Good day Windmill Sailors, I hope this finds you all healthy and well rested. I know everyone, myself included, is anxious about our 2020 regatta racing season. At this time our regattas are all in a pending status. I believe that some of the regattas may still be raced, probably by local sailors. As the regattas get closer, the regatta chairperson and event planners will continue to pass along Yacht Club hosting decision updates via social media and our class website. The final decision to race and compete is obviously each personís responsibility. Because of Covid-19 we should all continue to practice social distancing, donít travel if you're sick, wear a face mask, gloves and wash our hands often to protect ourselves as well as others. The class does not want to be responsible for spreading the virus. Until then, be safe!
- Ralph Sponar, Class President
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Latest revision of the CONSTITUTION OF THE WINDMILL CLASS
1978 Midwesterns Revisited (by Craig Tovell) - Windmill Wonder Years
File Photo: Best ShotsDave Neilsen single handling
The Windmill is a 15 1/2 foot, 2-person racing dinghy designed by boat-builder Clark Mills in 1953. Having designed the Optimist Pram in 1947, Clark saw a need for a 2-person high performance dingy that can be inexpensively constructed by amateur builders. The class has since evolved with the times to allow fiberglass construction and aluminum spars, yet both wooden and fiberglass Windmills remain equally competitive. The Windmill is a born racer. Its narrow, hard-chined planing hull provides high performance. Being a non-trapeze, non-spinnaker boat makes the Windmill accessible to a wide range of sailing skills.
Contact the class officers for more informaion.
Length Overall 15' 6"
Length Waterline (LWL) 13' 8"
Beam 4' 9"
Sail Area 119 sq. ft.
Draft - Board Down 4' 2" / Board Up 6"
Mast Height 20' 3"
Minimum Hull Weight 198 lbs
Level 89.7 Light air 92.3 Medium 91.4 Heavy 86.4
The Windmill Class is a National Association of Owners and Builders of the Windmill One-Design Sailboat. Clark Mills designed the Windmill to be a challenging and exciting boat for teens to sail when they graduated from his Opti design. Today the Windmill Class brings families together from across the country to enjoy the thrill of friendly rivalry on the water and camaraderie ashore.
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