The Laser is one of the most versatile dinghies every built. Designed by Canadian Bruce Kirby in the early 1970s the Laser quickly became a popular class around the world. Manufactured in Ireland for several years the class quickly became established in all provinces and gave young Irish sailors the first opportunity to compete internationally at high level at low cost. Many Irish international sailing careers started with success in the Laser class in the ‘70s and ‘80s. When the class gained Olympic status Irish sailors again had a class of boat raced widely at home with which they could ultimately compete for the highest accolade in sport, an Olympic medal.

The Laser has evolves over its forty year career and today there are three rig sizes for different age groups and skill sets. The original Laser, now known as the standard, became and Olympic class in 1996 for men. A smaller sailed version the Laser Radial was introduced in the 1990s and became in turn an Olympic class for women in 2008. The smallest sailed version, the Laser 4.7, is widely used as a boat for young teenagers graduating from the Optimist into more high performance dinghy.

All three classes are actively sailed and raced in Kinsale. The ASM Frostbite Series features all three classes.

The Laser Class Captain in Kinsale is Finny O'Regan, and his contact details are:
Tel: 086 8367280

The Laser Racing Calendar, Official Notice Board, Racing Results, Photo Gallery and Class Open Meeting Information can be accessed by clicking on the menu to the left.