Luffing Lassies' Fleets
Luffing Lassies learn, practice and race primarily in four different types of sailboats, providing a variety of sailing experiences. Lassies skipper single-handed boats as well as crew or skipper two and three person boats. Sailing and racing this variety of boats increases confidence on the water and on a race course. Some members sail all four, others prefer to stick with one or two. It’s your choice. The opportunities are there for the asking.
New Luffing Lassies skipper a Sunfish while learning to sail in the annual Introduction to Sailing program. A 14-foot dinghy class, one-person sailboat, the Sunfish is recognized worldwide as a valuable teaching boat that adapts to all skill levels, strengths and ages. The Lassies own and maintain 15 pre-owned Sunfish that make up the training fleet. Because the Lassies’ Sunfish fleet is available only for first year instruction, Lassies are encouraged to purchase their own boats after their freshman year. Sailing the Lassies-owned Sunfish, they learn not only how to rig, sail and race but how to care for and maintain a seaworthy boat.
In order to provide a two-person sailing experience to members, the Luffing Lassies rent 420’s from the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program which also sails from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The 4.2 meter, two person boat has a mainsail, jib and optional spinnaker thus making teamwork crucial to successful sailing. Lassies can learn to sail a 420 and race along with the rest of the fleet. The annual Florida Women’s Sailing Association Championship Regatta is often raced in 420’s. And here’s proof that our sailing program works: Lassies have won this regatta several times and currently hold the First Place Trophy.
In 2014 the Luffing Lassies purchased two pre-owned Flying Scots, refurbished them and Christened them Thelma and Louise. Lassies maintain these boats in top sailing and racing condition.
The 19-foot Flying Scot needs a two-or three-person crew to handle the main sail, a jib and a spinnaker. Lassies who would like to sail and race a crewed boat are trained in Flying Scots, learning essential teamwork. Lassies regularly compete against other Flying Scot sailors at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. And they join the Squadron fleet at invitational regattas and fun sails on Sarasota Bay.
A small, dinghy class training boat, the stable Clearwater pram is sailed solo. Six Prams are maintained by the Lassies for use in Inter-club regattas, the annual Lilly Kaighin Memorial Regatta and other FWSA competitions where sailing the Pram is an honored tradition.