L26 Class – Western Cape News

www.l26.co.za https://www.facebook.com/L26Class Angelo Lavranos designed the L26 in 1978, which went on to become the leading competitive keelboat class in South Africa. Below is Angelo's own account of how it came about, so I'll leave that to him. Angelo was a South African (as far as I know - he certainly lived here for many years), before moving on to New Zealand where he now lives. L26s were all built in SA, originally by PSI Yachts in Durban, later by Ton Cup as well. Maybe others too. Despite its age now (30 years) - the "Ls" as they have become known are surprisingly fast - even beating some of our larger racers across the line on occasion! They are particularly fast upwind if they have enough crew and benefit from the relatively high crew-weight/displacement ratio, sitting out on the wide beam. They have a high form stability factor, being beamy and light, but generally low-tech boats, keeping costs down. Despite this, Ls manage very well in heavy weather. Mostly, they have no reefing points in the main - at least in the racing suite! They remain a well-managed class, and the class choice for the Lipton Cup. They are now relatively affordable and have made performance sailing accessible to many of the youth and development programmes in SA. The L26 is also currently the one-design class sailed in the prestigious annual Lipton Cup Challenge in South Africa

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Angelo Lavranos designed the L26 in 1978, which went on to become the leading competitive keelboat class in South Africa. Below is Angelo’s own account of how it came about, so I’ll leave that to him. Angelo was a South African (as far as I know – he certainly lived here for many years), before moving on to New Zealand where he now lives. L26s were all built in SA, originally by PSI Yachts in Durban, later by Ton Cup as well. Maybe others too. Despite its age now (30 years) – the “Ls” as they have become known are surprisingly fast – even beating some of our larger racers across the line on occasion! They are particularly fast upwind if they have enough crew and benefit from the relatively high crew-weight/displacement ratio, sitting out on the wide beam. They have a high form stability factor, being beamy and light, but generally low-tech boats, keeping costs down. Despite this, Ls manage very well in heavy weather. Mostly, they have no reefing points in the main – at least in the racing suite! They remain a well-managed class, and the class choice for the Lipton Cup. They are now relatively affordable and have made performance sailing accessible to many of the youth and development programmes in SA.
The L26 is also currently the one-design class sailed in the prestigious annual Lipton Cup Challenge in South Africa

The L26 Western Cape Challenge is on 28 February together with the Mykonos Offshore Regatta.

The L26 that beats all the other L26s in the Mykonos Regatta overall will be first in line to win the L26 Offshore Western Cape Challenge. The race legs of over 40nm are essential to the result. If these are not completed according to the race Sailing Instructions, then the Offshore Challenge element falls away.

Warlock won the Mykonos Regatta in 2013, but didn’t record a result (as with the rest of the division) for the legs from Table Bay to the Dassen Gate and Table Bay to Mykonos, so she lost out on the conceived trophy.

This year, the Mykonos Race is happening from 28 Feb to 1 March. If you sail an L26 in the Western Cape – be there or be square – as ‘The Challenge’ is on.

Meet the challenge. Take your L26 Offshore and show the fleet what we can do in a blow.

Information from Ian Slatem
082 566 2197
Ian.slatem@mweb.co.za
L26 Association WC Chairman