The 125 is a 12.5 foot (3.83 m) two person intermediate sailing dinghy complete with spinnaker and trapeze, a boat for everyone. It has a design that appeals to the person wanting a piece of the sailing action without going overboard on costs.
Racing is generally dominated by teenage skipper-crew combinations, though it is not uncommon to find sailors anywhere between 8 and 60 having a ball in their 125. The nature of the class is family orientated; this means an ideal class that is great for 2 adults or Father/Son-Daughter combinations.
The 125 is a strong and durable dinghy with high buoyancy, making it ideal for sailors with a combined weight of between 90 and 160 kilograms. The great beauty of this is of course that the sailors can go through teenage growth spurts and not outgrow the boat. Some adjustments to the rig and you will see lightweight and heavyweight crews competing side by side in a variety of sailing conditions.
Designed for easy owner building in stitch and glue, the 125 is a handyman’s dream. For those with less time, a fibreglass hull is now available, creating an excellent low maintenance craft. Second-hand boats are readily available and with a bit of attention can provide two people entry to sailing for less than $1000. Weighing in at around 50 kg the 125 is the ideal craft for family sailing and family involvement.
In Summary the 125 Offers you:
- Fast and exciting to sail with a trapeze and a spinnaker.
- Stable and forgiving when learning to sail.
- A good step up for a younger sailor who has outgrown a Pelican or Optimist.
- Widely sailed in Australia with clubs in every state.
- An active Association in Australia with State and National titles for the competitor who likes a challenge.
- A reasonable price to purchase with some older ones always available that would be ideal for learning to sail.
- Can be home built in timber or fibreglass – full plans and a guide are available
Give it a go!
If you would like to take a look or try a 125, please contact the Club’s 125 Chairman, Kevin Robson on 0409 996 926 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the National 125 Association Website www.125assoc.com See also National 125 WA Association On Face Book