The Dovey Estuary has long been synonymous with dinghy sailing. Since Jack Holt designed the GP14 in Aberdovey in 1948 and adopted the bell of Aberdovey as the class insignia, dinghy sailing has become a well-established feature of the village. The GP14 fleet survives and is still a strong presence in the club, featuring in club races and attracting a good sized fleet for the Open Meeting in August. The vintage section of the class also visits as part of their annual calendar.
Modern day dinghy sailing at DYC has embraced the newer classes with a wide variety of boats starting club handicap races including the following.
- RS Vision
- RS Feva
- Laser Fun
- Laser Vortex
- Laser 3000
The club also has its own boats that members are welcome to use and which provide a great starting point for those looking to eventually get their own boat. There is also a modern fleet of RIBs and safety boats to monitor the activities on the water.
For 2014, the racing will will revive former traditions of setting courses over the Bar for longer races and one-off trophies, and courses are set to be more challenging and exciting in this Olympic Year.
If you are new to dinghy sailing, why not come along to the 'Have a go' day and see what you could become a part of and if you have sailed a bit but never had the confidence to race, why not attend one of our race coaching weekends and learn about the basics of racing. If you have raced before but aspire to be at the front of the fleet, the more more advanced classes in the training program will suit you.
We also have a packed program of club races and Open Meetings this year, and there is plenty on offer for all levels and aspirations, so whether you are a member or not, we would be delighted to see you on the water at some point this coming season.