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National 18s Brave the Strong Winds for Wednesday Evening Race in Cork Harbour

3rd May 2023
Seven National 18s raced on the Curlane Bank race area in strong winds in the Royal Cork Wednesday League
Seven National 18s raced on the Curlane Bank race area in strong winds in the Royal Cork Wednesday League Credit: Bob Bateman

With Kinsale Yacht Club cruiser racing, Cove Sailing Cub racing and Royal Cork 29er Skiff racing all cancelled on Wednesday evening (May 3rd) due to strong winds, the only fleet taking to the water on the Irish south coast last night was the National 18s.

The three-man dinghy class ventured out from Crosshaven into Cork Harbour for one fo their first league races of the 2023 season. 

Seven boats raced on the Curlane Bank race area, with plenty of thrills 'n' spills with several capsizes in the 20-knot winds.

Bob Bateman captured the action below.

National 18 Class Race at Royal Cork, May 2023, Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

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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