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The Mistral Class

The Mistral is a two-person dinghy designed by Des Townsend in 1959. The boat can be sailed competitively with crew weights between 100kg and 140kg allowing parents to sail with their children, teenage pairing and couples of any age.

The boats have a mainsail, jib and symmetric spinnaker which provide excitement and close racing. They weigh in at around 70kg so easily manageble on the slipway and beach.

New boats are now fibreglass offering low maintenance, longevity and good performance. The older boats are predominantly wooden, with all the boats showing the classic Mistral design and shape.

Racing takes place across the country with fleets in Auckland, Kerikeri, Hamilton, Whitianga, Wellington and Christchurch with many located in other locations for club racing and crusing.

Numerous traveller events take place throughout the year for racing, socials and to generally have fun.

The class championships are the highlight of the racing calendar. In 2008 over 30 Mistral competed at Tamaki yacht club in Auckland in two days of excellent sailing, with a mixed fleet of both Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker boats. Racing is close throughout the fleet with competition for all abilities.

2009 marks a important milestone with the 50th year of the Mistral. A number of exciting of social and sailing activities are planned to celebrate this event to cater for all present and past sailors and those with fond memories of the class. Details will be posted on this website and circulated throughout the membership. Keep an eye on what's happening and come along.

Listed alongside are a number of file you can download that detail more about the class. Please feel free to browse and contact us if you have any questions or would like to know more. We are always pleased to talk to current members, prospective members, past members and those with an association with the class. Visit the contacts page or drop us an email.

© NZ Mistral Owners Association 2008 mail@mistral.org.nz