Musically, the pirate has been sung about Olympically for many years. In the sign of the rings, planing dinghies and skiffs are the measure of all things, partly with trapeze, in extremely lightweight construction. The demands on the sailors, especially on the young athletes, are correspondingly high in the Olympic boat classes. Talent scouting, division into squad classes, water training, competition practice and theory as much as possible all year round, accompanied by intensive fitness programmes. Alongside school, training and study, this is an extremely comprehensive programme.
Our focus is, performance-oriented, in the popular sport sailing. The general conditions are by far not so narrow, on this level we belong to the leading class associations. The Pirate is used in sailing license and regatta training in many clubs. In addition to the great efforts made in the clubs on a voluntary basis for the regatta sailors, additional training courses are held in some state associations (e.g. NRW, Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin, Hamburg and Lower Saxony). The coaches are often successful Pirate cracks themselves. Youths, juniors and adults share the boat class. There are 50 ranking regattas a year, divided into youth and "All Together" races. Of course there are also German Championships & Youth Championships every year, and European Championships for Juniors (up to 25 years) and All Together every year in alternation. Before the season starts, youth crews can apply for the new KV youth boat. Participation, also in the form of experience reports, is possible on our homepage and in the annual pirate newspaper. We shape ourselves. With its know-how, the class is competition-oriented and offers the youth rather the finely dosed entry into regatta sailing. "We do it voluntarily in our spare time" (Butze Bredt, Pirate expert). Built to conventional blueprints in 1938, the sometimes ridiculed bent-span design is the oldest active youth boat in the DSV, and we are a little proud of that. It shows that the youth work is recognized. The "old stone" of the dinghy classes weighs considerably more and seems a little "thick-headed" at first, but with a stainless steel sword under the keel and a cleaver in the masthead, we are heavily "armed".
When there is more wind on the Pirate, hanging is the order of the day, so there is something for the stomach muscles. Helpful are the horizontal/vertical systems of adjustable harnesses, which have been integrated for a long time. High am-wind course, calm gliding phases due to the kinked bulkhead, demanding in technique, sure instinct, clean tactics and "head matter" are attributes with the Pirates.
As the Pirate is a national standard class, it is guaranteed that in the regattas almost identical boats meet and primarily the sailing ability decides. The trimming possibilities are manifold, a clean tactic is more important than pure speed sailing. Relaxing between the races, getting into the boat, using the breaks for a snack, switching off for a moment. At joint events, the older ones are happy to give tips & tricks and answer questions. The teaching of seamanship is also part of it. The young people grow into an intact sailing community of all ages, learn to deal with material and ideal values, also with fair play. In spite of the high performance density, the class cohesion is unmistakably large, and many mixed teams enjoy Pirate sailing; in the end, we are one big "Pirate family".
It has been proven that Pirate sailors are later successful on board in the national league or on other ships. Despite ambitious high sporting activities, the Pirate also has ambitions with touring character. Yes, with us both are possible, in other words, a regatta can also be contested with a touring ship. The crew can work out their condition and fitness themselves, without the need for specially devised week-long fitness programmes. If it doesn't fit, the steamer simply stays in the hall for some time, you don't have to be afraid of being completely out of shape at the next regatta. Sailing Pirate means sailing with upwind and with natural ambition relaxed through the season, which actually then says goodbye to the winter break with 3 season highlights.
Sustainability characterizes the class. Boats that are 20-25 years old, in reasonable shape, are still competitive at regattas. The perception in the sailing scene is its extreme robustness, high(!!!) value retention distinguishes these boats. Always a trademark of the shipyards. With over 6000 units, the Pirate is widely used nationally. Regatta Pirates fulfil one of the main requirements of the DSV (German Sailing Association), which is that they must be regatta-ready for more than 5 years if treated sensibly; soft-sailing of the hull is practically non-existent.
Compared to all other classes, especially the high-tech scene, the on-board technology (the running rigging) is also of the highest standard, i.e. on the same level. Furthermore, among other things, jib halyard stays (talj system) deflected to the centreboard box are a considerable simplification for pushing through the jib, especially for junior crews. The centreboard halyard swivel prevents the boat from slipping in and supports the righting of the boat. The class rules were changed after extensive tests in this regard. The Kombi-Trailer system also makes it much easier to hoist and lower the boat.
Our stand is regularly represented at boat shows, a popular meeting point with contact opportunities for interested youngsters.
The German KV, founded in 1973, is a member of the IPA (International Pirat Association). Other members are mostly from Central Europe (Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey), but also from overseas (Chile). Staging of European championships, proposals on building regulations and youth exchange are some of the topics here. Therefore, there is no lack of international championships.
Inform yourselves simply with the executive committee, the Landesobleuten or where grad Piratensegler "rumgeistern".
With best regards and simple cleaver
Your Pirate Class Association