The National 12 is a well established UK dinghy
class. They have a light hull (78kg inc mast and centreboard), two
sails and a crew of two, supporting combined weights of between 15
and 23 stone. The 12 is a development class which means designs
have evolved since the first boats hit the water in 1936. Modern
boats are carbon/composite foam sandwich whilst many beautiful
wooden vintage boats are still actively sailing.
The variety of designs means there's likely to
be one that's perfect for you. Some are better for lighter crews
whilst others carry weight well.
Some are great for tight tacking on restricted
waters whilst others excel on open water. The design
guide fills you in on the variety of designs out there. They
are great for sailing with youngsters and for sailing as couples.
The buyers guide gives
you more info on choosing a boat.
Check out the great
videos that show you the fun you can have. If you fancy
trying one out then go to our try-a-12
page to book a trial on the water session. And if you'd like to
find out more about the history of the class then visit our about
pages and view our "70 years of development" YouTube video.