Lasers in danger: RS Aero convinced in the Olympic test

Since 1996, the Olympic laser threatens the end: In the evaluation, the RS Aero was initially able to prevail against the laser and two other competitors

For close competition is so far the Olympic Laser. Here are Philipp Buhl and Nik Aaron Willim in testing

Is there any further exchange after the recent changes in the Olympic sailing disciplines? According to the results of a five-day test series conducted by the International Sailing Federation in March 2019; the RS Aero is the new favorite for the “equipment” competition for the one-man Olympic discipline. The test series was about finding the ideal dinghy for the two solo core disciplines of Olympic sailing. Since, the series was part of the review of all Olympic boat classes for their fulfillment of EU anti-monopoly laws and the general modernization efforts of the International Sailing Federation. The tests involved boats from the Laser, RS Aero, Melges 14 and D-Zero classes. Interestingly, eleven international sailors and an evaluation commission made the tests.

The task of the commission was to write a report on the results after the end of the test series; and to make a recommendation for the one-man Olympic disciplines currently occupied by the laser and – for women – by the Laser Radial (since 2008 Olympic). The results of the report and the working group’s recommendation to ISAF to fill the solo disciplines for the 2024 Olympic Games have now been released.

According to AS Aero, the test sailors and the evaluation commission were able to prevail against the laser. In third and fourth place ended the Melges 14 and the D-Zero. Here are the percentage results of the tested classes:

  1. RS Aero: 80%
  2. Laser: 69%
  3. Melges 14: 54%
  4. D-Zero: 52%
Will it continue or a new Olympic boat ?
View of the RS Aero – Olympic one-handed-discipline from 2024?

The decision to replace or retain the laser and the laser radial could be made at the May meeting of the International Sailing Federation in May. Then in London, the decisions to fill the disciplines for the Olympic Games 2024 be taken. The “Equipment Committee” will form an opinion based on the recommendations of the evaluation commission and submit a proposal for a vote to the Council of the ISAF. It also weighs in comparison whether the Olympic one-handed disciplines for 2024 need a new and more modern boat class or whether the laser as the world’s by far the most widely used boat class with participation opportunities for less classic sailing countries, the Olympic claims weighted represents.

World Cup bronze medal winner Philipp Buhl said; “A new Olympic boat class would have to reach the world-wide distribution that the laser can produce, which usually takes ten to 20 years to achieve her one-design character, which has now been achieved with boats on big regattas, because it’s the competition on the comparatively simple boat that makes the laser so exciting and demanding.”

As the decision of the International Sailing Federation fails, remains exciting at least until the half-year meeting in London. The charm of the laser class is just in their OneDesign character, which could now be achieved with boats on large regattas. After all, it’s the competition on the comparatively simple boat that makes the laser so exciting and demanding. Finally, the decision of the ISAF will last at least until the half-year meeting in London.