One Design - Laser
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The singlehanded International Laser® is one of the most popular boats in sailing history, with over 190,000 hulls worldwide. Every Laser in the world is identical. The strict one-design class rules ensure this remains true, making it the sailor that wins the race, not the boat. This physically demanding dinghy follows strict one-design regulations and tests a sailor's endurance and finesse as much as it tests tactical skill. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a singlehanded Olympic class boat, also sailed at club, national and international levels.
Laser racing is nothing less than one-design competition in its purest form. The Laser boasts a long list of veterans who are Olympic Medalists, America's Cup Helmsman, and Collegiate All-Americans. Laser racing provides competitors the opportunity to race against sailors at the national level and emphasizes the skills necessary for anyone who aspires to reach this level. It's no wonder the International Sailing Federation awarded the Laser Olympic status!
The boat and equipment have changed little since Bruce Kirby's original 1971 design, but Harken's recent innovations have been accepted into the Class rules. The powerful 15:1 cascaded vang, 10:1 cunningham, and low-friction clew sleeve make frequent fine-tune adjustments a breeze and have opened the class to a wider range of sailors.