Dating boats by hull number
The plans stayed with Kirby until 1970 when One Design and Offshore Yachtsman magazine held a regatta for boats under 00, called "America's Teacup".After a few sail modifications, the Laser easily won its class.The Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world.As of 2012, there are more than 200,000 boats worldwide.
The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.
But Laser sailors, including Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt significantly changed the techniques used to race a Laser downwind.
The techniques these sailors introduced uses a much more dynamic sailing method, concentrating on surfing the waves going downwind.
A version with a smaller sail, the Laser Radial (see below), was first sailed as a women's Olympic-class boat at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Arguably the greatest champion of the Laser Class is Robert Scheidt (nickname "El Demolidor") from Brazil; he won the world championship eight times and won two gold and one silver Olympic medals.