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ILCA (Laser)

ILCA Boat Sales ⏬⏬

The ILCA sailing dinghy, formerly known as the Laser, is one of the most popular single-handed boats in the world, designed for sailors of all ages and skill levels. The ILCA (International Laser Class Association) dinghy was designed by Bruce Kirby in 1969 and is renowned for its simplicity, performance, and strict one-design rules, ensuring that all boats are virtually identical. This makes it an excellent choice for competitive racing, as success is determined by the sailor's skill rather than equipment advantages. The ILCA dinghy is available in three rig sizes: the ILCA 4 (formerly Laser 4.7) for lighter sailors, the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial) for intermediate sailors, and the ILCA 7 (formerly Laser Standard) for heavier and more experienced sailors.

ILCA Boat Sales - photo showing ILCA7 Laser sailing dinghies racing offshore

Performance Data – Sailing Experience

The ILCA dinghy has a Portsmouth Yardstick number that varies slightly depending on the rig size: approximately 1213 for the ILCA 4, 1154 for the ILCA 6, and 1102 for the ILCA 7. This performance rating reflects the boat's ability to compete in a wide range of wind conditions, making it versatile and challenging. The boat is designed to be sailed by one person, which enhances the focus on individual skill and tactical decision-making. Its lightweight design and easily rigged sail plan contribute to its popularity among sailors who appreciate straightforward, high-performance dinghies.

Global Domination

The ILCA class is hugely popular worldwide, with strong fleets in Europe, North America, Australasia, and many other regions. It is an Olympic class, featured in the Games since 1996, which further underscores its prestige and global reach. The ILCA class association is highly active, organizing numerous regattas, championships, and training events, fostering a strong sense of community and competitive spirit among sailors. The boat's universal appeal and accessibility have made it a cornerstone of sailing programs and racing circuits around the globe.

ILCA Alternatives

Two other boats with similar performance characteristics to the ILCA dinghy are the RS Aero and the Finn. The RS Aero is a modern single-handed dinghy that emphasizes light weight and advanced materials, offering performance comparable to the ILCA with a Portsmouth Yardstick number around 1061. Its contemporary design and responsive handling have quickly made it a favourite among sailors seeking a fresh and exhilarating sailing experience.

The Finn dinghy, traditionally an Olympic class until 2020, is a larger and more powerful single-handed boat with a Portsmouth Yardstick number of approximately 1050. It is known for its demanding physical requirements and excellent upwind performance, making it a suitable choice for more experienced and physically strong sailors. Both the RS Aero and Finn provide exciting alternatives for those looking to explore single-handed sailing at a competitive level.

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ILCA for Sale

ILCA Laser 207287

ILCA Laser 207287

Laser 207287. Standard and Radial. Gunwhale hung launching trolley Very good condition. Watertight hull, never taken in a drop of water. 4 sails: Mk2 genuine standard 7/10, Mk2 replica standard 5/10, Mk1 genuine standard 4/10, genuine radial 4/10. GRP foils in great condition. Foil bag. Rooster top and bottom covers. Photos available on request. Available to view in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Price: £3,100.00
Posted in - ILCA (Laser)
Tyne & Wear
Date posted - 22/01/2024
Listing marked as sold.Laser

Laser This listing is marked as sold.

Laser super condition, ready to race in '24 Laser sail number 193802, 2008 year. Unused in 2022 and used once in 2023 Bought this Laser intending to improve my sailing skills, but I was somewhat over-confident; this boat is far too good for my sailing ability! It has been a race winner in N Norfolk and beyond, I am not! Hull stiff and in excellent condition Always stored inside in the dry over Winter and under cover in summer; beautifully maintained Top cover (Blue Rooster new autumn 2023) Aluminium launch trolley with solid wheels o Laser top mast o Laser…

Price: £1,500.00
Posted in - ILCA (Laser)
Norfolk
Date posted - 03/04/2024
Laser Standard 186371 For Sale

Laser Standard 186371 For Sale

This is a classic Laser Standard competitively priced for a quick pre-season sale. The boat has not been sailed for over three years and is in good condition. The hull has some cosmetic repairs. The laser comes with: Brand new Centreboard; Refurbished Rudder Blade now as new; Brand new Traveller; Brand new Rooster Toe Strap Adjuster; Brand new Rooster Toe Strap; Brand new Clew Strap; The Mast and spars are in excellent condition, it comes with an 8:1 Cunningham/XD Control Lines/Carbon Fibre Tiller and Extension/Foil Bag/Brand new Matt Grey Rooster Top Cover/Launching Trolley/Mk2 Radial Cut Sail

Price: £1,700.00
Posted in - ILCA (Laser)
Dorset
Date posted - 03/03/2024