Laser 2

Summary

The Laser 2 is a double-handed version of the popular Laser one-design class of small sailing dinghy. It is a quick, planing dinghy that differs from the Laser in that it has a jib, symmetric spinnaker and a single trapeze for the crew in the racing "Regatta" version. It was designed by New Zealander Frank Bethwaite and was first launched as a product in Australia then North America in 1979 and in Europe in 1980.

Laser 2
Laser II under spinnaker.jpg
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Development
Crew2 (single trapeze)
Boat
Crew2 (single trapeze)
Hull
Hull weight76 kg (168 lb)
LOA4,370 mm (14.34 ft)
Beam1,420 mm (4.66 ft)
Sails
Mainsail area8.90 m2 (95.8 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area2.62 m2 (28.2 sq ft)
Spinnaker area10.2 m2 (110 sq ft)
Upwind sail area11.52 m2 (124.0 sq ft)
Racing
D-PN92.8[1]
RYA PN1035[2]

It is designed to be a mid to high performance racer. As a strict one-design boat the Laser 2 was not available for amateur construction. The hull is made of GRP (glass reinforced plastic). The rig is a Bermudian rig sloop with spinnaker. A version known as the Laser Fun was available, the same hull but featuring a reefable mainsail and a roller furling jib, and with the option of an asymmetric spinnaker (Laser Fun New Wave).

In Britain, its most common current use is at university class in British University Sailing Association (BUSA) events.

The class was recognised by World Sailing from early 1980s to 2020 and used as equipment for the Class World Championships and World Sailing own Youth Sailing World Championships. The class had extensive use in Europe and North America as a school and college boat and used for team racing without the spinnaker and trapeze. With more than 10500 boats built production was discontinued in 2007 following merger of Performance Sailcraft Europe and Vanguard Sailboats into a combined entity Laser Performance.

While the class became known as the Laser 2 "Regatta" the Laser 2 "Fun" was also launched using the same hull but with brightly coloured less performance oriented sails and a bowsprit kit for an asymmetric spinnaker. The hull design for the Laser 2 was later then married to a new deck and rig to produce the Laser 3000 in 1996, which following being dropped by Laser became known just as the 3000 Class.

World ChampionshipsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
1989
Kingston CAN
  Charlie HANCOCK (CAN)
  John CURTIS (CAN)
  Peter KATCHA (USA)
  Mike NUNES (USA)
  Thilo GIESE (CAN)
  Trevor DAVIES (CAN)
1991
Hayling GBR
  Mark Mendelblatt (USA)
  Nick Cromwell (USA)
  Jeremy McIntyre (CAN)
  Nick Cromwell (CAN)
1993
ITA
  Roger FORD (GBR)
  Suzi FORD (GBR)
  Alex McMILLAN (GBR)
  Jonny MEARS (GBR)
  Peter KATCHA (USA)
  John MEAD (USA)
1995
Sarasota USA
  Peter KATCHA (USA)
  Robert DEAN (USA)
  David AMES (USA)
  PJ BUHLER (USA)
  Toshi SAKAMA (USA)
  Chris RUSSICK (USA)
1997
Cork IRL
  Mathew DAVIES (NZL)
  Nathan HANDLEY (NZL)
  Tom FITZPATRICK (IRL)
  David McHUG (IRL)
  Robert EASON (IRL)
  J O’CALLAGHAN (IRL)
1999

  Pierre - Olivier ROY (CAN)
  James SAUTER (CAN)
  Kevin TEBOREK (USA)
  Ryan DONAHUE (USA)
  Dalton BERGAN (USA)
  Zachary MAXAM (USA)
2001 Andy Palmer-Felgate / Lee Sydenham (2) Graeme Bristow / Bryan Mobbs (3) Nigel Skudder / Chris Seymour (6)
2003
Hoom NED
  Mathew DAVIES (NZL)
  Nathan HANDLEY (NZL)
  Tom FITZPATRICK (IRL)
  David McHUGH (IRL)
  Robert EASON (IRL)
  J O’CALLAGHAN (IRL)
2005
Kingston CAN
  Trevor McEWEN (CAN)
  Ian McEWEN (CAN)
  Alex TAYLOR (GBR)
  Bryan MOBBS (GBR)
  Jason KOBRICK (CAN)
  Andrew McEWEN (CAN)
2007
GER
  Nigel SKUDDER (GBR)
  Keith HILLS (GBR)
  Lisa BUDDEMEIER (GER)
  Matthias DÜWEL (GER)
  Marian SCHEER (GER)
  Daniel SCHEER (GER)
2009

  Nigel SKUDDER (GBR)
  Keith HILLS (GBR)
  Lisa BUDDEMEIER (GER)
  Matthias DÜWEL (GER)
  Marian SCHEER (GER)
  Daniel SCHEER (GER)
2011
Travemunder GER
  Lisa BUDDEMEIER (GER)
  Matthias DÜWEL (GER)
  Niels KRENZ (GER)
  Christian GERDUM (GER)
  Marian Christopher SCHEER (GER)
  Daniel SCHEER (GER)
2013
Lake Como ITA
  Niels KRENZ (GER)
  Christian GERDUM (GER)
  Peter KRUSE (GER)
  Arne WITTERMER (GER)
  Jan Morten SEVECKE (GER)
  Matthias DÜWEL (GER)

Youth Sailing World ChampionshipsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
1993 - Male
Lake Garda ITA
Nations[3]
  Israel
Zeevi Kalach
Elad Ronen
  Spain
Gustavo Doreste Blanco
Dimas Wood Valdivielso
  New Zealand
Simon Cooke
Edward Smyth
1993 - Female
Lake Garda ITA
Nations[4]
  Great Britain
Storm Nuttal
Sally Cuthbert
  New Zealand
Melinda Henshaw
Lisa Jack
  Canada
Lindsay Staniforth
Alison Matthews
1994 - Male
Marathon GRE
22 Nations[5]
  United States
David James
PJ Buhler
  Brazil
Rodrigo Amado
Leonardo Santos
  Australia
Justin Steel
Christian Stevens
1994 - Female
Marathon GRE
15 Nations[6]
  Great Britain
Storm Nuttal
Sally Cuthbert
  Australia
Briohny Hooper
Amanda Miller
  New Zealand
Susie Wood
Jennifer Cheyne
1995 - Male
Hamilton BER
21 Nations[7]
  Great Britain
Nick Rogers
Pom Green
  United States
David James
PJ Buhler
  Switzerland
Etienne Huter
Pierre Huter
1995 - Female
Hamilton BER
13 Nations[8]
  Great Britain
Jessie Cuthbert
Sally Cuthbert
  Netherlands
Barbara Snieders
Wynkhe Bodewes
  Italy
Claudia Tosi
Frederica Meringolo
1996 - Male
Newport USA
22 Nations[9]
  Netherlands
Mats Hellman
Dirk Jan Lucas
  Great Britain
Chris Draper
Daniel Newman
  Canada
Michael Bond
Michael Bassett
1996 - Female
Newport USA
16 Nations[10]
  Great Britain
Jessie Cuthbert
Sally Cuthbert
  New Zealand
Joanne Knight
Linda Dickson
  Ireland
Laura Dillon
Ciara Peelo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  3. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  4. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  5. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  6. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  7. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  8. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  9. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing
  10. ^ Laser 2 at World Sailing

External linksEdit

  • Official class website