Meet the Fleet
All sailboats are welcome to participate in the races. Below are three classes you will see on Klinger Lake
Each boat is capable of different speeds so the different classes will go off at different times if there are enough to race. Currently the most popular class is the Sunfish which had as many as 9 participants last year. Even more are expected in 2020. Come join the fun!
The Flying Scot is a popular boat on Klinger Lake. Years ago there were as many as 25 on the lake but that number has dwindled to about 6. It is has recently seen a slight resurgence.
The Flying Scot is a day sailer dinghy used for pleasure sailing as well as racing throughout America. The Flying Scot was designed in 1957 by Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass who had already designed the Thistle and Highlander dinghies. It holds up to 8 but is usually sailed by a crew of 2 or 3.
Hull weight: 676 lb
Spinnaker area: 200 square ft
Upwind sail area: 190 square ft
Mast length: 28 ft
Sunfish Winflite & Super Porpoise
Sunfish were raced by KLYC before Flying Scots. They are very popular and easy to sail. There are dozens of them around Klinger Lake in a garage or stashed under a porch just waiting to be rigged and sailed.
These boats are personal size dinghies. They feature a flat, board-like hull carrying a lateen sail mounted to an un-stayed mast. Sunfish was developed by Alcort, Inc. and is the most popular boat of all time. Super Porpoises were produced right here in Michigan.
Hull weight: 120 lb
Sail area: 75 square ft
Length: 13 feet 9 inches
Beam: 4 feet 1 inch
and other brand cats
the Hobie 16 is the second largest boat fleet in existence. Catamarans are very fast and exciting to sail. The "trampoline" can hold up to 3 people for daysailing or racing.
Catamarans typically have less hull volume, smaller displacement, and shallower draft than monohulls of comparable length. The catamaran's wider stance on the water can reduce both heeling and wave-induced motion, as compared with a monohull, and can give reduced wakes.
Hull weight: 320 lbs
Mast length: 26' 6"
Total sail area: 218 square ft
Spinnaker area: 188 square ft