The Optimist is safe and stable. Its simplicity makes it ideal as a sailing school boat. The stability of the boat comes from its hard chine design and small sail area. This gives the boat high initial stability. The boat has enough adjustments to be challenging (boom vang, outhaul, sprit halyard, and sail ties). The simplicity of the rig allows the skipper to concentrate on what's important in learning to sail--wind direction, puffs, shifts, waves, etc.
Number in fleet: 14
The Oppi is a simpler, more robust version, of the classic learn to sail Optimist dinghy.
Number in fleet: 8
The Laser was designed by Canadian Bruce Kirby and is one of the most successful single-handed sailboats in the world. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques as well as tactical excellence. The Laser is the single-handed Olympic class dinghy and is raced on the Club, National and International Class levels. There are two commonly raced rigs for the laser. "Full-Rig" has a larger sail area of 76 sq ft and “Radial” with a smaller sail area of 61 sq ft. It is the Radial that is more commonly sailed by smaller lighter sailors.
Number in fleet: 10
The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as a World Sailing International Class. There are 56,000 boats which have been built worldwide. This popular dinghy is sailed at school, club, open, national and international levels. Built in buoyancy tanks make the boat very safe even when inverted. The 420 is the youth development boat in 43 countries around the world. It is the equipment for the two-person dinghy boys and two-person dinghy girls event at the Youth Sailing World Championships, the pinnacle youth event in the world.
Number in fleet: 17
RPSA is the owner of a Columbia 27 (8.3) cruiser named Orane. The 8.3 is a wonderful boat to sail. The wide beam and moderately heavy displacement give it a very mannerly motion in heavy seas. She'll also tend to stay more upright as the breeze kicks up. The keel design allows for arrow straight tracking while not sacrificing maneuverability in close quarters. The calculated hull speed using LWL (length at the Water Line) 21' and the formula Hull Speed = 1.34 x Square Root of LWL yields 6 knots.
RPSA is the owner of a "Sloop-rigged" C&C fiberglass 29-foot yacht. Like many of C&C's production racer/cruisers, the Beethoven is fun on the water, with a competitive edge for club racing, yet easily converted to comfortable family cruising. Beethoven sleeps five in two cabins, with the comforts of home represented by a kerosene heater, three-burner stove and ice refrigerator. She’s fitted with a compass and depth sounder. Beethoven is powered by a 15 hp Yanmar engine, and boasts 422 sq. ft. of sails." The calculated hull speed of the Beethoven using LWL (length at the Water Line) 23.5' and the formula Hull Speed = 1.34 x Square Root of LWL yields Approximately 6.5 knots.