Dinghy Racing Fleet


In the spring and fall Courageous is home to the Boston Latin High School Sailing Team. They make use of our Club 420's. The Laser fleet is raced competitively in the summertime by members of the Adult Program. The Step 4 and 5 sailors also get their feet wet in the Laser during the Summer Youth Program

Dinghy Racing Fleet - Club 420

  • About
  • Specs

c420The International 420 Class Dinghy is a monohull planing dinghy with centreboard, bermuda rig and centre sheeting. It is designed for a crew of two. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long).  The International 420 was designed by Andre Cornu in the 1960s as a general purpose two sail, transom sheeted, non-trapeze dinghy, with modest easily handled sail plan. The hull's seaworthyness and stability at speed proved to be better than most of its contemporaries, and this together with its modest sail area make it fun to sail in heavy weather and thus an excelent youth trainer, qualities that lead to its adoption for that role by the RYA in the mid 1970's.

 

Overall length 13.90 ft (4.24 m)  c420 drawing
Beam 5.50 ft (1.68 m)
Draft 2.95 ft (0.90 m)
Mainsail Area 79.65 ft2 (7.40m2)
Jib Area 30.14 ft2 (2.80m2)
Spinnaker Area 95.00 ft2 (8.83 m2) 
Hull Weight 230 lb (104.33 kg)
Optimal Weight Range 220-300 lb (100-136 kg)

Dinghy Racing Fleet - Laser

  • About
  • Specs

Laser cropThanks to the generosity of the Courageous Community, we acquired a fleet of 12 brand-new Lasers in 2010, complete with Full, Radial, and 4.7 Rigs. The International Laser Class sailboat, is a popular single-handed, one-design class of small sailing dinghy. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance. Now manufactured by Laser Performance, the Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2011, there are more than 250,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust, simple to rig and sail. The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.

 

Overall length 13.78 ft (4.2 m)  laser line drawing
Beam 4.56 ft (1.39 m)
Draft 2.62 ft (0.80 m)
Full Rig Sail Area 75.99 ft2 (7.06m2)
Optimal Weight Range 160-190 lb (73-86 kg)
Radial Rig Sail Area 62 ft2 (5.76 m2) 
Optimal Weight Range 121-159 lb (55-72 kg)
4.7 Rig Sail Area 50.59 ft2 (4.7 m2)
Optimal Weight Range 100-120 lb (45-54 kg)
Hull Weight 130 lb (58.97 kg)

 

 

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