File:Sprint 15 Boats on the beach.jpg|
On the Beach at Pentewan Sands UK
|Crew||1 or 2|
|Hull weight||100 kg|
|Mast height||6.715 m|
|Mainsail area||10.19 m2|
|Jib / Genoa area||2.10 m2|
883 (1 crew, 2 sails)|
916 (2 crew, 2 sails)
916 (1 crew, 1 sail)
The Sprint 15 is a one-design 15 foot long glassfibre sailing catamaran, principly sailed in the UK. It is designed to be sailed by one or two people and has a furling jib and trapeze. It can be raced with or without the jib and trapeze and there are national championships held in both categories.
Hull 33 kg per hull; Trolley 6 kg; Road base 100 kg; Trailing weight 174.5 kg; Mast 10.5 kg.
RYA handicap ratings
- 916 - Sailed "Unarig" (one person with just the main)
- 916 - Sailed 2 up (with main & jib)
- 883 - Sailed "Sport" (one person with main, jib & trapeze)
The Sprint 15 was designed in 1979 by Rodney March, who was also responsible for the design of the Olympic Tornado class catamaran. Originally built by Panthercraft Ltd of Penryn in Cornwall as the "Spark", the boat was then sold through The Laser Centre in Banbury, UK and was renamed the Dart 15. Production was transferred in 2005 to Collins Fibreglass of South Africa, who also manufacture the Dart 18 catamaran. In 2005 the name of the boat was changed from Dart 15 to Sprint 15. At present just over 2000 Sprint 15 boats have been sold and there is an active class association and racing schedule. The Sprint 15 is in the top 2 most popular racing catamaran fleets each year in the UK (by national championship entries).
The boat can be purchased through Windsport UK http://www.windsport.co.uk/modules/catparts.php?img_id=783
There is a website for the class association at http://www.sprint15.com with further information about the boat, The Class Association and an active discussion forum.
The class association has a very active events programme with National championships for the 883 format and the 916 format. There are also two Traveller series one in summer and the other in Winter. There is normally one event per month. There are also two teach-in sessions per year with one held in the north of the UK and the other held in the south. The class associations website holds all the details for the events.