The Heron is an exciting sailing dinghy of 3.5m (11'3'') for crew of two designed by Jack Holt (who also designed the Mirror, GP14, Star and others). The Heron is a one class design and is regulated by a set of measurements and criteria. This means that Herons are constructed, rigged and similarly equipped, therefore lowering the cost of ownership.
The key to the Heron is low cost, which has made Holt's 1950's Yachting World design one of the most popular dinghy classes ever. Sailed by parent / child, grandparents, youths or couples, Herons are highly regarded as an ideal first boat for taking up dinghy sailing. Herons are stable and easy to sail but also cater for the expert sailor with high level competition in boats of the one type. Herons are constructed in both timber and fibreglass and are able to be constructed at home from plans or purchased complete from authorised boat builders. Over 5,000 Herons have been made in Australia. (NHSAA).
The Dobroyd fleet continues this philosophy. Low entry costs means an easy start to sailing. We have a fleet of 15 boats registered with regularly 7 to 10 boats on the water. Close tactical racing, without the need to keep up the latest in equipment to make you super competitive, makes the class very attractive. Lots of husband/wife, father/daughter, mother/daughter, father/son et al combinations. Herons are a great way for a family to share sailing. There is a Dobroyd Heron junior championship (Malats Shield) and an emphasis on encouraging both juniors and crews to develop their sailing skills. New sailors are always welcome with lots of help available from the existing Heron fleet.
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Last Modified on 06/11/2013 15:01