Dinghies at Loch Earn Sailing Club
If you are thinking of purchasing a sailing dinghy for use on Loch Earn it would be advisable to have a chat with one of our highly experienced dinghy sailors who will be happy to help you choose a suitable vessel to match your skill level and experience. Any committee member will be happy to point you towards a suitable person.
The Club owns a number of boats that are primarily used for Training and Learning purposes although they are also available for members to use for general sailing as noted below.
Toppers are single handed dinghies with one sail that are ideal for teaching young people.
Toppers are restricted to an area within the Club's inner racing area. The maximum wind speed limit for club toppers is 15 knots (Force 4).
Juniors are not permitted to take out Toppers unless they are supervised by a competent adult and safety boat cover is available.
Toppers shall be prepared for sailing with the rudders and centreboards secured/tied to the boat. A maximum of 2 persons are allowed in each Topper.
Wayfarer. This is a relatively stable dinghy with a mainsail and a jib sail ideally suited for training adults.
The Club's Wayfarers may be used by members for general sailing. Helmsmen need to have gained a minimum of RYA Stage 2 Certificate or equivalent experience.
This will allow new members the opportunity to sail while choosing a boat to purchase.
Members Dinghies at LESC
There is a wide range of dinghies that are owned and sailed by club members.
This is illustrated in the photograph by a handicap fleet comprising an RS800, Lasers of several hues, an RS Feva, and a Topper which seems to be going the wrong way.
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he's starting in the next race!
Double handed boats include the Wayfarer, GP14 and Tasar. Some high performance double handed boats are sailed such as the RS800 and 29er.
Single handed boats are very popular because they only need a helmsman, you don't have the hassle of finding a crew eg Waszp and Musto Skiff.
Toppers are used by the young sailors who may then graduate to larger single handed dinghies such as the Laser.
The Laser has a strong following at Loch Earn and several boats can often be seen competing together in races and engaging in race coaching afterwards.
The Europe also has its supporters and again this class of boat provides good competitive sailing.