Photo courtesy of Mark Gillespie

Photo courtesy of Mark Gillespie

The Badger Tech is the Hoofer Sailing Club's unique sailing dinghy. It is the secret to the club’s success. It is perfect for instruction: its rigging is easy to learn for beginning sailors, it is easy to un-capsize, and its heavy-duty hull is designed to withstand… a little bump here and there. The club has recently updated this fleet by purchasing ten new Badger Techs in 2006 and another ten in 2008.

The Hoofer Sailing Club has a total of 38 Badger Techs, with an average of 20-25 ready to sail on any given day. Tech Racing happens every Wed (beginners welcome!) and Fri night at around 5:30. The Hoofer Sailing Club is also proud to present and host two Tech-specific regattas each year: the Spring Chicken Regatta (usually around early May) and the Peter Barrett Intergalatic Regatta (usually around early October).

The first Tech dinghies were wooden craft designed by the Naval Architecture Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , and their descendants still ply the waters of Charles River in Boston at the MIT Sailing Pavilion.

The Hoofer Sailing Club sailed Techs from its early days until 1967. That year, club commodore Peter Harken adapted the MIT design to create the Badger Tech. He expanded the bow air tank, then rounded off the gunnels and deepened the transom to create even more flotation. His design makes for a heavy boat, but one that's served the club well for 41 years and counting.

For more general information regarding the Badger Tech fleet, Check out the Tech Manual.
For more information on racing the Badger Tech fleet, check out the Tech Racing Manual.
If you still find your thirst for knowledge unsated, feel free to contact the Tech fleet captain..


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