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Irish Laser Class Put Their Proposed 2021 Events Calendar on Display

21st December 2020
Your flexible friend – as we finally emerge from the pandemic, the classically good-looking Lasers will be tops in leading the way afloat Your flexible friend – as we finally emerge from the pandemic, the classically good-looking Lasers will be tops in leading the way afloat

The Irish Laser class would remind you of a murmuration of starlings. They major in highly flexible shape-changing formations in which the actual moving around of the fleet is a matter of independent individual units somehow sweeping together with apparently telepathic communication and little hassle. A Laser skipper has no crew problems, and all they need to be part of the countrywide circus is a driving licence and a sufficiently robust car to take the boat and launching trailer on a roof rack.

Admittedly with some very talented juniors such as Eve McMahon making an impact before they’ve even got to the age of 16, the driving licence requirement may need an element of family and older friends support. But either way the class’s approach seems as modern as tomorrow, and it takes an effort to remember that these timeless classics have been in Ireland for nearly fifty years.

With their flexibility of fleet movement, they were sufficiently confident to publish their outline 2021 Events Calendar early in the weekend, and though any fixed post-pandemic programme planning must be in the balance with the developments of the past two days, at least it reminds us that as soon as there’s any possibility of sailing resumption, they’ll be ready and willing for a leaping of Lasers.


  • 2/4 April – Munster Championship: Baltimore SC
  • 8/11 April – Irish Sailing Youth Nationals: Royal Cork YC
  • Dates TBC – Leinster Championship: Venue TBC
  • 12/13 June - Masters National Championship: Roya St George YC
  • 26/27th June – Ulster Championship: County Antrim YC, Whitehead
  • 17/18 July – Connacht Championship: Wexford Harbour BC
  • 19/22 August – National Championship, Royal Cork YC
  • 2/3 October - End–of-Season Event (new): Kinsale YC
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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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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