This web site has been prepared to provide information about Laser sailing in Orkney. Dinghy sailing is popular in Orkney, with an active fleet of Snipe boats as well as various other boats. The Laser class has been around among the Islands for decades and there are still quite a few boats kicking about.

The Laser is a singlehanded sailing dinghy which can be great fun but also provides competitive sailing. The boat has three rig options which makes it suitable for various sizes of crew. The class is the most popular sailing dinghy in the world with over 200 thousand boats built and active fleets in most countries.

Hatston, Laser, sailing, low tide
Lasers rigged at Hatston Slip.

Why the Laser?

The Boat

The Laser has a fibreglass hull and a single aluminium mast. It is simple to rig and versatile. Various rig options are available to suit different sailors


The Laser is a strict one design class which allows competitive racing on a modest budget


Laser sailing can be great fun. The boat is a quick and economical way to get afloat and enjoy sailing.

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