The Laerling is a small keelboat and it's extraordinarily suited for teaching children how to sail on all levels. The Laerling is a product from the same drawing board as the well-known Olympic class Soling and Yngling.
The Laerling is a two-person youth boat. This sets the Laerling apart from the Optimist and enables children to easily make the shift to a larger keelboat.
Children can sail with each other, yet at the same time the Laerling has ample room to accommodate an adult as well.
Jan Herman Linge, who began to build these small boats in 1976, designed the Laerling. There is a worldwide interest in the Laerling because it is safe and complete. They are popular among the biggest sailing schools in the Netherlands and all the way up to Disney World.
In 2005 Vincent de Heer acquired the rights to produce and sell the Laerling. In 2007 the Laerling was provided with a rubber nose and a self-draining cockpit, which makes the Laerling even more attractive.