Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 100 and 145kgs.
Dimensions: 3.65 meters in length and ±78kg.
Sail Area: Main and Jib: 10.4 square meters.
Class: Development (all class boats need to be a certain length and width, but can be any shape)
Characteristics: Perfect for families, young teams and couples who enjoy racing.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
With room for 2, the National 12 is perfect for families, your teams and couples who enjoy racing, This two sail dinghy is ideal for inland sailing on rivers, lakes & reservoirs and also great fun on the sea. With its light hull and sail area, there is ample power to drive the fast and responsive hull.
The 12 is a development class so hulls and rigs can be changed or modified within the class rules. The different hulls allow helm-crew combinations between 16 & 23 stone to be competitive. You are free to fit your boats out as you please so you can customise your twelve to your requirements.
National 12s are sailed on all types of water from narrow rivers to the open sea. The class holds a national championships on an annual basis – known as Burton Week after the premier prize of the week: The Sir William Burton Cup – at various venues around the UK coast.
The National 12 is a development class where within a set of rules (and with occasional considered changes to those rules) the boats have been able to evolve over time, moving from wood and clinker construction to high-performance glass and carbon fibre-foam composite boats. One of the most noticeable changes in the boats is the steady increase in beam over the history of the class – early examples were less than 5 ft while modern ones are usually at the maximum 6 ft 6 in to provide maximum righting moment for the crew. The Twelve has developed into a racing boat which performs well in all conditions being highly manouvreable and challenging to sail in windy weather.