London Boat Show - Monday
Innovation is not missing from the Laser range as with the Jo Richard designed Vortex they won the 'Yachting World Inshore Sailboat of the Year' at this years awards and also had the runner-up, the Funboat.
The Vortex introduced a new hull form to the dinghy market with it's 'tunnel' hull design, providing a stable base for the trapezing helmsman and with nearly 150 sold in less than a year and the first UK championship attracting thirty-five entries this looks like another winner for them.
Rather more low key but very interesting is the Stratos. This 16ft dayboat type dinghy is available either as a centreboard or lifting keelboat version.
The very roomy cockpit with centre console with hoop and seat has unique flooding side tanks incorporated that flood if the boat is capsized. This lowers the plate height above the water for ease of righting and stabilizes the boat as it rights. The tank then automatically empties once the boat is upright again, the cockpit also self drains through the same transom flaps. With asymmetric spinnaker and a trapeze option this boat is a definite contender in the modern dayboat/racer area.
Laser also have their Dart catamarans on show with the very popular Dart 18 still attracting high numbers at open meetings and championships that are the envy of many dinghy classes.
In common with most of the manufacturers at the show Laser have some very special 'show deals' on all their range, so a trip to the show could actually save you some money!
You can also try the Laser 'sailing simulator' and see if you can beat Ben Ainslie.