Dinghies Dinghy Information Development Classes

 

The following are ‘Development Classes’ (see Dinghy Classes section) at Dell Quay SC for 2010:

RS400

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rs400 do battle

Number of boats at DQSC (December 2009): 3

The RS400 is a fast, light two-man asymmetric dinghy that is an ideal candidate to fill an obvious gap in the Club’s line-up of adopted classes.

Photo : Courtesy of RS Class Association

Facts and Figures:

Designed by Phil Morrison in 1993 the RS400 is constructed from GRP/Foam sandwich by RS Racing and weighs 85Kg.  It is suitable for a combined crew weight in the range 135-165Kg and sails off a handicap of 952.

Highest registered number (November 2009): 1356

Number of new boats built in UK 2009: 7

 

 

RS Class Association : http://www.rs-association.com/

 

Laser

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Lasers do battle

 

Number of boats at DQSC (December 2009):Rather a lot!

The Laser is an extremely popular single-handed Olympic Class boat.  Formerly an Adopted Class at DQSC, it is seeking to boost turnouts to gain reinstatement.

Photo : Laura Hughes

Facts and Figures:

The Laser was designed by Bruce Kirby in 1971.  It is constructed from GRP, weighs 56.7Kg and is built by Laser Performance Europe Ltd.  Smaller rigs are available for those of lighter build.  It sails off a handicap of 1078.

Highest registered number (November 2009): 196690

Number of new boats in Europe 2009: 1890

http://www.laser.org.uk/

 

RS Feva

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rs feva XL

 

Number of boats at DQSC (December 2009): 5

The RS Feva is an asymmetric dinghy suited for juniors or small adults.  It is an ideal two-handed boat for younger teenagers and well-suited to the Club.

Photo : Courtesy of the RS Class Association

Facts and Figures:

Designed by Paul Handley/RS Sailboats in 2002, the RS Feva weighs 63Kg and is suitable for a combined crew weight in the range 80-115Kg.  It is built in polyethylene by RS Racing and sails off a handicap of 1189.

Highest registered number (November 2009): 3625

Number of new boats built in UK 2009: 579

RS Class Association : http://www.rs-association.com/

 

 

 

Topper

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toppers do battle

Number of boats at DQSC (December 2009): Rather a lot!

The Topper is a very light single-hander ideally suited for younger sailors.  It is a perfect boat for DQSC.

Photo : Laura Hughes

Facts and Figures:

The Topper was designed by Ian Proctor in 1976 and weighs just 43Kg.  It is manufactured in polypropylene by Topper International.  The Topper can be sailed by anyone weighing over 32Kg and sails off a handicap of 1290.

Highest registered number (November 2009): 46703

Number of new boats built in UK 2009: 250

Topper Class Association: http://www.gbrtopper.co.uk

 

Optimist

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Optimist fleet

The Optimist is a common starting boat for juniors: 85% of the medal-winning skippers at the 2008 Olympics were former Optimist helms including Ben Ainslie.  Masts can be raked and sails cut to suit individual helms so everyone can compete on an even basis.

Photo: Courtesy of UK Optimist Association

Facts and Figures:

The Optimist was designed in 1947 by Clark Mills and weighs just 35Kg.  It is very much for lighter juniors in the weight range 40-45Kg although the maximum age to race one is under 16.  These days Optimists are constructed in GRP and there are many UK builders.  Its handicap is 1646.

 

Highest registered UK number (December 2009): 6000

UK Optimist Class Association: www.optimistsailing.org.uk