Vanguard 15

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Vanguard 15
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DesignerBob Ames
LocationUnited States
Builder(s)Team Vanguard
RoleOne-design racer
NameVanguard 15
Boat weight200 lb (91 kg)
Draft3.42 ft (1.04 m) with the daggerboard down
LOA15.25 ft (4.65 m)
LWL15.00 ft (4.57 m)
Beam5.50 ft (1.68 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typedaggerboard
Rudder(s)transom-mounted rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
SailplanFractional rigged sloop
Mainsail area77 sq ft (7.2 m2)
Jib/genoa area48 sq ft (4.5 m2)
Total sail area125 sq ft (11.6 m2)

The Vanguard 15 is an American sailing dinghy that was designed by Bob Ames as a one-design racer and first built in 1992.[1][2][3]


The design was built by Team Vanguard in the United States and later by LaserPerformance, but is no longer in production.[1][3][4]


The Vanguard 15 is a recreational sailboat, built predominantly of fiberglass. It has a fractional sloop rig with aluminum spars, a raked stem, a vertical transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a retractable daggerboard. It displaces 200 lb (91 kg) and is capable of planing upwind.[1][3]

The boat has a draft of 3.42 ft (1.04 m) with the daggerboard extended and 6 in (15 cm) with it retracted, allowing beaching or ground transportation on a trailer or car roof rack.[1]

For sailing the design is equipped with a boom vang and the mainsail and jib have windows for improved visibility. The halyards are external and the mast is of a non-tapered design. The boat is normally raced with a crew of two sailors.[3]

Operational history[edit]

In a 1994 review Richard Sherwood wrote, "the Vanguard 15 is designed for college/yacht club racing fleets. Rig is simple, and the boat is a strict one-design. The deck is rounded, for easy hiking ... With the daggerboard and light weight, the boat may be easily dry sailed — often helpful for fleet sailing."[3]

In 2014, a Vanguard 15 one-design racer, John Storck III, reported that the boat was falling out of favor with college sailors and that attendance at regattas was declining.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Vanguard 15 sailboat". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  2. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Bob Ames". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sherwood, Richard M.: A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America, Second Edition, pages 54-55. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. ISBN 0-395-65239-1
  4. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "LaserPerformance". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  5. ^ Storck III, John (25 July 2014). "Elegy for the Vanguard 15: Good Things Do End, But That's Okay…". Archived from the original on 17 August 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.

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