Unique opportunity to own..

Sold for £220, proceeds to Sail4Cancer.


World Sailing approves rule change for Enterprise Class increasing build options..

World Sailing in conjunction with Enterprise International have approved changes to the Enterprise Class Rules, allowing epoxy resins to be used for the construction of all versions of Fibre Glass Boats.
The rule change was requested by Peak Dinghy Spares through the UK Enterprise Association and now enables them to build the Mark 2 Foam Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Enterprise boats using Epoxy Resin. Peak Dinghy’s mould is the original mould owned by Holt which introduced FRP Enterprise construction. This was later used to produce the Speed FRP hull and is now owned by Peak Dinghy Spares which has improved the build quality in recent years. This mould was taken from a successful Ovington hull.
With this rule change, Peak Dinghy Spares will now also be able to offer Epoxy hulls bonded to a wood deck. “This option will be attractive for Enterprise owners, who want the advantages of a maintenance free, long lasting, stiff and strong Epoxy hull with the good looks of a beautiful wooden deck,” says Glyn Rawson of Peak Dinghy Spares.
The new FRP Epoxy boat will cost around £7995 and the company will continue to offer FRP with Vinylester resin alongside its new Epoxy range.
The other existing licensed builder of FRP Epoxy boats is Rondar Raceboats Ltd, which developed a new Mk 3 deck design in conjunction with the UK Enterprise Association. This features a self-draining, interior mould, with better ergonomics and reduced maintenance. The Rondar mould was moulded from a successful Prior hull, now available in wood by JJ Boats, and has won several recent championships. The Rondar Enterprise costs around £7995, and Epoxy hulls are now also available for composite decking through Rondar as a result of this recent rule change.
Wooden Enterprise hulls bonded with Epoxy resins built by JJ Boats are still available and have won recent World and National Championships. One was borrowed to clinch the National Inland Championship at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club in April this year.
The Enterprise class is celebrating its 60th anniversary year in 2016. The long lasting success of the Enterprise is through its adherence of strict one design rules which control the external shape and weight of the boat. This ensures even the most modern boats have the same performance characteristics of older boats and boats from Wood and FRP have comparative performance.
The resurgence of interest in the class this year has led to an active second hand market with boats and equipment selling quickly from listings on the class website. www.sailenterprise.co.uk.
Rondar Raceboats – http://www.rondarboats.com/
Peak Dinghy Spares – http://www.peakdinghy.com/
The next major event for the class will be its National Championships at Brixham Yacht Club starting on 23 July, with a fundraising Black Tie Dinner on Friday 29th July. For details and tickets, contact Carol Ford at the_fordies@yahoo.com
For more information visit the Enterprise Association website at www.sailenterprise.co.uk.


Enterprise Association chooses Sail 4 Cancer as official charity partner..

As part of its 60th anniversary activities, the Enterprise Association has chosen Sail 4 Cancer as its official charity partner. This is the first time that the class has adopted a single charity to support. Class Commodore John Berry said, “We are delighted to be helping Sail 4 Cancer which is a respite charity for families affected by cancer. Within the Enterprise class, we have personal experience of seeing sailors and their families suffering from cancer and it’s great that we can all do something now to help through Sail 4 Cancer’s work.”

One of the main fundraising activities will be a blind auction of a fully rigged Seldén mast. The mast, worth £748.78, was donated by Seldén and will be auctioned at the Enterprise National Championships.
A race held in Enterprises between the House of Commons versus House of Lords in front of Westminster Palace on the Thames also raised money for Sail 4 Cancer.
Lizette Van Nierk, Fund Raising Manager for Sail 4 Cancer said; “We are so pleased to have been adopted by the Enterprise Class as its official charity. We are lucky to have the support of the sailing community who understand the positive effect being out on the water has for those suffering from cancer and their families. We want Sail 4 Cancer to be supported within the wider sailing community and rely on enthusiastic class sailors and club members to help support us. With its wide reach all across the country and internationally, the Enterprise Class is a perfect match for us.”
The Enterprise fleet is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a fundraising Black Tie Dinner on the last night of the Enterprise National Championships at Brixham Yacht Club on Friday 29th July. For details and tickets, contact Carol Ford at the_fordies@yahoo.com
For more information visit the Enterprise Association website at www.sailenterprise.co.uk.
For more information please contact Alice Driscoll, Press Officer Enterprise Association, Tel 0797 1019377 or by email alice@adpr.co.uk

Fund raising started at the House of Commons vs House of Lords race.


It’s back..one year to go! Will you be smelt in Carnac?

Definitions of smelt:

Extract (metal) from its ore by a process involving heating and melting
Past and past participle of smell
A small silvery fish which lives in both marine and fresh water and is sometimes fished commercially
A collection of Scorpion, Merlin, Enterprise, Lark and Twelve sailors enjoying a holiday with some racing, some socials, and plenty of food, drink and good company.
I doubt many of you were feeling relieved about the return of a small silvery fish, or there would be much interest in metal extraction on a sailing website so of course it is definition #4 that we are talking about. It is indeed back and it is exactly 1 year to go!

The important stuff:

When – 27th to 30th May 2017 (bank holiday weekend and school half term)
Where – Carnac YC, France
Who – Scorpions, Merlin Rockets, Enterprises, Larks and National 12s
What – sailing, socialising, sunshine, beaches, food, drink, friends, all the really tough things in life
Why – do I really need to answer this one?
What happened last time

144 of us (plus significant others, families, trolley dolleys, groupies and anyone else wanting a holiday) attended the inaugural event in May 2014. The sun shone, the wind blew, the wine flowed and everyone had an amazing time. Everyone who came last time said they would be keen to come again and a good number who missed out last time said they wouldn’t make the same mistake twice so it seemed stupid not to do it again.

The aim for next time

I don’t want to go to hospital! But otherwise take all the good bits of last time, add in some new ideas and have some fun – it is a holiday after all.

Some more useful stuff

The event website is currently being updated and will be online soon, along with the NOR so people can get themselves entered. In the meantime those on facebook can get updates on the event page – search for “Carnac 2017”. We are in discussions with the ferries and local campsites over special rates for competitors and will update everyone as and when these are confirmed. Other accommodation details can be found in the usual places, the club website and local tourist info are a useful place to start though.

The sailing

The format will be similar to last year but with a few tweaks. Saturday will see a pursuit race and a handicap race, for older boats classic handicaps will apply and these races won’t count towards the main series so anyone struggling to get there after school / work on the friday won’t miss out. Sunday to Tuesday will be class racing with start times varying to suit people’s needs (late the morning after crew’s union and early on the last day for anyone needing to get back).

The social

The club will be laying on their fantastic food and drinks like last time, and we have a mix of old favourites and new entertainment in various stages of planning to hopefully suit everyone. More details to follow but if nothing else you will be on holiday in a French resort with 150+ like-minded people, it will be good!

What next

Put the date in the diary, book your time off work, and make sure you have a boat / helm / crew or let us know if you are struggling to find one. We’ll let you know when the website is ready so you can enter and any other info we think you might need.

Tom Jeffcoate

Enterprise competitors outside the Yacht Club de Carnac at Carnac 2014 - photo © Paula Southworth

Enterprise competitors outside the Yacht Club de Carnac at Carnac 2014 – photo © Paula Southworth


2016 Enterprise 60th Anniversary Leaflet now available to download..

Please find below the 2016 Enterprise 60th Anniversary Leaflet. Feel free to download and forward to friends, family and other sailors so that we can show everyone why we love Enterprise sailing!

Enterprise Leaflet 2016 60th Anniversary Edition


The Enterprise provides exciting close racing.

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