Ajax 23 One Design Keel Boat – day racing at its best!
The Ajax fleet at RHYC provides competition and excitement both for regular top-finishers and crews aspiring to be at the top. A superb sea boat that looks after its crew, the Ajax is fast both to windward and with the spinnaker flying downwind. It is solid and stable and copes exceptionally well in strong winds, making it a pleasure to helm and to crew. The Ajax is normally raced with a crew of 3, although two up is perfectly possible, especially in lighter winds.
The class has two fleets, one at RHYC (23 boats registered, about 13 actively racing) and the other at St Mawes (Falmouth). The National Championships are held by each club in alternate years. In 2016 a number of RHYC boats will make the journey to St Mawes to compete in July, and may stay to sail in Falmouth week (5th-14th August) where the Ajax is often one of the best represented classes.
At RHYC, we race every weekend in the sailing season, making full use of the River Orwell, as well as going out to sea frequently or up the lovely River Stour. An attraction of Ajax sailing is that we do not need rescue boat support for our racing, and this gives us great flexibility with our courses - sometimes choosing short, sharp racing (usually when windy) and sometimes using fair wind and tide to go further. Being a strict one design keelboat means that what really counts is how the boat is sailed. While there is plenty of rivalry on the water, Ajax sailors are friendly and welcoming; always happy to help each other and new owners get the best out of their boats. In winter there are occasional lunches at the RHYC for the class.
Ajax 2016 Season
Winter lunches at RHYC: Saturday 16th January, Saturday 20th February.
We will start the racing season on Sunday 24th April with the first two races of the Spring series and using the club line.
The East Coast Championships will be held Saturday–Sunday 25th – 26th June: wind permitting we will sail in Dovercourt Bay, most boats mooring in Shotley marina for the weekend.
The National Championships will be held at St Mawes, Friday-Sunday 29th – 31st July.
RHYC 2016 Ajax Class Captain | Richard Burnford (Widgeon, No 57)
Please contact Richard if you have any questions about the Ajax or if you are interested in joining the fleet at the RHYC.
Tel: 07764 831308
The first Ajaxs were built in 1967 being designed by Oliver Lee of Burnham and constructed in GRP by Halmatic. The Ajax is a 23 ft open keelboat first conceived by Oliver Lee in 1966. Most of the boats were built in 1968 with one or two more in recent years.
LOA 23ft 3in (7.07 metres), LWL 19ft 2in (5.97 m), Beam 6ft 5in (1.95 m), Draught 3ft 8in (1.12 m) Displacement 1900 lb (854 Kg), Sail area 215 sq ft (20 sq m), Spinnaker 220 sq ft (20.62 sq m).
Ajax Class Association and Website
There is an active Class Association. The current chairman is Ian Reid who owns and races Nemesis (No 22) at St Mawes. See ‘Contacts’ on Index page of Ajax Association website http://www.ajax23class.co.uk