What dinghies can you sail at Spinnaker?

The Sailing Committee allows any monohull up to 5m long with a PY No between that of an Optimist and a Fireball, on the lake. However, you are encouraged to sail one of the Club’s “adopted” classes. These are boats which are especially suitable for our lake, and are capable of sailing well to their handicaps. Fellow class sailors are always ready to help newcomers and importantly, adopted class boats have priority for dinghy parking spaces and membership admissions each year. All other boats come under the heading of being non-adopted classes. Please note that the use of trapezes will not be allowed on any boat during any race.
Each boat listed below is shown with its standard RYA PY number and then in brackets the PY number now used by the club for calculating results in handicap races.

Adopted Classes

Optimist

Optimist

A very small (7’9”) pram dinghy of wood or GRP with a single sprit sail. Designed for youngsters from 6 to 15. Suitable for learning but raced internationally to a very high standard. Very strong Class Association with a structured race training scheme nationally. Cheap boats are available for learning from around £250. Newer, top quality GRP boats cost between £1500 – £2500. Anyone contemplating joining with children aged between 7 and 14 who want to sail their own boat are strongly advised to consider the Optimist. [PY 1646].

For club Optimist news click here.

For further details you can visit the International Optimist Class Association (UK) website at www.optimistsailing.org.uk

Topper

Topper

A single-handed robust 11’1” polypropylene hull with an unstayed mast and single coloured sail. Originally designed as a beach boat and easily car topped with an extensive racing circuit. It is an RYA approved Junior class. Most suitable for teenagers and light adults. Excellent for gaining experience and cheap to purchase. New class rules now allow centre main sheeting and proper controls for Cunningham, Kicker, etc making this boat much more manageable. Boats range from £400 to £2500. [PY 1290 (1355)].

For club Topper news click here.

For further details you can visit the International Topper Class Association (Great Britain) website at www.gbrtopper.co.uk

Solo

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A single-handed 12’5” boat with a hull of wood or GRP and a fully-battened sail. The boat carries a wide range of helms weight and performs well in most conditions. There is a very competitive racing circuit around the country, and a very active Class Association. Solos are built by a variety of builders and if you’re considering serious competitive sailing, review the current trends before buying. Second-hand boats range from £300 to £6000. [PY 1155].

For club Solo news click here.

For further details you can visit the National Solo Class Association website at www.solosailing.org

Laserh

Laser

An extremely successful 13’ 10” single-hander with very simple rigs. It is now an Olympic class. The hull is GRP, with a choice of 3 rigs: Full, Radial and 4.7, catering for almost any size, shape or ability, with all 3 being RYA approved for Senior, Youth and Junior levels. It has a small self draining cockpit which makes the Laser quick and easily righted after a capsize. There are many second-hand boats available from £500. A newer, competitive second-hand boat will cost around £1700. Novices should start in light winds but with experience, Lasers can be sailed when everything else has packed up in windier conditions. [PY 1078 (1111); Radial 1101 (1144); 4.7 1176 (1233)]

For club Laser news click here.

For further details you can visit the UK Laser Association website at www.laser.org.uk

Firefly

Firefly

A 12’ Bermudan rigged dinghy available in wood or GRP. Designed to be sailed two handed by teenagers, adults and family combinations. Easily managed by the ladies and also single handed in moderate conditions. Favourably handicapped can be quite fast. There is a good national racing circuit and a very strong team racing circuit. Old second hand boats can be obtained very cheaply (£300) and refurbished into fully competitive condition. Newer second-hand GRP boats cost from £2500. [PY 1162].

For club Firefly news (via the handicap news) click here.

For further details you can visit the National Firefly Class Association website at www.fireflysailing.co.uk

 

Adopted Classes with ‘Handicap’ Status

National 12

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Lively 12’ Bermudan rigged restricted class. The hulls and rigs vary within fairly wide limits. The boats have evolved into many designs, some better at sea, others stronger inland. Older boats are cheaper (from £500) and can sometimes still be competitive, especially on inland waters, or in light conditions. Ply or GRP examples are available. A newer competitive example might cost around £3000. Current sails can be of clear Mylar. A good racing circuit and strong Class Association exist. The Club offers a variable PY number scheme based on the age of the boat. [PY 1096 (1093–1130)].

For club N12 news (via the handicap news) click here.

For further details you can visit the National 12 Association website at www.national12.org.

Enterprise

Enterprise

Roomy 14’ two man dinghy of GRP or plywood for racing, or cruising. Boats are readily available second hand, and are ideally suited for the lake. Suitable for 2 adults sailing together, or an adult and junior in light to medium conditions. There is a very strong national racing circuit and Class Association. Costs range from £300 to £5000. [PY 1116].

For club Enterprise news (via the handicap news) click here.

For further details you can visit the Enterprise Association website at www.sailenterprise.org.uk.

RS Feva

Feva

12’ Rotomoulded dinghy with a big cockpit and high boom make the Feva really comfortable for youngsters and adults. Single handed or with a crew the Feva is the perfect size and has versatile rig options that allow easy handling by one sailor, family crews or friends. Her high volume hull makes light work of heavy sailors. For novice to racer, not only is the Feva confidence inspiring and very easy to sail, but she is also the fastest of her type. Reasonably priced, with a good racing circuit. An RYA recognised Junior class. Use of the asymmetric spinnaker for racing at Spinnaker Club has been given dispensation. Costs range from £1000 to £3500. [PY 1189 (1250)].

For further details you can visit the RS Class Association website at www.rs-association.com.

RS Vision

 Vision

15’ Rotomoulded dinghy with a huge cockpit and high boom make the Vision really comfortable for a family crew. A very stable boat with a self draining cockpit. The Vision can be sailed in all weathers thanks to single line reefing and a furling jib A popular boat for club racing or just cruising. Use of the asymmetric spinnaker for racing at Spinnaker Club has been given dispensation. Costs range from £3000 to £5500. [PY 1079 (1146)].

For further details you can visit the RS Class Association website at www.rs-association.com.