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Come and Celebrate 40 Years of RL24 Nationals at AWYC in January
“RL24’s to Celebrate 40 years”

Next January the RL24 class will celebrate 40 years of national championships, we are only aware of the original trailersailer, the “Hartley 16” that has continually had national championships for over 40 years. This will be a significant millstone for the RL24 class and the association are working hard to ensure it will be a fun series to celebrate the continuous 40 years of the class.
Rob Legg designed the RL24 to be a trailable boat that would be as happy on the race course (around the buoys or passage) as taking the family cruising for the weekend. The proto type was launched as a moulded ply version in 1972 and after testing, went into production almost straight away, so the first fibreglass trailersailer was born.
The RL24’s have been able to improve their performance over the years due to the class rules allowing people to slightly alter sail patterns, masts and rigging within the rules, this has enabled owners to replace masts and sails with modern style performance rigs as technology progresses. The main restrictions on the class rules being the hull & deck must come from an approved mould, the mast has maximum length, working sail 20sqm and spinnaker 20sqm, one main, one jib & one spinnaker.
Due to there being some speed differences between the original swing keel boats and the latter drop keel version the association runs national championships to allow all RL24’s to compete. We have a division for Drop Keels, Swing Keels and a cruising division. The cruising division is for those who wish to leave all their cruising gear on their boats and sail without spinnakers. This enables even the oldest boats with the oldest rigs to be involved and enjoy the atmosphere that the National gatherings provide. We also have a magnificent trophy provided by Rob Legg for the best presented boat at the nationals. Some families have been attending nationals for over 35 years, and many have had 2,3 and sometimes up to 4 different boats over the years. Some of these boats are being sailed by the third generation RL24 sailors some on the original boat that their grandparents purchased brand new.
The 40th nationals will be hosted by Albury Wodonga Yacht Club on Lake Hume from 7th January to 11th January 2013. The RL24 owners association would like to encourage all RL24 owners to come and celebrate this milestone, we understand that not everyone is into serious racing so come and join the cruising division with no spinnakers and you can just camp on your boat if you wish. This is a great chance to meet others with a similar interest and enjoy social sailing or serious racing.
For more information and entry forms click on the "2013 entry form" on the home page of this website



Darryn18-Aug-2012    Edit    Delete 
Re: Come and Celebrate 40 Years of RL24 Nationals at AWYC in January
Would love to bring ya mum down, however the mid Jan dates just don't work with holidays at work.
Andrew22-Aug-2012    Edit    Delete 
Re: Come and Celebrate 40 Years of RL24 Nationals at AWYC in January
Reckon Spiral Navigator will be there! We have been quiet for a year or two and are looking forward to catching up with RL folk! Venue sounds good green grass and plenty of water. We are off in our boat sailing the Coorong starting friday.The SA parks brochure Tattler features an RL24 in the boating section! Late June was Broken Bay and a week of warm sunny weather. Yep cruising and racing... all good fun in our boats.
Wayne & Gretta Hill19-Sep-2012    Edit    Delete 

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