The Byte CII Class is ideal for sailors between 40-73 kg (90-160 lbs). It is one of the most popular Optimist after step classes nowadays and is the class that was represented sailing in the last Youth Summer Olympic Games.
The Byte was designed by Ian Bruce who put his 18 years of experience with the Laser dinghy plus the building of the Finn, International 14, Contender, Fireball, 470, Optimist, Tornado hull, Tasar and Laser II into the design and development of the Byte. The foils, spars and fittings are all tried and proven and the construction of the boat is lightweight, non-exotic, (i.e. easily repairable), but capable of withstanding everything from knockabout recreational sailing to boat-breaking institutional programs.
The whole concept of the Byte Class is based on all the boats, spars, foils, and fittings being equal. This is the concept of ‘one-design’ and the Byte takes it to its logical conclusion with a one-design sail delivered as part of the boat. The sail is a beautiful, double stepped, radial design by Hans Fogh. This construction is a bit of overkill but it results in such low stresses in the cloth that the sail is unusually long lasting.