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Y flyer
Class symbol
Y-Flyer Sailboat.png
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
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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148 news items

Scuttlebutt Sailing News

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 ...

BioBioChile (Comunicado de prensa) (blog)

BioBioChile (Comunicado de prensa) (blog)
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:38:15 -0800

... Colorado de Sporting, vencedor en la Copa Jackson; Incentive Boy, quien busca cambiar la historia imponiéndose como el primer caballo Palmeño en 15 años en ganar la tercera fase de la Triple Corona; y Flyer, Caballo ganador del Clásico de Santiago.
Economía y Negocios online
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:14:30 -0800

En el caso de Chile, hay tres caballos nominados: Río Allipén , ganador de El Derby; Incentive Boy , Triple Coronado del Hipódromo, y Flyer , el mejor tres años del Club Hípico de Santiago. Falta definir un nombre, que llegará vía consenso entre los ...

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 ...

Effingham Daily News

Effingham Daily News
Sun, 18 Oct 2015 18:08:20 -0700

“I moved here because of those things,” he said, extending his left pointer finger toward a red and white Y-Flyer. It's a quiet afternoon at Lake Mattoon. Miller, a retired English professor from Eastern Illinois University, sits on a picnic table ...

Indiana Public Media

Indiana Public Media
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0700

... lake it might be coming from this way so it can sometimes be some challenging.” The 29 racers were divided into four classes. Three boats participated in the A Fleet, five in the B Fleet, seven boats in the Y-Flyer competition and 14 boats in the ...

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:56:15 -0700

As a member of Ottawa's Britannia Yacht Club, he sailed both a Y-Flyer and a Shark, winning and placing in regattas at home and on the road. He sailed well into his 80s. After Melva's death in 2003, he moved to a retirement home in Ottawa, where he ...


Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:48:45 -0800

Athletes from the Flyers Track Club were among the more than 350 athletes that competed at the Regional Junior Olympics Nov. 23, in Hershey, Pa. Fourteen Westfield Y Flyer athletes advanced to the National Junior Olympics in Myrtle Beach, South ...

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