Our Mission

For sailors, by sailors - with the original Laser spirit in One Design dinghies.

'Welcome to The Laser Class. Or should I say, welcome to the original One Design Laser Class that we all wanted. I wish we didn’t have to go down this road but it’s time that the largest racing dinghy class also be the most democratic and the most respected. So many around the world are passionate about our beloved Laser boat and want to be part of a community where they can have their voice heard. The Laser Class is your home. Join us and let us go back to the joy of Laser sailing.'

Heini Wellmann
TLC Interim President

 

To read about the introduction of The Laser Class, please follow this link to read our initial press release, this comprehensively covers the motivation and thinking behind the formation of the new class, we hope this will improve your understanding of TLC - please click here.

We aim to be the Original Laser Class providing everything from beginners up to equal One Design racing with the Laser Formula (Standard, Radial, and 4.7 Rigs) all around the world focusing on Youth, Club and Master-Sailors. TLC is dedicated to the strict One Design Laser and maintaining low-cost accessibility to Laser sailing with regular supply and competitive prices of boats and parts. Please click here to to learn more about our advisory board, who have been the driving force behind the formation of this new class association. Below you will find a detailed list of points we aim to tackle on our new mission:

1. A democratic and transparent class serving our members, regardless of gender, ability, geography or income.

2. Promote the iconic Laser brand and maintain Laser’s standing as the world’s most popular single-handed racing dinghy, particularly for the Olympics.

3. Support and help grow the Laser class for Standard, Radial and 4.7 sailors all around the world, based strictly on One Design criteria.

4. Ensure accessibility by keeping the cost of Laser boats and parts as low as possible, without compromising on quality and safety.

5. Support innovation that will improve quality and safety, within the framework of One Design principles. All changes must be approved by membership majority.

6. Help prepare and support plans for all stages of sailing development: from junior and youth sailing to club, masters and ultimately Olympic racing.

7. Organize and sponsor regattas and racing events

8. Establish programs to develop Laser sailing in under-represented regions of the world

9. Partner with builders and sponsors to support Laser sailing growth plans and events

10. Advocate and be an information source for sailors

11. Be environmentally sensitive and responsible in all initiatives and activities

12. And most important, support Laser sailors to build a responsible and engaged community that has the love of Laser sailing as a common bond.