Comet (racing dinghy)

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Comet Dinghy (UK)
Comet 582.jpg
Comet 582
Development
DesignerAndrew Simmons
Year1981
DesignStrict One-Design
Boat
Crew1
Hull
TypeMonohull
ConstructionGRP
Hull weight110 lb (50 kg)
LOA11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)
Beam4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeDaggerboard
Rig
Mast length19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)
Sails
Mainsail area70 sq ft (6.5 m2)
Racing
RYA PN1196[1]

The Comet is a single handed, one design racing dinghy available with three separate rigging[2] options: Standard, Xtra and Mino, that can be raced competitively alongside each other. It is mainly sailed in the United Kingdom at club level and at open meetings[3] organised by the Comet Class Association. The Comet is a recognised RYA dinghy class.

Specifications[edit]

The Comet has a large uncluttered cockpit, rear mainsheet (with centre mainsheet permitted under class rules) and an unbattened sail with a sleeve luff on an unstayed rig. The hull and deck is manufactured from glass-reinforced plastic and available in a number of colour combinations.

The sail area of 70 square feet (6.5 m2) for the standard Comet rig is slightly less than for the International Laser Standard. The mast is in two sections and is loose footed like the Laser rig.

Latest sail number: 880

Rigging options[edit]

  • Standard: 70 sq ft (6.5 m2)
  • Xtra (Mylar Sail): 65 sq ft (6.0 m2) and a 570 mm shorter mast.
  • Mino: 54 sq ft (5.0 m2) and a 570 mm shorter mast. PYN 1193

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.cometsailing.org.uk/downloads/Comet%20Measurement%20Rules%20August%202009.pdf?
  3. ^ http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/?s=16&searchtext=comet?

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