The XOD fleet has attracted many experienced helms and crew and the standard of sailing at the front of the fleets is undoubtedly high.
"The quality of Club racing is the key to the success of the X Class"
Whenever you sail you can be sure of good competition. Boats are equal, turnouts are good and races are keenly contested at all levels throughout the fleet. To find out more about XOD racing click here
For a helpful guide to ensure your boat conforms to One Design racing view the XOD Boat checklist
Over half of the entire fleet, in excess of 70 boats, take part each year.
"Cowes Week, highlight of the XOD Calendar"
The X Class has had the largest attendance at Cowes for many years and holds a special place in the event.
Crewing an XOD
An X can be crewed competitively by two people (helm plus one), although a third will be an advantage in stronger winds. It doesn’t capsize like a dinghy. The spinnaker can be hoisted without the crew leaving the cockpit.
Staying at the front of the fleet is not a function of the strength of the crew or their weight. It is suitable therefore for husbands, wives, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends and just good mates, who can all compete on equal terms.
Youngsters can race in the family boat and then enjoy picnic trips in between times in safety and comfort.
It does not require travel to open meetings or spending nights at sea to enjoy first class racing. Most races will last no more than a couple of hours enabling sailors to get back in time for tea or to meet other family and social commitments.
No keel boat is cheap to run, but the X is a lot less expensive than many. And of course multiple ownership allows owners to divide the costs between them. For advice on buying a boat click here or for details of Boats for Sale click here
Tuning an XOD
The X requires careful tuning to achieve optimum performance and this with its relatively low hull speed in tidal waters makes it a challenging boat to sail well.
No electronic navigational aids are permitted, which increases the dependency on the skills of the crew.
But that’s the way X sailors like it. A real challenge to seamanship skills.
Information on how best to tune you boat can be found on the tuning tips page