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Blaze

  • Designer

    lan Howlett and John Caig

  • Manufacturer

    Cirrus Raceboats Limited

  • Design year

    1996

The Blaze is a singlehanded, hiking dinghy with wings and a fully battened mainsail. The Blaze was originally built by Ian Howlett and John Caig, and marketed by Topper International from 1996. At the outset the Blaze incorporated equalisation with lighter weight helms being allowed wider rack widths but carrying compensating lead weights. After a few years the class membership voted to abandon equalisation. In 2000 an active class association ran a sail development program to produce a more responsive sail, dropping some of the excessive leech of the original that proved 'difficult' in any real breeze for many helms. The slight loss in area was countered by a more efficient sail and balanced handling characteristics, and the class rapidly adopted the sail with numbers raced and sold rising very rapidly. In 2006 Topper moved out of performance composite boats and the manufacturing and marketing rights transferred to Cirrus Raceboats who have refined the boat further and work with Rondar to produce the current boat. As of November 2007 there are just under 250 registered boats. Since 2012 White Formula have been producing the Blaze. White Formula were the original builders, building all Topper International boats.

Build / Config

  • Vessel type

    Dinghy < 2.0M

  • Hull type

    Monohull

  • Rig type

    Una

  • Keel config

    Centerboard

  • Construction

    Epoxy Sandwich

Ratings / Handicaps

  • Portsmouth

    1033

  • Number of crew

    1 (typical)

Dimensions

  • Length (overall)

    4.2m

  • Beam

    1.5m

  • Mast

    7.0m

  • Displacement

    72.0 kg

Sails

  • Sail area (total)

    10 m2

  • Main sail area

    10.4 m2

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