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Laser Development

Laser Sailing is an option for sailors who have completed either Optimist Program or RS Quest program at SMAP and wish to sail performance boats. Laser Sailing allows for single-handed sailing, making it a great choice for those seeking independence on the water.


About the boat

  • Type: 1 person Dinghy 

  • Ideal Weight Range: 4 (55-65kg) / 6 (60-75kg) / 7 (70-90kg)

  • Length: 4.2m

  • Beam: 1.39m 

  • Hull weight: 57kg

  • About: the ILCA is a single-handed racing dinghy with over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat. This makes it one of the most accessible and affordable sailing classes globally.

  • Speed scale: 3/5

  • Class recognition:


Laser Development


The Laser Development program its a 4-day, 3-hour lessons and focuses on the fundamentals of rigging the Laser and mastering basic boat handling techniques. We have two different sail choices in the ILCA program – the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) is designed for slightly smaller or newer sailors to the boat, while the ILCA 7/Standard is for sailors who weight 75kg+ 

To enroll in this class, proven experience is mandatory, with no exceptions. Only sailors fully assessed by our coaches can transition into this class. The boats are expensive and require a good amount of care to look after them, so the sailors that move into the group need to have a good level of proficiency in the following areas:

  • Effective use of the tiller extension.

  • Proficiency in tacking and jibing maneuvers.

  • Sound understanding of sailing upwind and downwind.

  • Familiarity with key rig components: mainsheet, downhaul, outhaul, boom vang.

  • Ability to trim the sail effectively in upwind and downwind conditions.

  • Comfort with getting wet, as capsizing is likely during the session.

Irrespective of wind conditions, the class will commence punctually with a demonstration on rigging and general boat handling.

By the end of Laser Development you will be able to independently launch, rig, and sail a Laser sailing dinghy. Topics covered include:

  • Launching and rigging the Laser

  • Capsize recovery

  • Controlling sail shape with sail controls

  • Body mechanics

  • Tell-tale use 

  • Roll tacks 

Topics are introduced on land and then practiced on water. Upon successful completion of the class you will be qualified to rent the Laser so you will be able to keep sailing and practicing your skills after the class ends

Fees :


Please seek approval from Coach Gui ( before signing up for this course if this is your first time sailing ILCA or with us.  

For individuals with some sailing experience but lacking formal training, starting with Basic Sailing is recommended to address any knowledge gaps that might exist from informal learning.


  • Prior sailing experience IS MANDATORY!

  • At least 14 years old

  • Over 50kg

  • Assessed as having the right skills by a SMAP coach.

  • Able to swim 50 yards 

  • Sunglasses and hat are recommended

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Sailing boots or shoes that can get wet.

  • Come to class on time

  • Have fun!

Minimum weights for the ILCA sails are:

  • ILCA 4: 50kg

  • ILCA 6: 60kg

  • ILCA 7: 75kg

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