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Boat Classes

Which boat should I sail?

One of the confusing things about the UK dinghy sailing scene is the sheer number of different classes that are available for you to choose from: boats for one, two or three people, with one, two or three sails. Sit-out or sit-in, trapeze or racks, spinnaker or not? Weight equalised or not, big or small, fast or manoeuvrable? And that is before you consider your budget, availability and the return on your investment, i.e. is the boat going to fulfil your requirements be that leisurely family sailing with a crew of four or giving you a fair chance of competing in the Sunday racing as a single or double hander. Then there is the consideration for the resale value should you wish to upgrade or simply seek a new experience in a couple of years. So if you are feeling confused don't panic, we have all been there and many members will be glad to provide insight and assistance, just remember that everybody thinks their class of boat is best of course!

The Yachts and Yachting magazine publishes a "Racing Classes Review" each year comparing around 175 different classes - while we don't have quite that many racing at Burghfield, there are at least 25 different classes represented in the club racing results, and quite a few more that sail on a Saturday in the Admiral Club and within the recreational sailing community.

This summary of classes is to help you choose a boat to sail at Burghfield. It does NOT cover all the classes that are available, but instead concentrates on the ones that are particularly suitable for sailing or racing at Burghfield.

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, accessories 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.

Apologies if we have missed out your favourite class, if you think it is worthy of being added to this list and will be of benefit to members looking for their next boat please let us know and we will look to add it.

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