LASER WORLD CHAMPIONS AND SAILORS
Laser has made its impact all around the world when it comes to sailing, with its competitive champions from all different types of cultures.
“Since January 16, 2009 the official Laser sailboat speed record of 16.8 knots has been held by Mark Denzer of Honolulu, Hawaii.”
- Robert Scheidt
- Nicholas Heiner
- Nick Thompson
- Tom Slingsby
- Richard L. Tillman
- Marit Bouwmeester
- Anna Tunnicliffe
- Xu Lijia
On the Laser World Championships has won 9 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal.
“If a boat like Laser or Windsurfer, which are the most accessible and not too expensive, get kicked out from the Olympic program, this means that we’re going in a wrong direction. We must always have an easy boat, which gives the opportunity even to those who come from an African country to compete on an equal footing against an athlete from England or another rich country."
Having earned a gold medal at the 2014 Laser World Championship.
“In no other sport are you out with only mother nature. You feel great power in harnessing her powers, but at the same time a great respect for what she had to offer, it is a great opportunity for me to test myself against her and her power.”
Even with the injuries she got from sail racing, her passion never wavered so after retiring in 2012 she has kept being connected to the sport through journalism.
“Either as an athlete or a sports journalist, I will spare no efforts and hope that my passion for sailing can strike a chord with others.” Wrote the book Golden Lily: Asia’s First Dinghy Sailing Gold Medalist
A FEW OTHER NOTABLES
Through the years Laser has made a lot of fans amidst the big names in the sailing world
Won the 1995 Laser National Championships, the 2001 Laser North American Championships, and in 2003 the Laser Pacific Coast Championships in Oregon on the Columbia River and the Laser Gulf Coast Championships in Texas.
“The feeling of freedom when I’m out sailing by myself it’s such a great release. It can also be a great challenge testing yourself against the environment.”
“I have been racing Lasers in and around Weymouth since I came out of the Optimist Class and went into the RYA Youth Squad. The Laser class is special to me, as it is where I have met some of my closest and long-term friends who I travelled with all over the world for Laser events.”
In 1982 he published an instructional book (Laser Racing) and over a hundred tactical how-to articles.
He coached the Australian Olympic Gold medalist Tom Slingsby in the Laser class at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; and later on coached Tom Burton as well, who won gold in the Laser class at the 2016 Summer Olympics.