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Unusually small at eight feet for a racing class, the El Toro is easy to sail and to build, with over 11,000 boats worldwide. Designed around 1940 at Northern California's Richmond Yacht Club, it was intended both as a training racer and as a tender to transport people and goods to large yachts. It remains the most popular dinghy on the San Francisco Bay. The El Toro is hard-chined, with a daggerboard and only a mainsail. The boat's design is based on the MacGregor Sabot, which dates from 1939; both boats continue in use as popular trainers for children and adolescents. Home builders can make plywood or fiberglass boats from the plans that are still available. For more information, read the El Toro Wikipedia article.