The Highlander is a 20 ft one-design, centerboard racing dinghy that is fast, spacious and ideally suited to Lake Norman’s sailing conditions…light winds.
Sail Magazine in 2006 described the Highlander as “…designed in 1951 by Gordon “Sandy” Douglas. The Highlander remains a sturdy and trusted center boarder known for its stability and large cockpit, ideal for developing racing skills or simply learning to sail”.
The Highlander can be raced by a skipper and one or two crew. For cruising, the Highlander will seat comfortably 6 adults/children. The Highlander has a minimum weight of 830 lbs. For racing, the Highlander has ample sail area: jib, main and spinnaker... For cruising, the Highlander can be sailed comfortably with or without the spinnaker.
The Highlander has PHRF rating of 178. This compares with a J-22 at 183, MC Scow at 204, Ultimate 20 at 150 and Flying Scot at 212.
Highlander Fleet 27 - Lake Norman
Highlander Fleet 27 at LNYC is very active. We have 20 boats in the fleet and normally we get 6 to 7 boats competing on racing weekends. We see 10+ boats on the line at Club open regattas. Fleet 27 also has two ‘Fleet’ Highlanders that are loaned to juniors and prospective fleet members for racing.
Fleet 27 has an active social life that includes post-racing socials at the Gazebo. We also host a Summer Lake Cruise in August, Winter Training & Social in February, Spring Club dinner in April, and Christmas dinner.
In 2008 we hosted the Highlander Nationals at LNYC (July 19 to 24) where 31 Highlanders particpated. The 2007 National Champion, Bruce Busbey, is a Lake Norman fleet member.
If you are interested in crewing or trying out a Highlander please contact our Fleet Captain, Fred Jones at 704-490-9204 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to have any experience of sailing or racing to sail with us… we welcome you.
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