Laser 2

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Laser 2
Laser II under spinnaker.jpg
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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]

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.

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 Championships[edit]

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 Championships[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
1993
Lake Garda ITA
Nations[3]
 Israel
Zeevi Kalach
Elad Ronen
 Spain
Gustavo Doreste Blanco
Dimas Wood Valdivielso
 New Zealand
Simon Cooke
Edward Smyth
1993
Lake Garda ITA
Nations[4]
 Great Britain
Storm NUTTAL
Sally CUTHBERT
 New Zealand
Melinda Henshaw
Lisa JACK
 Canada
Lindsay STANIFORTH
Alison MATTHEWS
1994
Marathon GRE
22 Nations[5]
 United States
David James
PJ BUHLER
 Brazil
Rodrigo AMADO
Leonardo SANTOS
 Australia
Justin STEEL
Christian Stevens
1994
Marathon GRE
15 Nations[6]
 Great Britain
Storm NUTTAL
Sally CUTHBERT
 Australia
Briohny Hooper
Amanda MILLER
 New Zealand
Susie Wood
Jennifer CHEYNE
1995
Hamilton BER
21 Nations[7]
 Great Britain
Nick Rogers
Pom Green
 United States
David James
PJ BUHLER
 Switzerland
Etienne Huter
Pierre HUTER
1995
Hamilton BER
13 Nations[8]
 Great Britain
Jessie CUTHBERT
Sally CUTHBERT
 Netherlands
Barbara Snieders
Wynkhe BODEWES
 Italy
Claudia Tosi
Frederica MERINGOLO
1996
Newport USA
22 Nations[9]
 Netherlands
Mats Hellman
Dirk Jan Lucas
 Great Britain
Chris Draper
Daniel Newman
 Canada
Michael Bond
Michael Bassett
1996
Newport USA
16 Nations[10]
 Great Britain
Jessie CUTHBERT
Sally CUTHBERT
 New Zealand
Joanne KNIGHT
Linda Dickson
 Ireland
Laura Dillon
Ciara Peelo

References[edit]

  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

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