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Enterprise

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 Minima Annual Regatta
First club in this neck of the Thames to hold a regatta during COVID
Posted on 7 Sep
Entries now open for Virtual 24 Hour eRace
West Lancashire Yacht Club's eSailing alternative to be held on 19-20 September
Posted on 10 Jul
The best of the last 10 years at Looe SC part 3
More great capsizes, close calls and leaps over the side
Posted on 8 Jun
West Lancs 24 Hour Race goes online for 2020
The 54th edition was scheduled to take place on 19th & 20th September
Posted on 22 May
The best of the last 10 years at Looe SC part 2
Mark-rounding chaoes, missed toe-straps and capsizes galore!
Posted on 29 Mar
The best of the last 10 years at Looe Sailing Club
Must-watch video with start line chaos, massive waves, crazy capsizes and mast failures!
Posted on 23 Mar
NeilPryde Sailing Team Riders announced for 2020
Representing a broad cross section across dinghy classes
Posted on 3 Mar
Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit
Almost 70 Enterprises made entries at the eight events
Posted on 7 Nov 2019
Enterprise Winter Championship at Northampton
Sailing Chandlery National Circuit Final
Posted on 6 Nov 2019
Thames Valley Area Enterprise Series 2019
Open meetings at nine clubs and 48 different boats compete
Posted on 4 Nov 2019
Enterprises at Nottingham
Midland Area Double Chine Series 2019 finale
Posted on 29 Oct 2019
Tips for sailing with a young crew
What is different when racing with kids between the age of 6 and 12
Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Enterprises at Papercourt
A warm welcome and tight, tactical racing
Posted on 21 Oct 2019
Enterprises at Emberton Park
Midland Area Double Chine Series Round 7
Posted on 20 Oct 2019
Enterprise Packard Cup at Frensham
Final Thames Valley Area meeting in the series
Posted on 11 Oct 2019
Enterprises at Looe
Jackman brothers show great pace to win
Posted on 9 Oct 2019
One Design or Two?
David Henshall looks at control (and abuse) of hull shapes over the years
Posted on 9 Oct 2019
West Lancs YC 24 Hour Race
Night-time wind picks up and causes capsizes in the dark
Posted on 17 Sep 2019
Enterprises at Penarth
Sailing Chandlery National Circuit Round 7
Posted on 11 Sep 2019
Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta 2019
A good turnout of 24 boats enjoy some classic river sailing
Posted on 3 Sep 2019
Enterprise Scottish National Championships
With the traditional serving of bacon sandwiches at midnight
Posted on 29 Aug 2019
Enterprise National Championships overall
Final nail-biting race at Mount's Bay decides the title
Posted on 11 Aug 2019
Enterprise National Championships day 4
Three races held instead of the lay-day due to big winds forecast
Posted on 8 Aug 2019
Enterprise National Championships day 3
White horses lash across the Mount's Bay
Posted on 7 Aug 2019
Enterprise National Championships day 2
The Waiting Game...
Posted on 6 Aug 2019
Enterprise National Championships day 1
Fleet keen to get on the water at Mount's Bay
Posted on 5 Aug 2019
Enterprise Nationals Runners & Riders
As the fleet enters the stalls at Mount's Bay
Posted on 3 Aug 2019
Enterprise National Championships preview
Mount's Bay to host over 46 boats this weekend
Posted on 29 Jul 2019
Enterprises at Scammonden Water
Gone to the wrong mark? Blame the crew
Posted on 28 Jul 2019
Enterprises at the Tynemouth Regatta
Light winds and a lumpy sea cause some to feel rather ill
Posted on 17 Jul 2019
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Enterprise UK Nationals Attendance
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Minima YC Regatta 2020 - Ed Cubitt in the green-hull Laser has his nose in front soon after one of the Saturday starts, followed by Enterprise class winner Ed Mayley, Keith Payne, eventual Laser winner and the Ents of Robin Broomfield and John Forbes
© Rob Mayley
Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit prize winners
© Martin Honnor
Martin Honor and Gabe Hill win the Enterprise Winter Championship
© Jon Woodward
Nigel and Malgorzata during the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Paul and Karin during the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Third race final lap at the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Rachal and Beverley during the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Rachal and Beverley during the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Paul and Karin during the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Paul and Karin win the Nottingham Enterprise Open
© Ken Hemsell
Jason Thorniley & Serena Stewardson during the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Paul Young & Nathan McGrory lead Luke & Nikki Fisher on the beat during the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Paul Young & Nathan McGrory during the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Luke & Nikki Fisher lead at the first mark during the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Close racing during the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Paul Young & Nathan McGrory during the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Luke & Nikki Fisher win the Emberton Park Enterprise Open
© Rob Bell
Simon Bennet and Scarlet Crago during the Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit event at Looe
© Neil Richardson
Dave and Chris Jackman win the Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit event at Looe
© Neil Richardson
Horning Sailing Club Open Dinghy Weekend
© Holly Hancock
Horning Sailing Club Open Dinghy Weekend
© Holly Hancock
53rd West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 Hour Race
© Roy Kissick
53rd West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 Hour Race
© Roy Kissick
Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit Round 7 at Penarth Yacht Club
© Tracey Dunford
Nigel and Andy Bird finish 3rd in the Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit Round 7 at Penarth Yacht Club
© Tracey Dunford
Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit Round 7 at Penarth Yacht Club
© Tracey Dunford
Jonathan Woodward & Chris Keatley win the Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit Round 7 at Penarth Yacht Club
© Tracey Dunford
Sailing Chandlery Enterprise National Circuit Round 7 at Penarth Yacht Club
© Ann Jackson
Enterprises sailing outside the Houses of Parliament
© RYA
Cats paws show the windy patches at the Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta 2019: Alex Cane's Enterprise heads for the finish in the final race clinching the trophy ahead of John Forbes and (partly hidden) Rob Brignell
© Paul Bloomfield