Laser racing rules the waves around the world in over 50 countries. From the start LaserPerformance has been there supplying the most sought-after Lasers and supporting the growth of the Laser sailing community.
“More than 200,000 Lasers can be found around the world, the largest number of any boat ever. They are sailed at Olympic, Nationals, in Men, Women, Juniors and Masters levels and of course as a fun boat.”
Friday) on the sail, won the America’s Teacup regatta in Wisconsin
The Laser was launched at the New York Boat Show. Their uniform design and affordable price attracted sailors and 144 Lasers were sold. Laser sails were identical due to modern laser cutting thus setting a standard for future racing classes.
Fun FactThe name “Laser” was chosen as being modern, recognisable and truly international and that the symmetrical Laser beam logo would only have to go on one side of the sail.
LASER MADE WITH LOVE
producing One Design Laser boats that became the quality standard for racers.
Growing the fan Base… THROUGH INNOVATION
New Zealand to the Australian trademark owner (PSA) in order to promote sailor
participation and to enhance regional cooperation between builders
In the 1980s the smaller Laser Radial rig was designed by LaserPerformance allowing smaller sailors to sail with less effort. The Laser Radial quickly became popular amongst women sailors and others around the world.
Following the success of the Radial, LaserPerformance developed the Laser 4.7 rig in the UK in 1989 with an aim of allowing youth sailors to enjoy the Laser
and in the 1990’s its popularity rapidly spread across Europe, Asia and the rest of the world
The Laser was introduced to the Olympics as an open class for the 1996 Quadrennial.
The simple single-person dinghy already had a cult following of thousands all over the world and inclusion in the Olympics was viewed as a forgone conclusion.
Fun FactThe first ever Olympic medal in the Laser was won by Brazil's Robert Scheidt at the Atlanta 1996 Games after a dramatic start line duel with British rival Ben Ainslie.
inclusion of the Laser Radial as women's single person dinghy for the 2008 cycle.
1996 ATLANTA :: 2000 SYDNEY :: 2004 ATHENS :: 2008 BEIJING :: 2012 LONDON :: 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO :: 2020 - (2021) TOKYO :: 2024 PARIS :: 2028 LOS ANGELES
In 2008 the Laser Radial was used in the Olympics as the Women’s Singlehanded Class and with the Laser as Men’s Lightweight Class
Fun FactXu Lijia is the first Chinese sailor to receive a bronze medal in women's Laser Radial class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and a gold medal in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Her win led to a surge in popularity in the sport of sailing in China.
46 countries participated in Laser competition at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, reaffirming the Laser’s global popularity.
The Laser's low cost and ease of transportation means it has the widest pool of nations competing of any Olympic Sailing Class and it's not unusual to see sailors from nations that aren't traditionally viewed as big sailing nations on the podium.
sailing around the world and has been the primary sponsor of Laser World racing events by supplying boats to event as well as being the
Official Supplier of Laser boats for the Olympics (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
Fun FactIn 2016 a last minute constraint forced World Sailing organisers to move the 2016 World Sailing Youth Worlds Championship to New Zealand. The Australian Builder (which was gifted the rights to New Zealand by LaserPerformance in 1998) declined to support the event and thus World Sailing rushing to LaserPerformance to save the event. With less than 4 months notice, LaserPerformance shipped 110 Lasers from the UK to New Zealand and flew staff over, making the event a success.
GROWING THE FAN BASE…through investment in manufacturing capacity and quality
standard and measurements upon which the Laser One-Design are manufactured today.
GROWING THE FAN BASE…through supporting and promoting participation
with MACLAREN in support of women in sailing
The Team held the Sailing World Cup Women’s Match Racing title for two years.