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Y Flyer
Y-Flyer Sailboat.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
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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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 ...

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge Herald
Wed, 27 May 2015 23:11:15 -0700

Loading ... Follow The Lethbridge Herald on Twitter @LethHerald Latest Tweet. By Villeneuve, Melissa on May 28, 2015. Richard Quinlan, left, takes new sailing member Ron Hammerstedt out on Quinlans Y Flyer sailboat on Sunday at the St. Mary Reservoir.
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:51:56 -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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Platense a lo Ancho
Fri, 15 May 2015 11:01:27 -0700

... una línea de identidad visual uniforme que se puede apreciar y diferenciar fácilmente en los objetos conmemorativos que lo componen (camiseta, packaging, póster y flyer informativo) como en otras parte de la campaña por los festejos de los 110 años ...
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 ...
Suburban News
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:52:30 -0700

The Westfield Area Y Flyer's Track club is dedicated to healthy competition, teamwork and individual development. The Flyers hosted a home track meet at Kehler Stadium in Westfield on June 22. For more information about the team, visit yflyerstrackclub ...
Moultrie News
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:22:30 -0700

The event hosts multiple different sailing classes including E-Scow, Laser, Sunfish, Y-Flyer and Moths. However, the main event is the Sea Island One Design class. The race has been held every year in Bohicket Creek for over a century and is rumored to ...
Charleston Post Courier
Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:14:02 -0700

Y FLYER: 1. Ned Goss, 4; 2. John Skinner, 5. THISTLE: 1. Scott McCormack, 4; 2. Scott Griffin, 6; 3. Downing Nightingale II, 12. SEA ISLAND ONE DESIGN: 1. Michal Miller, 7; 2. Stan LaRoche, 10; 3. Justin Walling, 12. SUNFISH MASTERS: 1. Brian Swan, 9 ...

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