UNH Community Sailing Centre uses several different boats in its various youth sailing programs. Each boat handles differently, and certain boats accommodate sailors of different sizes, and/or experience levels. Students get the most out of a program when they are in a class that is commensurate with their age, size, ability and interest.
If you are not familiar with the boats we use or are unsure about what class would be right for your child, we will assist you with an appropriate placement.
Can My Children Participate If They Don’t Have A Boat?
The UNH Community Sailing Center owns Bugs, FJ’s (Flying Juniors), 420’s Lasers a Snipe, Blue Jay and Lightnings. You do not need to own one for him/her to participate. If your child intends to sail an Opti competitively, he/she could have one available to him/her prior to the start of the program, as we only have one to lend. Many of the advanced class students own their own Opti’s and Lasers.
Boats Sailed In The Program
Bugs/Opti – Single-handed
The Bug (provided) and Opti (personally owned) is the boat used for sailors in the Youth Program from rank beginners to racers, who weigh less than 120 lbs. The Bug is easily rigged, it is designed to be sailed by one sailor, although for the first day or two of class, students are often doubled up until they gain a certain comfort and skill level. The Optimist is the largest one-design class in the world with more than a half million boats being sailed and raced competitively around the world by ages 5-15.
FJ – Double-handed
Flying Juniors are fast, fun sloop rigged double-handed (two sailors!) boats that are very popular in youth and collegiate (the most popular double-handed collegiate racing boat) programs.
C420 – Double-handed
Club 420sare fast, fun sloop rigged double-handed (two sailors!) boats that are very popular in youth programs around the country. Club 420s are rigged with spinnakers and trapezes for use by our advanced sailors and for the racing team members.
Laser – Single-handed
Lasers with Radial Rigs are Standard Laser hulls outfitted with a shorter mast and smaller sail, for youth sailors. The Lasers are used by the older junior racing team members. It is also the boat of choice for students focused on developing racing skills.
BlueJay – Double-handed
The Bluejay is a hard chined sloop rigged boat which allows for more comfortable seating. It has a spinnaker rig as well. This boat will be used by the Advanced Junior classes, the Guppy class for their once a week sail and the adult program.
Lightning – Triple handed
The Lightning is a fast, fun stable boat which can be sailed by a family or raced competitively. It has a spinnaker rig as well. This boat will be used by both the Junior Racing Team as well as adults.