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Irish National 18 Class News & Regatta Results
'Nacho' (Harry Pritchard, Ronan Kenneally, and William O'Brien) was the Friday evening winner of the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club
A strong 15-boat out for the National 18s at Royal Cork Yacht Club for the River Race on Friday evening, September 30, saw Nacho (hull number 427 but sail number 41) win a tight battle on the Owenabue. Sailed by Harry…
All in a row at the 2022 National 18 British and Irish Nationals at the Royal Cork
After a two-year hiatus, the National 18 British and Irish National Championships were hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club from Sunday 24 to Friday 29 July, with the Irish fleet bolstered by 20 boats entered from England, Scotland and…
Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork was the mecca for Cork Harbour dinghy sailors on Sunday where the 75-year-old Rankin dinghy Cliodhna was the centre of attention
There were breezy conditions for the annual dinghy race from Cobh to Ballinacurra in Cork Harbour on Sunday. Organised by Cove Sailing Club in conjunction with the National 18 Class, the race started as usual from the Spit Bank area off Cobh. But…
The start of last year's Ballinacurra Race for National 18s off Cobh
The home of Ireland’s last engineless freight-carrying schooner, the Brooklands, will be the centre of the popular Ballinacurra Race in Cork Harbour this Sunday. Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork will be the mecca for dinghy…
Joe Woodward in 2004 with the William Van der Hagen 1738 painting of the Water Club sailing in Cork Harbour, which made for one of his most historic auctions.
Joe Woodward of Cork, who has died aged 90, was the very personification of the spirit of Cork city and harbour as a place where the good things in life are there to be enjoyed, and enjoyed in style. This…
Aileen and Moir Patton onboard their International 12 dinghy at Boyne Yacht Club in 1959 with National 18s in the background. The search is on for more details of Boyne Yacht Club for a forthcoming publication
Linda Patton is collaborating with Richard Gerrard, a Drogheda historian and author, in researching the history of the Boyne Yacht Club. The yacht club was founded in 1955 by a group of enthusiasts. These original members carried out a lot…
National 18s racing in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club's National 18 class continues to grow at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour and thanks to existing class members ordering three new boats, three used boats are on the market. With a 12+ fleet sailing every Wednesday night…
Ger Owens and Ross Killian were winners of the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships at RCYC. Scroll down for photo gallery
2004 Athens 470 Olympic partnership Ger Owens and Ross Killian teamed up again to win the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships in convincing style at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon.  After three wins put Owens, representing the GP14 class,…
Ger Owens (left) sailing with Ross Killian (centre) took three wins in their flight at the All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery
Six sailors from a fleet of sixteen have secured their places in tomorrow's All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club and there have been some surprises on those filling the repechage ranks now looking for two remaining places…
A 90kg wireman is the optimum weight for this weekend's National 18-based All Ireland Sailing Championships
BYOW - Bring your own wireman, that's the call for this weekend's All Ireland sailing championships that puts a premium on a 90kg trapeze crew in the National 18s for what looks likely to be a breezy edition of the…
National 18 dinghies will be used in the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
50mph winds forecast for Saturday morning's first gun may yet cause problems for the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this weekend.  Sixteen invitees from the fleets of cruisers, one-design keelboats and IRC cruisers…
The classic National 18 Fingal 226 under sail - the boat is to undergo an upgrade of equipment
Roger Bannon is undertaking a major upgrade of Fingal 226's equipment and he will also redo her lovely finishes in a bid to allow as many people as possible to sail this classic National 18, a 'thoroughbred maritime greyhound' In…
National 18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer (left) presents Bob Bateman with the Michael Sullivan Trophy for his exceptional support of the dinghy class
The National 18 class has shown its appreciation to Cork Harbour-based photographer Bob Bateman for his 'outstanding support' of the dinghy class at its end of season meeting. Bateman, who is assisted by Mary Malone on many of his waterborne…
Last's night's National 18 River Race was held in very light winds prompting the shortening of the race from three to just one round
Tom Crosbie was the winner of last night's annual river race for the National 18 class at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour. Using a mark laid inside the marina the race is sometimes used as a crews race.…
Four-time National 18 championships winner - Ewan Barry (with trophy) and crew Dion Barrett (left) and Stan Brown pictured with class captain Charles Dwyer (right)
Ewan Barry, Dion Barrett and Stan Brown won the National 18 Irish dinghy Championships for a fourth time at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday after a two-day CH Marine sponsored championship at Crosshaven. Despite efforts to run the entire event…
National 18s prepare to start a race. Scroll down for photo gallery
After August's tightly fought Lowflo Trophy contest, the National 18 dinghy fleet based at Royal Cork Yacht Club was back on the water in September and racing outside Cork Harbour in a two-day competition for National Honours sponsored by CH Marine. …

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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