Crew: 1 man crew.
Dimensions: 3.55 meters in length, 1.3 meters in width and ±52kg.
Sail Area: 5.5 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Aimed for sailors leaving Optimist with starting weights at around 48kg.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The Splash is the perfect follow-on boat to an Optimist or Topper, and is also great for those who may be too small for a Laser. The Splash is a centre-main, one person, one design dinghy built in the Netherlands. Although one-design, hull colours vary massively throughout the fleet and are fully customisable, from pink with white hand prints to purple with yellow spots – it is quite rare to see a white one!
It has a very wide and deep cockpit with plenty of room to move, while sitting-out on the narrow side decks of the Splash is very comfortable. The Splash is a strictly one-design class, with starting weights for sailors at around 48kg. Fleets of Splashes are found in Great Britain, France, Canada, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Latvia, Poland & Sweden with interest in the USA, New Zealand, Australia & Singapore. In 1998 the Splash was recognised as an international one-design class by ISAF.
The Splash benefits from a continuous halyard which means it is much easier to raise the sail, rather than having to lift the mast in and out. The hull weighs 52kg which means it can easily go on top of most cars. When you have had a try in the Splash you will realise how light and response the rudder is, and how close the dinghy can sail to the wind. The Splash also has a feature on the boom which allows it to be sailed by-the-lee without the risk of an accidental gybe.In the UK the Splash’s PY is 1184 which puts it in a very competitive position for handicap racing.