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National Twelve Handicaps

The National 12 is a restricted development class that has been continually in development since its inception in 1936. With over 3500 boats having been built in that time to hundreds of different designs, and changes to the rules, it is recognised both at class and club level that Twelves perform to different levels. With this in mind the National Twelve Owners' Association recommends the following handicaps be considered for adoption for club handicap racing and races for vintage boats.

Whilst some clubs might be reluctant to deviate from the published RYA recommended PN numbers, the RYA do encourage clubs to develop their own list of PN number in order to use the scheme to its full potential to meet the objective of fair sailing between different classes of boat. ( see RYA document 'Portsmouth Yardstick - Number Adjustment & Club list' )

Older National 12’s provide a very affordable way into sailing for new sailors and with the ever increasing cost of new boat ownership, clubs need to consider what they can do to get sailors on the start line in the fairest and most inclusive manner. In order to encourage the National Twelves racing at your club we have published below a table of suggested PN's which takes into account the age, construction and design of the boats over the years.  These are a starting point and you may want to modify these to suit your local conditions.

Sail No's

Construction

PN

Year built

1-1152

Ribbed Clinker

1170

1936-1953

1153-2073

Earlier Glued Clinker

1145

1953-1963

2074-2511

Later Glued Clinker

1135

1963-1970

2512-3100

Four Plank era

1130

1970-1980

3101-3414

Smooth Hull  era

1104

1980-1996

3415-3518*

Double Bottom

1089

1996-2008

3519…......

Foiled Rudder Boats

1064

 2008.........

*Dinghies within this age range with a foiling rudder should be allotted the current RYA PN


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