ILCA and Laser

In 2020 the Laser was rebranded as the ILCA. The reason for this is to do with problems with the european class builder (Laser Performance) and the designer (Bruce Kirby). It seems Laser Performance wasn’t paying class fees to Bruce Kirby and they also seemed to have issues with the Laser Class Building Regulations. As a consequence the Laser class is now known as the ILCA, and various new builders have been approved. What does this mean for sailors? If you sail an older boat and it has the correct class plaque for Laser then you can sail it in ILCA events. If you buy a new boat or equipment it will need to be marked with the new official ILCA logo. As part of the rebranding exercise the sails have also changed: the Standard rig is now known as the ILCA 7, Radial is the ILCA 6 and 4.7 is now ILCA 4. Ovington is approved as a UK builder, and they have a lot of experience with building high performance dinghies in the UK.

UK Laser Events

Scottish Laser Grand Prix Dates The Scottish Laser Grand Prix (traveller) events are a series at various Scottish venues. Some of the dates below are provisional but final dates should be confirmed soon.

  • Largs 8/9 May
  • East Lothian 5/6 June
  • Largo Bay 19/20 June
  • Aberdeen and Stonehaven 14/15 August
  • Loch Lomond 4/5 September
  • Loch Tummel 18/19 September

The 2021 UKLA National Championships is scheduled for 13 August at WPNSA (Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy).

Spars and Rivets

Laser spars are made of aluminum tubing. The boom and topmast both use the same tubing so if your topmast fails it is worthwhile to hang onto the long bit for use as a spare boom. Note the boom should have an internal sleeve to reinforce the kicker attachment. If you buy an older boat check the sleeve is present, and fit a sleeve if it is not there. Dimensions of the boom sleeve are: 900mm long, outside diameter 44mm, wall thickness 1.8mm.

New spars come with stainless steel rivets holding the various fittings in place. Over time the aluminum can corrode causing damage and eventually spar failure. To help prevent this damage the stainless rivets can be drilled out and replaced with aluminum. These will cause less damage over time, although Aluminum is considerably weaker and the rivets will need to be replaced from time to time. The rivets should be inspected for wear and damage on a regular basis to prevent any nasty surprises. Corrosion inhibitor paste should be applied where stainless fittings come in contact with the aluminum.

Laser, boom, corrosion
Boom corrosion
Boom, Laser, rivet, mainsheet block
Refitting a padeye to the boom.

During the quiet winter months it is worthwhile to check your spars for loose fittings or rivets and make sure they are not bent. Spars can last longer by changing rivets and also swapping ends on the spar.

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