What we sail
There are two main classes of boat at Shanklin, the Sprint 15 and the Pico.
The Sprint 15 was originally known as the Spark and later, the Dart 15. It is a fifteen foot, fibre-glass, catamaran designed for one or two crew. It can be sailed with a mainsail or with a mainsail and jib. Compared to most dinghies, it is a fast, stable boat. It is also a very sturdy craft which makes it an excellent boat for cruising. Because of its stability and simplicity, the Sprint 15 is easy for beginners to start on, yet there is no need to upgrade when you gain proficiency. Shanklin Sailing Club has over 40 privately owned Sprint 15s and they are raced 3 days a week. Usable second hand Sprints can be bought for under a thousand pounds and some really good quality boats can be obtained for a few thousand.
The Laser Pico is an eleven and a half foot long plastic dinghy with furling mainsail and optional jib. It can be sailed single handed or with up to three children. We use it at Shanklin as a learning boat, mainly but not exclusively for children. We also hold a number of cadet races at Shanklin and these are mostly raced in Picos. Shanklin Sailing Club has 5 Picos for use by the members.
We also have a Challenger trimaran which is designed for less physically able sailors to control from their seat in the cockpit.
See also: http://www.shanklinsailingclub.com/content/sailing/2011-10-10/Sprint_15_sailing_formats.php