Crew: 1 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 110 and 145kgs.
Dimensions: 4.23 meters in length, 1.37 meters in width and ±60kg.
Sail Area: 7.1 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: The world’s most popular adult & youth racing class.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The Laser is a single-handed racing dinghy. It is quick to rig and perfect for the young sailors moving out of Optimists to sailing an Olympic Class boat. Being protected by the One Design class rules, all Laser boats are the same whether they are brand new or 10 years old, making it the sailor that wins the race, not the boat. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a singlehanded Olympic class boat, also sailed at club, national and international levels. With nearly 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is clearly the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat.
One of the reasons the Laser is so popular the boat’s sheer simplicity. The two-part free-standing mast and sleeved sail make the boat easy to rig and its lightweight hull make it easy to carry and cartop.
The Laser Formula combines 1 hull with three different rigs: Standard, Radial and 4.7. Young sailors starting out in the 4.7 can move up in rigs as they grow physically and develop tactically, without the need to splash out on a completely new boat. The one-design protection also means that your Laser will never be outdated, which explains why Lasers have such a high resale value.
Finally, a strong class association which actively promotes and drives forward Laser sailing around the globe makes mass production of the Laser viable, keeping the cost of the boats and spares relatively low.
The Laser is challenging and it is rewarding whether it be at club level or the Olympic Games. When you take your 10 year old boat out for a local race the challenge is to work harder, hike longer, be smarter and sail better than the other Laser sailors. At the end of the race you count the number of boats behind you and you are rewarded with the knowledge that you beat them fair and square by your own skill and effort. Even if there are no boats behind you the challenge is to go out next time knowing that you have the same equipment and the potential to improve.
And there is a bonus! It is quick to rig, it keeps you fit and is inexpensive.
The Ullman Laser is built to the same parameters as a standard Laser sail. Using a slightly heavier Dacron with a resin finish we can offer a durable high performance alternative to the standard laser sail.
Now widely used the Ullman laser sail has proved a popular choice for practice and club race events.