In the late 1940s Gordon K, “Sandy” Douglass was designing one design, planing sailboats suitable for family day sailing and racing in the lower Great Lakes area. After his successful Thistle Class sailboat, he designed a larger, more stable boat that was also fast and comfortable. In the Fall of 1951, Highlander #1 was launched in northern Ohio – the 20-ft. Highlander is a fast, stable boat that is easy to sail and has room for an entire family. The Highlander carries a mainsail, jib, and spinnaker.
Learn more at the official Highlander Class website.