Excitement is building along the waterfront in Dun Laoghaire in anticipation of the staging of the 2018 Laser Masters World Championships, a week long event kicking off on September 7th.
The “Laser”, in case you aren’t a sailor, is a single-handed racing dinghy, just over 4.0 metres in length. Introduced in 1969, it has grown to become the world’s most popular sailboat, with nearly 250,000 sold. In 1996 it became the Men’s Olympic single-handed dinghy and in 2008, for the Beijing Olympics, it was introduced as the Women’s single-hander. In Ireland of course, it is familiar as the boat sailed by Annelise Murphy, from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, who won a Silver Medal in 2016 in Rio.
dlr have played a key role in making this event possible, providing both financial and facilities support to the organisers, who won the right to hold the event after an international tendering process. The Royal St George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club will host and run the event with the Harbour Company providing much needed space on the Carlisle Pier.
Approximately 400 sailors will compete, representing over 40 countries. Together with their extended families, an international race jury, race officials and the army of 200 volunteers required to run the event on and off the water, there will be lots of activity around the town.