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The International Laser Class sailboat, is also called Laser Standard is a popular single handed, hiking, one-design class of small sailing dinghy. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance. The dinghy is manufactured by independent companies in different parts of the world, including Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.
The Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2012, there are more than 200,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust, and 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.
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 hull, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 are three types of 'Laser' administered by the International Laser Class Association.
The Lasers hull is made out of GRP (Glass Re-enforced Plastic) the deck has a foam layer underneath for strength. It is 13’9” (4.2m) long with a slopping dagger board.
The Laser Standard became a men's Olympic-class boat at the 1996 Olympics and the Laser Radial became the women’s single hander class boat for the 2008 Olympics.
WLYC has had a class fleet of Lasers since the mid 70s and still has competitive racing with both the Standard and Radial rigs.
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