The Laser is a popular one-design class of small sailing dinghy. According to the Laser Class Rules the boat may be sailed by either one or two people, though it is rarely sailed by two.
The Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2012, there are more than 200,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust, simple to rig and sail. The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.
The term "Laser" is often used to refer to the Laser Standard which is the largest of the sail plan rigs available for the Laser hull. However Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 are two other smaller sized sails that often compete as a separate class.
The USSCMC owns 2 Lasers with Full, Radial and 4.7 rigs. This is a popular class at the USSCMC as ages 13-70 will often compete on the same race course. The USSCMC is a strong supporter of the Laser International Class and enjoys playing host for many large Laser regattas including the District 13 Championships and the Laser Master Championships.