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

Stuart Maunder

Social Representative

Mike Richardson


Dave Best

Results Secretary

Alistair Watkins

Vice Captain

Race Results




Welcome to Osprey sailing in 2019. Last year saw the fleet increase and our boats taking 3rd, 4th and 5th places at the National championships, with several boats lower down the rankings (some with more smiles than the winners). 25 to 30 knot winds in the nationals and our exciting winter series proved the sea-worthiness of this fabulous boat.

If you fancy a fast, exciting, seriously sea-worthy boat with trapeze and spinnaker to amuse the crew, come and join us. Contact Chris Playfair on 07952551524 or chrisplayfair@gmail.com or use the crew available section on the website (under sailing)

Our very popular open meeting in combination with the Contender class and the hugely successful and free live music event: Mid-summer Madness is on May 18th and 19th.

2019 Nationals are at Mounts Bay, Cornwall, Aug 4-8. See association website

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.