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National 18s Vote to Modernise Mainsail for New Morrison Design

1st March 2016
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The new National 18 will be on display at the RYA Dinghy Show The new National 18 will be on display at the RYA Dinghy Show

At an Extraordinary General Meeting held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Saturday 27 February, the National 18 Class voted in a number of rule changes that modernise the mainsail for the new Morrison designed 18 and increase the spinnaker size for the class too.

The changes complete a modernisation process that began at the National 18 AGM in Findhorn in 2012, after which Phil Morrison was asked to design a new hull, a prototype was funded by members of the class and then extensively trialed.

The new design was approved in July 2014 and White Formula appointed as builder in the autumn of that year. The first boat was completed in time for the 2015 RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show and eleven new boats were on the water by the time of the 2015 National Championship. As well as enjoying great class racing the new National 18s have been putting in some excellent results at multi-class events, including great results in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2015/16.

For the 2016 season at least 17 of the new Morrison boats will be racing and the introduction of the updated mainsail and spinnaker for this season will further enhance an already very successful new design. The new mainsail incorporates a broad head and laminate materials with a full length top batten. The new spinnaker is increased in overall size by 25%, bringing it to 21 sq metres total, and in addition twin spinnaker pole systems will be allowed.

The National 18 will be on show again at the 2016 edition of the RYA Suzuki Dinghy show, which takes place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March. The boat to be displayed on on stand B36 is a brand new build for Julian Berney of Blackwater Sailing Club, which will be formally named at the show at 14.30 on Saturday afternoon.

If you are visiting the show do come along and take a look at this latest addition to the National 18 Class and speak with a member of the fleet about the boats and the opportunities for trial sailing and purchase. A limited number of new boats are still available for delivery for the 2016 Championship which will be held at Findhorn, Scotland, from 1 to 5 August. The price for a new "ready to race" National 18 is £16,995 including VAT and those placing orders at the RYA Suzuki Dingy Show will receive a free trolley with colour matched bunks.

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