So deeman since I just started sailing lasers this year I pretty much suck at the whole launching and retrieval thing too. Here are some techniques I have developed. At our yacht club we have a dock area for launching the lasers and the wind is almost always blowing in towards shore which makes for some interesting launches. The first few times I just rigged up everything on land and tipped it off the dock into the water. Once it was in the water I hopped into the water, inserted daggerboard/rudder and then just sailed off like I had capsized it anywhere else. This seems to work well other than you start off the day getting wet. Now I've become a little more refined and can get it into the water right side up. For this I rig everything except the mainsheet and leave the rudder and daggerboard out of the boat (actually on the dock so there isn't any chance of me messing them up). I slip the boat into the water and then tie it off so it won't be banging against anything. One big point here is that you rotate the mast the right way to make sure the cunningham and outhaul don't get twisted, i.e. if you turned the boat clockwise to enter the water you need to turn it counter-clockwise once it's in the water. Then I hop into the boat and finish rigging everything and then just sail out. I've tried leaving the clew untied but this seems harder to rig in the water than the mainsheet. Coming back to the dock is a bigger challenge. As I suck at downwind sailing and coming back to the dock is almost always downwind things get interesting. I've developed three key strategies for this. 1. Come screaming in and when I get close enough to shore round up hard (possibly capsizing) hop out of the boat, grab the bow and walk/swim it over to the dock. This seems to work well if there is nobody else around and you don't mind getting wet. 2. A slightly more refined method of the above. I come in and round up a little bit further from shore. Then I untie the main sheet from the boom-end block, release the vang and drift in backwards. This works pretty well except I suck at steering in reverse and usually have to hop out to get over to the dock anyways. 3. Same as above method except I untie the clew of the sail. Then I can usually turn down towards the dock and sail in like normal except with the sail flapping out infront of me. I still haven't perfected my timing/aim to get me perfectly right up against the dock but at least it doesn't look like I'm going to ram the shore while coming in anymore. After making it to the dock if people are around I have them help me get it back out of the water as is. If I'm by myself I'll tie it up and de-rig everything in the boat and take out the mast/sail before I try and drag it back up onto the trolley. This way the boom and sail aren't flying around during the delicate task of lifting the boat out of the water. Basically I take my time and don't worry about looking like an idiot. Also I've gone a few times now while the highschool team has been out practicing and it's good to launch/retrieve while they are around as all of them are better than you at it and have no problems with telling you what you did wrong.