The Vanguard 15--"V15"--is a doublehanded, one-design dinghy designed by Bob Ames, one of our SSA fleet members. V15s are lighter, faster, cheaper, and easier to transport than many other comparable dinghies. Despite its light weight and good performance characteristics, V15 construction has proven to be extremely tough and durable, making for an investment that should provide years of fun and excitement on the water.
Racing in V15s is always a closely fought affair. The one-design nature of the boats ensures that everyone has the same equipment and goes pretty much the same speed. The difference between winning and losing is sailing skill, not the size of one’s checkbook or an intricate knowledge of boat tuning.
V15 sailors range from top-level All-American types, to novice sailors who enjoy the relative simplicity of V15s, to families who find the V15 an ideal platform to teach kids the skills of sailing. The relative simplicity of the boat, the moderate speeds, and the ease of handling make the boat very family friendly and a great way to foster an enjoyment of sailing in young kids. Our local fleet has a strong and active ‘family sailing’ demographic.
2015 Demo Day Photos: Jill Bennett
Let us know if you’re interested in testing out or crewing on a V15. There are always boats sailing at TESODs and SSA series events!
- Annapolis Vanguard 15 Google Group Site: The Annapolis Fleet's site and group email distribution--includes racing schedules, interesting links, classifieds, and a way to stay connected with the latest fleet information.
- Annapolis Vanguard Fleet Facebook Page: The Facebook page includes more information on upcoming events and photos from past regattas. Feel free to post photos and write on the Fleet wall!