The SPRINT is a light displacement harbour racing yacht with a long waterline, narrow beam, 2.4m fixed bulb keel or 2.6m lifting bulb keel, spade rudder and a large fractional rig. It is designed for fast, fun harbour racing ... from non-spinnaker twilight and midweek races to the more serious weekend racing.
North Harbour, Sydney
The first "Sprints" launched had double spreader rigs with overlapping genoas with the option of symmetrical or asymmetrical spinnakers. There was a retractable centreline pole for the asymmetrical spinnakers. "Trim" - Western Australia
The new rig has a larger main and foretriangle and non-overlapping headsails. The option of symmetrical or asymmetrical spinnakers remains - depending on the sailing areas and conditions. Symmetrical spinnakers are probably, on average, a better option in areas such as Sydney Harbour where gybe options can sometimes be limited and the wind direction variable. On "Sprint IV" a smaller foot asymmetrical is flown from the bow ... and can also be poled aft when required.Truflo Sails, Brookvale.
The cockpit is a simple trench. Various approaches have been used when setting up the deck gear. "Valiant VII" has most controls in a console back at the mainsheet trimmer. This requires numerous tackle systems below deck for backstay, Cunningham, outhaul, vang and even the jib halyard tension.
"Sprint IV" has a simpler, more conventional layout with all control lines except the backstay operated at deck winches adjacent to the companionway. There are four cockpit lockers for control lines and deck gear stowage.
In way of the traveller the side decks are angled inboard to give comfortable sitting positions for the mainsheet trimmer and helmsman.
The outboard and fuel tank are located in a locker aft of the cockpit under the tiller. The outboard bracket pivots to raise and lower the short shaft 8HP outboard. The hull "door" slides athwartships to allow the motor to be lowered for use.
The interior is very simple with quarter berth / stowage areas, settees with seat back lockers for stowing lifejackets, safety gear and the other odds and ends needed for harbour racing. Headroom is limited to sitting headroom as dictated by the harbour racing this yacht is designed for.
The construction is GRP / foam sandwich using quadraxial and biaxial E-glass on a 20mm foam core with floors, frames and longitudinals for added strength. There is a heavy single skin laminate in way of the keel and maststep. The 2.4m fixed keel foil is constructed from 2205 duplex S.S. and is attached to the hull with 25mm 2205 S.S. keel bolts. The rudder has a 2205 S.S. post and a GRP / foam blade.
Larger photos in the photo section of the "Sprint" page