There are 3 main racing classes in the
sport to-day concentrating on smaller and lighter yachts than in the past. These
are called Class 3 and Class 5. Both types of yacht use 'lift' generated on the
wing shaped sail to travel at between 3 and 5 times the wind speed reaching
speeds in excess of 60 mph.
Class 3 yachts are the fastest and most competitive. Most are commercially built
with aerofoil 'wing' masts and slim enclosed glass fibre bodies.
Class 5 yachts are smaller, open, and of tubular construction, with pole masts.
They are built to rigid specifications either commercially, or for the home
builder from approved plans.
Class Standart yachts are manufactured bySeagull Landyachtsin France to a strict specification. The benefits
of a ‘one design yacht’ are that pilots of Standarts race on equal terms with
other pilots; no-one will arrive at a competition with a newly designed sail
capable of beating all other competitors!