The Optimist is really an excellent boat for a young person to learn to sail. It remains the only boat to be approved by the International Sailing
Federation exclusively for sailors under 16 years old. Sailed by 150,000 Sailors worldwide in 110 Countries, it is the biggest dinghy class in the world, and the fastest growing.
Optimist Sailing provides a platform where Boys and Girls can compete on an equal basis, in fact the yearly rankings often show a 50/50 split. Typically the sailors start learning to sail at around 9 years of age ,but 11 or 12 years old is not to late to start, even to get to the top of the fleet.
Young people can Sail at what ever level they wish. Some may wish to follow the circuit of events around the country and some are happy to sail at home here in Skerries for the season. Either way, most parents find that sailing gives young people a great sense of personal achevement.At the very least they will have great memories of sailing in Skerries Sailing Club.
Designed by Clarke Mills in Florida in 1947.
Each boat is marked with a Blue numbered label called a ISAF Building fee plaque .This plaque ,subject to measurement allows the boat to be sailed at
events from local events to worldwide .
The Mirror was first promoted as a boat that would provide affordable sailing enjoyment for the whole family. In many countries the role has shifted to that of a youth training boat. This trend is evident in the results of international competition. The last six Mirror World's have been won by young adult helmsmen.
For those of you who’d like to sail in a single-handed boat after leaving the optimist class you could try out the laser. It is also a single sail boat and has 3 interchangeable sails and rigs – 4.7, radial and full rig, to cater for all sizes of sailors. The 4.7 is the smallest of these rigs. The Laser is suitable to sail from young teenagers to adult.
If you want to pleasure sail or enjoy racing against others this could be the boat for you. As there are 3 rigs, they are all handicapped differently so when racing you
have a fair chance of beating someone else who’s racing in a full rig if the conditions and experience are in your favour!
Our junior sailors compete on the circuit as in the optimist class the laser class hosts Ulster, Munster, Leinster, Connaught and National events yearly. When racing in these events you sail against your own rig-type.
Lasers are possibly the most common dinghies sailed today resulting in an abundance of boats available. If you know of anyone with a laser lying idle in a garden do not hesitate to advise them it could be put to better use. We have some hulls sailing in Skerries aged 30 years plus so they are a good investment and looked after they last a lifetime.
The Laser fleet welcomes beginners, improvers and experienced sailors. In Skerries we have training and club racing by experienced coaches throughout the
The Topper is an 11 foot sailing dinghy designed by Ian Proctor. It is recognized as an International class by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The boat is constructed from polypropylene, and is popular as a racing boat or for sail training.
The Topper has a very competitive racing fleet, yet is a good training boat because of its robust construction. It is easy to rig, whether one has the standard, or the racing spec, and simple to maintain. Because the hull is from a single manufacturer, there isn’t the need for measurements at every event. It’s fun, its accessible, its competitive, and known internationally as the “Friendly Class”!
It is a good choice for those who want to continue single-handed sailing if their weight or size means they have to leave their Oppy. It is also a good choice for those who are starting sailing at a later age/ heavier weight. Because of their similarities in rigging, the Topper allows for a very smooth transition into a Laser at a later stage.