CLASSIC ONE DESIGN RACING
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Darings are widely considered to be the most elegant keelboats racing on the south coast of England. The Daring was designed as a One Design by Arthur Robb based on his successful 5.5 metre yacht ‘Vision’, the Silver Medal winner in the 1956 Olympics. The class has proved popular and enduring, offering the best value for money for One Design racing of its type. It is a classic racing yacht.
Supremely designed for punching through the chop of the Solent to windward, with a stately grace missing from most modern boats, she is a boat for those who love strategy, boat handling, skill and the principles of Corinthian racing, and is the antithesis of modern 'tack as often as you like' yacht racing.
Having celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2011, the Daring is still one of the most popular one design yachts sailing out of Cowes and is still keenly raced most weekends from May through October. The regular weekend racing with 10 to 15 boats on the start line often only sees seconds separating them as they finish after a couple of hours of racing, due to the strict nature of the one-design class rules which also keep down costs.
The Daring is also typically a 'syndicate boat'; allowing any Daring devotee to commit to only a couple of weekends per year if he or she so wishes. Routes into both crewing and helming are available whereby an interested sailor can be guided and trained by experienced Daring sailors from the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal London and Royal Thames Yacht Clubs - again on the basis of doing as little or as much sailing as they wish.
Regardless of whether you are new to racing and looking to crew, or an experienced sailor looking to hire a Daring to race for a weekend, if you are interested in becoming part of this strong and ever-evolving community of sailors we would be very happy to hear from you. Just go to the 'Contact Us' section below or in the menu above.
NEWS - BOAT FOR SALE
FOR SALE - FINESSE – DARING No 6
Finesse the 6th Daring, originally built in 1965. Rebuilt in 2011 as part of the Class D2 programme. Always a fast and competitive boat, as a D2 she continues the tradition being regularly at the top of the fleet, having won many trophies in recent years, including in Cowes Week where we have achieved 3rd in class against competition from much more experienced crews.
Finesse is in excellent condition having been maintained to the highest of standards with a number of improvements having been carried out since 2011, including fitting main and jib halliard tensioning adjusters under advice from Corby Yachts.
Finesse comes with a full up to date racing sail wardrobe, some in new to near new condition.
Main – new in 2018 and only used in Cowes Week and for two weekends prior to that, so effectively still new.
Jib – new in 2019 and unused.
Spinnaker – new in 2016, but only used for the main regattas for two seasons 2017/18.
Reacher (small heavier spinnaker) – new in 1996, but rarely used.
Spares of all of the above, save the Reacher.
Price - £18,000 to include all sails and equipment.
If you are interested in viewing Finesse, please contact Diana McNeill on 07968 953 521 or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org