The slightly smaller jib with six square meters is recommended from 15 knots of wind at the latest
The Leisure 17 was built from 1965 to 1990 at the English shipyard Cobramold. The YACHT test from 1979 already reports over 2600 units produced; by 1990 there were a remarkable 4500 boats. Most were delivered with cast iron keels. But there is also a central keel version, with a one meter draft and around 30 kilograms more ballast.
In 1967 the German John Adam sailed with a Leisure 17 from England to Cuba. The successful crossing of the Atlantic established the reputation of the tiny man's astonishing seaworthiness. At the time, however, the Cuban authorities did not trust Adam's story and initially arrested him on suspicion of espionage. Nobody wanted to believe that he had made the crossing from Europ in this small boat - a remarkable achievement considering the very limited living space and storage space for such a long distance.
We went sailing with the little classic. The big test report is available in YACHT 12/2019 - order here or as a digital edition. Or you can download the test directly from the link below
Photo gallery: Leisure 17