Blue Jay (dinghy)

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Specifications Under Current Rules


Number of crew 2
LOA 13 ft 6 in
Beam 5 ft 2 in
Mast height above hull 19 ft 6 in
Draft 4 ft
Hull weight (with fittings) 275 lb
Sail area of total of main and jib 90 sq ft (8 m2)
Sail area spinnaker 56 sq ft (5 m2)

Blue Jay is a class of sailboat used primarily in the Northeastern United States. It is generally sailed with two people and features a mainsail, a jib, and a spinnaker. It is approximately 14 feet (4.2 m) long, usually the next step in junior dinghy racing from Optimists. Sailors between 12 and 18 years of age usually sail the craft, although it is also big enough for adults. It is sailed at yacht clubs from New Jersey to Connecticut. It is currently being phased out at a few of these yacht clubs and being replaced by the Pixel.[1]

The Blue Jay is the training boat for the Lightning.


  1. ^ "JSA Selects the Pixel as New Double-handed Boat" (PDF). Larchmont, New York: Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. 2005-10-20. Retrieved 13 April 2017. The Pixel will eventually replace the venerable Blue Jay, which has served as a training and racing boat for generations of Long Island Sound junior sailors since the 1950s. "For many reasons we felt it was time for a change," said Fran MeVay, former JSA chairman. "We were looking for a boat that is safer, easier to sail and more fun. The Pixel fit our requirements almost perfectly."

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