The Little Traverse Sailors fleet has been carefully selected to provide top-quality sailing instruction on a variety of types of boats. By using a fleet of standard, well-known boats, the skills and experience that our sailors gain in our programs are directly transferrable to a lifetime of sailing virtually anywhere in the world. We also have a regular fleet maintenance and boat rotation plan so that we can ensure that all our boats are in excellent shape and ready for fun and learning.
Collegiate 420s (13 in the LTS fleet)
These two-person or three-person boats are used by the Learn-to-Sail Program, Junior Race Team, Race Team, Adult and Private Lessons, and Monday/Thursday Racing.
420s are a scaled-down version of the 470 used in the Olympics, are fast, stable, responsive, and versatile. They are by far the most used double-handed training boat in the world, and are the core of virtually all junior sailing programs in the United States, as well as the most-used boat in High School and Collegiate sailing.
Club 420s (7 in the LTS fleet)
Used by the Junior Race Team and Race Team. We take these boats when the Race Team travels to away regattas.
Club 420s are identical to the Collegiate 420 except that they are a little lighter, have spinnaker and trapeze setups, and are designed to race.
Lasers (6 in the LTS fleet)
One-person boat used by the Race Team and Junior Race Team.
Lasers are the biggest one-design sailboat class in the world (over 200,000 Lasers have been built!), and are used everywhere from beginning sailing programs to the Olympics. Our Lasers have a variety of rig/sail sizes so that sailors from about 100 lbs and up can sail them successfully. There is also a very active Laser fleet in Harbor Springs, racing twice a week in the Harbor.
Bugs (10 in the LTS fleet)
One-person boat (sometimes two very small people!) used by the Learn-to-Sail Program and Junior Race Team, and for Bug Racing on Wednesday nights.
Bugs are a 9′ singlehanded dingy intended for smaller sailors and beginners. Though many programs have Optimists as their entry-level training boat, we think the stability, higher performance, and self-bailing features of the Bug make them better for our purposes.
J/70 (1 in the LTS fleet)
Four to six person boat used by the Race Team, Adult and Private Lessons, Thursday Night Learn-to-Race Program
The J/70 is a modern (introduced in 2013) high-performance keelboat, typically sailed by four to six sailors. The J/70 is fast and responsive like a dinghy, and also features a lifting keel and large asymmetric spinnaker. The boat is easily trailerable, and J/70 regattas worldwide attract 50 or more entrants routinely.