Debunking the ILCA Jargon: ILCA vs Laser

For anyone with a passion for the Laser class you would be forgiven for feeling confused as you get to grips with the new boat terminology. The Laser has been renamed and so have the various rig sizes.

Want to know what we are talking about? Then read on…

While Lasers are still being produced, these boats no longer have the World Sailing plaques which are needed for competition. Boats purchased pre-2020 that carry the World Sailing plague (see our blog post about class-legal kit) are class-legal. If you would like to continue to race at a local or National level, you need to have class-legal kit.

Ovington ILCA – Built to Win

The good news is Ovington Boats are official builders and, to avoid confusion with LaserPerformance, the boats they produce are called ILCAs.

Ovington built to win ilca logo

True to one-design standards, each ILCA in the world is identical ensuring the best sailor on the water wins the race. A challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as the tactical excellence of the sailor. The ILCA is raced by young and old alike from Club sailors, Youth sailors, Masters, Great-Grand Masters all the way to the Olympians.

Which Rig Size?

The same 3 rig sizes are available but have been renamed as follows:




So where you might have been looking for Laser Radial kit on the website, you are now looking for ILCA 6 products. Laser Standards are now looking for ILCA 7, and ILCA 4 replaces the Laser 4.7 search term.

We are delighted to be working with Ovington Boats to distribute the ILCA. The Ovington ILCA comes with a Harken fit out, and with carbon upgrade options as well for the Top Section, Bottom Section and Tiller & Tiller Extension.

Why Sailingfast?

Duncan Hepplewhite, owner of Sailingfast, has been working with the RYA since he first started coaching back in 1997. Over the years he has worked with LaserPerformance, Topper, Mackay and Ovington Boats and he brings all this knowledge to the Sailingfast customers.

If you are looking for advice or have questions, just drop us a line on 01324 861 756

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