The latest on the LS 30 from our friends at the Landing School.
One of The Landing School’s newly launched LS-30s tested the waters in a local regatta among a couple dozen PHRF boats last weekend. She proved herself strong, stiff and powerful in unexpected big breeze the first day she ever graced a race course. In 20-plus knots, the boat was surprisingly dry and comfortable upwind. The main was never overpowered nor in need of a reef. With only 25 feet of waterline, she hung in well with a J105 going up the course. Once she turned the mark and threw her asymmetrical chute up in a strong southerly, she really took off.
The second day of sea trials on the race course brought a moderate southwesterly that petered in and out early in the afternoon, but filled in with a 10- to 15-knot sea breeze by mid-afternoon. The LS-30 was in her glory in those conditions, remaining flat without a lot of crew hiking out. Kite sets and take-downs were easy to execute without a lot of fuss, and the boat managed to maintain her speed through the gybes.
The LS-30 showed herself off nicely despite a provisional rating of 72. The new design is still awaiting an official PHRF rating, but following this weekend of test-sails against a range of boats, the consensus among the designer, sailmaker and race committee is for the boat to come in around 85 to 90. The future owners may want to consider adding a slightly larger kite to the sail package (here’s the current one) , and the sailmaker, Maine Sailing Partners, is currently adding a bit more roach to the luff of the main to keep the head from falling off. More test-sails throughout New England are scheduled for the summer. Oh yeah, this boat – with everything including inboard diesel, electronics, carbon spars, running and standing rigging, main, jib and chute is $95K. Read more online