Features October 2009 Issue

The Lightweight, Carbon-Fiber Wing Dinghy is a Classy, Rowable Sailing Dinghy

Diana Russell’s superlight dinghy matches up against Bruce Bingham’s Trinka.

The lines on the carbon-fiber Wing Dinghy date back to Nat Herreshoff’s Frost Fish, a dinghy with a reputation for performance under sail and when being rowed. Diana Russell’s Wing Dinghy hull weighs only 55 pounds. Built by Savage River Works using conventional fiberglass FRP skin, carbon outer skin, and Kevlar inner hull skin, the 9-foot dinghy tests well against the popular Bruce Bingham-designed Trinka 10. The Wing Dinghy also scored well in the sailing, hoisting, towing, and rowing tests.

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