Learn to Sail
Division 1: Phil Truman - 0417 188 254
Division 2: Rishi Oregioni - 0418 461 825
Division 3: Warwick Litchfield - 0417 910 863
JaM (Jib and Main Only): Warren Cowell - 9721 1237
Cats: Warren Drew - 0419 912 490
Cherubs: Noelene Snelling - 0420 522 744
Juniors: David Pilbeam - 0418 822 791
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KBSC has always played host to a fleet of racing keelboats. Our current fleet includes production boats such as S80, Jenneaux 44, Elan 34, Adams, S97, and a host of other designs. The age of boat ranges, and all are welcome on the starting line Saturday, or to twilight races on Wednesdays. Boats are always looking for crew, ask at the office or come down Friday night to the bar to find a ride.
Our current division 3 fleet comprises a huge range of craft, and all are welcome. Ranging currently from Red Witch, Spacesailer 20’s, Clearwater, Wright, Alien, Swarbrick, Windrush and many more, racing is always tight. One of the most competitve classes, the trailable fleets is a great way to get into keelboat sailing on a modest budget. Crews are often required, so please ask at the office for anyone looking for a spare hand onboard.
Our mixed catamaran fleet ranges from Windrush 14s and Maricats, right through to Nacra Infusion F18s and Nacra 6sq's. Whilst KBSC is a NACRA stronghold, any brand and model of catamaran is welcome for handicapped Saturday racing.
The Cherub is a small, high performance, two-man Planing dinghy first designed in 1951 in New Zealand by John Spencer. The class is a development class, allowing for significant variation in design between different boats within the rule framework. The Cherub is Bermuda-rigged with trapeze(s), and has a crew of two and use an asymmetric spinnaker. The flexibility of the class and the Cherub’s great sailing qualities mean that they attract all ages of sailors including many women.
The Pacer class of sailing dinghy, formerly known as the Puffin Pacer, was designed in the United Kingdom by Jack Holt. It was commissioned by Puffin Paints and Glues to be designed as yacht for use by families. It has since become a popular learning and racing dinghy in Australia, Canada, Holland, India and the UK. Available with both wooden and fiberglass hulls and designed to be sailed by a crew of two, the Pacer has a rig consisting of three sails: a mainsail, jib and a spinnaker.
The O’pen Bic is a single handed sailboat designed for younger sailers. The boat was launched in 2006. It is an International Class, as recognized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and as of 2010, 3,500 boats have been sold. The thermoformed polyethylene hull is self-draining. The two part O’pen Bic mast is made from a fiberglass epoxy composite and the boom from aluminium. These hold a 4.5 m2sail made from K.Film or a 3.8 m2 sail made only of Dacron.
The Mirror is a very popular sailing dinghy, with more than 70,000 built. Mirror class rules permit the use of a spinnaker. This may also be used by single handers as well – although flying a main, jib and spinnaker single-handed sounds complex, it is quite manageable with a bit of practice. The Mirror is light and stable enough to be sailed by two people. It is an excellent boat to learn sailing for the first time. Despite not being particularly fast, it is popular for one-design racing.
The Jay Dee (a WA design) was introduced as a high performance junior dinghy that fills the gap between the mudlark and the other senior classes. It was conceived as a value for money boat with a low cost rig and an easily righted buoyant hull design, being targeted at children aged 12 to 18 years. The new asymmetric spinnaker system has made the class the fastest per dollar of its type. There are a few JD's for sale, around the $1500 mark or the association has plans/moulds to build your own.
The Mudlark is an ideal boat to introduce children to sailing. The Mudlark is a 1 person, 7ft training dinghy suitable for 6-12 year olds, designed and built in WA. A strong point of the Mudlark is its self-bailing deck and requires a minimum weight of only 20kgs. With a length of 2.1m it can easily be transported on the roof of car. It is a simple to rig, easy to sail and has a hull made of fibreglass or wood. Secondhand boats are available from $250 – $750 and new boats can be made at home.