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About the Laser Class

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(Ref: ILCA)

The Laser Formula is a three rig option (4.7, Radial and full rig).   By changing only the sail and lower mast section, the Laser can be sailed comfortably in all wind conditions for any sailor weighing as little as 35kg. 

The class was created as a strict one design dinghy where the true test, when raced, is between sailors and not the boats and equipment.  The fundamental principle of the Laser rules is that you cannot change anything unless it is specifically permitted by the rules to do so.  The class has actively rejected any suggestions to change or "improve" equipment so that the similarity of all boats is maintained and costs of competing are kept low.  The strength and absence of any flexibility in the Fundamental Rule of the Laser class has enabled the class to grow at a rate unsurpassed by any other dinghy.

Technical Details

Designer

Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce, Canada 1970

Length Overall

4.25m

Length at Waterline

3.81m

Beam

1.37m

Draft

0.14m

Displacement

57kg

Construction

GRP

Mast

Aluminium

Sail Area

7.1m2

Crew

1


Olympic Class:

The Laser was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1996 as an open single-handed dinghy event. The full rig option is an official singlehanded mens Olympic Class. The Radial rig is the official womens singlehanded Olympic class in 2008.

Australia won its first medal in the Laser Class at the 2000 Olympic Games with Michael Blackburn finishing in 3rd position.

Other Links
 International Laser Class Association
 ILCA Youth Age Policy
 ILCA Women's Competition Policy


Laser Standard Flag

Radial Flag

4.7 Flag