Streaker Class Owners Association

 


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History of Class
The Streaker dinghy was designed by Jack Holt in 1975 and was first launched in November of that year, since then it has been shown regularly at boat shows throughout the country.

To help promote the class, the Streaker Class Owner's Association (SCOA) was formed in 1976, when class rules and RYA affiliation were obtained - the affairs of the SCOA are managed by an elected Committee of Streaker owners who are full members of the SCOA.

Since 1976 the class has grown steadily and there are strong fleets nationwide, with sail numbers now fast approaching the 1630 mark and SCOA membership totalling more than 150, spread over at least 70 clubs in the UK.

As part of the development of the class, the SCOA has been successful in bringing about many improvements including the introduction of an FRP version in 1998, this has subsequently proved very popular and 50% of all new boats are now built in this way.

2002 saw the transfer of copyright, technical control and ownership of FRP moulds from Jack Holt (Designs) Ltd. to the SCOA. This new level of self-determination meant the SCOA were able to issue Butler Boats with a license to build both FRP & Composite (FRP hull & Wood decks) Streakers and allow Ron Beasley to develop and supply greatly improved self-build kits.

In addition to an annual National Championships, where as many as 60 Streakers compete for line honors, the Association currently holds approximately twenty-four Open Meetings each year, which are split into Northern and Southern Paddle (Travellers) series depending upon their location.  These events are further enhanced by Northern Area, Southern Area and Inland Championships (in years where the National Championships are held at a costal venue), which are keenly contested by all competitors no matter what their level of sailing ability.  Full results & reports of each and every event, together with all the latest news, views and gossip are published on this website and in the Class magazine (Streaker Splash) which is circulated to all association members.

Exhilarating Performance
As well as showing exemplary good manners, with it's stayed, uni-rig sail plan, the Streaker is an easy boat to handle no matter how inexperienced the helm might be. It offers extremely lively racing performance in a very broad range of conditions, belying the relatively modest Portsmouth Yardstick of 1153.  A benefit of the low hull weight also means that when ashore the Streaker is both light and easy to handle, even allowing it to be popped on the roof of most small family cars without any problem.

Careful consideration was given to the overall design and this means she will accept a wide range of crew weights and sizes without seriously affecting either comfort or performance.  Recently this versatility has been further enhanced by the addition of an optional 'cut-down' mainsail to the class regulations, making the Streaker even easier to handle for both novice and/or lightweight helms even in the most trying of conditions.  Although regarded amongst it's peers as a strict 'One-design', optional features such as Timber or GRP construction, dual controls led out to the side decks and choice of toe strap positions help the Streaker accommodate the most discerning of sailors in relative comfort.

Which Boat is Right For You
Depending upon your budget, reasonably conditioned, ready to race boats can be found either advertised on Club notice boards, or in the classified ads in such magazines as ´Yachts & Yachting´ for as little as £400.  To further help put prospective buyers and sellers in touch with one another, the Association provides a free For Sale & Wanted service. Communication is further aided by the inclusion of an interactive Forum on this website where anyone can ask questions, share ideas and generally chat about anything to do with Streaker sailing.

For those looking for a brand new boat, Streakers are available in all stages of completion, from a set of plans, to a finished, ready-to-sail boat.  For those who fancy building their own boats, kits are supplied as a selection of pre-cut hull panels and these are very quickly tacked together with short lengths of copper wire prior to the seams being permanently held firm with fibreglass tape and epoxy resin creating a very strong, but rigid construction in relation to it's low weight.  Typically such a boat can be built in little over one hundred man hours and once painted and fitted out, the finished craft will grace any dinghy park in the country.  So no matter how handy you are, even with the most modest selection of hand tools, a boat can very easily be obtained to suit your precise requirements and budget.

Yachts and Yachting article



A detailed review by Yachts and Yachting
of the Streaker Dinghy,
in particular a test of a Rooster Streaker.


Click on image to download a PDF version
of the article from YachtsandYachting.com


Reproduced by kind permission of Yachts & Yachting




Statistics
Overall Length: 3.88m (12'9") 
Beam: 1.37m (4'6") 
Draft: 0.22m (9") 
Minimum Hull Weight: 48kg (106lbs) 
Maximum Sail Area: 6.5m2 (70ft2)
Crew Weight: 63-83kg (10-13st) 
PY: 1153

Sail Numbers
A list of Sail Numbers issued each year
International Sail Numbers


Historical Review
1976 Yachts and Yachting article



A historical review by Yachts and Yachting
of the Streaker Dinghy


Originally published 1976


Old Promotional Material
1976 Yachts and Yachting article

Jack Holt Promo Material

1975 Streaker leaflet page 1
1975 Streaker leaflet page 2

1978 Price List
1985 Price List


Old Y&Y adverts
1983 Advert
1991 Advert


1980 Class Association Promo Leaflet
Cover Page
Inside Page

Class Association Yearbooks
1986 Yearbook





 
 

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