The Best Dinghy Choice for Junior Sailors - Flying 11!

Run through the list of Australian Olympic Sailors, and try to find one who didn't learn to sail with a spinnaker in a Flying 11. Good luck! They're an Aussie icon in junior sailing, and despite not having hydrofoils, they're still VERY cool.

Two crew. Main, jib and symmetrical spinnaker. No trapeze. 11ft Long. It's a simple recipe for a great kids boat to follow a Sabot or Optimist, because they're easy to sail and have all the components of a 'big boat'. They can easily be transported too, with mum or dad being able to help the kids rig one in about 30 minutes from start to beach launch. You can pick one up for less than $5000 too, with even cheaper ones if you're prepared to do a little sanding and polishing.

Performance is great for kids up to the age of 17, with modern foils and a good set of sails, these boats will get up and planing in around 15 knots downwind. In a strong breeze, they skip along very quickly and will overtake a full size laser no worries. Don't take our word for it though, check out this footage from Sydney this week of the fleet absolutely 'flying' around Sydney Harbour,


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Sailing

The 'Other' Americas Cup - J Class in Bermuda

They're big, they're fast, and EVERY sailor wants one. While few can afford to own one, we can all revel in the beauty of these classic racers as they sail in Bermuda.

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Sailing

Sober Sailing, done best by the Norweigains!

You may remember 'The Boss', from 'How to Dock Like a Boss' a few years ago. Well, he's back again with a sail, that characteristic belly and style you wish you had on the boat ramp...

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Sailing

What Winning the Cup Will Do For NZ (And in turn, Australia)

There's no rivalry more fierce than that between QLD and NSW at State of Origin time. Except for anything between Australia and New Zealand. Could 2021 be the comeback of an Aussie contender in the Americas Cup?


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