World champion Rodion Luca created a new monotype class L30

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Exactly two years ago, at the RC44 World Championship in Lanzarote, Rodion Luka unofficially shared with us the plans for his class and secretly showed the first sketches. His dream finally came true: the prototype L30 (Luka30) was launched at the end of November and is currently undergoing sea trials in Koper, Slovenia. The L30 class rules will be finalized by the end of spring and will be similar to the 49er and SB20 class rules.

The first sailboat of the new class has been designed by Justin Design and built at the OceanTec shipyard in Slovenia. Its design is based on Rodion Luca's experience in corporate events, mono-fleet club races, match races and cruises.

L30 designer Andrej Justin is known as the creator of RC44.
«I never wanted to be in the yacht business, but when I tried to choose the best yacht model for our club I realized that there is no such model in the world. A fast, modern, inexpensive trawler boat with minimal maintenance costs, with a spacious bathroom and sleeping area, suitable for racing, training and cruising," said Rodion Luca. - After considering all the options in the world, I decided on my project».

L30 is a club racing-cruising yacht of 30 feet in length and weighing 1750kg. She is equipped with a lifting keel and feathers and a 6kW stationary electric motor with Sail Drive.

Her main advantage is versatility. The spacious cockpit allows the L30 to take 8-10 people on board without an overnight stay, which, combined with the presence of a stern shower and fold-out steps for bathing, makes her cost-effective for corporate events. Featuring a spacious cabin with three berths and a 1.75 metre high bathroom, the L30 can be used as a weekend boat for a small family or a group of 2-4 people.

The boat is equipped with removable backstays, for team-building this adds two positions and for racers it allows for better mast set-up and increased tension on the boom. In cruising mode, when the boat doesn't need them, they are easily unclipped with rope checks and attached to the mast.

The monotype stands out for its ease of handling, which makes it suitable for experienced sailors and beginners alike. A 25 degree turn of the crasps makes it possible to steer the boat by one person in pleasure mode.

The peculiarity of the L30 is that she does not need a crane service.

The boat can be transported on a trailer and the 29kg carbon mast can be lowered with the help of two people.

The L30 can be seen 23-30 January 2016 at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. Her cost will be about 60-70 thousand euros.

Rodion Luca is silver medalist of the Olympic Games 2004, world champion 2005 in 49er class, participant of Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. Since August 2015 he has been the head of the Sailing Federation of Ukraine. He is the founder of RL Sailing School on the basis of Kiev Racing Yacht Club.

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