The Sonar Keelboat

I recently spent a few days in the delightful city of St Petersburg, Florida. Strolling along the waterfront, through green manicured parks, I spotted a fleet of Sonar Keelboats owned by the St Petersburg Yacht Club.

The Sonar was designed in 1979 by Canadian Bruce Kirby, creator of the highly successful Laser dinghy. The Sonar was designed for the Noroton Yacht Club, CT, as a comfortable, fast, yet simple boat for match racing and training. This 7m (23’) boat with its large cockpit and straightforward rig fitted the bill perfectly and around 800 were eventually built. International success came when the Sonar was selected for the Paralympics in 1996.

A lovely place is St Petersburg and it has boats, too.