Learning to Sail Lasers


If there is one boat that changed the face of modern dinghy sailing, it would be the Laser. This single-handed sailing vessel combines a simple, sleek design with sensitive handling and lightning speed to provide a thrilling sailing experience. Inverness Yacht Club has a fleet of Lasers which are offered in spring and fall workshops for intermediate sailors. This Olympic-class sailboat provides a great sailing experience; it will sharpen your skills for any class of sailboat.

This spring, Inverness Yacht Club will hold a two-day sailing clinic for intermediate sailors who already have experience sailing Lasers, or would like to acquaint themselves with the Laser sailing experience.  The workshop will include rigging instruction and sailing strategy dockside, and practice time on the water concluding with mock racing.  This is a small-group experience which is usually led by several instructors, providing ample opportunity for one-on-one conversations with those leading the class. 

Participants will engage in capsize training in the open bay and are required to wear wet-suits.

If you are interested in joining the club’s spring Laser program, please send your contact info and a note to Sean Callagy at

SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2022 - Saturday 4/30-Sunday 5/1

Week-end Laser Work-shop Fee: Members: $300 / Non-Members $350

* You must complete the application form and waivers before paying.

* Drop-in students are not permitted.

The spring clinic is full. Another clinic is under consideration for early October. Please contact Sean at if you are interested.


Day 1 - Introduction, Upwind Sailing, Capsize and Recovery

Morning : Rules of the road, equipment review, rig and launch boats, upwind sailing and tacking techniques, downwind sailing, jibing.

Brown-bag lunch and questions.

Afternoon: Continued emphasis on upwind sailing, steering in waves, gusts/lifts/headers, capsize & recovery drill. Boats de-rigged for overnight storage.


Day 2 - Downwind Sailing and Practice

Morning: Rig and launch boats, introduction to racing rules, practice races, practice starts and tactics.

Brown-bag lunch with Q&A. Instructors will suggest what each participant should concentrate on during the upcoming afternoon.

Afternoon: Practice per the lunchtime plan. Racing on a shortened practice course. De-rig and put away boats.