Over the last 8 years at RTYC, we have grown from just 2 Dart 18’s to currently comprising of 12 Dart 18’s and 1 Dart 15.
Over the last year, we have managed to increase the number of boats on the water by changing the owners of boats that have not been used in the club previously, and by adding new boats into the club.
There is a varied range of sailing abilities in the class from a group of “newbies” that have started sailing D18 in the last 6 months, through to some members attending regional and national events and doing well at that level.
In the last 2 years, we have hosted the Dart Scottish Championships and in 2017, we added the UK International Dart Association Grand Prix travellers event to our portfolio of events held at the Royal Tay. RTYC is now seen as a great venue on the GP circuit and we hope to see more of our boats travelling to events around the UK and visiting boats coming to RTYC this year.
We sail in our own class which allows boat-on-boat competition,
and the Race Officer to use some great courses on the river, allowing the Dart to perform at its best.
Last year we regularly had 5-6 boats racing each week and we would hope to get those numbers to double this year with the increase in new members in our fleet. A unique aspect of the Dart 18 is that you can race it either single handed or with a crew ON THE SAME HANDICAP. This means, if your crew does not turn up, you can take off the jib and still race competitively.
The Dart is a great boat for racing or just free sailing.
With its speed you can cover greater distances in less time, easily sail up through the bridges and beyond, or down to Tentsmuir point or Barry point very quickly, often seeing the dolphins on the way. Either single handed, 2 up standard racing, or take the family or friends of 4 for a cruise. I’ve even taken our pet dog out in it!!(Cats and dogs do mix!!)
Very little maintenance required. Design is so good it has lasted 30+ years with no change. Some of the older (and cheaper) boats are still very competitive. Great fun with very little effort.
2 hulls, twice the fun, half the effort!