These boats are a scaled down version of a Laser dinghy and a popular class due to the commercial availability of boats that can be quickly assembled. Competitions are held mainly in Durban at “The Pond” and Pretoria Sailing Club at Rietvlei.
The RADIO CONTROLLED LASER is a quarter scale model of a Laser dinghy. It was first brought into SA about 10 years ago from America.
The concept of the model is very similar to the dinghy in that it is a “no hassle” fun, strict one design, that goes from shelf to water in less than 7 minutes.
It is also very affordable at an all-inclusive price of around depending on the current exchange rate ofR7000. Just add 12 penlight batteries!
During the past 8 years there has been rapid growth the class in Durban, Gauteng & lately Knysna where the majority of the 120 strong fleet is to be found.
The class is unique in that the majority of the current owners are sailors of full-scale yachts in various forms, from dinghies through to L26s and cruising yachts.
There are small fleets in Cape Town and Witbank all based at the local yacht clubs.
In Durban regular monthly race days are organized at the Model Yacht Pond at the Blue Lagoon with other Durban venues being the Midmar Dam, Toti Lagoon and at the annual Boat Show in Durban Bay.
The most social sailing being the summer season of Thursday afternoons at the model yacht pond starting at 17h30. Regular fleets of 20 RCLasers are seen at race days and the competition is close and competitive.
This form of sailing is also attracting a great deal of interest from the public at large and the number of spectators and perspective buyers is on the increase at each outing of the fleet. The a number of National and Provincial championships have already been held in both Kwa Zulu Natal & Gauteng.
The RCLasers are by far the biggest radio controlled fleet in South Africa and the Durban fleet is one of the biggest RCLaser fleets in the world.
A class association has been formed and regular communication regarding race events and results are sent via e-mail to all interested people.