|Fleet Captain||Bruce Martinson|
The Laser is a 14-foot dingy and is used in the Olympics for the men’s single-handed boat (full rig) and the women’s single-handed boat (radial rig). Both types of boats are sailed together in the Wayzata Yacht Club Tuesday evening races. There is also a 4.7 rig for smaller sailors and they are welcome to sail with the fleet on Tuesday nights. The fleet has a wide variety of sailors with different abilities. The sailors range in ages from 10 to 70+. The average fleet size ranges from 5 to 20+. Races start in late April and end with the NUMB regatta in mid October. To race with the Tuesday night Laser fleet you are requested to be at least a Crew member of WYC or a member of another yacht club and join the Twin City Laser Fleet.
The Laser fleet started at WYC shortly after WYC had hosted the US Laser Nationals in 2000. The Nationals had nearly 100 boats. Previously most of the laser sailing in the area had been done at Minnetonka Yacht Club and Lake Calhoun. The laser sailors got together and built ramps to make launching easier and through the years have progressed to the ramps we have today. The easy access to the water and the short distance to the race course has made it the perfect venue to evening racing. Most of the racing is informal with little or no emphasis on scores.