Spotlight on: The ILCA racing dinghy

ILCA was designed by Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce in 1969 and today stands as the world’s most popular racing dinghy for both adults and youth. Ovington Boats is proud to offer many packages featuring this internationally renowned Olympic class racing sailboat.

The ILCA Is a 4.2 metre single-handed racing dinghy. It requires tactical excellence with subtle steering and challenging trimming techniques, making it a highly rewarding sailboat for new and skilled sailors.

There are over 200,000 ILCA boats in circulation around the globe, and it is the dinghy of choice for both males and females, young sailors, and Olympians. The ILCA is of the most active classes in the UK.

When sailing with an ILCA, it is always the case that the sailor wins the race, not the boat, because each ILCA dinghy is virtually identical no matter how new or old it is.

Ovington Boats supplies fully comprehensive ILCA packages as well as spare parts for the ILCA. You can view our packages and products online here. Contact us to discuss which type of sailing boat is best suited for you.

Ovington Boats is one of the world’s most successful small boat building businesses specialising in the high-performance dinghy market. View our range of boats online or contact us to discuss your needs.

Report from Academy Sailor, Charlie

A great report from Charlie Pickering, an Ovington Academy sailor, as he tries out his new ILCA in Sidmouth:

Wednesday 21st April – North Easterly light winds:

Flat sea, bright and sunny evening, great conditions for our first race. Seven Lasers on the water this evening, making for a good, competitive race. One laser capsized and turtled (when the mast of your boat ends up pointing directly downwards) unfortunately resulting in a bent mast. I had a good race and finished in 3rd place, which I was thrilled about.

Saturday 24th April – Force 5, gusting 7, and Sunday 25th April – force 4 gusting 6!

Conditions were too windy this weekend so we could not go out as it was too choppy and dangerous. At Sidmouth, it is sometimes quite tricky to launch and recover, as it is so open and exposed. It is usually quite choppy, and with more wind it becomes choppier, which can make for a fun and exciting sail, but on this occasion it became unsafe.

Wednesday 28th April – 2nd evening race of the season.

I took out my 4.7 rig (a smaller sail) today and I am glad I did, as it was blowing at about 12 knots, gusting 16. Almost everyone capsized this evening – including me once in the 2nd leg of the race. However, I was able to right my boat quickly and get going again. I ended up coming 4th in the race.

Saturday 1st May – light winds but completely shifted and picked up massively in the afternoon.

Today there were very light winds, so I swapped my rig back over to the bigger radial rig. In the morning we were practising race starts and because of the light wind, roll tacking. Roll tacking is where you use the weight of your body to gain a small advantage when you turn through the wind. After lunch, the conditions stayed the same for the first race, but just at the very end of it, the wind went from south to southwest to due east in under 10 seconds. At one point it built from 4 knots to about 15-20 at the peak of the squall. This meant that the safety crew were kept busy as the wind and waves grew. I had considered going back in in between races, as I had my radial rig on. The wind eventually died down a little and I was glad I did not.

Topper comparison

The most noticeable difference that I have noticed so far between a topper and an ILCA is its angle that it can point when going upwind. I have not noticed much of a speed difference so far, but I am not sure if that is because I have not sailed in 5 months or have not sailed enough in an ILCA.”


Ovington Boats is one of the world’s most successful small boat building businesses specialising in the high-performance dinghy market. View our range of boats online or contact us to discuss your needs.

Musto renews contract with Ovington Boats & Musto Skiff Class Association

We are pleased to announce that Musto, the world leading technical clothing brand, has once again renewed its longstanding contract with the Musto Skiff Class Association (MSCA) for a further five years.

Ovington Boats holds the exclusive worldwide rights to build and distribute the Musto Skiff boat, and the sponsorship from Musto supports the boat’s funding, activities, and prizes for events. This renewed contract will ensure the MSCA will continue to operate in a professional manner and helps with investments to promote the class.

The MSCA is represented in over 28 countries and after growing rapidly throughout the last 20 years, is now recognised as a World Sailing International Class.

Chris Turner, Managing Director of Ovington Boats, said: “We have a long-established relationship with both the class and Musto, so we are really pleased to see Musto extend their sponsorship. Whilst we, as boat builder sign the contract, the class association will continue to directly benefit from this sponsorship in full to help with promoting the class and to support their increased activities and regatta schedule. Ovington Boats currently has four ‘works’ boats in service within the UK, two at WPNSA, one at Derwent Reservoir, and one in Ireland with 2016 Olympian, Ryan Seaton, which are all helping to open up the class to new sailors. After a difficult year for us all, we hope to see everyone on the water soon!”

Nick Houchin, Head of Marketing at Musto said: “The Musto Skiff is one of our longest standing sponsorship projects and, as we expand our technical inshore clothing lines, it is only growing in importance. Through the Musto Skiff class, we are able to support more people in getting out onto the water and experiencing the thrill of dinghy racing. We look forward to working with both Ovington Boats and the class association in our continued partnership.”

The MSCA is looking forward to this year’s regattas and other events including the 2021 ACO 2021 Musto Skiff World Championships in Lake Garda from 25th September to 2nd October.


Ovington Boats is one of the world’s most successful small boat building businesses specialising in the high-performance dinghy market. View our range of boats online or contact us to discuss your needs.