The Blue Jay
continues to be one of the leading one-design, sloop-rigged sail boats in existence today. Drake H. Sparkman, head of the New York designing firm of Sparkman and Stephens, Inc. penciled the Blue Jay by hand in 1947. Conceived as a “baby Lightning,” it became an all-around junior training boat and now numbers over 7,200. It is used not only in novice programs in yacht clubs from Florida to Maine, but also in teen’s, men’s, and women’s events. Originally constructed of wood, the IBJCA voted in the early 1960s to allow fiberglass, however, wooden boats are still being made today.