Poole Yacht Club Osprey

The Osprey is widely known as the Bentley of racing dinghies. It is a high performance, traditionally designed, 17ft 6 boat. The Mark IV boats are made of GRP (fibreglass). The Mark V is has epoxy construction, and made its first appearance in 2016. However, wooden Mark III boats can be inexpensive and competitive. Because of the one design concept, buying a new model does not buy you a win.

The Osprey has a large genoa and an even larger spinnaker, both of which require the crew to balance the boat on a trapeze wire, leaving a speedboat-like wake behind as they plane in winds above force 2. The Osprey is both a really exciting boat to sail and a very seaworthy vessel, capable of handling light winds or force 6. It planes beautifully on flat water and is entirely comfortable in waves.

Osprey Specification

Designer: Ian Proctor

Portsmouth Number: 100 (SY)

Measurement Feet Meter
Length 17'6 5.33
Beam 5'9 1.75
Draft 4'10 1.47
Length of Mast 24'0 7.32
 
Sail Area Sq. Feet Sq. Meters
Main & Jib 150 17.19
Spinnaker 185 17.19


Weight(min): 295 lb 133.9 kg

Construction: Wood. GRP or composite.

Class Secretary:
National Osprey Class Assoc. Nick Jones, 2 Tyne Close Flitwick, Beds, MK45 1DG

Osprey Contacts

Class Captain

Chris Playfair
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Vice Captain

Alistair Watson
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Secretary

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Social Representative

Stuart Maunder
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Treasurer

Mike Richardson
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Results Secretary

Dave Best

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The Osprey Class at Poole Yacht Club

Our main racing night is Thursday, from April to September, when there is a good turn out on the water and a dedicated dissection of the racing in the bar and restaurant afterwards.
We also race with the handicap fleet on Monday evenings. Saturday races are put on in the spring and from September to December.
We hold an open event every June and this year we are hosting The Osprey National Championships from 10th to 13th August and expect 40 to 50 boats to compete.

There are often crew places available. If interested, contact one of the officers, who will email the fleet.
We have been involved in the youth group “try an adult boat” scheme and the PYC try a boat open day.
The club has a number of sailors who have excelled at national championships as well as a number who never will!
The former are always willing to offer help and advice to the less experienced (though they still seem to beat them every time)