What is a Pelican
The Pelican sailing dinghy is the premier training dinghy for junior sailors in Western Australia. Developed over 40 years ago it is still the best two-man dinghy for young sailors to commence their sail training.
The Pelican is 2.9 metres in length, constructed of either wood or fibreglass, with either aluminium or wooden spars. The gaff-rig sail configuration, combining mainsail and spinnaker, gives young sailors a boat that is easy to handle, whilst at the same time teaching the fundamentals of sailing.
Who sails Pelicans?
The Pelican can be sailed by boys and girls from 8 to 16 although the latter age group may be restricted by physical size rather than age. Girls are at no strength disadvantage in a Pelican and compete very successfully with the boys.
Finding a Crew
A possible crew can be found from school friends and younger siblings. Its also a good idea to talk to the coaches, officials or volunteers at your sailing club. Factors to consider when trying to find a suitable crew are: