Optimist

The International Optimist, or’ Oppy’ as it is known, is an 8 foot, single-handed pram type dinghy designed in 1947 specifically for children under the age of 16.Since it’s introduction it has been phenomenally successful. There are an estimated 250,000 worldwide and over 60 countries are members of the International Class Association

  • 2.36m long, 1.12 wide. Weight 35kg.

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Laser Pico

The Pico is a beginners to improvers boat with a high boom and self draining cockpit. It was designed in 1995 by Olympic medallist Jo Richards. The Pico offers a combination of qualities rarely found in one boat.For the beginner, she is stable, vice free and simple enough for almost anyone to get in and sail away. More advanced users will delight in her responsive nature and surprisingly brisk performance.

  • 3.50m long, 1.43m wide. Weight 60kg.

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Laser

The Laser dinghy is a popular one-design class of small sailing dinghy. It is a single handed boat, meaning that it is sailed by one person. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance.The Laser dinghy became an Olympic-class boat in 1996. Over 175,000 Laser dinghies have been built. Due to its relatively low cost, responsive handling and single-design restrictions, the Laser dinghy is the most widely-owned small sailing dinghy in the world, and the most popular racing class.

  • 4.23m long, 1.42m wide. Weight 59kg.

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RS Tera

The Tera is a one-design racing dinghy, based on the principle that race results should be determined by sailing skill, and not who can afford the best equipment. A responsive planing boat, described by RS as ‘unsinkable’, the Tera should provide everything needed in a dinghy – fun, safety and flexibility in its role. Ideal for youngsters and adults, and a lightweight means launching and recovering is easy, even for the younger generation.

  • 2.87m long, 1.23wide. Weight 33kg.

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RS Feva

The RS Feva was originally designed by Paul Handley as a youth trainer for children in the 11-14 age group. The Feva hull has the shape of a scaled down 49er, with a flat planing bottom running well aft. There are several runner-type strakes that stiffen this flat area and provide added protection for beaching and haulout. The deck/cockpit structure is clean and simple with little to bang shins or knees. The cockpit floor slopes aft to an open transom, so that it drains immediately.

  • 3.64m long, 1.42wide. Weight 63kg.

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RS Vision

The RS Vision is a larger dinghy for use with a group of up to three children and an instructor. The Vision is a stable boat, which rights easily if capsized, and even the most unlearned of sailors will find it difficult to invert. A spinnaker and trapeze means high performance, high speed racing for the adept crew. Furthermore, a quick reefing system means that should winds increase, beginners will have no need to panic. The keyword with the Vision, as with the other RS designs, is versatility.

  • 4.6m long, 1.75wide. Weight 125kg.

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