Largest One Design Participation Numbers?

Where is one design going? Outside of the one man Opti and Laser. Which class is putting the largest number of boats on the line? Who is throwing the largest NA's or Worlds. Which training boat can you invest in today where you would be confident to find others to sail against?

 

MR.CLEAN

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That's where I'd go for 1 or 2 man. To be part of the big multi-class events, I'd go with a Melges 24 or Viper, or for the more amateur class/or for those who don't want to be on their ear in the breeze, (depending on where the rules end up), a J/70. If I lived in South Florida and was older or less fit, maybe a Star.

 
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Hobie Dog

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There have been articles on the front page, yes there really is a front page on SA :lol: , that listed number of boats attending Nationals going back several years so that you could see the trend in the various OD classes. Forget who put it together but it is really cool. Maybe Clean can dig up the old article and post again or get said Anarchist to update with this years data. It is a much better indication of class strength than boats registered with US Sailing.

You can take a list like this as a starting point and then research what is also active in your local area and not just once a year at the National level.

 

GlitterBomb

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That's where I'd go for 1 or 2 man. To be part of the big multi-class events, I'd go with a Melges 24 or Viper, or for the more amateur class/or for those who don't want to be on their ear in the breeze, (depending on where the rules end up), a J/70. If I lived in South Florida and was older or less fit, maybe a Star.
Hey asshat, I am having a hard time visualizing how any of those "stay in the boat" classes (M24, Viper, J/70) require a fraction of the fitness that even a middle of the fleet star does.

 

radtim

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Viper NA's (our Inter-Galatics, Gold Cup, Worldly thing) is growing every year. We just had 44 on the line in M-Head this September. We will have 25+ @ several regional events in 2013.

 

6924

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Depends on what you define as participation rate and your location -

For full on participation defined by number of boats racing number of times - it is hands down the Schock Harbor 20s in SoCal, hard core anarchists may gag, but it is the truth - in ordinary beer can races they get 30+ boats on the line. In the May-Sept season, Harbor 20s race M-T-W-T-F every week plus weekend races. The Harbor 20s race more than 150 days a year. No traveling regatta and no "NAs" to speak of

For NAs - Scooter has a spreadsheet which lists the NA participation rate.

 
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NYBOZO1

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Harbor 20 is about the stupidest frickin boat I have ever seen.

However, good for beginners doing bumper car sailing.

 

DryArmour

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Harbor 20 is about the stupidest frickin boat I have ever seen.

However, good for beginners doing bumper car sailing.
I actually enjoyed my Harbor 20 "TOTALLY SCHOCKED" very much. My boys were little and the boat was well balanced and a lot of fun to sail in even the modest breeze in Newport Harbour. Racing was casual and win or lose we always had a fun time. While not perfect, the electric motor made cocktailing around the Harbour great for our guests at Christmas time. I do miss that little boat. Stupid or not.

 
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6924

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NYBOZ,

Well well, then come in Down to Newport and humiliate everyone if you are so dang Bad Ass.

The Fleet would Love to learn just how incredibly Awesome you are

 

NYBOZO1

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Newport Harbor is a great place! Sailed there several times last year.

Love to come back.

I am certain I could have beaten a lady Sabot sailor whose rudder kept falling off. And maybe one other who kept finding herself going backwards.

 
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fastyacht

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From your location a Lafitte skiff might be the ticket.. Pilottown?
Lafitte Skiff?!

I haven't seen one of them since the mid-90s when I went into the Bayous looking for local boatbuilding. Never saw one with a sail though, but I did learn how the woodies went together.

 

dcbsheb

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It depends on what you are looking to get out of it. If you are looking for a class to get your entire family involved in, you can't go wrong with something like a Lightning or a Thistle. Typically draw large numbers to major events. Active fleets nationwide. Very family friendly classes with junior sailing events.

 

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