The Optimist, or 'oppie', is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy perfectly designed for learning to sail. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class. As well as taking the oppies on the sea, the Guernsey Sailing Trust has specifically designed oppies to sail on the model yacht pond, allowing young children to learn in a safe and secure environment.
The Laser Pico dinghy is an 11ft, robust dingy. It can be crewed by one or two children or an adult. The pico can be rigged as a two sail boat, with a mainsail and jib, or as a single sail boat.
The RS Feva is a 12ft two-person sailing dinghy allowing for great fun sailing with your friends. They have three sails so are used for teaching more advanced sailing, such as spinnaker skills.
Slight larger than it's cousin, the RS Feva, at 15ft, the Vision is another double handed dingy. The Vision is a good boat for training, being stable and with plenty of room for two trainees and an instructor.
The Hawk 20 is a very stable, self-righting day boat that can comfortably carry six students along with one instructor. It has three sails, as well as a small engine and it is suited for keel boat courses, introductions to sailing and day sailing trips further afield. Due to the stable and safe design of the Hawks, they are also used for sailability groups and during adverse weather.
The Guernsey Sailing Trust owns a 5.8m Ribcraft and two 4m Bombard C4 safety boats. These ribs are suitable for teaching RYA Powerboat Levels 1 and 2, as well as giving an introduction to powerboating.
The Guernsey Sailing Trust owns a wide range of boards and sails to suit all abilities and allow sailors to develop their skills.
RS Venture Keel Connect
Invictus, the RS Venture Keel Connect, is the newest member of the Guernsey Sailing Trust fleet. She is a 16ft keelboat that has been fully kitted as a para sailing dingy, but can be easily adapted for able bodied sailors. The boat itself is stable, spacious, self-righting and self-draining.