Length: 4.35m (14ft 3ins)
Width: 1.42m (4ft 8ins)
Country: United Kingdom
Keel Type:
Rig Type:
Bermuda Sloop Fractional (with jib)
Crew: 2
Trapeze: 1
Sail Area: 13.94 sq. m
Spinnaker Type:
Symmetric spinnaker
Spinnaker Area:
15.05 sq.m
Design Year: 1956
Boats Built:
No handicap data found

The Daring dinghy has flared topsides, rolled side decks, a trapeze, and a huge sail area for the size of boat, rather like a mini-505. Designer Bill O’Brien said that about 60 boats were built to his knowledge, but as many were home built, few survive.

In 1953 the younger members of the Weston Sailing Club wanted a lighter, faster racing dinghy with built-in buoyancy for righting by the crew. The Committee decided on a design competition, designs to be built at the owners’ cost and thoroughly tested before approval. Bill designed and built the Daring and in the Southampton Water Sailing association event in the spring of 1954 (six clubs entered five boats each), having started late, overhauled the other 29 boats, including an 18’ National and a 24’ International. Daring was approved by the Club Committee.


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