Please select your home edition
Edition

The Streaker class announce a new builder at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show

by Neil Firth 26 Feb 12:00 GMT 26 February 2022

Today, the Streaker Class announced that Hartley Boats, a large well-established boat builder and chandler, has become a Licensed Class Builder. A shiny new Hartley boat takes pride of place on the Streaker stand at this weekend's RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, alongside an equally stunning example from the long-established class builder, Butler Boats.

"We were delighted to learn that Hartley Boats had acquired the Streaker moulds previously used by Boatyard at Beer" commented Class Association Chairman, Ian Priest. "We are very proud of our one-design heritage, but we also recognise that many sailors are attracted to the Streaker because of the flexibility it provides, including a choice of builders, sailmakers, spars, foils and fit-out options. It is fantastic to have new FRP Streakers available from two top-quality builders, as well as new composite and all wood Streakers from Butler Boats. We welcome Hartleys to the Streaker family and look forward to a prosperous future together."

This morning, at the Dinghy Show, the Class Association Technical Officer, Alan Gillard, presented a builder's licence to Mark Hartley, Managing Director of Hartley Boats. "We have been working with Hartleys since they acquired the Streaker moulds last year", explained Alan. "Our Class Rules require that builders of FRP hulls are licensed by the Class Association. Our primary consideration is that the boats will measure and comply with the Class Rules, but it is also important that the builders can produce quality boats, with the scale and commitment needed to ensure the long-term future of the Class."

"Having visited Hartley Boats' premises in Derby, and having met their manufacturing team, I am confident that they will be producing excellent Streakers. I have measured their first boat and I am very pleased to report that it complies with our rules; so we can call it a Streaker! I anticipate that these boats will be in high demand, which I can see Hartleys will be able to meet. They are also planning to help us promote the Streaker, so this is a very exciting time for the Class", said Alan.

"The Streaker is a great addition to our stable of championship winning racing dinghies," said Mark Hartley. "As with our other classes, we hope to have a strong relationship with the Streaker committee and to help the class to thrive. Like all boats produced by Hartleys, we will be supplying new Streakers with a four year guarantee. We will also hold a stock of spares, sails and spars to support old and new boats alike."

Hartley Boats also has a Streaker on their own stand at the show. This boat is sporting a new sail from the Hartley sail loft. They plan to become a class-approved sailmaker, joining seven other leading sailmakers who are all authorised to certify the measurement of their own Streaker sails.

Dave Butler, owner of Butler Boats, was also on the Streaker stand this morning. He has been building beautiful wooden Streakers for over 30 years, an option which he still offers to this day. Since 2003 he has also built and supplied FRP and composite Streakers from his workshops in Brough on the Humber Estuary. "I am a great fan of the Class having more than one builder" commented Dave.

"It is healthy for the Class and provides more customer choice within the one design concept. I am very pleased that Hartley Boats have become a Streaker builder and I am looking forward to working along with them to ensure the ongoing strength of the Class."

Ian Priest, Class Chairman, summed up the enthusiasm of everyone present; "with our Nationals returning to Filey this year and with confirmation of new boats on order from both of our builders, this really is a great time to be a Streaker sailor".

About the Streaker: Jack Holt designed the Streaker in 1975 when he wanted something lighter than his Solo to haul up the slipway. He reduced the sail area to 6.5sqm, not fully battened, to create a lively but well-mannered single-hander, with a hull weight of just 48kg. The Streaker is popular with helms weighing 60-85kg, and attracts sailors of all ages and abilities, from club racers to multi-class champions.

For more information, see the class website www.streaker-class.org.uk/info

If you'd like a test sail, please email

Related Articles

Streakers at Waveney & Oulton Broad
A tough day's racing that was quite frantic at times with tacking duels Ten boats competed in the Streaker open meeting at Waveney & Oulton Broad YC in Suffolk on Saturday 11th June in bright sunshine and a gusty south-westerly breeze. Posted on 14 Jun
Streaker Paddle Series update
P&B Northern, and the North Sails Southern, series are under way The Streaker class's two major travellers series, the P&B Northern Paddle and the North Sails Southern Paddle series, are now well under way. Posted on 28 May
Streaker Southern Championship at Downs
An excellent weekend for the club's Commodore Simon Cory Downs Sailing Club on the Kent coast hosted the 2022 Streaker Southern Championship over the weekend of May 21st-22nd, and what an excellent weekend it was for the club's Commodore Simon Cory! Posted on 24 May
Gill Streaker Inlands at Grafham
Three boats on equal points going into the final race The Gill Streaker Inlands at Grafham Water Sailing Club went down to the wire, with three boats on equal points going into the final race. Each of them had a win in the prevailing conditions of the final day, so which one would be crowned Champion? Posted on 17 May
Streakers at Welton
Second Yorkshire event in the P&B Northern Paddle Series Just a short hop over the river Ouse from Beaver Sailing Club and shouldered up at the side of the Humber, Welton Sailing Club hosted our second Yorkshire P&B Northern Paddle Series event on Saturday 23rd April 2022. Posted on 25 Apr
Streakers at Beaver
A fleet of 19 for the P&B Northern Paddle Series event Penty Power Gains Three Aces! On a day not expected to breach gusts of up to 20 mph, what a surprise our nineteen flotilla of Streakers had. A demanding North Westerly wind created some uncompromising moments, both on the beats and the unruly close reach. Posted on 14 Apr
Burghfield Streaker Open
Seriously tricky sailing in a shifty and patchy wind Conditions are often described as 'tricky' at inland open meetings and the Burghfield Streaker open was seriously tricky! The breeze was mostly out of the north-east in the morning's two races but it was shifty and very patchy. Posted on 4 Apr
Tamworth Streaker Open
Opening event of the 2022 North Sails Southern Paddle Series Five Streaker helms (three visitors and two home sailors) arrived at Tamworth Sailing Club on a warm and sunny Saturday, hoping the forecast for the breeze to fill in would prove to be true. Posted on 1 Apr
Ripon Streaker Open
Not just any old open meeting Ripon SC's Streaker open wasn't just any old open meeting, it was also the End of Season Championship, the final event in the P&B sponsored Northern Paddle series, the final event in the Rooster sponsored Rooster Super series and the Yorkshire Series too. Posted on 1 Nov 2021
Streakers at Banbury
Final event of the 2021 North Sails Southern Paddle Series Banbury Sailing Club hosted their first ever Streaker Open on Saturday 23 October. Lighter winds than forecast and unforeseen low water levels provided some challenging, yet entertaining, racing in the tricky 'snakes and ladders' conditions. Posted on 29 Oct 2021