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|LOA||3.5 m (11 ft)|
|Hull weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Total sail area||5.5 m2 (59 sq ft)|
The Splash Dinghy is 3.5m in length and all boats are identical, thus, as is typical in One-Design classes, the sailor's ability rather than equipment is emphasised fleet racing. The boats employ an un-stayed mono rig with a sail area of 5.5 m2, which makes the class easy to handle by sailors ranging from 45 to 80 kg. This, combined with the low hull weight of 55 kg, allow the class to serve as a stepping stone between the Optimist Dinghy and boats such as the Laser Radial, suiting Sailors in the age range from 13 to 19 years.
Competitions are held at club, national and international level. In New Zealand, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, and many other countries in Europe, the National Splash Associations arrange many events during the season, ranging from the traveller's ranking series, training camps, coaching, national champs, and world selection trials.
New boats cost around NZD$7500, but second hand boats are considerably cheaper and some clubs have schemes whereby sailors can charter boats until they decide to continue with the class. The splash is capable of speeds of over 10 knots on a broad reach, and has performance very similar to Laser 4.7 - its Portsmouth Yardstick is 1184, slightly higher than the Laser 4.7. It is similar in appearance to a Laser hull but is shorter and wider and has a vertical bow.
Another version of the Splash is available called the "Flash" it has more sail area and a longer boom but the same size hull, this boat is designed for sailors weighing over 70 kg but it is not very common because most sailors prefer to move on to the Laser Radial where there is more competition. The Flash has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1130, making it 4.6% faster than the Splash.
The Splash is an ISAF international youth class yacht and each year a world championship is held.
The 2009 world champs were in; Pwllheli, Wales on 8–14 August. Pwllheli Sailing Club
The 2010 world champs were in; Takapuna, Auckland on 2–8 January. Takapuna Boating Club
|Year||Winner||Nationality, sail number||Location|
|2000||Conrad Gair||New Zealand 1346||Stavoren, NL|
|2001||Erwin Veldman||Netherlands 1488||Carnac, FRA|
|2002||Shandy Buckley||New Zealand 1768||Weymouth, GBR|
|2003||Sandra van Meyden||Netherlands 1039||Stavoren, NL|
|2004||Jorne Knegt||Netherlands 1642||Nieuwpoort, BEL|
|2005||Hielke Dijkstra||Netherlands 1980||Puck,POL|
|2006||Blair Tuke||New Zealand 2373||Riva,ITA|
|2007||Willemart Mathieu||Belgium 2253||Split,CRO|
|2008||Ben Lutze||New Zealand 2488||Tavira, POR|
|2009||Declan Burn||New Zealand 2592||Pwllheli, GBR|
|2010||Chris Steele||New Zealand 1840||Takapuna Beach, NZL|
|2011||Taylor Burn||New Zealand 2635||Lake Lipno, CZE|
|2012||Jelmer Zittema||Netherlands 2378||Nieuwpoort, BEL|
- "RYA Portsmouth Yardstick List 2010". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Dinghy and Catamaran Database". Noble Marine Insurance Brokers. Retrieved 22 August 2012.