Sailing is one of the most exhilarating experiences one can have. The exhilaration gets even more intense if you are sailing a laser sailboat. The incredibly large sail-to-hull ratio of this sailboat makes it one of the fastest sailboats on Earth. In this blog, we will explain all you need to know about a laser sailboat in an easy and comprehensive way.
What is laser sailing?
Laser sailing is a famous water sport that depends on the laser dinghy. Even though the boat’s design is pretty straightforward, laser racers and sailors have to face unique challenges that demand special physical and technical skills. The sailor of a laser boat should have a high fitness level as he should be able to withstand the body-twisting and hiking skills crucial to sailing, especially when sailing upwind.
How does laser sailing work?
Sailing a laser sailboat is very different from sailing other boats. A laser dinghy comprises no paddle, motor, or oars. To make your laser sailboat move across the water, you need to master the skill of harnessing the wind. On some days when there is a gentle breeze, sailing will be quite easy. On other days when the wind is strong, your skills of synchronising your moves with the wind, the boat, and the water will be tested.
Where to sail a laser boat?
A laser sailboat is very versatile and can be sailed in many different water bodies. Any decent-sized water body is safe and adequate for sailing. Laser boats are sailed on rivers, lakes, dams, bays, and even the ocean. If you are a beginner, one of the best ways to start sailing is by visiting your nearest yacht or sailing club. Most sailing clubs are equipped with a laser fleet and will be willing to help you learn how to sail.
What to wear while sailing?
What you should wear depends on the season you are sailing in, the weather conditions and your personal preferences. Following are some of the items that laser sailors generally use:
- Life Jacket: It is a must-wear item, regardless of season or weather conditions. Sitting and crouching while wearing a life jacket will be much easier if it is cut high on the waist.
- Sailing Gloves: Good-quality, sturdy gloves help you hold the lines well without causing damage to your hands.
- Hat: If you are sailing on a hot summer day, wearing a hat with a large brim will be a good idea as it will protect your face from the sun. You can tie your hat to your life jacket to eliminate the risk of losing it overboard.
- Polarised Sunglasses: The sun’s glare bouncing off the boat’s deck, as well as the water, will exert a lot of strain on your eyes if they are not protected with sunglasses.
- Dinghy Smock: It is a must-have item for laser sailboat sailors. Go for a lighter colour that protects you when it’s wet and cool but doesn’t get too hot on a summer day.
- Wetsuit: You can either wear a full-length wetsuit to protect your elbows and knees or a shorter one to allow more flexibility.
- Thermal Pants: These are especially useful when the weather is cold.
- Hiking Pants: These pants are made of perforated neoprene, so they don’t overheat even when the temperatures outside are high.
The best way to spend a sunny day is by sailing a laser sailboat. But it would be best if you took care of your safety while sailing. Read the owner’s manual very carefully before sailing and follow all the recommended safety guidelines. Make sure that your laser sailboat is well-maintained and in optimal condition. Also, always wear a life jacket while sailing and carry a radio if you are planning to sail far. The most important tip? Don’t forget to have fun.