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National 18s Set Sail for Irish Title on Dublin Bay

15th June 2013
National 18s Set Sail for Irish Title on Dublin Bay

The National 18 class travelled from Cork to Dublin Bay this weekend for the Irish championships, the first time since the mid 1960's that this exciting trapeze class has held its Championships in Dublin.

The National Yacht Club is hosting the class in Dun Laoghaire harbour with competition starting today. Picture gallery above by Aidan Tarbett.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie the National 18 is a 3 person boat with essentially a one design GRP hull shape, with a large sail area flown on a carbon rig with one crew member using a trapeze.

They have an exhilarating performance being quicker than a Dragon upwind with 'gobsmacking speed downwind' in any sort of a breeze. The fleet is peppered with quality sailors including former and current Olympians.

Racing is lively, close and ferocious with the boats all matched with similar speed.

Published in National 18
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At A Glance – National 18 Dinghy Specifications

The new National 18 ‘Ultra’ Specifications

Designer Phil Morrison
LOA 5.49m
Beam 2.36m
Hull Weight 160kg
Sailing Weight <200kg
Crew Weight No Limit
Main & Jib 22.5 m2
Kite 21.0 m2
PY 910
Construction Vinylester Foam Sandwich

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