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Dinghy Fleets

Ely Sailing Club has wide variety of dinghies. These have been selected to be suitable for our waters and cover a wide range of crew abilities. Many of the dinghies are regularly renewed and all are kept in good condition. As an RYA club we are annually inspected and our fleet is kept well above the minimum standards. All are available for hire to club members at very reasonable rates for all sailing sessions. The only restriction is that the helm must be experienced enough to handle the conditions. Most of the dinghies are used for our training courses.


Although designed by Bruce Kirby in 1971, the Laser has the appearance of a much more modern boat. Sailed all over the world, it is a popular single hander which requires strength and agility in stronger winds. There are three sizes of sail, (Full, Radial and 4.7 rigs) to suit the weight and experience of the helm. All Lasers come with fibre glass hulls.

Fleet Captain: Phil Hardy

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The Streaker is a lightweight single-handed dinghy with good handling characteristics designed by Jack Holt in 1975. It is suitable for a wide range of abilities from relative beginner to expert racer. It is light weight and easy to handle ashore with a simple rig which gives a forgiving sail for the beginner yet can produce an exhilarating racing performance for the expert.

Fleet Captain: Ian Wakeling

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The single-handed Topper was designed by Ian Proctor in 1976 and is made of polypropylene. While being popular with juniors, it remains a fun boat for adults, particularly in stronger winds. Toppers are easy to rig and sail. They are also easy to right from capsize. Ely's Toppers are centre mainsheet rigged.

Fleet Captain: Edward Human

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The Comet is a small, light, singlehander dinghy designed by Andrew Simmons in 1981 that offers exciting and rewarding sailing. Whether you're close racing with other Comets or simply sailing for fun, the Comet appeals to an amazing range of people, young or not so young. In light winds the Comet has a reputation for being deceptively fast. The powerful sail set on an unstayed mast, combined with a light easily driven hull make the Comet a light wind flyer. As the wind picks up, the Comet really takes off, planing easily, but always staying manageable and under control.

Fleet Captain: Catherine Garters

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Mixed Fleet

The handicap fleet is a variety of dinghies that fall under this category due to not meeting the minimum number required to be considered a fleet at our club. Boats under this category include National 12, Enterprise, Gull, Mirror, Optimist, Laser Pico, Wayfarer, Laser 2000, GP14, Laser Bug, RS Zest and more.

Fleet Captain: Alan White

Last updated 20:56 on 30 January 2024

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