About the Enterprise

Designed in 1956 by Jack Holt, the Enterprise is a two-man, two sail hiking dinghy. Easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive blue sails, the class is still hugely popular today, especially in Britain.

The boats provide excellent tactical racing, and the fleet has attracted many big name sailors in its history. It is a good boat for all ranges of ability.

Videos for Enterprise Sailing

Enterprises sailing in a breeze:

Enterprises racing in the South West Areas at Looe Sailing Club:

Books for Enterprise Sailing

Specific for Enterprises

We didn't find any books specific to the class. If you know of any then please contact us and we'll add them to the page.

General Books Useful for Enterprise Sailors

The Bestsellers

These three books will help any sailor improve in any class of boat.

Sailing Fitness

You need to be physically fit to do well - even just a little bit of all-round fitness can improve your results a lot. These books are all helpful in designing a program that works for you. My favourite is Sailing Fitness & Training by Michael Blackburn.


Getting your head right can be as important as getting your technique right. These books will all help with this area, and the Eric Twiname book, Sail, Race and Win is possibly my all-time favourite book on how to improve your sailing

Books for Self-Coaching by Olympic Coach Jon Emmett

Jon Emmett coached Lijia Xu to an Olympic Gold Medal,and is a multiple World Champion himself. These well written books share the secrets of how to coach yourself and improve your sailing.

Sailing Technique and Performance Books by Frank Bethwaite

Frank Bethwaite is a bit of a legend - relentless in his pursuit to understand high performance race craft. His two bigger books (High Performance Sailing and Higher Performance Sailing) can be quite dense to read while Fast Handling Techniques is lighter and easier to read. All are hugely important.

...and finally, Three Absolute Classics

These three books are nailed-on classics - books that have helped generations of sailors and are still relevant today. Start to Win is a good, relatively basic book that will help get you to the front of the fleet; Winning in One Designs is widely regarded as essential reading for one-design sailors; and Advanced Racing Tactics is more in-depth, is a tougher read, but will help with a lot of in-race strategy.

Links for Enterprise Sailors

Class Information

International Class Rules

The UK Class Association. See also the Class Association Twitter feed.

Boat Set-up, Boat Handling and Other Tips

Centre Mainsheet Information

Fly Away Jib Poles. You can find more information here.

Some advice on looking after your boat.

Towing and Trailing an Enterprise

Blogs and Blog Posts

I can't find any current blogs for Enterprise sailing, but this older one is good.

The Vital Statistics

Suggested sailor weight range (helm and crew together): 120kg to 150kg (265lbs to 330lbs)

  • Hull Material: Wood, GRP and FRP
  • Year designed: 1956
  • Length: 4.04 metres
  • Beam: 1.60 metres
  • Mainsail and Jib Area: 10.7 square metres
  • Hull Weight: 94 kg

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