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L30 adopted for the Offshore Sailing World Championship

L30 adopted for the Offshore Sailing World Championship

by World Sailing March 26, 2019 10:36 PM PDT

The L30 © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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World Sailing is pleased to announce that the L30, a 30ft one-design keelboat, has been selected as equipment supplied for the World Sailing Offshore World Championship from 2020.

The L30 is a light and modern one-design boat with racing at its core, making it a perfect choice for the championship. As a one-design boat, each boat is the same length, weight and has the same equipment and rigging to ensure sailors compete on an equal footing.

Valletta, Malta will host the inaugural edition of the Offshore World Championship in October 2020 and will be the first time the L30 has been showcased on the world stage.

First tested in November 2015, the L30 boat concept was developed by Olympic medalist and Volvo Ocean Race competitor Rodion Luka. Andrej Justin, designer of the RC44, brought the L30 to life, combining full offshore performance, ease of logistics, strict one-design design and an all-around ready-to-race, affordable price.

The championship will be a mixed competition for two (one man, one woman) between nations, with 20 boats. Boats will be chartered by National Teams and allocated to sailors a week before the Championship via a lottery before sailors have time to test and prepare for the challenge ahead. Organized alongside the Rolex Middle Sea Race, competitors may be required to complete the full course or a shorter course depending on weather conditions.

The Offshore World Championship will engage countries new to offshore double-handed sailing by providing a full fleet of L30s ready for use at the event site. L30s will also be available for hire in Europe for training from summer 2019.

Kim Andersen, President of World Sailing, said: “The L30 class shares our ambition to develop double-handed offshore sailing on a global scale. The boat is well designed to meet the demands of offshore sailing and will provide sailors competing in Malta next year with a stern challenge.

“The boat has been tested by some of the best sailors in the world, including Charles Caudrelier (FRA), Ian Walker (GBR) and Abby Ehler (GBR). Their feedback has been crucial in the development and progression of the boat after the first concept .

“When the boat becomes available for charter this summer, I’m sure sailors will enjoy the challenge and thrill of sailing it as their preparation for the Offshore World Championship begins.”

Rodion Luka, CEO of L30 One Design, said: “Our team is proud to be a technical partner of World Sailing and to support the World Offshore Championship. I am convinced that this event will take our sport to a new level, engaging a wider audience and opening up new horizons for offshore sailors around the world.

“I am happy that sailors have a good chance to sail the L30 and experience its outstanding technical performance as well as its versatility and affordability.”

Further information on the qualifying system and race format will be announced in due course.

To learn more about the L30 class, visit www.L30class.org.

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