Laser Class South Africa:

One of the attractions of the Laser for most owners is that the class rules are very strict and that the boat is one design. The Laser philosophy incorporated in the rules is that we want to go sailing not waste time fiddling with boats. We want to win races on the water using our skill not by trying to find a way round the rules that will give us an advantage.

Laser sailing is often referred to as “pure sailing” as the boat is design not complex and the focus is on sailor performance.

The Class Rules are written to prevent any changes from the standard boat that might affect performance so that on the water each boat is the same. The few changes to the standard boat that are allowed are minor and only to allow for a few options that make racing the Laser more comfortable and enjoyable.

Over the years the class has refused to make changes to the rules, which allows more expensive or complicated equipment or which makes older boats redundant.

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