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.

Class Contacts

Chris Playfair

Class Captain

Alistair Watson

Vice Captain

Stuart Maunder

Social Representative

Mike Richardson


Dave Best

Results Secretary

The Osprey Class

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.

The 2018 season in underway..... This year promises to be a great year for the Poole YC Osprey fleet, with the addition of 3 new boats, local open meetings at Poole, Highcliffe, and Weymouth, and also the National Championship in August being hosted by Weymouth SC.

We are delighted to welcome new owners, Adam and Tracy Deary, Joe Cross, and Malcolm Shakesby. In addition, Stuart Swann is making a few guest appearances at the back end of 1207; Stuart and Richard are already spicing up the level of competition, which is great to see! The first 2 Thursday evening races have been well supported, even though some boats have yet to appear at the club. I assume April arrived a bit earlier than expected for some of us!! Racing wise, Piers and Phil have scored a couple of bullets, but the highlight so far was Brendan and Charlotte putting in a gritty and stunning performance on April 12th to secure 2nd place, ahead of some of the usual big hitters. If anyone from other classes is interested in taking a closer look at the Osprey, and maybe taking one for a ride, we are a friendly and approachable bunch, so come and have a chat.

Osprey Specification

Designer: Ian Proctor

Portsmouth Number: ​935(PY)

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 Sail 100​​​ ​9.29
Spinnaker 185​​ 17.2

Weight(min):​​​​ 295lb 134KG

Construction:Wood, GRP and Composite.

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