|Length||17’ Waterline. 25’6” O.A|
Dawn is a fine example of the Bermudan rigged Windermere 17ft class yacht. The Windermere 17ft yachts have been raced on Windermere since 1903 and are still raced on the lake today.
History of the Windermere 17ft Class
During 1903, Percy Crossley, a prominent member of the Royal Windermere Yacht Club proposed a new yacht class to replace the Una Class. A subcommittee was formed to consider the matter (the committee included Alfred Sladen who has many other connections with the historic boat collection) and by November 1903 they had drawn up the measurement rules for the 17ft Class.
The original rules of the Class were that the yacht must have a 17ft waterline length, 25ft 6 inches length overall, 5ft 10 inches minimum beam and 3ft 6 inches draught. The measured sail area must also not exceed 300 square ft. Over the years there have been various changes to the rules and it wasn’t until years later that Bermudan rigged yachts such as Dawn were allowed in the Class.