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Recommended Classes

This summary of classes is to help you choose a boat to sail at Staunton Harold . It does NOT cover all the classes that are available, but instead concentrates on the ones that are particularly suitable for racing at SHSC. Choosing a class that has a regular following at the club is very important:

  • You immediately "join the community" of that class.
  • You can get advice and guidance, help and support from existing class members.
  • There is a range of second-hand boats, bits and a good source of second-hand sails if yours need replacing!
  • When the time comes to upgrade or replace the boat, you should still find a good second-hand market.
  • Comet

    Plenty of sail area make Comets exciting to sail – easily onto the plane when the wind picks up but with great light wind performance due to the light, easily driven hull.
    If you are looking for a single handed boat capable of coping with all conditions look no further! Fast but forgiving, race it competitively or for fun – enjoyment is guaranteed.

  • Fireball

    The Fireball is a two-person boat with trapeze and symmetric spinnaker. Crew weight of 127-158Kg (20-25 stone). A high performance two person symmetric spinnaker racing dinghy. Fast and exhilarating yet forgiving enough for beginners. Designed in 1962, very popular worldwide with numbers over 15000. Wooden or fibreglass. Available for any price from £500 to £10,000. The Fireball is suitable for all wind conditions, on any style of race course making it an excellent choice for sailing at Staunton Harold reservoir.

  • GP14

    The GP14 fleet at Staunton Harold comprises around 10 boats. Three or more can be seen racing competitively each weekend and during the week or cruising our pleasant waters. The fleet members are a mixture of gender and age. GP14 members at Staunton Harold can be found travelling to Open meetings, Area Championships, and Regattas held on inland waters or on the coast.

  • Laser

    At SHSC we are fortunate to have a very active racing Laser membership across the spectrum of abilities. Competitive sailors can enjoy racing alongside (or slightly behind) accomplished and renowned champions, whilst newcomers to the fleet find plenty of accompaniment throughout the race. Due to the high number of competitors, final positions can vary greatly from race to race which keeps the fleet vibrant and exciting.

  • Menagerie

    Any boat with a Portsmouth Yardstick number no lower than 900, and which does not have a fixed keel, may sail on the Clubs water and take part in racing. Sailboards are also welcome.

  • Optimist

    An optimist is a perfect boat to learn to sail and have fun in yet can extend to being in a big competitive event with 300+ boats. It is a boat that you can start sailing as a beginner, or compete as an experienced sailor. Optimists are made of wood, plastic or glass fibre and anyone can sail one up to about 50kg body weight. It is a RYA recognised junior class, up to age 15 and can be very competitive and great fun.

  • RS200

    The RS200 is ideally suited to sailing the shifty winds at Staunton Harold Sailing Club. She is a fantastic two person non-trapeze high performance asymmetric racing dinghy, aimed at crew weights 17 to 23 stone. The RS200 provides fun and excitement for helm and crew of all ages.

  • Scorpion

    The Scorpion is a modern boat. Since its design and first launch in 1960, the Scorpion has adopted developments over the years to become the present modern competitive sailing dinghy.

  • Solo

    The National Solo is a classic, one-design, single handed dinghy. Designed by Jack Holt in 1956,the Solo remains a popular dinghy, sailed at many clubs in the UK, Holland and Australia.

    Originally designed in wood, competitive boats are now widely available in Foam Reinforced Plastic (FRP) or composite construction (FRP hull and wood deck) as well as wood.

  • 2000

    The 2000 (formally the Laser 2000) is a performance sailing dinghy designed by Phil Morrison and currently sold by RS Sailing. It combines a traditional GRP hull and foam sandwich deck moulding with a modern asymmetric rig including a furling jib, reefing mainsail and single line gennaker hoist system.

    A high boom provides plenty of headroom whilst the self-draining cockpit keeps the crew dry and drains quickly should the boat capsize.

    The 2000 has established an enviable record as a resilient and versatile design; docile and forgiving for novices yet an exhilarating sail for more advanced sailors.

    Since its introduction in 1998 more than 2,200 boats have been built.

  • Topper

    The Topper requires little maintenance, is easily rigged in a matter of minutes, is rugged and safe for beginners and is an exciting race boat too as your skills develop and like the Mirror and Optimist is car-toppable so transporting a Topper is a simple task. The aluminum mast comes in two sections allowing the spars to be stored within the length of the boat (and easily transported by car), combined with a swivelling mast gate enables you to erect the mast single-handed. The standard 5.2sq m sail can be reefed around the mast to reduce sail area or you can use the new 4.2sq m sail.

  • RS Feva

    The RS Feva is a two person youth class, though it is also sailed and raced by parents plus child or by an adult single handed.

    It was designed in 2002 and over 2000 have now been built. Crew weight 80-115Kg (12 to 18 stone). The asymmetric kite provides great training practise for many of the other modern classes, while the polypropelene construction makes it very tough.

  • 420

    The 420 is an established performance two person trapeze and spinnaker youth racing dinghy. There are 56,000 worldwide. This popular dinghy is sailed at school, club, open, national and international levels.
    Ideal crew weight range 100kg-130kg

  • Windsurfing

    Windsurfing is often recognised as an extreme sport that provides limitless thrills and excitement in a range of disciplines. However, it is also a great way for the whole family to enjoy a beach holiday or have an active day out on the water at a more laid back pace. Whether your aspirations are to ride big waves, to compete in slalom or course racing, to sail freestyle, or just to sail for fun whilst on holiday with the family, there will be something for you.

  • Mirror

    The Mirror is one of the World’s most popular double-handed sailing dinghies.
    Probably responsible for introducing more to the delights of sailing than any
    other design, some have even gone on to win Olympic medals. It’s a proper little
    boat with a conventional spinnaker. It’s also light and easily transportable.
    Manufactured in wood or GRP a boat can be found for all budgets. With its deep
    ‘sit-in’ cockpit, it inspires confidence for sailors of all ages. It is easy to sail but a
    challenge to sail well! Most suitable for families with young children or junior
    teams. Can also be sailed single-handed.