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The Vaurien

The Vaurien is an international two-person racing dinghy. It was design by the French top-level sailor and boat designer Jean-Jaques Herbulot in 1951. Since 1961 the Vaurien is recognized as an international one-design class by ISAF.

Designer J.J.Herbulot
Year of construction 1952
Built to date about 36350 Boats (2011)
Length 4,08 m
Width ca. 1,52 m
Weight - ready to sail 95,00 kg
Sail area upwind 10,5 m²
Main 7,60 m²
Jib 2,90 m²
Spinnaker 9,40 m²
Optimum weight of crew 100-150 kg
Optimum age As long as you feel young

The hard-chined construction gives the Vaurien very stable sailing characteristics so that it can be easily controlled even by beginners. An all-up weight of only 95 kg makes handling the Vaurien a simple task, both while sailing and ashore. Therefore it is perfectly suited for educational purposes. But to sail a Vaurien at optimum speed requires great skill at the helm and good teamwork.

Since its early days the Vaurien was regularly updated to the state-of-the-art while ensuring that all innovation could also be adapted in existing boats. The most recent change is the new sail plan which was introduced in 2008. A modern main sail with a square 'fat-head' top, a slightly bigger jib and a bigger spinnaker lets the Vaurien accelerate faster, especially in light winds, without creating greater heeling forces. As before, the Vaurien can still be sailed without problems in strong winds.

The typical Vaurien crew is nearly impossible to describe. Often seen are adults with teens, beginners with experienced, youth teams, women crews or mixed crews. The oldest Vaurien sailor of the last season was above 70 while the youngest was only 5 years old. The ideal crew weight ranges from 100 kg up to 150 kg and therefore covers more or less every possible combination of sailors. The Vaurien is simply the dinghy for everyone.

Uncountable regattas gives you the chance to measure your abilities with other and enhance them. From the easy-to-reach regatta in your region or in adjoining countries, many open national championships, the Europa-Cup up to the annually organized World Championship there are enough possibilities that everybody, the beginner and the ambitious top-sailor, will find the competition he seeks. And who knows where that will lead you?

Many outstanding sailor have sailed the Vaurien:

Eric Tabarly - a.o. Winner of Transat- and Fastnet-Races

Pierre Fehlmann - a.o. Winner of the Whitbread Round the World Race

Pedro Campos - a.o. America's Cup Skipper, Volvo Ocean Race 2005 and 2008

Markus Wieser - a.o. int. Match-Race, several times world and European champion in different classes

Iker Martinez - a.o. Olympic gold 2004, Olympic silver 2008(49er Class), Volvo Ocean Race

Xabi Fernandez - a.o. Olympic gold 2004, Olympic silver 2008(49er Class), Volvo Ocean Race