Moored in the exhibitions artificial harbour, she dominated the scene by force of what may be called ‘boat personality’. She was most obviously original in conception and had some novel features – this was immediately apparent; but she was not freakish and her power to impress was due to the fact that her design represented the clear, experienced expression of ideas that had not been muddled by unnecessary compromise.”Yachting World Magazine, 1961
YW Diamond Class Specifications
Overall Length 9.182 m.
Length at Waterline 7.3 m.
Beam 2.026 m.
Displacement 1075 kg.
Draft 1.3 m.
Mast Height 9.144 m.
Spinnaker Pole Length 3.048 m.
Boom Length 3.57 m.
Construction Marine Plywood, GRP or Aluminium.
Mainsail 14.3 sq.m.
Genoa 14.5 sq.m.
Spinnaker 42.0 sq.m. (approx.)
Jib (optional) 6.3 sq.m.
Racing Crew Three or Four
1960 Editors of Yachting World approach Jack Holt. The resultant boat is known as the Yachting World Keelboat.
1961 Prototype shown at the National Boat Show in London.
1962 The First Diamond launched in Australia on Pittwater.
1967 Name Changed to Yachting World Diamond.
1980s Fibreglass replaces marine ply as the preferred construction material.