Laser Radial

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This article is about the Laser Radial. For the general Laser history and more information, see Laser (dinghy).
Current Specifications
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Laser Radial
Class Symbol
Class Symbol
Crew 1
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
Mainsail area 5.76 m2 (62.0 sq ft)
D-PN 96.7[1]
RYA PN 1110[2]
Olympic Class

The Laser Radial is a popular one-design class of small sailing dinghy, originally built by Laser Performance. It is a singlehanded boat, meaning that it is sailed by one person. The Laser Radial is a variant of the Laser Standard, with shorter mast and reduced sail area, allowing light sailors to sail in heavy winds. The International Class is recognised by the International Sailing Federation.

Background[edit]

The Laser Radial is generally sailed and raced by lighter weight sailors and is usually the choice of women Laser sailors. Men typically sail the Laser Standard which has a larger sail. The only difference between the Laser Standard and Laser Radial is the size of the sail and the length of the lower section of the mast. Everything else is the same and very tightly specified and controlled by the International Class Association to ensure competitive racing in identical boats. Lasers are single person dinghies. Most larger regattas for the Laser class will generally have separate races for the Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7.

The Laser Radial uses the same top section of the mast as the Laser Standard but uses a smaller bottom mast section. The sail itself is 62 square feet (5.8 m2), about 19% smaller than the full Laser Standard rig.

Although the one design Laser rig and hull was introduced in 1971, the Radial sail and mast was created in the 1980s. In 1988 the Laser Women's World Championship began using the Laser Radial. They are a good training aid to start learning to sail a Laser but the Laser Radial is a good racing boat in its own right and some sailors (generally women) progress to become professional Radial sailors.

The desired weight for sailing a Radial is 60–65 kilograms (132–143 lb).

World Championship Titles[edit]

An incomplete archive of the winners.

Men's Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Men's Youth World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2009, Karatsu
 Keerati Bualong (THA)  Aleksander Arian (POL)  Filip Kobielski (POL)
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2010, Largs
 Giovanni COCCOLUTO (ITA)  Tadeusz KUBIAK (POL)  Luca ANTOGNOLI (ITA)
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2011, La Rochelle
 Giovanni COCCOLUTO (ITA)  Elliot HANSON (GBR)  Eliot MERCERON (FRA)

Men's Youth Under 21 World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2011, La Rochelle
 Juan Carlos PERDOMO (PUR)  Mitchell KENNEDY (AUS)  Elliot HANSON (GBR)

Men's Youth Under 17 World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2009, Karatsu
 Philip DORAN (IRL)  Oliver LOUGHEAD (IRL)  Nevin SNOW (USA)
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2011, La Rochelle
 Juan Carlos PERDOMO (PUR)  Mark SPEARMAN (AUS)  Kaarle TAPPER (FIN)

Boys Singlehander - ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion[edit]

Women's Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Women's Youth Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2009, Karatsu
 Mathilde de Kerangat (FRA)  Ashley Stoddart (AUS)  Michelle Broekhuizen (NED)
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2010, Largs
 Erika REINEKE (USA)  Manami DOI (JPN)  Michelle Broekhuizen (NED)
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2011, La Rochelle
 Erika REINEKE (USA)  Oren JACOB (ISR)  Sandy FAUTHOUX (FRA)

Women's Youth (Under 21) Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Women's Youth (Under 17) Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2009, Karatsu
 Ashley Stoddart (AUS)  Alexandra SOUTH (AUS)  Momoko TADA (FRA)
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2011, La Rochelle
 Maxime JONKER (NED)  Constanze STOLZ (GER)  Celine CARLSEN (DEN)

Girls Singlehander - ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion[edit]

Open Apprentice Masters Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2010
 Scott LEITH (NZL)  Jean-Christophe LEYDET (FRA)  Matthias BRUEHL (GER)

Open Masters Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2010
 Stephen COCKERILL (GBR)  Joao RAMOS (BRA)  Hamish ATKINSON (NZL)

Open Grand Masters Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2010
 Lyndall PATTERSON (AUS)  Alden SHATTUCK (USA)  Bruce MARTINSON (USA)

Open Great Grand Masters Laser Radial World Champion[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2010
 Keith WILKINS (GBR)  Peter SEIDENBERG (USA)  Johan STAM (NED)

Olympics[edit]

The Laser Radial was chosen for singlehanded women discipline at the Summer Olympic starting with the 2008 summer games regatta in Qingdao, China.

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008:
China

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 United States (USA)
Anna Tunnicliffe

 Lithuania (LTU)
Gintarė Volungevičiūtė

 China (CHN)
Xu Lijia

2012:
Great Britain

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 China (CHN)
Xu Lijia

 Netherlands (NED)
Marit Bouwmeester

 Belgium (BEL)
Evi Van Acker

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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