Laser Racing at NCYC
NCYC’s fledgling Laser fleet races on Friday evenings over summer with the first race starting at 5.15 pm. Generally 3 races are conducted on windward leeward or trapezoid courses. At present the majority of the 6-14 boat fleet is launching from A-Arm of NCYC’s marina until such time as NCYC’s hardstand and dinghy rigging and launching facility is completed and ready for use.
NCYC Laser Sailing Instructions are located in the NCYC Sailing Handbook – Copies are available at the Club.
For more information regarding Laser sailing at NCYC call the sailing office on 4940 8188 or 0418 257 828.
NSW & ACT Laser Association
The NSW & ACT Laser Association is a great source of information regarding Laser sailing and up coming Laser regattas and events.
Buying a Laser
Types of Lasers
As a one-design class of sailboat, all Lasers are built to the same specifications. The hull is 4.23 metres long, with a waterline length of 3.81 metres. The hull weight is 56.7 kg, which makes the boat light enough to lift onto a car-top rack or onto a trailer. With all Laser hulls and foils being identical and over 200,000 hulls having been produced worldwide the Laser is by far the largest dinghy class in the world.
Laser Standard/Full Rig
The Laser Standard sail has sail area of 7.06 m² and, especially in higher winds (15+ knots), is most competitive when sailed by a very fit, agile and muscular person weighing no less than 80 kg. The Laser Standard rig is currently the Mens’ single handed Olympic Class and is considered one of the most competitive dinghy sailing classes in the world.
Laser Radial Rig
In Europe the smaller Radial sail has surpassed the original Laser Standard sail in popularity, and replaced the Europe as the Women’s Singlehanded Dinghy for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The Laser Radial uses the same hull and fittings as the Laser Standard, but has a smaller sail (5.7 metre), shorter lower mast section and has a different cut of sail to that of the Standard or 4.7 rigs. Optimal weight for the Radial Rig is 55kg to 76 kg. Laser Radial Rigs are sailed by both men and women and is currently the ISAF Youth Worlds single handed dinghy for both males and females.
Laser 4.7 Rig