The P Class is a monotype training/racing dinghy designed by Harry Highet in 1923. The class has stood the test of time with the aid of a tight set of class rules that have been carefully amended over the years to allow the yacht to benefit from changing technology whilst maintaining its integrity as a tight one design class.
The P Class is the generally accepted next step after the Optimist with most skippers making the transition between the ages of 11‐13 years. The maximum age for P Class skippers is 16 years.
The move from the Optimist to the P Class allows young sailors to develop their knowledge and skills in sail trim and boat handling. Whilst the P Class offers a challenging platform on which to develop sailing skills, it is also very rewarding as sailors learn the benefits of body position, boating handling, sail trim and rig tuning; aspects which are not as critical on the more stable and simply rigged Optimist.
Club racing takes place most Sundays Pre Christmas only. All P Class skippers are encouraged to sail in as many external regattas as possible as it is by experiencing competition in different waters and against different competitors that improvements in performance are made. The Club runs an active training programme Pre Christmas for their general development as well as their build up towards the Nationals in January each year. The weekly Pre Christmas club coaching sessions take place on Wednesday nights.
The most important events in the P Class calendar are the Tanner Cup (interprovincial) and the Tauranga Cup (open National Champs).
If you have any queries relating to the P Class at Murrays Bay Sailing Club, please contact our class reps.
You can find lots of information about the Pclass here:
See our page about the Tanner and Tauranga Cups here:
- Doyle Sails Pclass tuning guide
- Lidgard Sails Pclass tuning guide
- Nick Taylor pclass tuning guide
- To P or not to P
- P Class rules 2016
- North Sails pclass tuning guide
P CLASS HISTORY