The Albacore is the largest boat sailed at Winsford Flash.
a two-person boat, it can have three crew. Due to its construction it is
light for its size and is easy to manage out of the water. Albacores were
originally built from laminated and moulded plywood but are also available
in glass fibre.
Class web address www.albacore.org.uk
Although Comets have only recently been adopted by W.F.S.C. they
have rapidly become one of our largest and most competitive fleets.
Comets are a modern glass fibre one-person dinghy with a single
mainsail and a roomy cockpit.
Class web address
The Enterprise is one of the most popular traditional two-person,
race sailing dinghies. Most have been built from marine plywood, but there
are GRP versions available.
The Enterprise is a relatively simple design, but has good
performance. The foresail is quite
small compared to the mainsail and
can be managed by lighter crews.
The RS 200 is a modern boat incorporating the
latest ideas on hull design and rigging.
It particularly appeals to sailors who have prior experience of performance
The large asymmetrical spinnaker gives the crew plenty to do and provides
Class web address www.rs-association.com
The GP 14 is well-established class
boat at Winsford Flash. Like the Enterprise, GP's come in traditional
wooden construction and glass fibre. It is a substantially built boat and
heavier than say an Enterprise but this gives it stability. The GP 14 is a
two-person boat with a spinnaker, a mainsail, and a large foresail.
There is a club GP 14 available for hire.
The Laser is one of the most popular boats in the
world and an established Olympic class.
This does not mean they are difficult to sail, there are three sizes of
mainsail to suit a range of body weights and abilities.
There is a club Laser available for hire.
The Topper is a small single-handed boat
primarily for young people. It is perfect as an introduction to racing and
as a teaching boat. The hull is moulded from plastic and the rig is a
simple single sail. There are lots of Toppers being sailed at clubs around
the country so it should be easy to find one.
WFSC have club owned Toppers for training and hire.
Class web address www.topper.freeserve.co.uk
The Mirror is probably one of the most popular small boats in the world.
Like the MINI, everyone has owned a Mirror. Originally constructed from
single panels of marine plywood as a DIY project and sponsored by the Daily
Mirror, the class caters for everyone from beginners to the most
competitive of young developing sailors.
Prices range from a hundred pounds or less up to thousands for a competitive
winning boat. The latest hulls are available in glass fibre.
Class web site
The Miracle was developed from the Mirror.
It is longer and has a more efficient and simple mast rig.
The Miracle is especially suitable for two
teenagers or an adult and young crew such as a daughter or son. Like some
of the other boats it is available in wood or glass fibre construction.
Class web site www.miracledinghy.org
W.F.S.C. is primarily a racing club. In order to
maintain a competitive level of racing the types of boats that we sail on
the Flash are limited to certain classes.
Only adopted classes (the ones above) are allowed to
sail in Points races. Unadopted boats can take part in Handicap races with
the permission of the General Committee.
Some types of boats are unsuitable for sailing on the
Flash, Multi-hulled craft, high performance boats with trapeze harnesses
etc, large boats over a certain length (see the rule book). If you have one
of these type of boats or any unadopted boat, and you intend to join the
club speak to the Vice Commodore Sailing beforehand.
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