The Enterprise dinghy is a well established, international, two man two sail class, popular throughout the country.
Launched in 1956 by Jack Holt and sponsored by the News Chronicle newspaper, the Enterprise was the first of the lightweight frameless dinghies, fast and at low cost, that could be constructed by an amateur builder.
The class has grown to one of the largest in the world, with over 23,000 boats built. It has excellent qualities for a family fun boat, a two man racing boat and even a training boat.
The Enterprise is a one design class whose important features are strictly upheld by a strong class association, ensuring that older boats remain very competitive.
Enterprise class racing is extremely close and the race circuit attracts many top class helms and crews throughout the country and standards are high. There is an extensive open meeting programme with exciting and friendly racing, available locally with Midland Sailing Club playing an active part.
Having a very simple layout without the complication, or cost, of a spinnaker or trapeze, the boat is ideal for those who do not have a regular crew or don’t want to take it too seriously. The double chine hull is very responsive and handles positively. It has a sail area of 10.5 sq.m, hoisted on a deck stepped mast and sails very well in light airs whilst being exciting and easy planning in a stronger breeze.
There is a wide choice of construction, available in wood, GRP, FRP or composite and second hand boats are priced to suit all pockets.
At Midland we welcome Enterprise sailors to come and cruise or to join in our pursuit series and there is always someone around to offer advice and coaching if needed. If you have an Enterprise and are looking to sail at one of the friendliest clubs in the midlands, look no further. The more the merrier!For more information, check the association web site at Sail Enterprise.