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The Fast 40+ class rule is proving fertile ground for development and optimisation, with 13 teams now competing in the UK, including Kiwi outfit 42 South. The Fast 40+ class was officially formed in late 2015 by a group of English owners of similar sized raceboats with the aim of generating close inshore racing across a range of grand prix style boats but not restricted by one design or even a box rule. This wide remit--but within IRCTCCs of between 1.210 to 1.270--has spurred on designers to build these mid-size grand prix race boats and the Farr Fast 40+ (TCC 1.270) is the latest to join the fray with the formal formulation of the class parameters. Design 801 of Farr's Fast 40+, as per class parameters, has to be within the 12.6-metre hull length but variance is allowed in displacement, sail area and ballast weight. Hull shape is dictated by the fact that races are 80 percent wind/leeward one-hour events, so start line acceleration and high pointing are key design areas. The 4.150 kilogram hull is made of pre-preg Carbon with Nomex core. The Nomex core is penalised but Farr reckoned there was more to be gained in this lighter build. Hull shape has reverse sheer and beam is carried aft to maximise buoyancy as crew move back when reaching or running; and the main sections are rounded. Given it's primarily an upwind boat the bowline has a fine entry to combat short chop often found inshore.

With similarities to the MG38. that can race in this class, the Farr 40+ deck is dominated by a deep cockpit to give race crew maximum space and lower the centre of gravity, while area has been maximised by not having a main hatch. Behind the tiller steering, which controls the high aspect single rudder, is a single pedestal with two sets of winches on the gunwales. Primary winches for the non-overlappingheadsails are in the pit, where the main hatch usually is. Instead, the foredeck houses the large main hatch, which of course also allows quick hoists of top down furling running sails or assymeticals; aided by an inbuilt roller. Drops are also sped up by a pedestal driven take-down system.

In addition to an outboard lead for the jib downwind, a spinnaker staysail is set from a furler recessed in the deck aft of the tack trough.

The spinnaker is set on a retracting bowsprit which remains retracted at the start to aid in manoeuvring and to allow design 801 to start with the jib luff a quarter boat length ahead of her competitors for a substantial advantage. The sailplan is for a big-topped mainsail and masthead kites on the carbon rig. It is supported by adjustable hydraulic twin backstays with a mast deflector--rather than two conventional running backstays that would be penalised (IRC rates each pair of running backstays, but a backstay terminated above the mainsail hoist is counted as a "free" topmast backstay). The headstay is also hydraulically controlled and weight aloft is minimised by using carbon standing rigging. Beam is carried forward to maintain the highest possibl e crew outboard hiking weight while also allowing the crew' weight to maintain ideal fore/aft trim when sailing upwind. Similar to the MC38, the fixed propeller and shaft is retractable to minimise drag.


LOA: 12.55-12.60 metres Beam; 4.35 metres

Draft: 3.00 metres

Displacement: 4,154 kilograms

Ballast: Bulb 1,900 kilograms, machined lead, Keel Fin 600 kilograms, machined cast iron

Sail area: Mainsail 64[m.sup.2], Jib 45[m.sup.2], Spinnaker 193[m.sup.2]

Engine: 20 HP diesel with retractable propeller shaft

Design: Farr

Caption: A highly optimized grand prix race boat for inshore that refines the standard for the new Fast 40+ class rules.
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Title Annotation:RACING YACHTS
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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