Splash (dinghy)

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Splash Dinghy
Current Specifications
Crew 1
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction Fibreglass hull
LOA 3.5 m (11 ft)
Hull weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Total sail area 5.5 m2 (59 sq ft)
RYA PN 1184

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,[1] 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 The Flash has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1155,[2] making it 4.6% faster than the Splash.

Until recently most Splash sailors at 18 had to move to the Flash. Most sailors followed the Olympic route of Laser Radial and skipped the Flash, as it can be a little over powering for the smaller sailor.Now sailors at 18 can sail a Splash in the Splash + Class.

World championships[edit]

The Splash is an ISAF international youth class yacht and each year a world championship is held.

The Most famous British Splash sailor was Bradley Field.

Recent world championship venues have included Tavira, Portugal 2008, and Split, Croatia 2007.

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

World Champions[edit]

Splash world champions
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


  1. ^ "RYA Portsmouth Yardstick List 2010". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dinghy and Catamaran Database". Noble Marine Insurance Brokers. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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