Junior and Youth Classes
Manufacturers of junior and Youth Classes
The brand Laser Performance produces junior and Youth Classes and racing Dinghies. There are 12 models from 2 to 7 meters.
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The brand Fareast produces junior and Youth Classes and one-Design Racing Keelboats. There are 16 models from 2 to 11 meters.
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You can start taking sailing lessons at an early age. Having a variety of yacht classes to choose from will allow you to select an option that suits you the best to achieve a high level of skill. Just like the sailing classes for adults, those for youth and junior sailing classes can be divided into national and international categories. In Russia, for example, the dinghy “Looch” is a national class racing boat. The "Laser", the "Cadet" and the "420" are among the international classes. Of late, modern and affordable sailing classes are attracting more and more attention. The lightweight planing dinghy, "Rocket 270", presented in 2011, and the Open Bic, whose characteristics resemble those of the "Rocket 270", are among the modern options gaining more attention.
On joining the sailing school, very young yachtsmen usually start with the "Optimist" and then move on to other classes as they gain experience. Some continue to carve out solo careers for themselves, while others move on to yachts where a team of two yachtsmen is required. Sailing classes also differ in terms of the type of sailing equipment and crew size. Singlehanded classes have one sail ("Optimist", "Laser" or "Looch"), doublehanded classes have a full set of sails consisting of a mainsail, a jib and a spinnaker ("Cadet" or "420").
The boats are produced according to the specifications of the international or national associations for each of their classes. Competitions are held at different levels, from regional to international.