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  • production Strider 24

  • plywood Romany 34

  • lightweight 14ft Zeta mainhull

  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran

These two photos were taken while I was sailing our grp Sagitta singlehanded in about 20 knots of wind (hence the reef). Boat speed was 9 knots to windward and 12-13 offwind

We used a masthead spinnaker that came from our bigger Banshee - so it was maximum size. This photo is on one of our first sails, before we finished painting the boat.

We did once sail at 12 knots with 16 people on board (or 16 knots with 12 - I'm sorry I cannot remember which except we went fast and had a lot of people on board) see below

Anyone can sail a Sagitta, it's very light on the helm

while the foredeck is a great place to lounge and kick back. This is a grp Sagitta sailing in S Africa

And this is a wood Sagitta. Note the smaller, sheet ply cabin roof

A small dodger helps protect the companionways from rain and spray

While these photos are of a far-sailed Dutch Sagitta, originally built in the UK, it has sailed to the Azores and to N Scotland


Note the high bridgedeck clearance, which starts well back from the bow and is kept as short as possible. The result is very little wave slap, while the pronounced knuckles help deflect the waves down and away from the bridgedeck.


Sailing in Scotland

and in Holland

13.2 knots max speed

helming on the sail back form the Azores

Two Sagittas, the front one is a grp boat, the one behind is wood. Note the Iroquois catamaran moored alongside. It is also 30ft long! But slower, less interior room and much less stable

A S African Sagitta. One built here sailed to New Zealand, via the Panama Canal and S Pacific.