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Irish Sailing Youth Nationals: ILCA 4 Class to Compete for Trophies in Upcoming Event at Lough Ree Yacht Club

19th April 2024
The ILCA Connacht Championships are to be used to award the ILCA 4 Irish Sailing Youth National Prizes 2024
The ILCA Connacht Championships are to be used to award the ILCA 4 Irish Sailing Youth National Prizes 2024

In the aftermath of Storm Kathleen, the ILCA 4 Class was left without any competitive sailing at the Irish Sailing Youth Nationals held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in early April. However, ILCA Ireland has stepped up to the plate and agreed to allow the ILCA Connachts to be used as a trophy event for the ILCA 4 category for the Irish Sailing Youth Nationals.

Irish Sailing will award prizes to the top three sailors, all under 17 on 31/12/24. The event is scheduled to take place on the 27th and 28th of April in Lough Ree Yacht Club. Full details of the event can be found on the ILCA Ireland website.

ILCA Ireland has made it clear that the awarding of prizes to the top three U17 ILCA 4 sailors is solely at the discretion of Irish Sailing, and ILCA Ireland will not be involved in any way with the awarding of the prizes.

In related news, Topper Ireland is also planning to leverage an upcoming Topper event during the month of June to award their Irish Sailing Youth National prizes. More details regarding this event are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

Published in Laser, Youth Sailing Team

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About the ILCA/Laser Dinghy

The ILCA, formerly known as the Laser, is the most produced boat in the world, with 220,000 units built since 1971.

It's easy to see why the single-handed dinghy has won the title of the most widely distributed boat of all time.

The Laser is a one-design dinghy, the hulls being identical but three rigs that can be used according to the size and weight of the sailor.

The class is international, with sailors from 120 countries. The boat has also been an Olympic class since 1996, being both the men's and women's singlehanded dinghy.

Three rigs are recognised by the International Laser Class Association (ILCA):

  • ILCA 4: sail of 4.70m2
  • ILCA 6: sail of 5.76 m2
  • ILCA 7: sail of 7.06 m2

At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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