Laser 1

 

The world’s most popular adult racing class.
Every Laser in the world is identical. The strict one-design class rules ensure this remains true, making it the sailor that wins the race, not the boat. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a singlehanded Olympic class boat, also sailed at club, national and international levels..

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Laser racing is nothing less than one-design competition in its purest form. The Laser boasts a long list of veterans who are Olympic Medalists, America's Cup Helmsman, and Collegiate All-Americans. Laser racing provides competitors the opportunity to race against sailors at the national level and emphasizes the skills necessary for anyone who aspires to reach this level. It's no wonder the International Sailing Federation awarded the Laser Olympic status!

Enterprise

 

The Enterprise dinghy is a two person, non trapeze, non spinnaker one design double chine hull dinghy. Designed by Jack Holt in 1956, the design has withstood the test of time and the class provides some of the best sailing and racing to be found anywhere. Over 20,000 are registered worldwide. It has exellent qualities both as a cruising and two-person racing boat. The Enterprise dinghy is also very seaworthy and can be sailed offshore with confidence.

It is a well established class which means that good class racing and open meeting racing is readily available all over the country. The National Enterprise Week usually attracts over a hundred entries. The class is also growing at a rate of approximately one hundred new boat registrations every year.

Enterprises are constructed using a variety of materials. A large proportion of new boats are glass fibre with a new style of interior layout. Alternatives are the composite boat for those who like wooden decks without the fuss of fitting out a wooden hull. You can also obtain a conventional all-wooden boat from one of the specialist builders, or one of the newer wood/epoxy boats built in a mould and to a simplified internal design/layout.

Secondhand Enterprise dinghies can be purchased for a couple of hundred pounds. They are invariably of wooden construction and care must be taken when buying one that needs a lot of work.

RS 200

The RS200, designed in 1995, is a two person 13' long modern racing dinghy. It features an uncomplicated asymmetric spinnaker and low sheet loads on the sail controls. It can be sailed by almost anyone, and all up weights of between 16 and 26 Stone can be competitive. This makes it particularly popular for parents to sail with children, or for two adults. They are not a beginners boat however.

An open transom allows the RS200 to virtually self drain after a capsize and a moulded self bailer quickly removes any remaining water. It features a asymmetric spinnaker with single line hoist and system which is very easy to use.

Decent competitive second hand boats can be bought for about £3,500. RS200's , like many of the RS range hold their vaue extremely well.
   

Solo

 

The National Solo dinghy is a classic, one-design, single handed dinghy. Designed by Jack Holt in 1956, the Solo dinghy still remains popular today.

While quite lively the Solo dinghy is not as physically demanding as a Laser or many of the other single crew designs. It is available in wood, composite or fibreglass and developments in rig technology mean that it can be sailed competitively by helms from nine and a half to sixteen stones.

Good Solo dinghies can be obtained secondhand for as little as £500. At this sort of price the age is less important than the condition. As with all wooden boats a thorough check should be made for rot. In addition to buying secondhand Solos are available as a kit, part-built or complete. Plans available from the RYA for a completely DIY boat.

RS Vareo

 

The RS Vareo is a spinnaker powered single-hander that brings exciting performance within reach for all sailors – and even offers space for an occasional crew. The stable hull, responsive rig and easy handling systems make the RS Vareo an attainable challenge, while two mainsail size options allow the relative novice to cut their teeth and expand the boat in line with growing experience. If you are looking for a small boat that can help build the skills for performance sailing, or if you are looking for a family boat that you can also race competitively, the RS Vareo is an excellent choice.

Designer Phil Morrison - Length 4.25m (14') - Beam 1.57m (5'2") - Hull weight 68kg (155lb) -
Sailing weight 93kg (205lb) - Mylar sail 8.8m2 (94sqft) - Dacron sail 8m2 (85sqft) - Mylar "Storm" sail 7.2m2 (78sqft) - Spinnaker 10m2 (108sqft)

 

Flying Fifteen

 



The Flying Fifteen (Flying 15) is a twenty foot long two handed keelboat. It is suited to a wide range of crew weights, and can easily be sailed by mixed crews. It was designed by Uffa Fox in 1947. The design has changed little over the years, but the rig and materials used have.

As the class has developed, the older boats have become less competitive against the newer boats in stronger winds so two "sub-fleets" have been created, the Classics and the Silvers. Classics are Fifteens with sail numbers of 2700 and below, but in addition boats built by Copland, Shepherd and Wyche & Coppock with sail numbers over 2700 are also eligible for Classic status.

The Silvers are boats with sail numbers in the range 2701 - 3200 (which are not Classics). These limits were chosen as they mark the introduction of the Windebank IV and Windebank IX designs, both of which showed significant improvements in performance on previous designs.

From 2015 MNSC accepts Flying 15 boats up to and including sail number 3400. This means that the club is now open to the 'Classic' and 'Silver' fleets of the class.

 

Illusion

 



The Illusion is a one-design keelboat, based on a scaled-down version of Lionheart, the British 12 Metre Class yacht and designed by Jo Richards and Neil Graham in 1981. These peformance single-handed boats offer superb racing in nearly any conditions, by sailors of all weights and ages.
Boats are equipped with a standard main, roller furling genoa and spinnaker, plus running rigging.

In the Illusion, the skipper lies along the top of the 160kg keel, feet resting on the steering bar, leaving both hands free to control the sails. Sheets, guys, genoa furling and other sail controls are conventional. Bodyweight is no problem - with the aid of corrector weights skippers can sail at a set bodyweight of 100kgs, giving level racing in all conditions. The Illusion has four separate buoyancy tanks and a heavy-duty manual bilge pump.

LOA: 3.70m/12' - Beam: 0.85m/33" - Draft: 0.69m/27" - Mainsail: 3.4sqm/34sqft - Genoa: 3sqm/30sqft - Spinnaker: 4.5sqm/45sqft - Racing weight: 320kgs incl. skipper