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.
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.
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 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.