Sabot (dinghy)

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Fully rigged Sabot ready to sail
DesignPlywood; Fiberglass
TypeMonohull, Pram dinghy
Hull weight95 pounds (43 kg)
LOA8 feet (2.4 m)
Beam3 feet 9 inches (1.14 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typeDaggerboard
Rig typeBermuda
Mainsail area44.132 square feet (4.1000 m2)

The Sabot is a sailing dinghy that is sailed and raced singlehandedly usually by young sailors in various parts of the world.

Sabots returning to the clubhouse after a race

The boat was suitable for amateur production. Early models were usually made in plywood. More recent models have been made in fibreglass. Variations on the design include El Toro from the Richmond Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay Area, the "Naples Sabot" from Naples community of Long Beach, California, as well as Australian varieties, such as the Holdfast Trainer.

Learn to Sail Classes[edit]

In Australia, children may sail two-up up to and including the season they turn twelve (although often they change to one-up during that season, or even earlier) and one-up until they are 16. Unlike in the Optimist, their last season is the one in which they turn 16, not the one in which they turn 15. However, at informal club races, parents occasionally sail while the children gain confidence to do it themselves. A smaller sail (3.5m2) is also available in Australia for children who are lighter or younger and have just transitioned out of 2 up Junior sailing. This sail format is within the allowed sail measurements allowed by the class rules which enable children to race using this sail.


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