A warm welcome to the website for the Leader Class Owners' Association (LCOA)
Here you will find all sorts of useful information about the Leader dinghy, it's Class Association, latest news and information about events, plus details of pre-loved Leader dinghys for sale.
Designed 40 years ago by J.G. Pollard, the Leader has always been a popular choice at County Sailing Bases, School Institutions and Holiday Centres both here in the UK and abroad. The Leader is the perfect all-rounder. It's traditional look and excellent reputation has established the boat as an ideal 14' trainer, day sailor, cruiser or racer.
Like it's large companion the Wayfarer, the Leader features a tabernacle, enabling rigging to be done easily by one person. It's lighter weight makes it easier to move on-shore.
Leader racing is competitive, but with a strong emphasis on fun. The Leader remains one of the few classes where lightweights and mixed crews can compete on equal terms with larger crews.
The Leader Class Owners' Association (LCOA) exists to encourage new and existing sailors to become active in the use of the Leader dinghy. The Association also promotes the interest of the Class and helps to maintain contact between members.
The Association is run by an annually elected committee of Leader owners to represent the racing, cruising and pottering fraternity. One of the main features of the Association since it's inception, is the friendliness between owners.
The LCOA arranges a series of Open Meetings during the season, together with the National Championships, which moves from club to club in successive years. All of these events are open to all LCOA members. Membership costs just £10 for full membership and £5 for an Associate Member (a non-Leader owner). Click here for a membership form or contact our Membership Secretary Roger Morse
Owners are responsible for ensuring that their dinghy meets Class requirements in order to race and to register with the Association.
A trial demonstration can be arranged in many parts of the country for prospective Leader owners by existing members of the class. If you are considering buying a Leader dinghy then why not visit us at one of our Open Meetings? You will experience the pleasure in owning and sailing a Leader and meet our friendly Class members.
The RYA no longer include the Leader in the Portsmouth Yardstick list as despite the Association's best efforts Clubs were unable to meet the minimum reporting levels required.
The Leader has traditionally always had a similar speed to the Enterprise. The Leader is listed in the Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association as 97 in their handicapping system, which is the same as an 'old' Enterprise. (www.cvrda.org)
We also had the same PY number as the Enterprise from 1997 to 1999 and our boats are unchanged from that date. The Enterprise sailed under 1117 in 2013/2014.
Thus the LCOA asserts that a handicap of 1117 should be used when handicap racing against other boats with a PY number.
This .pdf document is a scanned copy of a leaflet published in 1992, containing a brief history of the design and some useful tips for setting up your Leader, either to race competitively or for cruising. See Gallery page for other historic documents.