Comet (racing dinghy)

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Comet Dinghy (UK)
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Comet 582
Current specifications
Crew 1
Type Monohull
Design Strict One-Design
Construction GRP
Keel Daggerboard
LOA 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)
Beam 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Mast height 19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)
Mainsail area 70 sq ft (6.5 m2)
RYA PN 1196[1]
Year 1981
Designer Andrew Simmons

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.


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


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