News Chronicle Audacity Class

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Design No. 0376

Built for: News Chronicle ( & for various owners)
Builder: Walter Lawrence & Son, Sawbridgeworth, England
Date designed: 1959

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 21’ 5”  (6.52 m)
Datum: 18’ 6”  (5.63 m)
Beam Max: 7’ 3″  (2.21 m)
Draft (Plate up):  1′ 8”  (0.51 m)
Displacement tons:  1.59
T.M.:  3.32 tons
Ballast ratio: 40.7%
Sail Area: 185 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan fractional sloop

At her press launch in December of 1959 Audacity was described by her commissioning owner’s The News Chronicle Newspaper as the successor to the National Enterprise – the remarkable sailing dinghy inaugurated by that publication and whose numbers at that time had increased to 3,600 within four years. She was meant primarily for the family man or syndicates of friends who want to spend their weekends and holidays afloat.

The direct descendant of Jack Giles’ famous boat called Trekka and at the time Trekka was the smallest yacht to have circled the globe. It is not suggested that Audacity could do the same in anybody’s hands but she will carry her owners to any cruising ground within the reach of Britain.

If you own an Audacity we would like to hear from you


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for the Audacity class, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

Download Drawing List

Study Notes

35 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of the Audacity class. The notes include information on all five different keel versions as well as both the family cruising and ‘sport’ rig.

Model Plans

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Full set of Stock Building Plans

3763 Construction Plan low res

A replica of an Audacity class yacht can be constructed from the original 1959 drawings, (or if preferred using strip plank construction) for which full lofting, construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints