The International Laser Class sailboat, also called Laser Standard and the Laser
One is a popular one-design class of small sailing dinghy. According to the Laser
Class Rules the boat may be sailed by either one or two people, though it is rarely
sailed by two. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance.
The dinghy is now manufactured by several boat manufacturers worldwide.
The Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. By 2010,
the number of boats produced was approaching 200,000. A commonly cited reason for
its popularity is that it is robust, simple to rig and sail. The Laser also provides
very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate
differences in hull, sails and equipment.