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Y Flyer
Y-Flyer Sailboat.png
Y-FlyerLogo.png
Class symbol
Current specifications
Crew 2
Type Monohull
Construction Wood; Fiberglass
Rig Marconi
Keel 4 feet - retractable rear-swing centerboard
Trapeze None
LOA 5.486 m (18 ft 0 in)
Beam 1.767 m (5 ft 9.6 in)
Draft 1.219 m (4 ft 0 in)
Hull weight 226.7 kg (500 lb)
Main & jib area 14.9 m2 (160 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 51.15 m2 (550.6 sq ft)
PHRF 86.5 Portsmouth
Development
Year 1938
Designer Alvin Youngquist
Location Toledo Ohio USA

The Y Flyer is an 18 foot (5.5m) sloop-rigged racing dinghy designed to be sailed by 2 people. Although the boat looks and performs like a scow, the bottom of the hull is not quite flat, but split along the centerline into two flat chines. Y-flyers are built of either wood or fiberglass. The Y Flyer was designed in 1938 by Alvin Youngquist, a Naval Architect working in Toledo Ohio, who wished to build a two-person performance dinghy as a training boat for the larger A-Scow. He published the design in Rudder magazine with instructions for how to build it at home using marine plywood. Many Y Flyers are built by their owners following the class rules and design which remain little changed since 1938. Several commercial boat builders have also built Y-Flyers, including Turner Marine, who are the only builder commercially offering the design today.

The Y Flyer is an active one-design class with fleets, sailing clubs and regattas primarily in the US Southeast, US Upper Midwest and Eastern Canada. The class is designated by a "Y" on the mainsail. Approximately 3000 Y-Flyers have been registered to the class associations.

The Y Flyer class requires boats to weigh at least 500 pounds fully rigged, without crew or sails, and to carry class-approved upwind sails measuring 161 sq ft (14.9 m2). The Canadian Y-Flyer class allows for a spinnaker to be used downwind. The American Y-Flyer class rules forbid the use of spinnakers. When racing against non-class sailboats, the Y-Flyer uses a Portsmouth Yardstick rating of 86.5. The boat sailing characteristics are similar to other fast planing performance boats, but the Y Flyer is notable for having a bluntly squared-off fore-deck and using a whisker pole nearly half the length of the boat when setting the jib for running downwind.

The American Y-Flyer class has 19 active one-design fleets and supports a travelling regatta series including Midwinter Races and multi-regatta Mid-Western Cup and Helmsman Cup Awards. The class is noted for maintaining rules which minimize the advantages of high-tech, high-cost features. This focus allows sailors with a modest budget to remain highly competitive. Each year many older boats, with low sail numbers, place well in races at the club and regatta level.

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97 news items

Medina County Gazette

Medina County Gazette
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:20:51 -0700

Race categories were open to anyone 15 and older with a Y Flyer sailboat. Y Flyer sailboats are 18 feet long and can be sailed by one or two people. Teams from the U.S. and Canada competed in the races Saturday and Sunday. The Chippewa Lake Yacht ...
 
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:15:00 -0700

MATTOON -- Charles Turner, co-captain of Lake Mattoon's fleet of Y-flyer sailboats, and his wife reign as champions of the lake's first major regatta. The Turners steered the Hi-Hope to a first place in the opening race of the three-event series ...
 
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:36:19 -0700

The 2015 Y-Flyer Midwinter Regatta was held at Grande Maumelle Sailing Club in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 14-15, with 21 boats from Canada, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Kansas competing. The fleet was ...

Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:07:01 -0700

MATTOON -- Charles Turner, co-captain of Lake Mattoon's fleet of Y-flyer sailboats, and his wife reign as champions of the lake's first major regatta. The Turners steered the Hi-Hope to a first place in the opening race of the three-event series ...
 
TelevisaDeportes.com
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:54:24 -0700

Okumura y Fuerza Chicana estaban apoyando al rudo encargándose de Soberano Jr; y Flyer, dejando solos dirimiendo sus odios a Lestat y King Jaguar. Jaguar llevó a su enemigo entre las butacas y hasta la entrada de la Arena Puebla, el cuadrilátero les ...

La Prensa (OEM)

La Prensa (OEM)
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:37:30 -0700

Antes, el torneo En Busca de un Ídolo seguirá su curso con las confrontaciones entre Bobby Zavala y Canelo Casas y Flyer contra Delta, este último continúa en el último lugar de la tabla y difícilmente podrá remontar en los resultados finales. Lo que ...
 
Newport Beach Independent Newspaper
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:33:45 -0700

Lately I've been railing about Yes on Y's abuse of the English language to get voters to suspend their disbelief that hundreds of thousands of square feet will reduce traffic. Not to mention the use of scenic images of kayakers on Back Bay and ...
 
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

Cleveland, OH (October 12, 2014) – A 16-year-old upstart and a former champion each entered Sunday's racing with a chance to win the Jack Brown Trophy at the Championship of Champions, hosted by the Edgewater Yacht Club. Recognized as US ...
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