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The first Laser 2 World Championships were held in 1989 at Kingston in Canada as part of CORK. This event was dominated by the North Americans, with Charlie Hancock & John Curtis of Canada winning the event. Second was a youthful Peter Katcha & Mike Nunes of USA.
Since this inaugural event, the Laser 2 Worlds have been held in alternate years. The next was at Hayling Island in England, which saw a fleet of 167 boats in 1991. Again North America took the first two places, but with the countries reversed : Mark Mendelblatt & Nick Cromwell of USA took first, followed by Jeremy McIntyre & Ward Cromwell of Canada.
In 1993 the fleet travelled to the beautiful Lake Como in Italy where the North Americans finally sacrificed the crown to Roger & Suzi Ford, followed by Alex McMillan & Jonny Meers, both of the UK.
Florida was next with Sarasota Sailing Squadron hosting an excellent event in 1995. Here Peter Katcha capped his second, sixth and third places at the previous events, by winning with his crew, Rob Dean.
After the warmth of Florida, we went to the cold and damp of Ireland where we were looked after by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in 1997. The Irish hospitality was only matched by the Irish weather, but it did not seem to upset New Zealanders Matthew Davies & Nathan Handley who won the event and then went on to win the ISAF World Youth Championships later that year.
After ten year's absence, in 1999, we returned to Kingston in Canada for another great event, with the Canadians once again winning in their own country – this time it was Pierre-Olivier Roy & James Sauter, followed by long standing Laser 2 campaigners Kevin Teborek & Ryan Donahue of USA.
(Note added later)The true international nature of the Class was shown in the 2001 event held in Wales. This time Kevin Teborek & Ryan Donahue were victorious, with four nationalities in the top 5 places and the result all down to the last race.next
Full results for the latest Championships, and top 5 for the rest, are available.