sunfish alpa skip sailing [video]

here is a great video of a Sunfish clone in Italy called the Alpa Skip flying across the water:


the video was posted in the comments on my “photos” page, and I thought it was too good to leave there and should be published as a post.

here’s a little more information from his comments:

Alpa was an iconic shipyard in Italian yachting history. Under the leadership of Danilo Cattadori, [Alpa] has build beautiful yachts but also great dinghies such as Alpa 550, Alpa S. They build also a Sunfish clone named Alpa Skip that was robust but lighter than sunfish. It is a very good boat, so good that even if the Sunfish class is quite strong in Italy, Alpa Skip is today still more common. Alpa Skip is the typical 80′ and 90′ sailing school or family boat. Cheaper than Sunfish. Easier than Laser. Actually “Skip” is still produced by Paiardi shipyard ( that holds Alpa’s moulds.  Information are not so common, but you can refer to Alpa Historical Club:

I know there are multiple Sunfish clones but I’ve never heard of this one.

3 Responses to “sunfish alpa skip sailing [video]”

  1. 1 Clyde Osterhout September 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I like the two storage bags he has in the front of the cockpit. I need to figure out some way to do that on my Minifish.

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    • 2 my2fish September 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Clyde, I noticed the same thing! you could buy a cat bag to fit your inspection ports. not as easy to access while sailing though.


      • 3 Clyde Osterhout September 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm

        I am hoping to participate in next September’s Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge. Its only an 11 (or so) mile race, but each participant has to carry a paddle, whistle, and a life jacket. In addition, I will need some things like water (lots of water!), sunscreen, snacks, gloves, etc. I am planning on putting an inspection port in the front of the cockpit big enough to store a kayak paddle (one that breaks apart in the middle), but the other things need to be more accessible. If I can figure out some way of attaching the bags so that they are capsize proof, they might be a viable solution. Guess I will just have to get a set of bags and spend some time sailing to see how well they work out😀


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