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American 'Olson 30' Makes European Debut off Cork in Time For ICRA Nationals

30th April 2017
The ultra lightweight Olson 30 was designed in 1978 in California The ultra lightweight Olson 30 was designed in 1978 in California Photo: Bob Bateman

A new arrival into Royal Cork Yacht Club this season is an Olson 30, a vintage American design writes Bob Bateman. understands it's the only one of its type in Europe and will be new competition at the top of class two in June's ICRA National Championships. The 'lightweight flyer' is skippered by RCYC's Kieran Collins. 

The Olson 30 was designed by George Olson of Santa Cruz, California around 1978. Olson was a surfer and surfboard shaper who decided to design a 30' ultra light displacement boat. 

Approximately 250 boats were built by Pacific Boats and Ericson Yachts. The Olson 30 was introduced into a crowded market of ultralight boats constructed in the Santa Cruz area, including Ron Moore's Moore 24 and Bill Lee's Santa Cruz 27.

Olsen 30The Kieran Collins skippered Olson 30 afloat off Cork with a spinnaker depicting her country of origin Photo Bob Bateman

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