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What is One Design Sailing?

One design is a form of racing where all boats are virtually identical or similar in design. Class-legal boats race each other without any handicap calculations, start at the same time, and the winner is the first to cross the finish line.

There are more than 200 actively raced one design classes in the U.S. The classes range from eight-foot Optimist dinghies to the 12 Meter sailboats, J/105, Farr 40s, and more.

One design classes are broken down into fleets that are located at various locations like, yacht clubs, sailing centers and other organizations. Club or fleet racing takes place on a regular basis all over the country, and many fleets welcome newcomers. Contact your local sailing organizations to get involved in one design sailing and ask for the name(s) of the fleet captain(s).

 

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Class Selector

Class Finder

Fleet Geo Locator

Fleet/Class Support

Social Resources

Sailor Resources

One Design Experiences

Member Benefits

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Are you new to sailing?

The right sailing program for you might be just down the street!

Dinghy (Small Boats)

Dinghy sailing is a simple, inexpensive way to get started in the sport in small boats. The fundamental basics of sailing are most easily learned in dinghies. Many dinghies are designed for both youth and adults though some, like the Optimist, are designed specifically for youth sailors.  Dinghy sailing can provide a lifetime of enjoyment through recreational and competitive sailing. Generally, dinghies are under 22 feet in length. They include a wide assortment of designs that typically have centerboards or daggerboards. Because of their size and simplicity, many dinghies can be sailed by just one, two, or three people.

Learning to sail is part dream, part great instruction, and part hands-on experience. Most youth start sailing in dinghies many adults do too! Many youth and community based sailing programs offer learn to sail courses for adults in small boats.

LEARN TO SAIL - DINGHIES

Browse our Where to Sail map for listings of sailing schools, yacht clubs, and community sailing centers near you.

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Where to Sail

Small Keelboat

If you are looking to learn how to sail on a more stable platform, small keelboats might be the way to go for you. This type of boat has a weighted keel that counter-balances the force on the sails. US Sailing Accredited Keelboat Schools offer up to seven levels of courses where you can accumulate skills and experience with each level of certification. This Learn to Sail Certification Program starts with Basic Keelboat and progresses on to whatever level you choose. Having a US Sailing Keelboat Certification may make it easier for you to rent or charter a boat, but it will give you the ability to sail with confidence.

Not every learn to sail location is a US Sailing Accredited Keelboat School. Ask if they offer learn to sail courses on small keelboats.

LEARN TO SAIL- KEELBOAT

 

One Design Racing

Competition naturally results when sailors and boats get together in the same place and sail around each other.  It is normal for a sailor to want to test his or her skills against other sailors.  The way to do that is by racing.  For one design sailors, there are many options when it comes to formats for racing.

Fleet Racing

Fleet Racing is a type of racing in One Design classes where all boats of the same type race against each other at the same time on the same course. The winner of a One Design fleet race is the boat who crosses the finish line first.

2009 Sunfish Worlds photos-credit www.dunks.smugmug.com

More Fleet Racing information to follow as page is built out- a redirect link to a Fleet Racing page will be placed here.

 

 

Team Racing

Team Racing is a type of racing where one team (comprised of two, three or four boats) competes against another team in the same kind of One Design boat.  The team who wins the race between the two has a lower combined score than the other team using low point scoring (first =1 point; second = 2 points; third = 3 points, and so on).

LEARN MORE ABOUT TEAM RACING

 

 

Match Racing

Match Racing is a type of racing between two One Design boats.  It is one boat vs. the other boat.  The winner of the race is whichever crosses the finish line first with any or all obligations/penalties satisfied.

Match Racing Women's match racing 2019 USWMRC women sailing

LEARN MORE ABOUT MATCH RACING

 

Adaptive Racing

Adaptive Racing may also be referred to as Para Sailing, and is for sailors who have a disability (physical, vision-impaired, intellectual, cognitive, etc) who are participating in an event with other sailors with a disability.  Most of these races take place in One Design boats that have been adapted for the sailor to aid independent operation of the boat.  Many of these races take place at events that include clinics.  Para Sailors may also be found racing in "Open"  events against able-bodied sailors.

Adapive Racing
Adaptive Racing- 2018 Clagett Regatta- 2.4mR

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Ratings Racing/Portsmouth Yardstick

Ratings racing is a type of fleet racing and is typically done by a fleet comprised of a variety of one design boats.  This may be a great solution for an organization or location that doesn't have enough of any  single kind of one-design boat to create its own fleet but when grouped together can form a combined fleet.

Portsmouth Yardstick is ​one of the most widely used handicapping system.  It is based on average historic performance data ​of a class to assign a "rating" to each One Design boat in the fleet. The Portsmouth Yardstick is a handicapping system that allows multiple classes of one designs and other smaller boats to sail on the same starting line and race course with corrected time results. The winner is determined by the formula provided in the rating rule.

Portsmouth Yard Stick Start line
Race Start for a Rating Race

US Sailing has partnered with the RYA to create a more robust platform for Portsmouth Yardstick Racing using the PYOnline platform.

The new PYOnline platform is exclusively for US Sailing member organizations. PYOnline will produce updated ratings for each class after a day or event of sailing.

Key Advantages:

  • PY Online streamlines submitting race results digitally, with the potential to update ratings on a daily basis.
  • Each Club has their own portal in PY Online allowing local updates to specific classes for better racing based upon local conditions.
  • The ratings will become more accurate over time, ensuring that competition stays fresh on the water. This means no one boat or class is guaranteed a win or loss based upon ratings alone.
  • US Sailing will update the national ratings for a given class on an annual basis, based upon the ratings used by the individual clubs.

Portsmouth Yardstick racing becomes better, more robust and more fun with more clubs and sailors participating. Please consider adding a mixed fleet racing event or series to your calendar. Contact portsmouth@ussailing.org with any questions or to discuss how PYOnline can help your organization.

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What you need to know aoout the New Portsmouth Yardstick Online. A Q/A with Nathan Titcomb.

CLASS SELECTOR:

 

A PHASE II BUILD OUT FEATURE that is currently under construction.

What class is right for me?

This section will provide sailors with an interactive tool to help sort through various one design classes by answering a few questions. It will enable sailors to find a boat that best meets their needs. Please be patient as we work on this feature.

As we build this out, the search will filter through information based on a series of questions on things like:

  • Location
  • Youth or Adult
  • Total number of crew
  • Physical stature
  • Spinnaker/non
  • and other search options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Finder

Sail and Kite Boards

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Need to edit your class page? Just send an email to: onedesign@ussailing.org

Don't see your class listed above? Ask your class administrator to fill out the form below:

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FLEET GEO-LOCATOR -

Are you an experienced sailor looking for a place to get out on the water?

If you are an experienced sailor, you may find yourself traveling or looking locally for a place to race or just go sailing. Visit our Fleet Locator Map to see what class fleets are close to home or near to where you might be traveling.

Don't see a class fleet represented, reach out to your class lead and have them contact US Sailing One Design to learn how they can add your class fleets.

This page is continually being updated with new class fleets so check back.

 Geo-Fleet Locator Map

Fleet/Class Support

Race Management Resources

Whether you are running an event for the first time or an experienced event planner, US Sailing has the tools to help you succeed.

REGATTA MANAGEMENT

Safety Concerns

SAFETY

US Sailing is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all sailor athletes.

  • SafeSportSafeSport training is a free online course that provides education and certification on sexual misconduct, emotional and physical misconduct and understanding your responsibilities around mandatory reporting
  • Safety as Sea - Our Safety at Sea experts set high standards for the most authoritative and proven methods for keeping sailors safer while they enjoy the sport. Countless hours of research conducted by our dedicated volunteers have allowed US Sailing to provide instructional materials, publications, courses and seminars that are made available to all interested sailors. These educational opportunities include our widely popular Safety at Sea Courses.
  • Sample Waivers - Regatta and Non- Regatta Templates
    • Race Participation
    • Participation
  • Cold Assessment Reference Card- Hypothermia

Fleet/Class Support

  • Fleet Building
  • How-To's
  • Tuning

We are in the process of collecting articles and information that will help a broad spectrum of one design classes and fleets with the topics listed above. If you have an article or information that you can contribute to this section, please send it via email to:

ONEDESIGN@USSAILING.ORG

Organization Resources

GOWRIE GROUP INSURANCE

  • One Design Insurance Program. Specialized insurance for one-design boats under 30-feet. Can be purchased online. US Sailing members may be eligible for a10% discount. Learn More.
  • The Burgee Program - Club and Organization Insurance.
    The only comprehensive insurance program developed to meet the distinctive needs of yacht clubs, community programs, and sailing organizations. US Sailing members eligible for a 10% discount on the marine components of the program. Learn more.  
  • Crew medical & health insurance. Specialized health insurance with worldwide overage for professional sailors, coaches, instructors, Olympic team members, collegiate sailing athletes, paid crew/captains, and international cruisers who are members of US Sailing. Learn More.
  • Boat and yacht insurance. Gowrie is the largest and most experienced independent marine insurance agency. We offer insurance solutions for all types of boats and yachts. US Sailing members holding a Keelboat, Powerboat, or Safety at Sea training certificate can receive up to a 5% education credit on their boat insurance, when purchased through Gowrie Group. Learn More.
  • Certified Instructor Insurance. US Sailing extends its commercial insurance (general liability, marine liability and umbrella) to protect Certified Instructors. Each specific scenario determines if US Sailing’s insurance is primary, excess, or does not apply. Learn More.
  • Certified Race Officer Insurance. US Sailing extends its commercial insurance for the benefit of US Sailing’s certified race officers, certified judges, and certified umpires, and to non-certified officials acting as volunteers for US Sailing (collectively referred to as Certified Race Officials (CRO)). Each specific scenario determines if US Sailing’s insurance is primary, excess, or does not apply. Learn More.
  • Home & Auto. Gowrie offers US Sailing’s members insurance programs for homes, automobiles, valuablesbusinesses, and more.

Social Resources

US Sailing Facebook One- Design Forum

  • US Sailing Facebook Leadership Forum
  • Coming Soon - New to the  US Sailing Facebook- Leadership Forum- a One Design Sub group

 

Sailor Resources

Crew HQ

Content under construction.

Crew Finder:

Crew Medical & Health Insurance - Specialized health insurance with worldwide overage for professional sailors, coaches, instructors, Olympic team members, collegiate sailing athletes, paid crew/captains, and international cruisers who are members of US Sailing. Learn More.

Tuning Tips

Tactics & Strategy

Content under construction

  • North U is offers live and on-demand webinars on tactics and sail trim. US Sailing members are being offering special pricing on these sessions. Visit the North U website and use promo code USS20NU to save 25% and gain access. The North U Trim Webinar is a series of 4 sessions. Purchase individual sessions at $30 each (regularly $40) or all 4 session for $108.75 (regularly $145).
  • Youth Racing Central- US Sailing Members Only Feature- Login with your member ID and password- Youth and Adults Welcome

One-Design Event Calendar (add your class events here)

US Sailing One Design Calendar

THE ONE-DESIGN LINE Archived Issues

One Design Line

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One Design Experiences with  

My Class, My Story: The Day Sailor

'From a single outing in a Day Sailer comes a flood of memories and emotions, all tied to a simple craft.'

By Erika Seaman

The Day Sailer really moves on the race course. It has all the right sails and strings, and it’s comfortable and it’s responsive. What I cherish even more than George O’Day and Uffa Fox’s timeless design, however, is the experience of stepping on board and instantly feeling connected to other chapters of my life.

I realize this recently at the annual Day Sailer Crab Pot Regatta at the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Maryland, in October 2016. This non-club-sanctioned tradition has taken different formats through the years, but it always includes something adventurous late in the season, an opportunity to switch boats and crews, and a bowl of chili afterward. On this occasion, our generous fleet captain Robin Richards has rigged Kanaka and Bail Out so we can do a little match racing right off SSA’s docks. It’s gusting, so staying close to the club is a smart idea, especially without crash boats at the ready. Short races right where the Severn River and Spa Creek meet means navigating the irrationality of landmasses and competing winds. Big puffs and even bigger lulls make for a fine quadriceps workout. Click here to continue reading.

If you are interested in submitting a My Class, My Story article, contact: DaveReed@sailingworld.com

 

 

 

 

 

My Class, My Story DaySailor: Carlo Giambarresi
Sailing World: My Class, My Story:Daysailor by Carlo Giamarrresi

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  • North U offers live and on-demand webinars on tactics and sail trim. US Sailing members are being offering special pricing on these sessions. Visit the North U website and use promo code USS20NU to save 25% and gain access. The North U Trim Webinar is a series of 4 sessions. Purchase individual sessions at $30 each (regularly $40) or all 4 session for $108.75 (regularly $145).
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    • One Design Insurance Program - Specialized insurance for one-design boats under 30-feet. Can be purchased online. US Sailing members may be eligible for a10% discount. Learn More.
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      The only comprehensive insurance program developed to meet the distinctive needs of yacht clubs, community programs, and sailing organizations. US Sailing members eligible for a 10% discount on the marine components of the program. Learn more.

 

A Special THANK YOU to the 45 Volunteers From:

  • Six Working Parties who took on topics identified from the One Design Sailors and Classes Survey from October 2019
  • 62 One Design Classes
  • 23 states across the country

It is through your passion, dedication and contributions that we were able to create this interactive webpage for One Design Sailors and Classes.