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.  The Guernsey Sailing Trust has 15 specifically designed oppies for sailing on the Model Yacht Pond.  These are hard wearing boats with a raised boom, allowing young children to learn in a safe and secure environment.  Progression can be made onto the sea in the six Sea Oppies, which are lighter boats with a slightly larger sail area.

RS Tera

The RS Tera is an intermediate, single handed sailing dinghy.  It has two sail sizes and is suitable for sailors from 30kg to 70kg.  The Tera is also raced internationally.  It is a fun, fast, exciting dinghy!

Laser Pico

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 double handed boat (sailed by two people, with a jib and a mainsail) or as a single sail boat.  The sails are easily reefable, making the boat suitable for people of varying sizes in different wind conditions.

RS Feva

The RS Feva is a 12ft, intermediate sailing dinghy.  It is a double handed dinghy, meaning it designed to be sailed by two people.  These boat are used for teaching more advanced sailing, such as spinnaker skills.

RS Quest

The RS Quest is a larger double handed sailing dinghy and a brilliant all round boat.  Its larger size makes it perfect for adults and beginners, who can sail with an instructor.  The Quest also has a asymmetric spinnaker and trapeze, making is great for teaching advanced sailing skills.


The Hawk 20 is a very stable, self-righting day boat that can comfortably carry fpur students along with one instructor.  It has three sails, as well as a small engine, and it is suited for keelboat 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 four Rigid Inflatable Boats; a 5.8m Ribquest (SeaJay) and a 7.8m Ribcraft (TJE) and two 4m Bombard C4 safety boats.  These ribs are suitable for teaching RYA Powerboat courses, as well as giving an introduction to powerboating.

RS Venture Keel Connect

Invictus, the RS Venture Keel Connect, 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.