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Welcome to the Sandpiper 565 Owner's Group!
Sandpiper Events: Come and Join Us! 2017 Sandpiper 565  Rendezvous: Hessel Michigan.


   Have "Fun" this summer by Trailer Sailing. Hit the road and sail with other Sandpiper Owners in new locations.
   Create your own Sandpiper Events and have them announced online here.

If you own a Sandpiper, Please Contact us to be included in our Registry!  Find out where the nearest Sandpipers is to you!
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The 13th Annual Sandpiper 2017 Rendezvous will be held from Friday August 18, to Monday August 21 at the Hessel Marina in Hessel Michigan.

Do plan to come and Join us.

The Fleet will be sailing among the Les Cheneaux Islands which comprises of 36 islands along 12 miles of Lake Huron and this area is part of the Niagara Escarpment. The name "Les Chenaux" is French origin and is translated to mean "the channels". This area is deemed Historic Authentic Beauty and is well known for its many sheltered channels and bays. Just great for small boats like our Sandpipers that can go anywhere.

This will be the second time in the Sandpiper Rendezvous history that Michigan waters have been chosen to host our event, other than places in Ontario and Quebec.

For more info check out the Rendezvous Page.


Why a Sandpiper? 

D o you ever watch a sandpiper bird as it moves along the shoreline? Do you notice that the sandpiper bird is darting in and out of the waters edge along the beach looking for food and always seems to be moving around?

W ell basically that's what our Sandpiper Sailboats do, but we tend try to stay in the water more than on land, and we can go anywhere any time. In less than 15 minutes Sandpipers can be rigged and launched ready to sail or hauled out and trailer secured to travel over land to explore new inland waters.

T he Sandpiper 565 can be classified as a pocket or compact cruiser, or a micro-cruiser that is; small (18.6 feet or 5.65 meters), lightweight (1200 lbs), a sailboat with a cabin (headroom 4'4") intended for recreational cruising and overnight stays (sleeps 4), can be easily loaded onto a trailer and towed, and is very easy to beach. The calculated hull speed is 5.81 mph (5 knots).

T he Sandpiper 565 is also a sailing sloop with four berth accommodation  and is popular in eastern Canada and in the great lakes region. Due to her short waterline and wide beam (7'.1"), the Sandpiper is not a really fast boat but she shows a good pointing ability. A little tender at first, she rapidly becomes stiffer as the retractable daggerboard keel (300 lbs on a lead screw) begins to do its job. The keel retracts fully inside the boat (draft becomes 10 inches) and when lowered only protrudes 2'1" below the hull (draft becomes 2'11"). The Sandpiper can be sailed single handedly and has a wide beam for stability, is inexpensive, and being trailerable, means not having to pay for expensive marina slips. The mast of the Sandpiper is 22 feet 1.75 inches long (from bottom edge of aluminum foot casting to mast top) and it lays down nicely on the top of the Boat when trailering.

Sandpiper Origins:

T he Sandpiper 565 was designed by Leonardo da Costa Sayago (C. Eng, M.R.N.A.) in Southampton England on December 16, 1971 as a fast week-ender sailboat. 

T he Sandpiper 565 was an English Channel Craft manufactured first by Messrs, Sandpiper Marine LTD. of Southampton, England in 1972, and then was built under licence by C & L Boatworks Waterhouse & May Limited originally in Pickering Ontario. Although the name has changed slightly over the years the company has remained the same. (see C & L history). Although the Sandpiper 565 Sailboat is no longer in production but CL Sailboats in Fort Erie, continue to offer free technical advice and supply replacement parts and sails (check the support web page). The high production cost (labor intensive) of building the boat finally resulted in it discontinued for more favorable models. The first Sandpiper constructed in Canada was in 1974 with the last in 1993. The Sandpiper is very close in design to both the English SailFish 18 and the Ockelbo OS19 with all three being designed by the same designer Leonardo da Costa Sayago. 


T he Sandpiper 565 was constructed to The Lloyds of London Shipyards Standards (safety requirements) and has received certification from The Ship and Boat Builders National Federation (now known the British Marine Federation) as, as the Sandpiper sailed in Sea costal waters around the English Channel Islands.

Reports From The Press :

bulletA "dinghy with lid" Geoffrey Underwood sailing correspondent of the Western Morning News describes the Sandpiper 565. Carefully planned accommodation with dinghy performance. Light and responsive under her 167 square feet of sail.
bulletPractical Boat Owner, states, "Sandpiper 565 is a boat to add to your list if you're hunting round for a trailerable 18 footer shoal draft. An all resinglass boat the Sandpiper should appeal to a "first buyer". All in all a pretty sailing boat which comes with
bulletYachting & Boating Monthly: John Driscoll, With the Solent just recovering from the onslaught of an Autumn gale, we set full sail in order to beat out of the shelter of the Medina against the tide, and the Sandpiper showed herself to be lively, from the onset. She pointed high and sailed fast enough over the tide to allow us to doge the floating bridge and the ferry without having to resort to using the outboard.
bulletSunday Express Boat Test: Kenneth Duxbury, Any sailor who can handle a cruising dinghy will find Sandpiper 565 a delight. Yesterday in a spanking breeze off the Cornish coast I put her through her paces under full sail. She came through with flying colours. For this versatile craft has a performance and quality of finish which would be hard to better for her class.

Quality Construction:

bulletAll molding by hand lay-up. Built-in buoyancy is provided for additional safety. The sides decks are wide enough to walk on with ease, combined with handrails on the cabin roof. There is easy access to the cabin through the large sliding main hatch. Retractable outboard motor bracket is standard equipment.
bulletA carefully designed, extremely dry cockpit with high coaming for comfortable day sailing. Non-skid surfaces and extra
bulletThe Sandpiper 565 secures neatly on a trailer for mobility, and can be trailed with ease. Launching and recovery is simple, allowing access to coastal and inland waterways. The keel is recessed within the hull for trailing and stowage.
bulletDeck fittings are of the finest non-corrosive quality including stemhead roller, mooring cleat and fairleads. The anchor and chain locker is self-draining and the forward hatch is well positioned for access to the foredeck and ventilation. The bow pulpit is an attractive option.
bulletA light and airy cabin with two large hatches and plexiglass ports. Four large berths with deep soft cushions allow for comfortable sleeping. Ample main stowage is provided below the berths and the handy port starboard cave lockers are great for odds and ends. A convenient locker for storing the keel winch handle is also provided. There is excellent sitting headroom, and an optional table fits neatly onto the keel housing. The chemical toilet is standard equipment.

Sandpiper Standard Boat Specifications:

lue hull with white deck in handlaid fibreglass, with non-skid surfaces and self draining cockpit floor and seats. 4-berth accommodation with cushions. Cabin hand lockers and stowage compartments. Plexiglass ports. Chemical toilet (with pumpout on foredeck) to OWRC specs. Roomy aft locker in cockpit. Built in positive foam buoyancy. Sliding main hatch with washboards (locking). Forward hatch. Self-draining anchor locker.

Sandpiper Optional Purchase Options:

W hen the sandpiper was purchased brand new, the following options were available; trailer, spinnaker, slab reefing, dropleaf table, anchor and line, cockpit tent cover, storm jib, wind pennant, lighting, wisker pole, cockpit cushions, jib furling, bow pulpit, stern cleats and fairleads, and sail cover.

Sandpiper Speeds:

H ow fast and how does a Sandpiper handle? Well there have been a few unusual reports of Sandpipers performing;
bulletAveraging 9 mph (GPS) St Mary's River.
bulletReaching up to 12 mph (GPS) on Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior with full sails running downwind at about 45 degrees to the wind/waves with the waves being 6ft high. The Sandpiper was maintaining a steady 7.5 mph and then hitting 12 mph as It surfed with each wave.
bulletBeing big enough to handle well on Lake Ontario through 10' swells in high wind.

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    What's "NEW" on the Sandpiper565 website.
July 26 2017 - Updated: the Rendezvous page with info on the 2017 Sandpiper Rendezvous, Les Cheneaux Islands, Hessel Michigan.
- Website status: We have been super busy this spring/summer and have had little time for the computer/website. We still receive your emails and downloaded 150 today. The new webpage software messes up the webpage design, hence other updates are temporary on hold.
May 19 2016 - Updated: Rendezvous With 2016 Sandpiper Rendezvous Info. St Joseph Island, Ontario
June 10 2015 - Updated: Rendezvous With 2015 Sandpiper Rendezvous Info. Port Carling, Ontario
July 9 2014 - Updated: Rendezvous With 2014 Sandpiper Rendezvous Info., Pure Michigan!
June 2014 - We're back from our sabbatical or time off to focus more time for higher priory items. Were starting to update the website once again with all your info, since its summer it will be slow. Thanks for your patience.  
March 2013  - Created: Local Sailing Clubs links page, with expanded Ontario and Quebec, moved clubs from links page.
May 2012 - Resumed updating the website, after the passing of my father.
- Started to slowly respond to emails and to update the for-sale section.
Jan. 2012 - Updated: Registry
Updated: Links
- Updated: Forums Activations.
Sept 2011 - Updated Registry
Updated for-sale
- Updated Forums rules and Cleaned up Forums.
June 2011 - Added 2011 Purposed Rendezvous Schedule
- Updated
Updated for-sale
May 2011 - Added SAIL TV broadcasts.
- Added the 2010 Email Newsletters 1-4
- Added 2011 Toronto Boat Show Review, by George Czerny.
April 2011  - Created Contact-us Page
- Updated Website header to include quick links.
- Created Josiah's Photo Page
- Slowly updating the Registry with entry date years. 
Nov. 2010 - Updated Registry (added country flags)
- Created DIGINAV product review.

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Oct. 2010 - Updated the movies page, there is now about 140 videos.
- Created an online Google Search.
- Created Licenses and Certificates.

- Updated Registry (Removed emails, to reduce spamming, hence everyone can now use the online forums.)
- Updated CL's history with new CL Boatworks information.
- Updated the links page.
Aug. 2010 - Created Online Sandpiper Forums.
July 2010 - Updated Registry.
- Replied to many emails as was overseas.
- Emailed to everyone on the Sandpiper email list, details of the upcoming Rendezvous.
May 2010 - Created Mitch's Photo Page.
Apr. 2010  - updated Sobstad Sails and Marine Info. as they have expanded their marine hardware and accessories.
Mar. 2010 - Created news-media; London Boat Show Sandpiper565 Online Review

 Nautical Charts
 DVD with plotting GPS

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Phone: 1-877-290-5159
Jan. 2010 - Created Newsletter 1 page
- Created email list.
- updated registry for Email list
Dec. 2009 - Created Outboard Motors & Mounts page
- Updated Michel's Movies
Nov. 2009 - Updated Registry.
- added Sail-World News Ticker

Updated News Media, Stories, and Press Releases page.
- Created News Media: Sailing Reflections
- Created News Media: Sandpiper Invasion
- Created News Media: Sandpiper Rendezvous
Sept. 2009 - Updated Rendezvous page and added links to 2009 photo Albums.
- Updated Sandpiper Movies page.
Aug. 2009 - Created Chris's photo page.
- Created Didier's Photo page.
June 2009 - Created News Media, Stories, and Press Releases page.
Updated Registry.
- Updated For Sale Page and Misc. 2 Photo page.
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Apr. 2009 - Created Leonardo da Costa Sayago page.
- Updated Registry
- Created Lesley's and England (UK) photo pages.
- Added Sobstab Sails and Created Sobstab page.
- Added Pierre's table plans to his photo page.
Mar. 2009 - Tweaked home page for faster loading.
Jan. 2009 - In contact with Small Craft Advisor to perform a Sandpiper Review.
- Created Louis's  Photo Page
Feb. 2009 - Created Franks Photo Page, updated registry, movies, and links.
Dec. 2008

- Created "Kids On Deck" just for kids, a kids zone to hang out. 
- Added U-Tube viewer on the Movies Page.
- Updated Registry and Links.

Nov. 2008 - Created Online Sailing Games page.
Oct. 2008 - Created Sudbury Yacht Club, and Cool Breeze's Keel photo pages. Sandpiper565 Online Details

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Sept. 2008 - Created Sandpiper Movies Page.
- Created Bob's, Allan's, and Pierre's photo pages
- Updated links, for sale, Registry, and Sandpiper Google Map.
- replied to many awaiting emails..
June 2008 - Removed GRYC Page as they are not hosting any Sandpiper Regattas.
- Updated Rendezvous, Registry and Sandpiper Google Map.
- Created Water Leaks
May 2008


- Created Keel Table Page
- Added 18 Photos of Piper modifications to David's Photo Page.
- Created Donations: Hall of Fame and John Photo's Page.
Apr. 2008 - Added the Ockelbo OS19 to the registry.
- Created the Sandpiper's Brother, the Ockelbo OS19 page.
- Created David's Photo Page lots of many new modifications.
- Created Sid's Photo Page, raise the Mast by yourself.
- Added a Sandpiper Google Map to Registry
Mar. 2008 - Created Don's Photo Page
Feb. 2008


- Created What's in a Sandpiper's Name?
- added more pictures to misc photos
- updated for sale section, removed sold and added new ones.
Jan. 2008


- Created Signal code flags page.
- Added 8 Misc. photos to the Photo Albums. 
- Temporary modified Guestbook to allow entries via email. 
- Created Cockpit Tents and Sunshade webpage
- Added the sail dimensions to sail area
- Added CL photos of building the Sandpipers to Photos Section.
- Updated home page with press reports & construction.
- Updated the Links pages 
- Tweaked the website overall
- Added new Sandpiper Owners to the registry.
Dec. 2007


- Added CRYC photos to Photo Albums.
- Created this What's New section
- Added Nomads photos to photo gallery.
- Added Remy's photos to photo gallery.
- Created FAQ webpage
- Added owner's photo links from the registry to their photo gallery.
- Added owner's photo & movie links from the registry to their websites.

What's Our Goal

The purpose of this website is for Sandpiper 565 Sailboat Owners to collaborate; hang out, share photos, ideas, and for technical advice. Material posted on this website is to help those who are new to Sandpiper Sailing. Do enjoy this site and feel free to add to it and promote it. Thanks

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Oct. 2007 - Created Sailfishs vs Sandpipers webpage.
- Created Links webpage
Sept. 2007 - Created Constance-Bay webpage.
June 2007 - Created GRYC webpage.
- Created Rendezvous webpage.
- Created the Photo's Section. 
May 2007 - Created Registry webpage
- Created website.

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Mar.24/2016 63,733 hits
June 9/2014 53,464 hits before Rendezvous
Mar. 21/2013 44,808 hits, before SCA
May 22/2012 39,448 hits
May 1/2011 31,740 Hits, 4th Birthday
Oct. 28/2010 28,000 hits
Aug. 24/2010 24,840 hits, before adding forums.
May 10/2010 20,706 hits, 3rd birthday
Jan.4/2010 17,565 hits 
April 8/2009 10,000 hits
May 1/2008 3,000 hits, First Birthday
May 1/2007 0 hits, went online

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