Poole Yacht Club Osprey

Would you like to fly over the water with spray in your face, a speedboat-like wake behind you and the joy of being attached to the boat only by your feet and a trapeze wire? If the answer is yes, then the Osprey is the boat for you.

Widely known as the Bentley of racing dinghies, the Osprey is a high performance, traditionally designed, 17ft 6 boat. The Mark IV boats are made of GRP (fibreglass). The Mark V is an epoxy construction, and made its first appearance in 2016. Hartley Boats have recently announced the arrival of the Mark VI Osprey. 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, as they plane in winds above force 3. 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
Stuart Maunder
Social Representative
Mike Richardson
Dave Best
Results Secretary
Alistair Watkins
Vice Captain


Welcome to Osprey sailing in 2021.

We have a full season of racing ahead of us with 12 of these splendid boats at Poole. Our main race sessions are Monday and Thursday evenings from April to September. We race with the handicap fleet on Saturday afternoons (April to May and September to December). Throughout the year there are weekend trophy races and regattas.

We are often looking for crew and always looking for potential new boat owners.

Contact Chris Playfair on 07952551524 or chrisplayfair@gmail.com or use the Facebook crew available section on the website.
Ask to Crew on the Facebook Group

Poole Yacht Club will host the Osprey Open event on May 29th & 30th
Visit the event page

Nationals are at Tenby 1st to 4th August
Sign up on the Class Association Website

Race Results





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.