SALTY DOGS IN SMALL BOATS: LASER >> ("Laser 2")
The Laser >> (the >> is the class symbol on
the sail), or Laser II or Laser 2, was for many years one of the
preeminent double-handed dinghys in the world. It is equipped
with a spinnaker and so will surf off the wind in sufficient wind, and
trapezes so that it can be balanced on a plane on the wind. It is
no longer in production in the U.S., although the parent
in Europe reportedly
will build them if an order is large enough, but not in onesies and
twosies. Used boats are available but need to be
inspected carefully. Like all high-performance machines, if a
boat has been used hard, it could be showing signs of age. The
cessation of large-scale domestic production has led to
a natural decline in the boat's popularity in the U.S. Their continued
construction in Europe is proving to continue this popular
class there. In about the last decade or less, this class has
seen a resurgence in the U.S. with some regional and national
championships taking place. In the recent past, American sailors
have competed in the World Championships.
following images are from the CORK Worlds at Kingston, Ontario, Canada
and are courtesy of Geoff Webster, email@example.com.
Camano Sail and Power uses the Laser>> at its Camano Island
State Park ("CISP") waterfront sailing facility in Washington State.
Suggested minimum weight crew + skipper = +-250 pounds. A
challenging but fun boat to sail.
especially the clothing being worn to protect against hypothermia from
cold water and wind. Camano Sail requires cold-water protective
clothing (e.g. wetsuits, watertight windbreakers, insulated
booties and gloves etc) for all small boat sailing at their CISP
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