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Bruce Kirby
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A Canadian newspaperman and former editor of Yacht Racing (predecessor to Sailing World), Bruce Kirby is best known for designing the Laser. Kirby started as a reporter in Montreal before editing Yacht Racing and, in his spare time, taking up yacht design and drawing the Laser.

In 1970 Kirby became editor of Yacht Racing & Cruising (later Yacht Racing) where he stayed until 1975. Despite his duties with the magazine, Kirby was still designing boats which began with the International 14 class. Kirby designs won the world championships in 1958 and 1961. It was in 1969 that Kirby drew the Laser, one of the most successful sailboats ever. More than 200,000 have been built and it is currently an Olympic class.

Kirby represented Canada at the Olympics games in 1956, 1964, and 1968.

Among his other designs are two America's Cup 12-Meters, Canada I and II, the Apollo, Sonar, Kirby 25, and 30, and Ideal 18 and San Juan 24. The latter with over a thousand built since its debut. Kirby also served as both designer and skipper on Runaway, Canada's entry in the 1981 Admirals Cup.
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NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
TRINKA 12 12.00' / 3.66m 1990
IOTA 12.25' / 3.73m 1986
LASER 13 13.29' / 4.05m 1988
LASER (INTERNATIONAL) 13.74' / 4.19m 1970
LASER RADIAL 13.74' / 4.19m 1982
PIXEL 13.75' / 4.19m 2003
LASER 4.7 13.78' / 4.20m 2000
KIRBY TORCH 13.92' / 4.24m 2014
APOLLO 16 15.75' / 4.80m 1977
IDEAL 18 17.85' / 5.44m 1989
FOX 18 (KIRBY) 18.50' / 5.64m 1981
MYSTIC MINI-TON 21.50' / 6.55m 1977
DS-22 21.67' / 6.61m 1983
VISION 660 21.67' / 6.61m 1976
SONAR 23.00' / 7.01m 1980
BLAZER 23 (KIRBY) 23.00' / 7.01m 1988
KIRBY 23 23.00' / 7.01m 1985
SAN JUAN 23 23.00' / 7.01m 1975
SAN JUAN 23-2 23.00' / 7.01m 1977
SAN JUAN 24 24.00' / 7.32m 1973
SEIDELMANN 24-1 24.18' / 7.37m 1981
MIRAGE 25 (KIRBY) 25.00' / 7.62m 1979
KIRBY 25 25.17' / 7.67m 1974
KIRBY 1/4 T 25.92' / 7.90m 1975
TRAPPER 300 26.25' / 8.00m 1976
KIRBY 8M 26.33' / 8.03m 1978
KIRBY 30 29.67' / 9.04m 1976
SAN JUAN 30 29.86' / 9.10m 1975
MIRAGE 30 SX 30.00' / 9.14m 1985
NORTH CASTLE 30 30.00' / 9.14m 1986
TICON 34 33.67' / 10.26m 1983
NIGHTWIND 35 34.67' / 10.57m 1980
KIRBY 36 35.90' / 10.94m 1983
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