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The Laser – Designer: Bruce Kirby
The International Laser Class sailboat, also called Laser Standard and the Laser
One is a popular one-
The Laser is one of the most popular single-
The term "Laser" is often used to refer to the Laser Standard (the largest of the
sail plan rigs available for the Laser hull). However there are two other sail plan
rigs available for the Laser Standard hull and a series of other "Laser"-
The boat's history began with a phone call between Canadians Bruce Kirby and Ian
Bruce. While discussing the possibility of a car-
The prototype was originally named the "Weekender"; the sail held the letters TGIF,
a common American abbreviation for "Thank God It's Friday". It was renamed Laser
(after the scientific mechanism) and officially unveiled at the New York Boat Show
in 1971. The Laser became a men's Olympic-
As a one-
The various sizes of Laser are all uni-
Newburgh Sailing Club has for some time employed Laser Pico’s in a training role for RYA level 1 & 2 courses, However no one would have suspected for one moment that following the donation of a fine sculpted trophy by George Cameron specifically for the Laser class that the boat would suddenly enjoy an upsurge of popularity within the club.
In Europe the smaller Radial sail has surpassed the original Laser Standard sail in popularity, and replaced the Europe Dinghy as the Women's Singlehanded Dinghy for the 2008 Olympics. The Radial uses the same hull and fittings as the Laser Standard, but has a smaller sail, shorter lower mast section and has a different cut of sail to that of the standard or 4.7. Optimal weight for this rig is 121 to 159 lb (55 to 72 kg).
A smaller sail plan for the Laser was developed about a decade later. The sail area
was reduced by 35% from the Standard with a shorter pre-
A fourth and lesser-
In recent years and to move the boat with the changing times, the basic sail controls have been upgraded by means of the XD performance kit, with parts made by Holt. As well as this, a second rigging kit has been released, utilizing Harken products. Fitting these kits allows the outhaul and cunningham to be adjusted more easily when under sail via cleats fitted to the deck so that the lines are always available to the sailor. These are complemented by extra blocks and a rule-
A vendor supplied clew-
Rooster Sailing, a company based in the UK, designed and created a larger rig for the Laser hull called the Rooster 8.1, specifically designed for heavier sailors. There are two optional mast configurations. Either a 3.6 metre one piece aluminium lower mast section or an fibreglass extender to fit the Laser Standard aluminium lower mast section. The Rooster 8.1 rig is not recognized for racing in events run under the rules of the official International Laser Class Association.
The inaugural 2007 British Nationals were won by Steve Cockerill, principal of Rooster Sailing. 34 entries competed for the 2009 British National Championships which were won by John Emmett of Weir Wood Sailing Club.
The first sail number issued was number 81.