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The Laser Olympic Class - Men's One Person Dinghy

Designed by American Bruce Kirby in 1969 it is one of the simplest of the Olympic class boats. The Laser, which first participated in the Olympic Games in 1996 at Atlanta, is a tough boat, easily rigged and light, with a single sail and flat bottom.

Every item in the rig must conform to rigorous one design specifications leaving no room whatsoever for technical gains. This places every emphasis on the fitness and tactical awareness of the helm. The Laser is the world’s most popular single-handed dinghy with over 170,000 raced in virtually every continent in the world

Laser is often used to refer to the Laser Standard (the largest of the sail plan rigs available for the Laser hull), but there are two other sail plan rigs available for the Laser Standard hull, the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7.


Laser - Stats

Designer Bruce Kirby
Year Designed 1969
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Mainsail Area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)
Hull Weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
Crew 1
Olympic Debut 1996 - Atlanta, USA
UK Class Association


Laser British Olympic Medals

Beijing 2008
Gold Paul Goodison
Sydney 2000 Gold Ben Ainslie
Atlanta 1996 Silver Ben Ainslie


London 2012 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Tom Slingsby Australia (AUS)
Silver Pavlos Kontides  Cyprus (CYP)
Bronze Rasmus Myrgren  Sweden (SWE)

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Paul Goodison Great Britain (GBR)
Silver Vasilij Žbogar Slovenia (SLO)
Bronze Diego Romero Italy (ITA)


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