Notes from the Committee Boat

Sunfish Class

Sunfish Class

It is your favorite cottage sailboat.  It is your sailing option at most all-inclusive resorts.  It is the only open, single-handed class in the Pan-Am games.  It is also one of the most popular and raced dinghy classes in the world.  The Sunfish is arguably the most accessible sailboat ever made.

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International Eight Metre Class

International Eight Metre Class

The next class we are showcasing is the International Eight Metre.  The “eights” are a storied class designed explicitly for racing and was based on the 1907 International Rule.  When we featured the International One Metre (IOM) a few weeks ago, we noted the flexibility in hull design.  The 8mR follows the international rule which dictates a specific formula that allows for a set waterline length and beam.  Initially the First International Rule set a waterline length of 8 meters and contributed to the long overhangs and resulting beauty of these special sailboats.  The 8mR was also an Olympic Class...

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Buccaneer Class

Buccaneer Class

The next sailing vessel we are showcasing is the Buccaneer (dinghy) class.  This 2-person heavy-weight dinghy is a great example of a classic fractional rigged sloop.  Originally designed in 1966, and in production ever since, the Buccaneer comes in with an overall length of 18’ (5.5m), hull weight of 500lbs.  Combined with a planing hull and spinnaker it  fits perfectly into family of dinghy classes that is used successfully for teaching, cottage sailing, and one-design racing. Why did we choose this class for the Sailing Vessel Class Insignia poster?  For one, having not just one but two crossed sabers on...

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Notes from the Committee Boat v0.9

Notes from the Committee Boat v0.9

Sailing News As you know, we've been following the plights of many sailors around the world as they deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.  The New York Times had a great article today diving into greater detail about different challenges for sailors and cruisers of all types.The sailing community is dealing with things very differently.  Massive charter yachts are readily available but essentially not able to receive guests with all the travel restrictions now in place.  Some charter companies ate offering "isolation charters," essentially an option to anchor in place for weeks at time.  Finally, the smaller sailboat owners who...

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Notes from the Committee Boat v0.8

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Notes from the Committee Boat v0.8

With many countries, ports, marinas, and even the water now all locked down, sailing to get away from everything is not as easy as it was a few weeks ago.  We have been following the adventures of a few cruising families as they navigate this unprecedented time.  From @livethevoyage, @la vagabond, @sailingnadine, and @sailing_nandji each has navigated the rapidly changing rules and regulations with humour and a positive outlook.

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