The Laser is our strongest adult fleets at AYC, and is also one of our stronger junior dinghy classes. It is a single-handed boat and sailors can utilize any one of three different sail sizes. The Laser is an athletic boat that is appropriate for people of a wide range of ages, body sizes, and abilities.
The 4.7 sail is a training sail for smaller sailors interested in sailing the Laser. This sail, which is only 4.7 square meters in size, is primarily used by sailors under 110 lbs, but often used as a “storm sail” on windy training days on Long Island Sound. The Radial sail, which is 5.7 square meters, is used in the youth class and is also the most popular size of sail used at AYC. The Radial is the single-handed Olympic class for women. The Standard rig is the original setup for the boat and is 7.06 square meters. It is the one used at AYC by sailors over 160 pounds, even though the recommended weight is closer to 183 pounds. The Laser is also the men’s single-handed Olympic class.
Both the Radial and Standard Laser are some of the most competitive fleets in the world. Lasers can be seen sailing at AYC throughout the year, and we have several members who use them for frostbiting. During the summer we often have around 50 Lasers at the Club.