A Yngling (pronounced "ING-ling") is a type of sailboat that the International Yngling Association calls an "agreeable cross between a planing dinghy and a keelboat ." It is also summarized as a smaller version of a Soling . It has a LOA of 6.35 m (21 ft) and weighs 645 kg (1422 lb).
It was designed in 1967 by Jan Herman Linge ; it was adopted as an international class in May 1979. Linge wanted to build a keelboat for his young son, and thus named it Yngling, the Norwegian word for "youngster"; the name is unrelated to the House of Yngling or the Ynglinga saga.
The Yngling is designed to sail with two or three crew, with a combined weight of up to 225 kg (500 lb). Class rules require Ynglings with a full crew to have enough flotation to allow them to float even if filled with water.
The Yngling has a mainsail, a jib and a spinaker. Compared to the Laser (a much more common boatclass), it has a lot more trim and it rarely capsizes, making it a "friendly" boat.
It was made an Olympic boatclass in 2004 replacing the Soling .