Laser 1 (ILCA 7, 6 & 4) Boat Sales & Information
The ILCA is a single-handed racing dinghy. Each dinghy is virtually identical whether they are brand new or 10 years old, meaning that the sailor wins the race, not the boat. The ILCA is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a singlehanded Olympic class boat for both men and women and is sailed at the club, national and international levels. With over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat.
Is it a Laser 1 or an ILCA7?
ILCA is an abbreviation of “International Laser Class Association”. The “Laser” was first designed by Ken Bruce in the early 1970s. At that time – LASER – was a product name – today we know it as a huge international brand behind many other popular dinghies including the Laser Bug and the Dart 16 catamaran. When navigating the ILCA waters it can appear a little confusing – ILCA ? Laser ? Basically, unless racing at the highest international level, just remember an ILCA 7 is a Laser 1 with the largest standard mainsail – an ILCA 6 utilises the mid-sized Radial mainsail and the ILCA 4 uses the smallest 4.7 mainsail. All models use the same hull, foils, boom and upper mast section – it’s just the lower mast section that needs to be changed.
ILCA Direct for Class Legal Accessories
The ILCA is a strict ONE DESIGN class. As such, if racing at any level, it is important to ensure all components meet the strict Class Association standards. For that reason this section is sponsored by ILCA Direct – suppliers of Class legal equipment for the ILCA – 7, 6 & 4. They hold in stock a complete inventory of accessories for class legal racing. Everything from complete boats to self-bailer springs – all at discounted prices for members. CLICK the BANNER below to visit their website directly
Laser 1 Portsmouth Yardstick number
The Portsmouth Yardstick is used to calculate the performance of mixed classes of boats in a handicap race. The lower the PY the faster the boat. For illustration – a Dart 18 has a PY of 832 and a Topper has a PY of 1365. More information and later PY numbers can be found here – RYA PY
- ILCA7 – Standard rig = 1100
- ILCA6 – Radial rig = 1147
- ILCA4 – 4.7m rig = 1208
ILCA7 – Laser 1 Gallery
The ILCA Laser is probably the most popular dinghy on the planet (or maybe that’s the Sunfish). The photos below show various Laser 1 previously advertised on this website.. The other images illustrate the raw power and exhilaration experienced when racing the Laser 1 down wind in rough seas.
Laser 1 useful links
- UK Class Association Facebook (*external link)
- Laser UK official website (*external link)
- ILCA Homepage (*external link)
Laser 1 / ILCA 7 for Sale
If you have got an ILCA7 (Laser 1) you’d like to sell – please advertise it FREE on DinghyMart. We will help sell your boat by sharing it on relevant social media pages. Remember – if you found this page so will someone else looking to buy or sell an ILCA7 / Laser 1.
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