The Laser has been around a long time. When we lived in Pines Lake (Wayne, New Jersey) I raced one. Small boat dingy sailing is a test to sailing ability. Winning has to do with “playing wind shifts”.
The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance. The dinghy is manufactured by independent companies in different parts of the world, including Americas, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
The Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2012, there are more than 200,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust and simple to rig and sail in addition to its durability. The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment. Next week the Irish Laser Regatta will take place off Dublin!