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Irish Laser Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Howth's Ewan McMahon racing in day three of the ILCA 7 Vilamoura Championships
Irish hopes of landing one of the Olympic country spots at the 2021 ILCA Vilamoura European Continental qualifier for the Olympic single-handed dinghy men faded considerably following disappointing results on day three of the competition. Sailed in 18 to 20…
When looking for results from the final European selection event for the one-person dinghy men, to give its official Olympic name, then
As Ireland embarks on its last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic regatta today, there is a new lexicon when it comes to talking about Lasers - the full rig is now known as the ILCA 7, the Radial…
Mercedes-Benz has renewed its ongoing support for Irish sailing star Aoife Hopkins. Aoife will continue to drive a Vito Mixto which she uses to transport her team, herself and her equipment to events, here in Ireland and overseas
Olympic ambition runs deep for Howth Radial sailor Aoife Hopkins. After the controversially cut short Olympic trial last year, the 22-year-old is back in her ILCA 6 dinghy and en route this weekend to the Vilamoura International Regatta in Portugal.  Her ongoing efforts…
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch was Ireland’s youngest Olympic helmsman when he competed at the Rio Games in 2016 at the age of 20 and, along with four other Irish sailors, is seeking a second Olympics at the final qualifier in Vilamoura
Ireland is hoping a five-man team in Portugal can take one of two final nation places in the final men's Laser Olympic qualifier in Vilamoura starting on Monday. Vilamoura International Regatta is the last chance for the Laser sailors to…
Laser sailor Finn Walker
The Irish Laser Association’s 2021 pre-season virtual training programme kicks off this Tuesday, April 6th with what the organisers promise to be a fun and informative session geared at new and recent converts to the Laser class in Ireland. As…
Learn how to avoid unnecessary capsizes and even go faster coming out of key manoeuvres with unique insights from Dun Laoghaire's Jack Fahy in one of the Irish Laser Association's forthcoming online talks
The Irish Laser Association is launching a comprehensive virtual training programme geared towards new and regular fleet sailors across the island. While the Laser one-design dinghy is officially 50 this year, in Ireland the fleet has probably never been stronger.…
The Irish Laser dinghy class plans eight events in 2021
Marine insurer Craftinsure has renewed its partnership arrangement with the Irish Laser dinghy class Association for 2021. "Ireland has produced some great Laser sailors in recent years, and we're proud to have been able to help a little in supporting…
Barton's Laser Kits are approved 'class legal' by the Laser Class
Barton Marine’s Laser dinghy kits have now been approved as class legal for the Laser class, providing an option for sailors looking for lightweight, free-running gear to upgrade their one-design Laser. Extensively tested, sailors across the globe can train and…
Laser 'kindegarten' briefing at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With the continued interest in Laser dinghy sailing among adults, the Dún Laoghaire harbour Laser fleet has announced the launch of an adult pathway that supports adults from beginner level right up to elite racing. The Laser with all its…
Laser dinghy on Dublin Bay
The Royal St. George Yacht Club Laser dinghy fleet hit the headlines at the weekend as the class also prepares to release a new video to promote solo sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. 2020 was a record season for the…
Annalise Murphy conpeting in the first day of competition at the Lanzarote Winter Series
Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy marked her return to competition after a three-month break with a second overall after the first day of competition in the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) at the Lanzarote Winter Series in the Canary Islands yesterday.…
Irish Lasers training in Malta ahead of today's Lanzarote Winter Series
Ireland's Olympic silver medalist sailor Annalise Murphy returns to action in the Canary Islands this morning, her first regatta since the European Championships in Poland last October. The only Irish sailor so far qualified for Tokyo 2021 will compete for…
Laser 4.7 Euro Championship 2019 underway in Belgium. The classic Laser has served sailing well – the hull design may have been in existence for more than fifty years, yet it still looks very right no matter which of the three rig options you choose.
At one stage last Autumn, it looked for a week or two as though Irish venues might be hosting no less than five World Championships for dinghy classes during the three week period between the July 24th and August 14th…
Dun Laoghaire Laser sailors racing inside the town's harbour in 2020
2020 was a record season for the Dublin Bay Laser Class, and by all accounts, they’re expecting an even bigger season in 2021. While continuous sailing has been difficult for all fleets since the start of the pandemic, the single-handed…
The Irish Laser team at the 1983 World Championships from left: Mark Lyttle, Con Murphy, John Simms, Frank Glynn and Bill O'Hara
2018 Laser Grand Master World Champion and 1996 Olympian Mark Lyttle reflects on a lifetime sailing against his old rival and great friend Bill O'Hara, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List 2021. I first recall Bill at…
Bill O'Hara has been awarded an OBE for his services to sailing
Among those in the New Years Honours List for 2021 is Bangor, County Down man Bill O'Hara who has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to Sailing. A long-time member of Ballyholme and Royal Ulster…

At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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