Windermere 17ft Class Yachts
The 17ft Windermere Class Yachts maintain a very active and competitive fleet, racing every Saturday with an average of ten or more yachts on the start line. They also hold three race weeks through the season racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of these weeks. This class provides some of the most exciting and competitive racing on Windermere. Do not be fooled into thinking these fantastic looking yachts, with only a main sail and jib are easy to sail, they are challenging and rewarding to sail and there is nothing more exciting than a large fleet of these fantastic yachts, fully powered up and charging for the line just before the start gun.
The Windermere 17ft Class yachts (25ft LOA) are sailed by a crew of two. They are kept afloat on a swinging mooring through the racing season. They were first raced in 1904, and the current fleet comprises of yachts aged between 8 and 100 years of age. As a restricted design class, all of the yachts, regardless of age are capable of winning. To make things even more interesting the fleet is split into a Modern and Classic fleet. Owners of the classic yachts have a chance at winning two trophies in each race I.e. first overall and first classic yacht over the line. You will often hear Class members saying ‘it’s not the yacht that’s fast, it is the nut on the tiller’. As testimony to this fact, the boat winning the highest number of trophies during the 2019 season was Atholl, a classic yacht whose keel was laid in 1938 but she regularly beats many of the modern fleet yachts. Racing with this fleet is so close that on many occasions it’s a photo finish between the first few yachts across the line.
There are often owners looking for helms or crew, details can be found at [email protected] . The fleet also has a WhatsApp group where members share information and this also assists with crewing opportunities. In the 2020 season the fleet plan to hold race tuning/training sessions for interested parties. There are always a select few 17ft yachts for sale at very reasonable prices, details of some can be found on the RWYC web site.
You will find Windermere 17ft owners and crew are very competitive on the water but off the water a very friendly bunch of people who are keen to promote and encourage people to join their fleet. They also hold an annual dinner and a number of fleet buffets and social events through the season. If you would like more information or a trial sail in one of these magnificent yachts please contact the Class Captain Tony Rothwell 07712 653829 or the Class Secretary David Milburn 07713 635900.