Designed by David Thomas in 1976 and built by Hunter Boats, the Sonata rapidly became a huge success. Dubbed as a pocket cruiser that could also race well, the direction of the Sonata Class has veered towards competitive one-design racing. The initial rules, developed in conjunction with the RYA, were designed to prevent “cheque-book” advantages and are, to this day, extremely strict regards measurement and permitted enhancements. The development of the class has been strictly monitored by the National Sonata Association, NSA, and the RYA to ensure that the boats are completely One Design.
Although production of the National Sonata finished in 1990 with 479 boats being built, there is still a very active Class Association and keen racing and cruising fleets around the UK and abroad. At approximately 2 tonne all up, a Sonata is towable behind many of today’s vehicles relatively easily.
|Connect with the class
Sonata Class website
2018 National Championships entry
||David Thomas in 1975
|Number of crew
||Bermudan rig with either a fixed or lifting keel. Carries a mainsail, a variety of headsails and a symmetric spinnaker
||RYA National Class, adopted in 1980
Sonata class contacts
Chair: Position vacant
Class Secretary: Catherine Hartley
Technical Officer: Steve Goacher
Rules & Measurement
Current Class Rules
Sonata Measurement Form
How to obtain a Measurement Certificate
Find a Measurer
Sonata National Champions
2017 Strangford Lough YC Steve Goacher (Sonata 8748)
2016 Poole YC Steve Goacher (Sonata 8748)
2014 Brixham YC Steve Goacher (Sonata 8748)
2013 Strangford Lough YC Steve Goacher (Sonata 8748)
2012 Medway YC Joe Cross (Sonata 8377N)
2011 Dabchicks SC Farren/Purdie (Sonata 8090)
2010 Helensburgh SC
2009 Dave Boatman (Sonata 8189)
2008 Strangford Lough YC Dave Boatman (Sonata 8189)
Sonata builders & suppliers
Sadly, the Sonata is no longer built, but Hunter Boats made over 400 Sonatas during a period of 20 years. Many sailing clubs have adopted the Sonata as a one-design class and most of the major regattas have a Sonata start.
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