Comet Class Yacht Racing Association




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One-Design Class Type: Dinghy

Was this boat built to be sailed by youth or adults? Both

Approximately how many class members do you have? 105

About Comet Class Yacht Racing Association

The Comet is the most active two person boat in the mid Atlantic States.
There are active fleets in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Bermuda.
Each Summer there are many regional regattas as well as the North American and International Championships. They are also the only two person boat raced in Bermuda Race Week.
They are high performance yet do not require trapeze or spinnaker experience.
This 88 year old classic has a new builder who has refined the self-rescuing hull with improved ergonomics that appeal to sailors of all ages and levels of experience.
Mylar sails with full length top batten and loose footed mainsail are allowed as an alternative to the Dacron sails.
Comets include simple three-stay rigs and controls as well as those with a full range of rigging and sail adjustments. The hard chine design is forgiving and the 260 pound hull can plane in as little as 12 knots of wind. Newer fiberglass and older wood Comets are equally competitive.
The Comet exemplifies competitive sailing at its best with mentoring of new members by sharing strategy, tactics and adjustments. Fabulous regatta venues provide excitement, and fun for all ages.


Boats Produced: 4158

Class boat builder(s):

Whitecap Composites, Inc., 147 Summit St., Peabody, MA 01960

Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 450

Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:

Mid-Atlantic — NJ, PA, MD, MA, CT

Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker?

Ideal combined weight of range of crew:  280 – 320 lbs.

Boat Designed in 1932

Beam: 5′

Weight of rigged boat without sails: 285 lb. with mast, boom & rudder

Draft: 3′

Mast Height: 20′ 5″