 4.7s, 36 Lasers and 54 Radials), and from as far away as Australia, Peru, Ecuador, etc. If you haven't yet registered, then this note is to remind you that the early registration deadline is July 10, which is THIS Thursday! If you are planning to come, please get your registration in by the end of Thursday to avoid a $50 late registration fee and, more importantly, to give us a good estimate of how many people will attend, always a critical item when planning a big event! Besides four days of great sailing we will also have: 1) The ILCA-NA Annual General Meeting after racing on Thursday, 2) A send off dinner for the US Sailing Team on Friday evening before they leave for China. The entire US Sailing Team will be "processed" in San Jose on Friday, July 25th, before leaving for China from SFO on Saturday. The St Francis has arranged to host a send off dinner for them on Friday night and all competitors sailing in the North Americans are invited to attend this dinner, 3) A regatta dinner on Saturday night with lots of sailing gear to raffle off - a don't miss opportunity! 4) Lots of hors-douvres at the awards ceremony after racing on Sunday. We will have some of the best Laser sailors in the world racing at this event making it a great chance to compare your skills against the best. You can find all the information about the event, including links to the NOR, online entry and the current entry list at the Laser Class website Don't miss it, sign up before Thursday!