Going Solo in the Laser
my Laser in January 1978
with a reefed mainsail!
Once established in Melbourne, it was
natural that I would start looking for a way to get out sailing again.
I ended up purchasing a Laser dinghy and joining the Black Rock
Yacht Club, Victoria.
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Designed by Bruce Kirby in 1969, the Laser dinghy
has been called the world's premier one-person sailboat. With
150,000 Lasers sailing in over 85 countries, this boat has
motivated more sailors to excel in the sport than any design
in sailing history.
For some years now the Laser has been an open Olympic class
boat. It's certainly an exciting boat to sail in
comparison to the Heron.
However whilst the Laser was a one-person
boat, I found that because of the layout of the Black Rock
Yacht Club where
the boat was stored and the design of my trailer, I
typically needed two others on-hand to get the boat rigged
and in and out of the water. I could no longer go sailing
anytime I liked. Plus I found sailing on Port Phillip Bay
somewhat boring. There just weren't the places to go and
explore like back in Whyalla. So after about a year or so I sold the
Monday, 01 April 2013