Class rep: Chris Wright
For 2017 we have decided to grant the Streakers 'Fleet' status, recognising that they are the largest group of regular racers. Number of boats in Fleet 30 and counting
Overall Length: 3.88m (12'9") Beam: 1.37m (4'6") Draft: 0.22m (9")
Minimum Hull Weight: 48kg (106lbs) Maximum Sail Area: 6.5m2 (70ft2) Crew Weight: 60-83kg(9st-14st)
The Streaker was designed by Jack Holt in 1975. The Streaker class celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 and continues to grow in numbers at Clubs around the country, particularly in the North of England.
The Streaker is a lightweight, single-handed dinghy with good handling characteristics. It is suitable for a wide range of abilities from relative beginner to expert racer. Its light weight means that it is easy to handle ashore with a simple rig which gives a forgiving sail for the beginner yet can produce an exhilarating racing performance for the expert. The Streaker Class Owners Association (SCOA) works hard to keep the design up-to-date and encourages friendly but competitive racing. Recent years have shown that the design still competes successfully with the best single-handed designs currently available. Sailors from juniors under the age of 21 to those over 70, both male and female, compete together in an active racing circuit consisting of over 25 meetings a year throughout the country.
New boats are available ready built in wood, composite or FRP from Butler Boats, and currently there are two builders marketing FRP streakers, Butler Boats and The Boatyard at Beer. You can also self build using plans launched by the SCOA for DIY enthusiasts.
To survive in the dinghy market the Streaker class has developed the design; once a single manufactured one design it is now very much a progressive lightweight single hander. The Streaker's internal layout has seen steady development over a number of years which has improved the comfort and practicality of the boat, without compromising performance. Both the current builders of FRP Streakers have worked with the SCOA to design a longer cockpit for new Streakers.
The Streaker is showing itself to be the perfect club sailor's boat, easily handled on the water with a 'sit in' cockpit, relatively high boom and a choice of centre or rear transom sheeting. On shore it is the very lightweight hull of just 48kg, which is so easy to pull around, and a mast with a track that allows the sail to be fully lowered that our owners like.
If you are interested in the Streaker Class dinghy and would like further information or a trial sail then contact seek out Chris Wright on a race day or email him and introduce yourself.
For further information visit the Streaker Class Owners Association website - www.streaker-class.org.uk/
Last updated 21:26 on 21 April 2017