The ILCA Formula

A choice of rigs for different size sailors = 3 boats in one

  • Are your children reaching the age when they want to go sailing in a ILCA by themselves?
  • Does your husband or wife fancy the occasional sail in your ILCA?
  • When you drive 2 hours to get to the water have you found it is too windy for you to go sailing?
  • Are you too light to sail with the ILCA 7 rig?

The ILCA Formula is the answer to all these questions. By changing only the sail and lower mast an ILCA dinghy can be sailed comfortably in a great variety of wind conditions and provide exciting but controlled sailing even for sailors weighing as little as 35 kg. The ILCA Formula is a 3-rig option that has been adopted by a number of sailing schools as a simple and economical way for sailors of different size and ability to sail in a wide range of winds and reduce the amount of ‘down time’.

The ILCA 4 uses a short pre-bent lower mast to maintain a balanced helm and a sail area that is 35% smaller than the ILCA 7. It is ideal for the lighter weight sailor graduating from Optimist.

The ILCA 6 is the next step up in size. It uses a more flexible and slightly shorter lower mast together with a sail area 18% smaller than the ILCA 7. The ILCA 6 has a large following with national and international regattas and World Championships for Men, Women & Youth attracting as many countries and competitors as the ILCA 7. In addition to having a strong following among lighter weight sailors, the ILCA 6 is also used for youth, women and masters racing. Many countries support a full ILCA 6 Youth program.

The ILCA 7 can be sailed by any weight in light winds, but as the wind increases it is better suited to higher sailor weights.

Apart from the strong second hand market for the ILCA 7, there is an even stronger second hand market for ILCA 6 and ILCA 4 lower mast and sails as a separate package from the hull.