UK-Cherub Class

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UK Cherub Class

The Cherub is a two-person 12 foot racing dinghy with asymmetric spinnaker and twin trapezes. Just twelve feet long, weighing around 70kgs fully rigged for sailing, the Cherub combines spectacular performance with the “on the edge” handling characteristics only found in true lightweight skiffs.

The Cherub rules are simple and allow for maximum flexibility for designers, allowing boats to be created to incorporate sailor's own ideas. Also meaning the class develops over time as techniques, materials and ideas improve. All this makes the Cherub one of the most interesting and innovative of all dinghies: The challenge extends from the sailing skills to setting up the boat to suit the sailor, and maybe even designing and building, too.


The light weight, high performance, development class.

Latest news

2020 Nationals cancelled

Unfortunately due to the on-going Covid-19 situation we have sadly agreed with Mumbles Yacht Club and the 4000 class to cancel this years nationals. We left it as late as we possibly could in the hope we could run but Mumbles have not yet returned to sailing and although they plan to do so for a small number of members soon they are not in a position to run a nationals. They will however run our Nationals in 2022 so some silver lining there.

The class committee realise this will be disappointing for Cherub sailors but please watch out for announcements soon as we build up to our 70th anniversary Nationals next year at Portland Harbour, arguably the best place to sail Cherubs in England.

We hope to have a bumper turn out of Cherubs for this event so please put the 6-9th of July 2021 in your diaries now. Even if you haven't done an event for a few years it will be great to see you again and we will have a few warm up weekends announced soon to get you and your Cherub Nationals ready.

Make a week of it in Weymouth by doing the always excellent dinghy regatta the weekend immediately before.


Nationals 2020 and 70th Anniversary Nationals in 2021 plus a special Carnac visit

Your events team are delighted to confirm the 2020 Nationals will be hosted by Mumbles Yacht Club in South Wales from August 22 - 25th. We had a great Nationals there a few years ago so I expect another fantastic event next August. Other events are also now posted on the events page - link top left of the page.

The Nationals in 2021 are planned to be at the National Sailing Academy at Portland with sailing in Portland Harbour arguably the best place to sail a Cherub in England and maybe the whole UK. The dates are just after the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta so we can make a week of it. The planned dates for our 70th Anniversary Nationals are Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th July 2021. The Weymouth Regatta will be the 3/4th July.

For our 70th year we are also planning a special visit as a class to the Carnac skiff event in early September 2021 so make sure this is in your plans and calendar


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