Sprint 15 Catamaran Fleet

The boat, originally known as a “Spark” and then formally known as a “Dart 15” is now called a “Sprint 15”.  These are the most popular single handed catamaran in the UK. These “cats” has been sailed at Instow for a number of years because it is well suited to the conditions. A shallow draft with deep skegs and no dagger boards, the boat can sail up the rivers without running aground yet handles extremely well in estuary races, hence being the largest fleet at the club.  The boat is equally suited to a wide range of crew weights and sizes depending upon the wind conditions.

Here at Instow, we mainly sail it Sport mode – that is single handed with main and jib sails and with a trapeze.  The boat can be sailed in UNA rig mode with just a main and no trapeze which some liken to a fast and stable catamaran version of a laser.

Club racing results show that from teenagers to pensioners, women and men, lightweights to heavyweights all are very competitive … every dog has their day in this fleet!

The Class is the principal single design class at NDYC so we enjoy non handicap racing, first over the line is the winner. There are good class turnouts for racing with a wide range of catamaran sailing experience from novice to old hands.

We have National Champions, Youth National Champions and a number or sailors who have got onto the podium at Nationals and other sailing events over the years.  New members to the fleet find that they are made welcome with help and encouragement from the rest of the sailor … well until they start to win too much. We have already had new members out sailing in 2022 already demonstrating that they are going to do very well in the future.

Instow is the biannual host of the Sprint 15 Sport Mode National Championships … next held in September 2022!

We have fun social events through the year to involve partners and families – usually joined by the other catamaran sailors.  Some Sprint 15 sailors have other RIBS and racing boats as well.

Fast Catamarans

The Fast Catamaran fleet overlaps with the Sprint 15’s and races both against other fast similar cats first across the line in races as well as on handicap.

The Fast Cat Fleet comprises of a number of Dart 18s, Hurricanes, Hobie Cats, Topper Topaz, a Nacra 15, and an “A” Class.

Instow is a Dart 18 Grand Prix Venue last holding a Grand Prix – the South West championships – in 2021.

Club Sprint 15 and Club Dart 18:

The Club 15 has been purchased to enable suitably qualified Cadets or other club members to transition into the Cat Fleet. It may be sailed 2 up with a helm and crew or single handed. It can also be sailed in Sport mode, as a singlehander trapezing or Una Rig.

There is a Club Dart 18 that can also be borrowed by experienced members or for a trial.

CONTACT and Information

A request to the Fleet captains or via the NDYC Secretary is essential to borrow the club catamarans.

If your looking to purchase a Sprint 15 or a fast cat or to find out more about these fleets, contact the Fleet Captains:

Liam Bunclark – lcbunclark@gmail.com or via 07977 560560

Fraser Manning – frasermanning@hotmail.com

Visit the Sprint 15 Association web site www.sprint15.com for lots of information about the boat and boats for sale.

Visit the dart 18 Association web site http://www.dart18.com for lots of information or the facebook page.

Visit the Hurricane Association web site http://www.hurricane59.com for lots of information.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for the fast cat fleet or to promote sailing at our club please don’t hesitate to contact Liam or Fraser or any member of the committee.