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Enterprise

The Enterprise dinghy was designed in 1955 for the News Chronicle. This national newspaper wanted to encourage the public to get sailing and sponsored Jack Holt to design a new class of boat that would not only be cheap, but also easy to own and use. The Enterprise was the result, and it launched to huge publicity after a ground-breaking sea-trial, sailing at night across the Channel in January 1956. Now 60 years later over 24,000 boats have been registered worldwide and it remains a popular and affordable dinghy which is instantly recognisable by its light blue sails. Many national, world and Olympic champion sailors have raced Enterprises and the class continues to grow through a wide choice of affordable new and second-hand boats for racing and cruising activities.

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Show news Broadwater Enterprise Open
Racing alongside the Solo fleet
Posted on 4 Apr
The oldest video footage of Enterprise dinghies
A look back into our video archive
Posted on 3 Mar
West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 Hour Race Confirmed!
Set to take place on 21st & 22nd September 2024 at the Marine Lake, Southport
Posted on 29 Feb
West Lancs YC hoping to revive the 24 Hour Race
Is your club is interested in competing, this September?
Posted on 14 Feb
Enterprises at Bristol Corinthian
Severnside Travellers' Series finale
Posted on 29 Oct 2023
Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe
Travellers keen to try out the 2024 Natioanls venue
Posted on 2 Oct 2023
Forfar Enterprise Open
Final event of the Scottish Bluebell Series
Posted on 26 Sep 2023
Enterprise Scottish Championship at St Mary's Loch
Ten visitors joined five local boats, including some welcome returns
Posted on 1 Sep 2023
Salcombe Gin© SYC Regatta 2023
Immense enjoyment for everyone, both on and off the water
Posted on 14 Aug 2023
Midland Enterprise Open
Midland Area Double Chine Series Round 3
Posted on 27 Jun 2023
Frensham Pond Enterprise Open
Varied wind with large shifts for the Thames Valley series event
Posted on 22 Jun 2023
View of a newbie at the Enterprise Nationals
Another perspective on how friendly the class is
Posted on 14 Jun 2023
Sunrise to Sunset at Leigh & Lowton
Second running of event very popular, and next year's date is set already
Posted on 14 Jun 2023
Enterprise Nationals at Penzance overall
A nail-biting finish saw three contenders all vying for the top spot
Posted on 1 Jun 2023
Enterprise Nationals at Penzance day 3
Tim Sadler and Richard Sault hold the top spot
Posted on 31 May 2023
Enterprise Nationals at Penzance day 2
Race team's popularity soars by postponing in favour of cream teas
Posted on 30 May 2023
Enterprise Nationals at Penzance day 1
Well, what a day that was!
Posted on 29 May 2023
Enterprise National Championships pre report
Forecast indicates everyone will earn their post-race beer this week
Posted on 27 May 2023
Enterprise Thames Valley Champs at Silver Wing
Sometimes it's just too exciting and you have to take a swim
Posted on 22 May 2023
Ogston Enterprise Open
Northern and Midlands Series event on the last day of April
Posted on 4 May 2023
Race Sunrise to Sunset at Leigh & Lowton
With the Leigh & Lowton S2S Event on 10th June
Posted on 3 May 2023
Team racing and open at Minima
It's been a grim spring, particularly on the Thames
Posted on 26 Apr 2023
2023 Enterprise Inlands at Bristol Corinthian
An emphatic win for Martin Honor & Isobel Hedley-Fenn
Posted on 23 Apr 2023
Enterprise Thames Valley Bowl series at Broadwater
Gusts seemed tamer on the water - was that just bravado or perhaps denial?
Posted on 31 Mar 2023
Battle of the Hikers preview
No trapeze? Get to Rutland this May!
Posted on 18 Mar 2023
Former PRO canters to Gallop victory
Enterprise wins King George SC event in Seldén SailJuice Winter Series
Posted on 24 Jan 2023
Hunts Enterprise Open
Midland Area Double Chine Series Finale
Posted on 26 Oct 2022
Enterprises at Nottingham
Penultimate round of the Midland Area Double Chine Series
Posted on 21 Oct 2022
Frensham Pond Enterprise Open
Final event of the Thames Valley aggregate trophy
Posted on 12 Oct 2022
Enterprise Scottish Area Championships at Forfar
Weekend included great entertainment, a ceilidh, good food and much beer
Posted on 28 Sep 2022
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A boat that is both important and desirable, but does it support the story that is being told?
© Ed Thomas
The Polar Chase joins the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series 2024/25
© Chase SC
Broadwater Enterprise Open
© Andy Wheeler
Broadwater Enterprise Open
© Andy Wheeler
Broadwater Enterprise Open
© Andy Wheeler
Broadwater Enterprise Open
© Andy Wheeler
Broadwater Enterprise Open
© Andy Wheeler
MAC 24 Hour Challenge 2024 at Milnerton Aquatic Club
© Angela Caroline Gray
MAC 24 Hour Challenge 2024 at Milnerton Aquatic Club
© Angela Caroline Gray
Bartley Beast 2023/24 Week 4
© Nigel Hudson
Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens during the GJW Direct Bloody Mary
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
GJW Direct 48th Bloody Mary
© Mark Jardine
Chase Sailing Club Polar Pursuit Race 2023
© Dave Watkins
Dave Thomas and Shan Stapley, first double-hander - Border Counties Midweek Sailing concludes at Winsford Flash
© D Thomas
Start Race 4 during the Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe
© Brian Bowdler
Start of Race 3 during the Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe
© John Crabb
Darren and Fresh lead the way in race 3 during the Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe
© John Crabb
Race 1 of the Enterprise Scottish Bluebell Series at Forfar
© Helen Wiles
Neal and Ellen Piper leading from Charles Morrish and Alison Robertson Morrish in race 4 of the Enterprise Scottish Bluebell Series at Forfar
© Helen Wiles
Race 2 of the Enterprise Scottish Bluebell Series at Forfar
© Helen Wiles
The start of the second race at the Minima Regatta 2023. Enterprises and Handicap class started seconds ago, and Ent winner Ed Mayley (E20613) is already four boat lengths clear of the pack
© Rehanna Neky
Busy River: A rowing four and coach boat cruise through the start line on Sunday at the Minima Regatta 2023
© Rob Mayley
Portrait of Enterprise winning helm Ed Mayley, just visible behind the jib and crew James Budden (left) at the Minima Regatta 2023
© Rehanna Neky
IOSSC Round the Isle of Sheppey Race 2023
© Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk
Nice to see some colourful sails during the 2023 Border Counties Midweek Sailing Series at Redesmere
© Brian Herring
Salcombe Gin© SYC Regatta 2023
© Lucy Burn
Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023
© Holly Hancock
Enterprise during the 61st Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy at Ullswater
© Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk
Close racing between Paul & Jan and Martin & Rebecca during the 2023 Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series at Midland SC
© Kevin Hopkins
Martin Davies and Rebecca Bradley win the 2023 Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series at Midland SC
© Siobhan Adams