Designed by American Bruce Kirby in 1969 it is one of the simplest of the Olympic class boats.
The Laser, which first participated in the Olympic Games in 1996, is a tough boat, easily rigged and light, with a single sail and flat bottom.
Every item in the rig must conform to rigorous one design specifications leaving no room whatsoever for technical gains. This places every emphasis on the fitness and tactical awareness of the helm. The Laser is the world’s most popular single-handed dinghy with over 170,000 raced in virtually every continent in the world
Length: 4.23m (13ft 10in)
Breadth: 1.37m (4ft 6in)
Weight: 59kg (130lb)
Designer: Bruce Kirby
Beijing 2008 Olympic Results:
Gold: Paul Goodison – Great Britain
Silver: Vasilij Zbogar – Slovakia
Bronze: Diego Romero – Italy
Athens 2004 Olympic Results:
Gold: Robert Scheidt – Brazil
Silver: Andreas Geritzer – Austria
Bronze: Vasilij Zbogar – Slovakia