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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.