2021 Events Schedule

The schedule of events for 2021 has been published below and the online electronic calendar has been updated as well.

Month

Dates

Venue

Event

Osprey Significance

 

May

29th/30th

Poole

Southern Championships.

WS Event

Shared with Fireballs

Jun

26th/27th

Date change

Isle of Sheppey

Open Meeting

WS Event

Shared with Cherubs

Jul

3rd/4th

Castle Cove

Weymouth Dinghy Regatta

WS Event

 

Aug

1st to 4th

Tenby

National Championship

 

Aug

28th to 30th

Burnham

Burnham Week

WS Event

TBC

Sep

5th

Isle of Sheppey

Round Sheppey Race

 

Sep

11th/12th

Kielder

Scottish and Northern Championships

WS Event

 

Sep

18th/19th

Mounts Bay

Panorma Cup

WS Event

 

Oct

2nd/3rd

Blithfield

Inland Championships

WS Event

 

Oct

9th/10th

Paignton

Open Meeting

WS Event

Shared with Fireballs and Merlins

Oct

16th/17th

Carsington

End of Season

WS Event

Yes

Class Secretary Wanted

help3 smallThe Osprey Class are looking for a member to come forward and be the Class Secretary

Classic Boat Article

Classic Boat magazine have an article on the Osprey. Alan Henderson & Oscar Chess helped them with the article.

The Osprey design was originally penned by Ian Proctor in the early 1950’s. It was designed for the Olympic Selection Trials along with several others; two of which became the Flying Dutchman and 505 of today. 

Ospreys in the early days often raced with a crew of three, although with introduction of the trapeze, the optimum racing crew became two. The class still allow 2 or 3 on board whilst racing, but only one on trapeze.

The original design built in so much strength and longevity that this has influenced much in the development of the class. Old boats don’t fade away, but remain competitive for decades. 

There have only been three major hull developments, which took place in 1973, 2002 and 2005. In 1973 the Mk III was designed. This removed the rear buoyancy tank; the hull shape being kept the same. The principal reason behind this was to enable a good quality glass reinforced plastic (GRP) boat to be built. The original intention was achieved, as the Mk III hull was no faster or lighter, just different.

In 2002 a change to the measurement rules allowed owners to have a half-height front buoyancy tank if they wished.

In 2005 the new Mark IV FRP boat arrived. The rework of the design was undertaken by Phil Morrison, with new moulds built by Ian Teasdale and Kevin Driver, and boats built by the new sole builder, Hartley Boats. The major changes were:-

  • Addition of a mini buoyancy tank at the stern to stiffen the whole transom 
  • moving the main thwart aft to give more space for the crew 
  • redesigned forward bulkhead a la standard GRP 505

In 2016, the new Osprey Mark V arrived, for the first time of epoxy construction. Internal design is different to the Mark IV, but the external hull shape is unchanged. Hartley Boats remain the sole builder.

The shape and weight of the Osprey hull is strictly controlled. The rig controls are open, and spars may be carbon or alloy. There is choice of sailmaker while spars come from either of two manufacturers.

The Osprey class includes a wide variety of wooden, GRP and a few composite boats, all competing on level terms with the recent FRP ones.

In some classes, it seems that each year’s latest new feature must be bought to keep your boat competitive. Not so in the Osprey, where development is strictly controlled, so it is neither necessary nor possible to buy your way to the front of the fleet. 

But watch out …

In the Osprey class you may be beaten by a boat that is older than you are!