The Osprey is a big, fast sailing dinghy with a single trapeze and a symmetric spinnaker.
Designed by Ian Proctor, the Osprey is sailable in all but the most extreme weather conditions, whether inland reservoir, tidal rivers or mountainous seas.
The Osprey is a well behaved and balanced boat, suitable for racing or cruising, and may be sailed by a crew of two or three. She comes with a spacious interior, giving a generous space to its crew. A choice of hull materials, fittings and layout, rig and sails allow competitive pricing.
Over the years, there has been some development in hull shape and construction, and carbon masts, booms and spinnaker poles are now allowed. Nonetheless, it is the ethos of the class that the hull shape and sail plan remain true to the designer’s original concept.
The class’s policy of gradual development means that old boats still compete successfully at the top end of the fleet against modern examples. This is a very rare attribute in other classes, so it is no wonder that many sailors enjoy the challenge of finding and preparing an old wooden example to compete with the best. Others prefer to purchase a modern example by builders Hartley Boats, with a more standard layout, needing little pimping or tuning to be competitive.
Many Ospreys are sailed by couples, and the introduction of carbon rigs mean that the class now suits lighter weight pairings as well as heavy weight teams.
It is a boat which is quick on all waters and all winds, while in heavy winds and big seas, it is a boat which really looks after you. Thank you for visiting the site to find out more about our class. Read on to find out more about the Osprey, and do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.