Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 100 and 145kgs.
Dimensions: 5.49 meters in length and ±78kg.
Sail Area: 22.3 square meters, spinnaker is 17.65 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Perfect for families, young teams and couples who enjoy racing.
Difficulty Level: Experienced
The National 18’ began in 1938 following a design competition organised by
the then YRA (now RYA) and Yachting World magazine.
The original idea was that of Frank Knowling of Whitstable YC (later to be
known as the father of the class) for an 18-foot sailing dinghy, suitable
for day sailing, yet fast enough to be of interest to racing sailors and at
a reasonable cost. (The first rather hopeful restriction of the original
class rules was “Price not to exceed £125 complete with spars, all
equipment and designer’s fee but not including sails”).
The well-known designer Uffa Fox won the competition (over the Laurent
Giles submitted version) with his ‘Ace’ design for a clinker-built wooden
All new boats now come out of the Class mould to the 1968 Ian Proctor grp
hull design. A few of the earlier grp boats have been re-decked and floored
providing competitive boats at reasonable cost. The 18’ is a rewarding
powerful dinghy to sail in the right hands and is one of a very few
three-person centre-boarders available.
July 2011 saw the biggest national championships ever with 52 boats on the
start line and a number of records were broken (including the takings at