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Finn Lynch (National Yacht Club) in the Men's ILCA7 event had a 12th and fourth place on the opening day Sailing World Championships at The Hague
Rio 2016 Olympian Finn Lynch (National Yacht Club) in the Men's ILCA7 event had a 12th and a fourth place on the opening day to end a solid eighth overall at the Sailing World Championships at The Hague.  The championships are…
From L-R Jonathan O'Shaughnessy (RCYC), Sophie Kilmartin (RstGYC), and Oisin Hughes (RstGYC) will compete at the ILCA U21 Europeans in Norway
The U21 ILCA ILCA Europeans sailing competition has kicked off in Stavanger, Norway, with 230 sailors from over 36 nations competing for top honours. 155 ILCA 7 sailors and 75 ILCA 6 female sailors will participate in the event, with…
Bringing it home….Sienna Wright adding to her silver collection in Poland
Steadily rising star Sienna Wright from Howth recorded a formidable tally in the Under 17 Division in the ILCA 6s at two major regattas in Poland during July. The Youth Worlds early in the month saw her take the silver…
Sailing coaches in RIBs travelled 10 miles across the bay to Nea Anchialos, Magnesia, to help with Wildfire rescue efforts
Sailing coaches at the ILCA 4 Youth World Championships in Volos, Greece, have been hailed as heroes after they saved over 130 people from wildfires. The coaches witnessed the scene from across the water as racing concluded and quickly sprang…
Howth Yacht Club’s marina and clubhouse
This year has already seen a plethora of successes for Howth Yacht Club in the ILCA division, including a one-two brother-sister punch from Ewan and Eve McMahon — who won the ILCA 7 and ILCA 6 fleets respectively in the…
Sienna Wright is presented with her U17 silver medal after her impressive showing at the ILCA 6 Youth Europeans in Gdynia, Poland
It’s been a bumper month for Howth Yacht Club’s Sienna Wright on the international stage, with U17 silver medals in the ILCA 6 Youth Worlds and Europeans. Last week in Gdynia, Poland at the Youth European Championships (12-19 July), the…
Finn Lynch (IRL) seeking a podium finish at the Paris 2024 Test Event in Marseilles
An ultra-consistent Finn Lynch (IRL) is lurking in the hunt for a podium finish at the Paris 2024 Test Event in Marseilles on Saturday after a string of top-ten results in a 42-boat ILCA 7 fleet. The National Yacht Club's Lynch…
The Howth teen Eve McMahon has finished 11th at the Paris 2024 Test Event in Marseilles
After the elation of a race win in race eight, Eve McMahon managed 21st in races nine and ten today as the ILCA 6 class wrapped up the places for the final medal race at the Paris 2024 Test Event. …
Success for Ireland as Finn Lynch won the first race of the day in the ILCA 7 at the  Paris 2024 Test Event in Marseille
Marseille's mistral breeze swept Ireland's Finn Lynch into third overall after eight races sailed today in the  ILCA 7 at the Paris 2024 Test Event Lynch has had a consistent regatta with seven top eight results and bounced back from…
Ireland’s rising star Eve McMahon leads the fleet (including the Olympic Champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) pictured left in race eight of the Paris 2024 ILCA 6 Test Event
Ireland’s rising star Eve McMahon caught the eye on the Olympic Stage in Marseille today with a win in mistral conditions in the Paris 2024 ILCA 6 Test Event.   The appearance of the mistral had a big impact at the…
Finn Lynch is in fifth place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Test Event in Marseille
French sailors continued to shine in Marseille on an action-packed Tuesday at the Paris 2024 Test Event, which saw all ten classes in action and Ireland's Finn Lynch in fifth place overall in the ILCA 7 men's dinghy class. Michael Beckett…
Eve McMahon is competing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Test event in Marseille
A black flag for Eve McMahon (19) in race five of the Paris 2024 Olympic Test event in Marseille has been a setback for the Howth sailor, who lies in the top one-third of her ILCA 6 38-boat fleet. McMahon…
Overall Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta ILCA 6 winner Tom Fox (183109) of Rush Sailing Club leads off the startline with second overall Darren Griffin (219867) pictured right
After three days of hectic racing, Rush Sailing Club's Tom Fox won by a single point in the ILCA 6 class of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Sunday, beating Afloat's pre-regatta tip of Darren Griffin as the Malahide sailor was…
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch makes a great start to the Olympic test in  Marseille
Just one point separates the top four in the star-studded ILCA 7 field after two hotly-contested opening races as the Paris 2024 Olympic Test Event got underway in Marseille, and Ireland is lying second overall thanks to an explosive start…
Action on the water from a previous RYANI Youth Nationals event
RYA Northern Ireland has issued the Notice of Race and opened entries for the 2023 edition of the RYANI F10 Marine Youth Championships, which will take place on the weekend of 9-10 September. Following the cancellation of last year’s championships…
Multiple youth medalist Eve McMahon (left) pictured with Rob Milligan of Commodore BYC was the ILCA 6 Ulster Championship winner at Ballyholme just a week before she heads off to the Olympic Test Even in Marseille
It was a challenging, very windy two days at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough for the ILCA Ulster Championships last weekend. The big fleet in three divisions, ILCA 4, 6 and 7, attracted 47 competitors from as far away as Glandore…

About the ILCA/Laser Dinghy

The ILCA, formerly known as the Laser, is the most produced boat in the world, with 220,000 units built since 1971.

It's easy to see why the single-handed dinghy has won the title of the most widely distributed boat of all time.

The Laser is a one-design dinghy, the hulls being identical but three rigs that can be used according to the size and weight of the sailor.

The class is international, with sailors from 120 countries. The boat has also been an Olympic class since 1996, being both the men's and women's singlehanded dinghy.

Three rigs are recognised by the International Laser Class Association (ILCA):

  • ILCA 4: sail of 4.70m2
  • ILCA 6: sail of 5.76 m2
  • ILCA 7: sail of 7.06 m2

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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