The Lark was designed in 1966 by Michael Jackson and first launched in 1967. Since its introduction there have been five builders, Bakers the original builders, G.W. Parkers, Rondar Raceboats, Ovington Boats and currently Winder Boats. To date over 2,530 Lark’s have been built.

Like many sailing dinghies the Lark has evolved over the years and although a one-design class, the Lark Class Rules cater for a choice of many fittings, including foils and sails. The hulls are made of GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic foam sandwich). 

The class currently has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1070 (2016), making it one of the fastest non-trapeze dinghies around!

Each year the UK has a National Championship and a number of regional Championships, an Inland Championship and a Youth Championship, plus a considerable number of Open Meetings around the country including Shustoke with high quality racing everywhere.


Lark Vital Statistics

Length Overall

4.07 Metres


1.65 Metres

Sail Area (Main&Jib)

9.75 Sq. Metres

Sail Area (Spinnaker)

7.4 Sq. Metres

Hull Weight 

95 Kg



Crew Weight 

121 – 152 Kg


The Lark Fleet at Shustoke Sailing Club is a very active and competitive fleet who regularly compete at local, regional and national events with many highly placed results to their credit. The members within this very experienced Fleet are always willing to provide helpful advice on all matters relating to sailing, rigging, tuning, racing and buying Larks.

The Lark Class is well regarded and respected fleet. Many well known British Olympic and World Champions have competed through out its 50 year history. In 2017 the class together with some other fleets steeped in British sailing heritage will be competing in May 2017 at the “SMELT” in Carnac France. In addition, as this is the 50th Anniversary of the Lark class plans are already in place for the 50th party 14 October 2017 in Salcombe. To see more of the terrific fixtures planned for 2017, see the Lark website.


For more information see the Lark Website