Sept 13, 2018

Bruce Kirby

Credit : courtesy CBC

On Thursday last week, at age 88, Bruce Kirby has been invested into the Order of Canada for his contributions to the sport. Besides representing Canada three times at the Olympics, Kirby's biggest contribution to the sport of sailing is the design of the popular Laser dinghy.

Kirby designed the boat in 1969 after his friend and boatmaker Ian Bruce asked him to design a sailboat small enough to be carried on top of a car. Kirby has designed over other 50 boats, but none have come close to the popularity of the Laser.

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