Big Pimpin’

There may not be an offshore medal on the menu at Paris 2024 but one of the favorites to be selected as the platform for the next Olympic Regatta has dusted itself down and is now steaming back into international prominence.

How many yachts can you think of that combine 20-knot plus performance and one-design racing in decent-sized fleets with Category A offshore certification and weekend accommodation for four people, but can also be trailed behind an average car? And how many of those can be rigged and launched by two people in a couple of hours, without needing a crane? When Rodion Luka went looking for a boat that could do all that, he couldn’t find anything suitable in production. There was a gap in the market, which he decided to fill and thus the L30 was born.

You may have heard about the L30 in 2019, when it was selected by World Sailing for the double-handed mixed offshore world championships and widely assumed to be a shoo-in for the (subsequently abandoned) offshore event at the 2024 Paris Olympics. But there’s a lot more to this nine-meter Swiss Army knife of a boat than that. Continue.