The Laser dinghy was designed by Bruce Kirby in 1971 and has become the most popular sailing dinghy ever produced and by 2012 there were over 200,000 worldwide. 

The International Laser Class boat is a one-design class of small sailing dinghy. It is also known as the Laser Standard and Laser One. The Laser dinghy has a standard hull size but is available with 3 approved rigging options; the Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 which enables sailors of different weight and strength to handle a large, medium or smaller sail and rig to suit their individual requirements (see Table below). The Laser’s hull is constructed from a Glass Re-inforced Plastic (GRP) and foam inner producing a robust and simple rig which provides exciting sailing.

The Laser provides very competitive racing due to the class association rules which permits only minor variations to the hull, sails and equipment thereby ensuring boats are competing on fairly even terms.

So if you want an exciting dinghy that you can rig in a few minutes, sail anywhere, transport simply, race competitively and a boat where virtually no maintenance is required then the Laser is for you.

 

Laser Vital Statistics

 

Standard

Radial

4.7

Length (Metre)

4.2

4.2

4.2

Beam (Metre)

1.4

1.4

1.4

Sail Area (Sq. M)

7.1

5.7

4.7

Hull Weight (Kg)

59

59

59

Crew Weight (Kg)

65-85

Up to 75

45-65

 

The Laser Fleet at Shustoke SC has 25 Laser Members who regularly compete at club level and at Open Meetings with other clubs. The Fleet comprises both experienced members and those new to sailing. There is always plenty of friendly and helpful advice on all matters relating to sailing, rigging, tuning, racing and buying Lasers.

 

The Laser is a cheap and competitive class. Even a 20 year old boat with a few simple upgrades can be competitive. New sails are relatively cheap so a well warn sail shouldn’t put you off an otherwise sound boat. The important thing is making sure the hull is sound and water tight. Help and advice is available from the Shustoke Laser fleet.
Shustoke has a number of Laser sailors at the club, with often 8-10 boats on the water during the summer months.
Two club Laser dinghy’s are available to use to help you decide if it is the boat for you. Being small and light they are easy to manoeuvre after a hard days sail and nimble and responsive on the water.
We have all abilities at the club with new starters often becoming competitive within 12 months. It’s one of those sports like most were practice makes perfect, well maybe not perfect, but hopefully reduces those inevitable errors and improves your technique.
If it was always too easy there would be no challenge.
To book your Laser test sail see Tim Mardon the Laser fleet captain.

 

For more information visit the Laser Website