When asked why the Sonar class works and thrives,
Sonar sailors did
not point to groundbreaking thinking in class management;
nor to a boat that wows you with technology or rockstars in
its fleet ranks. Sonar sailors love this boat with the
and the 100 percent jib; they love the fact
that you don't need heavies on the rail and a
boatload of world-class sailing minds to win.
In their own words, this is why a handful of racers make the Sonar
their one-design of choice:
"One reason this class works is there is not a set number of bodies or
crew weight. I sail with five crew. We all have different levels
you don't need four hotshots to win. They don't have to
have lots of experience, and they will still enjoy it...This is a
good boat for families, and for women.
Lots of couples sail them; the wife steers, or the husband steers...
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This class is competitive, but Sonar sailors can come in off the water
and relax. That is the great thing about people in this class."
- Dru Slattery, Marblehead, MA
"I sail on Lake Geneva; Scow lake. The scows are fun and they are
great, great sailing. But they are more physical to sail...When you get
older, you thinking game gets better and your physical game declines.
That's where I am (but I am not old enough to be a judge!) Quite
frankly--and this is true for me--the Sonar is like an old man's E-Scow.
These boats are indestructible. If you take care of
your boat, take care of the bottom, put new sails on, you are
competitive. No one skates
away because they are that much quicker. It's a tactical boat, and it
gets down to a chess game and sailing well."
- Ron Frankel, Lake Geneva, WI
"When you are doing things right on a Sonar
you can feel it. The boat
will tell you. It is such a sensitive boat. It's like a Laser. When
you're bad, it dumps you. When you're good, it tells you
you are doing it right...The Sonar is a kind boat. It has a
civilized-sized spinnaker, a 100-percent jib.
I can trim it in 30 knots of wind, with
- Hugh Elliot, disabled sailor, Alexandria, VA