The Yngling is designed to sail
with three crew (although two can handle it easily). Optimal crew weight
is 400 to 500 lbs., so the Yngling accommodates both juniors and normally
sized adults, and it is the ideal women's racing boat (in fact, IYRU
selected the Yngling for its first International Women's Championship
in 1994, and ISAF chose it as the boat for the 2004 Olympic women's keelboat
event). Sail controls on the Yngling are easy to manage, and the effects
of small adjustments are felt by the crew. The Yngling sails in a delicate
and fast upwind groove.
In 1990 Jan Linge re-designed the interior of the Yngling, giving it a
water-tight, raised, "double-bottom" cockpit sole. With "Elvstrøm" bailers
on port and starboard just above the waterline, the boat drains water quickly
under sail, upwind and downwind.
The Yngling is unsinkable: Class rules mandate that a boat have enough
styrofoam flotation so that, if filled entirely with water, an Yngling
can still float -- with three crew aboard!
In a nutshell, the Yngling is
a sleek and seaworthy small racing keelboat, succinctly described as
an agreeable cross between a planing dinghy and a keelboat. Its design
is classic, and its construction is