Laser Radial


Laser Radial

Infobox Sailboat Specifications


numberofcrew = One
loa = 4.23 m (13 ft 10.5 in)
lwl = 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
beam = 1.37 m (4 ft 7 in)
draft = .787 m (2 ft 7 in)
hull = 56.7 kg (125 lb)
mastheight =
mainsail = 5.7 m2 (62 ftsu|p=2)
dpn =
phrf =
portsmouth =
updated =
currentoly = yes
formerolympic =
The Laser Radial is a popular one-design class of small sailing dinghy built by Vanguard Sailboats. It is a singlehanded boat, meaning that it is sailed by one person. The Laser Radial is a variant of the Laser Standard, with shorter mast and reduced sail area, allowing light sailors to sail in heavy winds.

The Laser Radial was chosen as the Olympic class for singlehanded women starting with the 2008 summer games regatta in Qingdao, China. Medal winners in the series were: Gold–Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Silver–Gintarė Volengevičiūtė (Lithuania), Bronze–Xu Lijia (People's Republic of China). [Cite web
url=http://www.sailing.org/olympics/resultscentre.php
title=Laser Radial - Women - Overall Results
work=Beijing Olympics 2008
accessdate=2008-08-19
publisher=ISAF
]

Other noted Laser Radial sailors include Michael Blackburn, Krystal Weir, Paige Railey, Steve Cockerill, Matt Baddeley, and Ben Ainslie.

References

External links

* [http://www.laserperformance.com/ Web site] of the manufacturer, Vanguard Sailboats
* [http://www.lasersailing.com/disp/uk/range/introduction Guide to the various sizes of Laser sailboats]


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