The Mayfly Sailing Dinghy
The Mayfly was a 12’9″ (3.89m) one design hard-chine dinghy designed in 1956 by J.V.Kelley. It had a 90 sq.ft (8.36m2) rig with an optional spinnaker of the same area. Two deck layouts were offered. Standard was a “rolled” deck” …a very modern innovation. The more conventional “Clubman” version featured side seats and a small gunwhale deck. The designer, John Kelley, had successfully designed (and helmed) dinghies in the very competitive National 12 and National 14 “development” classes.