The Albacore is a 15-foot sloop-rigged one-design dinghy typically raced by two people, but it can also be sailed for fun by one person alone, or three to four people depending on weight. The Albacore is used extensively for racing and recreation in the US, Canada, and the UK.
It’s a great first boat for those who are just learning to sail, and a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. While the Albacore is a fast and lively boat, it is relatively easy to get up to speed and the racing is very tactical. A very versatile boat, it is often sailed by husband/wife and parent/child combinations. Some of the all women teams are the most competitive in the class. Albacore sailors comprise an eclectic group from all ages and walks of life, including students, professionals, senior executives, and retirees ranging in age from 15 to 85.
A used ready-to-race boat usually costs from $1,000 to $4,000 (contact the Fleet Captain for more information). New boats sell for about $16,000.
Eva Hogan (fleet captain) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Barney Harris (active sailor, boat builder, can help you find a boat) – email@example.com
Janice Rathjen (can help get crew connected) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fleet email list (to subscribe request to join the PRSAAlbacores Google Group or email the fleet captain to request to be added)
United States Albacore Association
The Fleet also gives out several PRAF perpetual awards each year at their AGM.
Freshman Booster Award
Most Improved B Skipper
Jib Tender Award
Deep Six Award
Most Abused Crew