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The Cherub was designed in 1951 by Melbourne-born New Zealander John Spencer. The class rules allowed for a degree of variation in the hull design while the sail area was fixed at 100 sq. feet. This was later increased to 120 sq. feet. 
In 1961 the Mounts Bay SC in WA (see photo of the fleet left) was the first Australian club to adopt the Cherub as its intermediate class and the class spread rapidly from there to other WA clubs and to other states
The first national titles were held at Newhaven YC on Phillip Island in season 1963/64.
The first world championships - in reality an interdominion championship, were held in 1970 and won by "Jennifer Julian" a foam sandwich boat from New Zealand.
Cherubs are now sailed mostly in Australia and the UK with smaller fleets in other countries.
The latest British boats have evolved differently to the Australian Cherubs.They have twin trapezes, a wider hull with wings, a working sail area of 15.5 sq. metres and an asymmetric spinnaker of 21 sq. metres. 

We have one plywood Cherub sailing at the Inverloch CWD Regatta and one hybrid (fibreglass shell/plywood deck & cockpit) sailing at our other classic events (see photos right). We would love to have more classic Cherubs join us at our classic dinghy events. 
Click on the link of the Australian Cherub website for photos and specifications of the latest Australian Cherubs plus lists of past champions and details of where Cherubs are currently sailed. 
Click on the link for the UK Cherub website for photos and specifications of the latest British Cherubs plus a class history. 
1971/72 Australin Champion


The Flying Ant was designed by John Spencer in 1967 as a junior version of the Cherub. It has been popular in Australia for many years and has strong fleets in WA and NSW. Bendigo YC has a fleet still racing and other Victorian clubs have Flying Ants on their register.
We welcome anyone with a classic Flying Ant to come and join us at one or all of our events.
Click on the link for the Flying Ant website for a look at the latest Flying Ants and find out where they are currently sailing.


Following the popularity of the Cherub, John Spencer designed the Javelin in 1961 as a senior version of the Cherub. It too is a restricted development class, not a strict one-design, which allows for experimentation in hull shapes.
We wolud love to see some classic Javelins at our events.
Click on the link for the Javelin website to see photos of the latest Javelins and find out where they are currently sailing.


The NS14 began life in 1960 as the Northbridge Senior. It is an Australian design with a hull based on the Javelin but class rules that allow for experimentation in hull shape. It has a sail area of 100 sq. ft. and is intended to be a high performance boat that is easily handled on and off the water without needing the strength and agility of other racing classes. It has no spinnaker or trapeze.
There are NS14 fleets in all states except WA.  
We hope to see some classic NS14's at our events.  
Click on the link for the excellent NS14 website where you can see photos of the latest boats, find out where they are currently sailing and watch the training videos to get some tips on how to rig & sail them.