Bow Mar Yacht Club
The Laser, is a highly popular family of small one-design sailing dinghies using the same common hull and interchangeable rigs with different sail areas. The laser is designed to be sailed single handed although class rules permit two sailors. Bruce Kirby designed the laser in 1970 with an emphasis on simplicity and performance.
The Laser is one of the most popular yacht classes in history. As of 2018, there are more than 215,000 boats worldwide. It is an international class with sailors in 120 countries, and an Olympic class since 1996. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust and simple to rig and sail, while also providing very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.
Are you a junior sailor looking to try a singlehanded dinghy? Do you race a Laser but have trouble in big breeze? Do you want all the fun of racing a Laser, but weigh less than 160 lbs? Then the Laser Radial may be the right boat for you!
The Laser Radial was designed in the mid 1980s and sailed for the first time in the 1988 Laser Women’s World Championship. The Radial mast uses the same top section as the “full rig,” but a shorter and more flexible bottom section. The sail is 18% smaller (at 62 square feet) than the full rig, but the center of effort of the sail plan is much lower. This means the Radial rig generates more power relative to heeling force than the full rig, and so for lighter sailors allows performance and handling far better than they can achieve with the full rig. When it is quite windy, the Radial rig is faster upwind!
The Bow Mar Yacht Club has one Laser Radial and we hope to have another in 2020.
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