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yep, outsiders to broads sailing often are amazed at how close we sail to each other, in very confined spaces in very patchy winds... (picture courtesy Gregafloat)



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Sailing on rivers, broads, tiny puddles etc does teach you good close quarter boat skills and the rules that go with it, because you HAVE to otherwise you just canít race . 
When I started doing some opens and the odd nationals , I was very surprised at the number of sailors that sailed at larger waters that didnít have these skills or even much knowledge of even simple rules , like the ones at marks.
So I always did well at the marks and the close quarter stuff, itís just they would murder me on the long legs of the course which was out of my comfort zone .  LOL
As always, the top third in any fleet have no problems doing all these things . 

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Royal Harwich One Design keelboat - there were 8 made, designed in 1937 and raced on the Orwell until 2005. One or two are still on the river.
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  1. waldringfield dragonfly (still a good fleet)
  2. aldeburgh lapwing (still a good fleet with a junior fleet too)
  3. loch long (2 fleets one at aldeburgh one at Cove SC)
  4. felixstowe ferry one design (extinct!)
  5. bombay tomtit (somehow this is at aldeburgh but how i do not know)
  6. east coast one design a nicer version of the SCOD (or so i'm told)
  7. Victory one design  - Portsmouth & Gibraltor strong fleets at both clubs
  8. Aldeburgh 15 - think there are only one or two left
  9. Orford dabchicks - still an active fleet

those are just the ones i recall before the coffee wears off.....



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funny how most of those recalled so far are dayboats with keels rather than the centre board style, i was thinking off.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote eric_c Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 22 at 8:34am
I would guess the most numerous 'old dinghy classes' mght be the various Lymington, West Wight, Seavew etc Scows around the Solent?
Thames A rater springs to mind as still a functioning class.
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The only centreboard one I know if is the MRX - a non-clinker version of the Merlin sailed only at Wembley SC
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fudheid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 22 at 10:37am
Originally posted by Gordon 1430

funny how most of those recalled so far are dayboats with keels rather than the centre board style, i was thinking off.

only the three of the above list are dayboats Victories, loch longs, ecod...the rest are centreboarders - kept ashore in a dinghy park and raced regularly (mostly by families)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark Aged 42 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 22 at 12:04pm
What future do these classes have? Like the OP, I am from Leigh-on-Sea and the future of the EOD class doesn't look good. The average age of the sailors is, er, pensionable, no new boats for decades, and the boats themselves hold little appeal. Add in the problem of finding not one, but two crew, reduces the number of boats out sailing regularly. 
It seems a shame that so much history will go out with a whimper, but that's life I suppose
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Q Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 22 at 12:18pm
The Norfolk Dinghy the first mention on my list, may not have had many new boats built but is still popular around here. and is a very competitive class.. 


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