Design #42 - 18' (5.5m) Three Man Trapeze Racing Dinghy
From our 1982 catalogue
The 18 foot Unrestricted Racing Dinghy has enjoyed a long and colorful history through almost a century of strongly competitive racing in Australia and New Zealand. In the quest to have the fastest 18 footer in Australasia, designers have ranged over a comprehensive and intriguing variety of solutions. In the 1930's boats carried crews numbering 15 plus bailer boy, and hiked on wooden planks inserted under the lee gunwale and over the windward gunwale. In those days the 18's carried up to 2400 sq. ft. of sail - a mainsail, ballooner, spinnaker, water sail, top sail and a ringtail.
Bruce Farr's design genius was applied to this class in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He was the first designer to develop the conception of a smaller, lighter, 3 man boat that was capable of outperforming the 5 man boats that dominated racing in the 50's