This sail is no longer available. If you need a new racing sail, please consider the latest ILCA 4 options, which are fully compatible with existing Laser 4.7 sailboats and class legal for racing:
For more info on ILCA vs Laser (and what it means!) visit our Laser vs ILCA Help Page
Laser 4.7 Sail by Hyde Sails, class legal for racing. Designed to work with the Laser 4.7 lower, a lower mast section that is slightly pre-bent and ideal for lower weight sailors as it offers less sail area and more control.
- Fits 4.7 rig
- Class Legal
- Sail #s included and installed free of charge (details below)
- Includes folded sail bag
- 50 square feet
- 3.8oz Dacron
Free Sail Numbers & Installation **
West Coast Sailing was the first to provide free sail numbers and we still do! This Laser sail includes free sail numbers and sail number installation. Enter your sail number in the fields above, select your preferred sail number type (outlined below), and our expert team will install them for you in accordance with class rules. Country codes for USA, CAN, and AUS are available for an additional $10. Custom country codes available for $25 and will incur an additional 10-14 day lead time for numbering.
** Please note that while most sails are numbered same day, sail number installation may delay shipment of your order by up to 24 hours to allow our staff time to accurately apply your sail number according to class rules. If you select a UPS Expedited Shipping service (UPS Next Day Air, UPS Second Day Air, or UPS 3 Day Select) at checkout AND have requested a sail number, your sail will be shipped with sail numbers loose, rather than installed, in order to ensure that the sail ships the same day it is ordered. If you need a sail number installed on an expedited sail please contact our Customer Support Team to determine if this is feasible.
How To Find Your Sail Number
All Laser sailboats have an ISAF issued sail number. This number can be found on a sticker on the aft wall of the cockpit. Sail numbers are required for sanctioned racing events to assist with scoring. Country codes are only required at international events, and only available in black.
Sail Number Options
There are four possible sail number combinations available. Most sailors prefer the Euro style numbers in Red/Black, which is our default. Enter your sail number in the fields above and we'll install it for you at no extra cost!
- Euro (Pre Cut) Red/Black - Numbered using the pre cut European style numbers, with first 2 digits in red, last 4 in black
- Euro (Pre Cut) Red/Blue -Numbered using the pre cut European style numbers, with first 2 digits in red, last 4 in blue
- Digital Eight - Red/Black - Numbered using Digital Eight style numbers, which our team cuts on install, with first 2 digits in red, last 4 in black
- Digital Eight - Red/Blue -Numbered using Digital Eight style numbers, which our team cuts on install, with first 2 digits in red, last 4 in blue
North vs Hyde Laser Sails: Myths & Facts
- Hyde sails are made in the Philippians and Norths are made in Sri Lanka. They are both cut to the same specifications to produce an identical shape using the exact same panel sizes/cuts. Both use the same weight cloth (3.8oz dacron).
- Hyde is flaked 24" wide from luff to leech and measures 24" x 10" when folded.
- North is flaked 20" wide from Leech to Luff and measures 20"x 12" when folded.
- Hyde - The Laser Logo is screened on the Starboard Side
- North - The Laser Logo is screened on the Port Side
- North sails are usually supplied with a small pack of tell-tails, Hydes are not.
- Hyde Has More Resin - There are some small physical differences between the two sails. The question is what is 'perceived' different, and what is actually physically different. If you feel both sails side by side, the biggest difference is that, generically speaking, the Hyde sails feel more 'slick'. The rumor is that there is more resin injected into the cloth, so the sail holds a shape better and is more durable.
- Hyde Sails Have a Tighter Leach - The Laser sail is very low tech compared to any modern sail design/cut/manufacturing. With that, there are some variations observable over a batch of say... 40-50 sails. The panels are uniform, but there could be small variations at the edges of each panel as it is cut. Additionally, as the panels attached to each other, there is a small margin for error that can sometime be seen.
- Hyde Cost More, so they must be better - Hyde and North's probably cost about the exact same to manufacture (not much in either case!). Hyde Sails just seem to have a longer distance to travel as they go through the UK before coming to the US. There was a rumor that the VAT tax added to the price, but that costs should be removed once a product is exported from the UK.
The Facts (Real World Experience)
Many of our customers swear by Hyde for serious racing because they last longer and have a better shape. The flip side is that some of our customers prefer the initial 'setup' of the North, even if it is perceived to have a slightly shorter lifespan. Keep in mind, we are dealing on the fringes of what is real and what is perceived. Top level sailors will go fast with either sail and intermediate sailors get a big boost from a new sail no matter what the brand. If you care for each sail the same, keep it clean and be careful not to flog it needlessly at the dock or while sailing, either brand should deliver solid and very similar results over it's lifespan.