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|LOA||3.5 m (11 ft)|
|Hull weight||55 kg (120 lb)|
|Total sail area||5.5 m2 (59 sq ft)|
The Splash Dinghy is 3.5m in length and all boats are identical, thus, as is typical in One-Design classes, the sailor's ability rather than equipment is emphasised fleet racing. The boats employ an un-stayed mono rig with a sail area of 5.5 m2, which makes the class easy to handle by sailors ranging from 45 to 80kg. This, combined with the low hull weight of 55kg, allow the class to serve as a stepping stone between the Optimist Dinghy and boats such as the Laser Radial, suiting Sailors in the age range from 13 to 19 years.
Competitions are held at club, national and international level. In New Zealand, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, and many other countries in Europe, the National Splash Associations arrange many events during the season, ranging from the traveller's ranking series, training camps, coaching, national champs, and world selection trials.
New boats cost around NZD$7500, but second hand boats are considerably cheaper and some clubs have schemes whereby sailors can charter boats until they decide to continue with the class. An another version of the Splash is available called the "Flash" it has more sail area and a longer boom but the same size hull, this boat is designed for sailors weighing over 70 Kg but it is not very common because most sailors prefer to move on to the Laser Radial where there is more competition . The splash is capable of speeds of over 10 knots on a broad reach, and has performance very similar to a laser 4.7. It is similar in appearance to a Laser hull but is shorter and wider and has a vertical bow.
The Splash is an ISAF international youth class yacht and each year a world championship is held.
The 2009 world champs were in; Pwllheli, Wales on 8th -14th August. Pwllheli Sailing Club
The 2010 world champs were in; Takapuna, Auckland on 2nd-8th January. Takapuna Boating Club the winner was New Zealander Chris Steele.
|Year||Winner||Nationality, sail number||Location|
|2000||Conrad Gair||Template:NZL1346||Stavoren, NL|
|2001||Erwin Veldman||Template:NED1488||Carnac, FRA|
|2002||Shandy Buckley||Template:NZL1768||Weymouth, GBR|
|2003||Sandra van Meyden||Template:NED1039||Stavoren, NL|
|2004||Jorne Knegt||Template:NED1642||Nieuwpoort, BEL|
|2008||Ben Lutze||Template:NZL2488||Tavira, POR|
|2009||Declan Burn||Template:NZL2592||Pwllheli, GBR|
|2010||Chris Steele||Template:NZL1840||Takapuna Beach, NZL|