The Laser is one of the most popular in the world with more than 100,000 Lasers sailing worldwide.

The Laser’s Advantages

  • Lightweight: Can be “car-topped” for carrying.
  • High performance
  • Easy to rig
  • Strong one-design class
  • Low cost
  • No crew to arrange or care for
Santana 20

Santana 20

Fleet 28

“Performs like a dinghy, but SAILS like a keel boat”—Santana 20 Class Association

Basic Characteristics of the Santana 20

  • LOA 20′ 2 1/2″
  • LWL 16′
  • Beam 8′
  • Draft 4′
  • Draft wing Keel 32″
  • Displacement 1350 lbs.
  • Ballast (lead) 550 lbs.
  • Sail Area 204 sq. ft.
  • I 24.5
  • P 24.5
  • E 7.0
  • J 8.16
  • PHRF Rating: 221 (SAIL area)
  • Fiberglass construction

“People say the J/22 is the best sailing boat they’ve ever been on, including other J’s. It’s responsive, stable with its fixed lead keel and safe, as much fun to single-hand with main only as it is to plane under spinnaker in 18 knots of wind.

J/22 at 1800 lbs. can be towed behind an SUV and be launched on the local yacht club hoist. With its easy-to-rig, deck-stepped mast, you can be from trailer to sailing in 30 minutes. The key to J/22’s success as a training boat is durability. It’s no wonder Sail Newport and College of Charleston love this boat. Hulls and decks are built with Baltek cored laminates to withstand years of hard use. 12-15 year old boats routinely win major J/22 championships. You’ll find the newest J/22s are even easier to maintain with stainless handrails and white composite toe-rails. The boat that appeals to all ages and skill levels is now garnering more interest than ever before.”—J Boats, J22 maker

Melges 15
Photo courtesy of Marine 180.

“”The Melges 15 creates a clear pathway for junior sailors to get started and stay excited about sailing while also being comfortable and accessible enough for adults to learn, race, or cross-train,” said Harry Melges III.

The Melges 15’s stable hull shape and ergonomic cockpit make it a suitable layout for adult racing and educational sailing. Easy conversion from a club configuration (non-spinnaker) to a one-design setup, provides more versatility to club programs and options for individual owners.

With the main design goals focused on stability and performance in a variety of conditions, the boat features a narrow overall beam and a flat cross-section shape for stability, righting moment, and ease of planning. For a more forgiving feel upwind and to navigate larger sea states, the Melges 15 has just the right amount of fore and aft rocker.

Melges conducted extensive research and product testing to produce this layout factoring in cockpit depth, backbone height, and floor plan. The result is a comfortable environment for both the skipper and crew. The deeper cockpit takes the load off the sailor’s knees helping them feel locked into the boat while the high boom and gnav vang system work together to make the boat easier to maneuver.

The asymmetric spinnaker offers an additional performance element while the single-pull launch and retrieval system makes handling the sail easy and fast.

The Melges 15 is built to be sailed by everyone from friends and couples to families and kids. The design offers performance, comfort, and stability in one sleek package.”—Richard Allen, local Melges 15 dealer, 180 Marine

Melges 14

The Melges 14s are recruiting new members to fleet! Demo sails and training are available to those interested. Contact us to get in touch with the fleet captain.

Photo courtesy of Ginny Tory Photography.

Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) is for all other keelboats that do not have 4+ boats to create a one design fleet.

Photo courtesy of Ginny Tory Photography.

Portsmouth is for all other dinghies that do not have 4+ boats to create a one design fleet.