Class Olympic Selection

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is working very hard to ensure that the Laser is retained as the men’s and women’s single-handed dinghy class for the Olympics for 2024 and beyond.

As a part of World Sailing’s (WS) evaluation process for the Olympic equipment selection sea trials were held last month in Valencia Spain between the Laser and three other nominated designs (Devoti D-Zero, RS Aero and Melges 14).

A new and now mandatory requirement by WS for Olympic equipment is that there must be a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) competition in its supply. This new WS arrangement required ILCA to negotiate with the class builders and have them agree to it.

Local Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) and Performance Sailcraft Japan (PSJ) have agreed and all new ILCA appointed class builders will also have to agree to the FRAND arrangements. It was essential that ILCA meet WS’s FRAND conditions for the boat to be considered for Olympic retention.

A decision on the Olympic equipment is scheduled to be made by World Sailing at their meeting in mid-May. ILCA are optimistic about the outcome, however at this stage neither the timing or the outcome is certain.