Crew: 2 man crew.
Dimensions: 4.87 meters in length and ±61kg.
Sail Area: 9.75 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Single-trapeze planing dinghy with conventional kite and is sailed in over 60 nations.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The Hornet dinghy is a 16 foot high performance dinghy designed by Jack Holt in 1953. It is a restricted class therefore its external hull measurements, sailing weight, sail measurements, and mast dimensions and weights are controlled, but the hull's interior layout, centreboard and rudder have few restrictions. Permitted materials are restricted in order to control costs.
The Hornet was originally designed using marine plywood bent over a simple frame, along the lines of his popular 14 foot GP14 design. During the 1960s GRP panels were used, GRP being more flexible (or heavier) then pine made them less competitive to other wooden boats.
During the 1970s and early 1980s the class was updated progressively by the adoption of the trapeze, larger sails, and the phased reduction of overall weight limits over several years. Throughout this period the hull shape was hydrodynamically optimised taking advantage of permitted tolerances, being built over a much stiffer frame to control its shape and stiffen its structure. Among other improvements an effective gybing centreboard was developed.
In 2000, a new deck mould was developed, in 2008, a new skiff-style deck mould was developed.
The outer hull and sail plan are one design profiles but the rig and the deck layout are less restricted. Any deck layout is permissible: side tanks, double bottoms, crew decks, spaceframes, etc. A free choice of foils and spars means the class supports a wide spectrum of weights and strengths. Fourteens and other restricted classes allow costly development of the hull shape and the sail plan.
The Hornet celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012
For further information please visit www.hornet.org.uk