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The Class was granted International Status by the IYRU in November 1981. While, no doubt, the class fulfilled the criteria used for such decisions at the time, there is no way that International Status would be granted so quickly today.
Canada, where Performance Sailcraft were based, was initially the most successful country and this success spilt over into USA. In comparison, the UK was slower to develop and it was really only in 1984 that the class grew rapidly in the UK, becoming the fastest growing double handed dinghy.
South Africa had a reasonably strong fleet in the early 1980s and other countries, like Brunei and Malaysia had keen fleets, mostly made up of ex-patriots at some clubs.
The class gained a foothold in Europe, with fleets in Germany and Italy, and at the end of the 1980's it became popular in Ireland. Holland always had a Laser 2 presence, but this became more active in the late 1990's.
New Zealand used the class as their Youth Boat and has been active during the 1990's although this has dropped back with the move away from the Laser 2 for the World Youth Championships. However, what New Zealand has lacked in quantity, they have certainly made up with quality – they've only sent 2 crews to the Laser 2 Worlds and one of them won and the other came 4th!
Mexico became more active in the Laser 2 in the late 1990's, sending teams to compete in North America and then to Europe in 2000 where they took the top two places at the European Championships.next