Crew: 2 man crew.
Dimensions: 4.267 meters in length and ±115kg.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Easy to set up and versatile.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The Leader dinghy is an idea; dinghy for all types of sailing, forgiving for the gentle cruise yet competitive for the racing helm. However by setting the boat up carefully your races will be come more exciting.
The simplicity of the rig makes the Leader one of the easiest boats to trail and launch at new venues, so attending races becomes a matter of enjoyment wth boats being fully rigged and ready to sail in under half and hour.
In 1962, Gordon Pollard and his design team produced the first Leader Dinghy. The baot was intended to be built out of plywood, the design was envisaged as a 14ft hard chine dinghy, anticipated to fit into a gap in the sailing market. To keep the costs to a minimum, the class was structered as a One Design. Years went by and together with a number of builders, and the Leader II was born. This varient featured GRP side tanks, creating a side bench instead of the old wooden structure.
With some 1200 boats having been built, and used for every possible branch of sailing, from family sailing, cruising and racing, through to teaching and training. Second hand prices have remained buoyant due to the long lasting life of the hulls; and second hand boats have remained in demand with the renowened ease of handling of the Leader.