Class 30 One Design: Here It Is! You can order the affordable and fun ‘missing link’

Good news for Class 30, conceived and designed by VPLP, thanks to the joint initiative of the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (France), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (UK) and the Storm Trysail Club (USA). This boat should be the preferred choice as an introductory ship, but also, for example, for training sessions prior to offshore racing and for One-Design racing. The boat is slated to make its debut at the end of the year with the aim of competing in the 2023 Easter races in France and England.

After nine months of study, research and development of VPLP and Multiplast, the final project designs have been completed and signed. Now it’s time to order this exciting new class boat. The detailed investigation phase has been completed and the final purchase orders have now been sent to all pre-bookers.

“Our choice was to spend a little more time on the study section so we could start building the series right away”, explains Yves Ginoux, UNCL’s Secretary General and Project Manager. “The boat is now fully technically and commercially fixed (basic price of the Club version without sails 94,500 euros excl. VAT, One Design version without sails 132,500 euros excl. VAT + options).

Good news
The construction plan has been validated. Thanks to its strength and stability, the Club and One Design versions are CE approved in the A4 category; a very valuable configuration at offshore or offshore events such as the Rolex Fastnet Race.

For speed and fun
The reduced water displacement of 2,700 kg in combination with a large spinnaker surface of 105 m2 makes it possible to predict high waves.

The 25 confirmed advance bookers who have secured their place in the production order will receive a sales contract proposal in early May. The first boats will be delivered at the end of the year, and the production speed will then be one boat per week from January 2023.

For more information about the boat and the suggested retail prices:

Preliminary competition program for the new one-design
For the start year 2023, it is planned that Class 30 boats will compete in 13 events as part of the Channel and Atlantic program as well as 10 events in the Mediterranean between April 7 and the end of October, with races for both Class 30 Club and One Design , including races such as RORC’s Rolex Fastnet Race. The program includes events with double crew and / or full crew, which may also include a Class 30 class.

From 14 to 20 July, the ‘Demo Class 30 Tour’ starts in Lorient. It is a 5-day race open to crews. In 4 days, a ‘Grand Finale Class 30’ is also planned for both double-handed and fully manned yachts, in Lorient or La Trinité.

The preliminary competition plan for England and the United States will be finalized later. ‘Class 30 Tour’ is already planned for 2024.

Géry Trentesaux, President of the UNCL: “My generation has learned and trained at the Tour de France à la Voile or the Solitaire du Figaro. There was no better school in the world than these two events. It is something that is missing today. The Figaro has become a bit elitist and the Tour does not exist young people no longer take offshore as we used to do. I have ridden the Tour de France but also the RORC races with my family. We think there is a lack of a link between the day boat (day trip), such as the J80 and the offshore racing boats. “the half-ton managed the job, 9-meter boat with five crew members on board, we sailed for miles and miles. What we want with Class 30 is a boat, affordable for young people, but also for people in their forties.”

Yann Penfornis, Multiplast Group Carboman: “After 9 months of exchange between UNCL and RORC, our team and VPLP’s team have just submitted the final draft (APD) for this 30 ‘mono hull. document the selling prices of the two versions (Club and One Design) with a production in southern Brittany.

“The last point is a reason for extra satisfaction, because after order confirmations from clubs and owners, building this series of both a few kilometers away from the historic site Multiplast and from VPLP will facilitate the production and development of this new One Design.”

Short about:
Class 30 Club: A basic version, yet simplified, yet high-performance, for training offshore racing crews and one-design racing at a very competitive ready-to-use introductory price that makes it possible to buy it from as many people as possible.

Classe 30 One Design ™: Club version to which a set of various equipment modules (electronics, navigation and galley modules, ballast tanks …) has been added, intended to expand the scope and performance of offshore racing. Class 30 The One Design version allows a duo or full crew to both ride in a one-design class and compete in IRC.

Key points in the Class 30 One Design ™ project:

  • A boat to sail: comfortably seated at the helm or outside on the railing, on a hull that is not too wet, with a large cockpit to perform manpower-sized maneuvers
  • A design that keeps costs in check: Simple shapes with a minimally developed surface
  • A structure and collection adapted to the production of a series of one design
  • A sober tire layout and rigging
  • Great attention to eco-design, with attention to the construction as well as the use and the way of sailing
  • A powerful and versatile hull for a boat that is evolutionary at every point of the sail
  • An easy, efficient and accessible deck layout to prioritize dynamic trimming and promote crew sailing learning.

Source: RORC

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