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PAUL KELLY'S SONG SUMS UP OUR 2014 TOP 10 SELECTION OF THE LATEST NEW RACE BOATS, WHERE POCKET SIZED PERFORMERS PREDOMINATE THE FIELD BUT ONE WHICH ALSO INCLUDES THE LATEST, GREATEST SUPER-MAXI WITH ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART VICTORY IN MIND, REPORTS KEVIN GREEN.

The work of a host of the yachting world's best designers is included in our Top 10 New Race Boats compilation this year. These include Bruce Farr, Jason Ker, Martin Voogd,' Alexander Simonis, Mark Mills, Shaun Carkeek, Rolf Vrolijk, Andre Hoek, Mure Van Peteghem, Vincent Lauriot-Prevost and emerging-young designer Guillaume Verdier.

Others with big project's that we haven't the space to show in this 'Racers' selection also includes Reichel Pugh who has designed the latest Wally Cento and prolific Argentinian designer Juan Kouyoumdjian's new Rambler.

LITTLE THINGS

Back to Paul Kelly. When I was a lad. dreaming about my first yacht to tackle the North Sea, a 30-footer was about as good as it got for most sailors. So I particularly enjoyed compiling this eclectic mix of 'pocket rocket' race boats new to the racing scene.

These include the Farr 280 OD, the C&C 30, the Far East 31R and the Ker 33. Like some other larger yachts appearing in our 2014 selection of race boats including the Turkish-built Mat 1180 and Bolt 37, these pocket-sized racers are aiming for the jackpot of one-design success to make their sales targets.

The holy grail of one-design success is sought by many, but found by few because the right equation has so many variables. Being a successful race boat just gets you to base one. Then it has to be well built, competitively priced and able to win under the increasingly varied rating rules when hot racing in one-design mode against like competition. Only after these hurdles can a one-design fleet grow: Farr Design know this road well so should have a good chance of achieving some success with their new Farr 280 OD, built by the Premier Composites yard in Dubai. Premier are also building the second generation Carkeek 40 II, a race yacht bf the 'sweet spot' mid-size that has proven popular with Australian grand prix sailors. A dark horse in the fleet of new-mid-size racers out there is the Chinese-built H&H 42 that I saw racing in Asia recently.

BIG THINGS

But if line honours Victory is your game size does matter, so the most powerful new yacht aiming to contest this year's 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart race had to be included in our 2014 selection.

The new French-designed, American-owned, carbon-composite 100-footer New Cubed, will arrive, here around November to contest the Hobart. Former Netscape boss Dr Jim Clark is moving up a massive notch from his technically advanced 47.4 metre Hyperion to this. new beast of a maxi-yacht. Looking very like the old Rambler, Clark plans for New Cubed to contest all of the major international blue water racing events.

Talking of Rambler, former owner George David is also back in the racing game with a new Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed 88-foot maxi under construction at New England Boat Works.

Interestingly, salvagers have just found the earlier Rambler's keel go let 's hope they can analyse what happened to this Juan K. design during the Fastnet 2011 when the boat famously lost its keel and capsized mid rape. Given such Structural failures of some notable large racers at sea including Rambler and the previous Beau Geste, it's good to hear that Hodgdon Yachts of Maine. USA are building the New Cubed to Germanischer Lloyd standards to ensure enough robust structure and stability is in the new maxi-yacht's design.

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CARKEEK 40 MKII

An evolution of Shaun Carkeek's original C40 design that was inspired by the American HPR rating, the new C40MKII is intended as more of the same high spec formula but with a wider remit. Whilst optimised for HPR the C40 also did well in American IRC events.

"From the outset the objective was to provide a good, all-round boat, equally at home around the cans and offshore," commented Carkeek about the C40 at the time. This also included being relatively easy to transport, rig, tune and drive in all conditions and sea states.

This time around the design remit is much wider, says Carkeek. "We wanted to create a boat and formula to transcend and deliver winning performance under all major rating rules, thus appealing to the widest possible audience".

As with the MKI, a super lightweight (3,850kg) Grand Prix Custom version--built in unidirectional pre-preg carbon/ epoxy/Nomex sandwich--is available, shaving 300kg off the standard carbon/epoxy hulled version. But it comes at a cost, putting the price up some US$80,000 to US$549,000 (ex-factory).

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The deck layout is similar to a TP52 with pedestal Harken MX winch. Other deck gear includes aluminium Harken 50 primaries and H46 pit and backstay winches. A high modulus Southern Spars carbon rig is supported up by nitronic rod and kevlar running backstays with a gas-operated vang. A tiller is standard, with twin carbon wheels optional. Below decks has a full interior fit-out with six alloy pipe-cots, galley with gimballed propane stove and carbon sink. On starboard is a navigation station with the head in front.

A major change from the earlier Chinese-built C40 has been Carkeek's current relationship with the Dubai yard of Premier Composite Technologies, which has recently built Matt Allen's C60 Ichi Ban, as well as three other Carkeek models. Run by the well travelled brothers Hannes and Max Waimer (ex DK Yachts) their Dubai yard is the most modern I've personally visited. Their 5/6-axis milling machines and CNC tooling that can cut an entire deck in one session are just some of the technologies that should make the Carkeek 40 MKII a quality race boat thanks to the high precision of the enhanced tooling; and the build is rated to ISO Cat A. Cost-savings are another major factor with the semi-production run of the C40 MKII. Hull #1 takes to the water in Japan soon and #3 is currently in build as well. In Australia, well-known distributors Vicsail represent Carkeek. www.pct.ae

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CLAASEN F-CLASS

The revival of the elegant J-Class yachts of the 1930s continues with this modern racing twist, the F-class, which retains the long overhangs and raked lines that epitomises the grand aesthetics of the day. Designed by the famous Andre Hoek, the F-class is a modern racing version of the legendary Js. The 115-foot F-class yachts are designed to get the best out of two generations, using classic J-class lines but delivering modern day racing performance together with carbon spars and water ballast. At 62 tonnes, the aluminium-hulled Firefly is of serious displacement, fitted with a narrow fm keel and a 28 tonne lead torpedo bulb and a high aspect carbon spade rudder to hold up some 592 square metres of upwind sail area.

Firefly is rigged with a four spreader Hall Spars carbon mast and boom, supported by PBO shrouds and twin running backstays. Three sets of powered, alloy Harken winches run the sail plan from North Sails along with Lewmar deck gear. The large carbon helm wheel with binnacle echoes the traditions of days past, whilst B&G mast jumbos shout 'here and now' as they guide the helmsman between marks of the course. All sailing systems are hydraulic including the water ballast, which moves five tons from one side to the other within two minutes. Under power, a Steyr 245hp auxiliary engine drives Firefly.

The first F-Class Firefly is specifically designed for long distance racing so there's crew accommodation below decks, albeit minimalist for a superyacht, with 12 pipe-cots located forward of the keel and able to be swung up to make way for the large headsails that give Firefly its huge downwind sail area of 1,095 square metres. The mahogany and teak lined interior also houses a head, with navigation station aft beside the main hatch. A galley is fully fitted and uses the volume of the coachroof for cupboard space.

Firefly was constructed in the Netherlands during 2011 in a speedy nine-month project. The aluminium hull was built by Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw and completed by Claasen Shipyards who specialise in classic sailing yachts, and are also most recently responsible for the new build of the J-class Lionheart. After recent regatta winning successes in the Mediterranean this season, Firefly is currently for sale, so this timeless classic racer can be yours, albeit the asking price is 3,850,000 [euro]. www.claasenshipyards.com

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C&C 30 OD

American C&C Yachts have been imported for many years into Australia by Ausail Marine and are known for their cruising models, which I've enjoyed sailing on occasion. However in the 1980s the brand was well known in American racing circles, so the release of the C&C 30 one-design is intended to recapture this era and add to the modern legacy of a company that created iconic one-designs like the Mumm 30, Farr 40 and J/24.

With the credentials of these ubiquitous designs behind C&C, that Holy Grail of one design success could well be achieved as the new 30-footer looks a versatile yacht --at least on paper. Under the new ownership of the US Watercraft company, Rhode Island based C&C has brought out this hot looking Mark Mills design, a flush deck sports boat with reverse sheer. It's a tough ask to build fleet numbers for any one design brand right now, so American designer Mills has wisely built in a high ballast ratio, sturdy hatches, bulkheads and pipe-cots to make the C&C 30 suitable for short offshore events as well.

A vacuum--infused vinylester/e-glass/foam cored hull has a relatively narrow waterline with a chine to reduce the wetted area further in light airs and also to increase form stability as the breeze builds. The hull further benefits from an internal structural grid featuring carbon reinforcement for increased stiffness.

A Hall Spars two spreader carbon rig is specified along with a carbon keel fin and carbon spade rudder. For transportation between events the keel retracts. The deck has been co-designed by Volvo Ocean Race 2015 skipper Charlie Enright and includes a spinnaker retrieval system, negating the necessity of crew on the foredeck. Deck gear is a mix of Harken, Lewmar and Ronstan. A crew of four or five is envisaged.

According to the C&C yard more than six boats are on order with the first about to splash.

In a further return to its halcyon days the company has also revived the Redline 41 name in the form of a new Mark Mills design, the name taken from its successful 1972-winning model by original designers Canadians Cutherbertson & Cassian. The new IRC-optimised racer-cruiser has a bowsprit, full accommodation layout and bulbed keel.

www.c-cyachts.com

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FAR EAST 31 R

The Far East 31R is a new Simonis Voogd design from China's largest dinghy builder, Shanghai Far East FRP Boats, which are also a supplier of Optimists to the Australian market. The Shanghai company has built several S-V designs including the 2010 Far East 26. I skippered one of these 26 -footers as part of a 10-boat, one design fleet in the China Cup International Regatta and found them competent basic boats that only required a few modifications to make them even better. Their latest carbon hulled 31-footer has the potential for speed, weighing 3,000kg with a bulbed keel and downwind sail area of 160 square metres.

The design brief was to create the fastest possible conventional sports boat with the ability to be fit into a standard shipping container so as to compete internationally as a one design class, but also be fairly measured under ORCi and IRC.

The clean lines and beam limit imposed by the constraints of fitting into a shipping container resulted in a hull with relatively low wetted surface and minimal drag due to transom immersion and reverse angled bow.

The construction is of vacuum-infused carbon/epoxy and a carbon fm attaches to the lead bulbed keel, giving a high ballast ratio of sixty per cent. A Selden carbon rig holds a big-topped mainsail and the gennaker flies from a retractable bowsprit, with twin Dyneema running backstays and dyform shrouds completing the rig setup. Topside gear is by Harken and all control lines lead under the deck to Harken jammers, including an under-deck spinnaker bag covered by a sliding deck hatch for the asymmetric chute, which can be remotely opened and closed via control lines in the cockpit.

Jib controls are via transverse tracks with a conventional six winch layout comprising of two Harken Performa 40.2s on the coachroof for halyards and two sets for sheets in the wide cockpit, with tiller steering to the carbon spade rudder using a Jefa stock and bearings.

Press reports from the launch of the first Far East 31 Rat the 2014 Dusseldorf Boat Show have been most positive for this budget racer and hull number #2 is now under construction in the busy Shanghai yard. Company representative Ellen Jiao told us that the builder has been looking for a dealership in Australia for some time. Selling for US$140,000 (ex-factory) the 31R is ideal for those young racers on a budget who want sports boat performance in a hull capable of coastal racing.

www.fareastyachts.com

FARR 280 OD

Farr has just released a possible successor to its aging Farr 30 OD fleet in the modern shape of the new Farr 280. It is a most competitively priced boat at US$114,900 for the base boat (ex-factory Dubai). The new Farr 280 OD is built to perform on all points of sail, says Farr boss Patrick Shaughnessy, with a focus on inshore racing for a moderate crew of five to six people.

The hull shape has a reverse stem, long chine and wide beam carried aft to the transom, with rounded topsides and gunwales that look comfortable for hiking.

A two-spreader Southern Spars carbon mast carries a square-headed North mainsail, with twin running backstays, and a large asymmetric spinnaker is flown from a fixed carbon bowsprit (that is removable for transport). The forestay and mast tune are adjusted using rig controls actuated through a cockpit-mounted hydraulic system.

The Farr 280 also comes with a below-deck spinnaker launching and retrieval system for quick and easy sail handling. Most control lines are under-deck with a bank of jam cleats for control. The interior is bare, apart from the 20hp inboard diesel engine with sail drive, leaving plenty of room for spinnakers and headsail stacking.

Underwater, the Farr 280 has a fixed T-keel (removable for transportation) with lead bulb, GRP fm shell and steel fm for a low centre of gravity, low maintenance, and one design geometric repeatability. A high- aspect rudder connects to the tiller via a carbon rudderstock.

The Farr 280 is built by Premier Composites in Dubai using e-glass reinforcement, infused with epoxy resin and Corecell lamination. The one-design class controls have been developed alongside the design, adhering to the principle of owner/drivers and limited professional crew.

www.farryachtsales.com

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The H&H 42 is intended to be a versatile racer for both inshore and offshore but has been optimised for lighter conditions of 8-16 knots, so is ideally suited to the Asia-Pacific circuit.

H&H 42

The sweet lines and good boat speed of Paul Winkelmann's latest race boat caught my attention at the recent Top of the Gulf Regatta in Thailand so I was keen to find out more about the 2013 built Judel-Vrolijk design.

The low volume and beamy carbon hull with plumb ends and soft chines is the fashionable form factor for most IRC race boats right now. But it's not the only game in town so versatility has been built into the H&H 42 as it also intends to rate well under ORCi and have a 500kg lighter keel for the American HPR system as well, said designer Rolf Vrolijk.

The build has been carried out by a joint venture between China's Hudson Yacht & Marine (HYM) and experienced race boat builder Paul Hakes of Hakes Marine in New Zealand. Owner Hudson Wang already had successful partnerships building Gunboats and J Boats so the establishment of a high performance division was a logical step for HYM.

The H&H 42 is intended to be a versatile racer for both inshore and offshore races but has been optimised for lighter conditions of 8-16 knots, so is ideally suited to the Asia-Pacific circuit.

"We intend the boat to be a regatta winner especially under IRC, as eighty per cent of the world races are under this rule so let's ensure she sails well to her handicap, as winning a regatta is about consistently high results in all points of sail, not necessarily a strong upwind boat, or vice versa," explained Paul Hakes.

As I noted during the Gulf Regatta, her flat decks allow fast crew work, although with no elevation in the coachroof the H&H 42 may be wet offshore. The cockpit has been maximised to allow for plenty of workspace for typically 11 crew, with the main track positioned aft of a Spinlock tiller. The mainsheet runs to the mid cockpit, allowing both trimmers to communicate easily. To minimise water ingress most lines are above the decks, including halyards. Deck gear is from Harken including a Performa 3-speed, self-tailing pedestal winch. The mast is a two-piece (for easy transportation) Southern Spars carbon rig, engineered with high modulus fibre for increased stiffness and weight saving. The keel-stepped two spreader rig is supported by Nitronic 50 rod rigging, gas vang, Kevlar backstays and carbon aerofoil spreaders. A North Sails wardrobe includes a big-topped carbon 3DL main and downwind sails are asymmetries flying off a carbon bowsprit.

Below decks there's eight berths made up of two fixed in the saloon with a forward V-berth plus six retracting pipe-cots. Unlike some competitors, including Ker and Carkeek designs, the race crew have the luxury of an enclosed head. Adjoining it is the chart table so there's bulkhead space for instruments. For those offshore legs there's a single burner stove for heating rehydrated meals.

The hull build uses the latest carbon pre-preg layup from a carbon mould to ensure a high constituency of construction for what H&H intends to be an 'affordable' 42-footer at a price around US$500,000. So far they are up to hull number 5, which has just shipped to Europe. For strength a keel flange is inbuilt to the hull to hold the 3.3 tonne bulb in place. Interestingly, the hull form is designed to handle 500 kilograms less displacement to "future-proof" the boat for performance optimisation and make it compatible for the HPR rule.

On the racetracks there's been notable wins for hull number 1 Oystercatcher in Europe and hull number 3 Simply Fun in Melbourne, Australia. Similarly with Island Fling, as skipper Steve Dodd told me at Thailand's Ocean Marina Yacht Club. His professional crew won the bumpy Hong Kong to Vietnam Race but they were still in development mode with the new boat he said. "After the Rolex China Sea Race we've lightened the bulb and re-cut some sails to shorten the J-triangle, so we're making progress and we've got our TCC down to 1.230." Owner Paul Winkelmann has a full year's regatta racing planned so this new Chinese-built boat is in for a tough workout.

www.hudsonyacht-marine.com

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JASON KER BOLT 37

With the launch of this 37-foot mini grand prix racer, Jason Ker has said that the ideal buyer for the Bolt37 is the cruiser-racer guy wanting to step up a gear while not scaring his accountant--the base boat is a modest Euro 169,000 (ex-factory).

Optimised for the ORCi rule, where Ker reckons sub-40 footers could do well (too heavy at 6,050kg for HPR and penalised under the IRC that favours cruiser-racers), the first two examples of these Turkish-built boats have splashed and are racing. Hull #2 recently finished ahead of a fleet that included several Farr 40s, Farr 30s, a J122, an Archambault 40 RC and a First 40, despite an unfavourable IRC TCC of 1.168 for the new boat.

Construction costs are minimised by a vinylester and e-glass build with Gurit Corecell M-foam laminate vacuum bagged by builder CSC Composites in Istanbul, a company specialising in carbon and fibreglass mould and boat production. For transportation the bulbed keel is removable, which should further keep campaign costs low.

Overall shape of the Bolt 37 is neat with plumb ends and flush decks with flared aft sections, plus a narrow forward profile to provide windward capabilities. The rig is a high modulus Hall Spars mast, supported by rod rigging and twin aramid backstays; and the bowsprit is fixed for flying the 145 square-metre asymmetric downwind. Deck features include an offset forehatch for kite drops and the main hatch is also offset to give space for the starboard Harken halyard winches, creating a bias for port weather mark roundings.

A simple cockpit layout has the standard tiller steering ahead of the main track with running backstay winches nearby and mainsheet winches ahead, while primary winches sit on extending bulkheads forward and run sheets through transverse tracks. However, hull #2 has the option of twin wheels, which is favourable for coastal racing.

Below decks there's a basic galley with plumbed sink, manual water pump and location for moulding a single burner stove but little else. Deep bulkheads and wide longitudinal stringers should give plenty of stiffness to this interesting new race boat from Jason Ker. The yard tells me they anticipate having a boat in Australia soon.

www.bolt37.com

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MAT 1180

Ireland-based, American designer Mark Mills is having a prolific and successful time with his various race boat designs at the moment. Most prominent among these is the new IRC 72 Alegre in winning form at the Rolex Giraglia Trophy raced from St Tropez.

However, Mills' 39-foot MAT 1180 is the continuation of a more modest design series that already has produced the MAT 1245 and MAT 1010 IRC models built at Turkish yard MAT based in the Aegean seaport of Izmir, the country's third largest city.

MAT Directors Alp and Cem Somer wanted a race yacht that would encompass changes in the IRC rule affecting sub-40 footers, so their remit aimed at creating an aggressively light and fast boat yet economically built in vacuum-infused epoxy vinylester resin with an e-glass and PVC core, using carbon reinforcing.

To achieve this, earlier in the year they turned to R&D partners KND Sailing Performance in Valencia, a specialist firm in CFD and VPP performance prediction, who have worked with Artemis, Volvo Groupama and other major sailing teams. After a CFD program covering more than 20 hulls they produced a powerful hull shape that offers low drag when upright in light airs with increasing stability as the hull form immerses with heel in stronger winds. This increase in form stability allows a lighter overall displacement ensuring high performance off the wind and in light airs. Producing the design to that lighter displacement was the key they believed, so experienced race yacht engineer Mark McCafferty, fresh from the Volvo 65 project, was brought in to ensure fully optimised composite engineering. This included hull, deck and internals. Also the carbon rudder and keel fm with socketed attachment to the hull, allowing easy separation for transport. This optimisation has delivered a light displacement for the MAT 1180 of 4,375 kg.

The wide and shallow cockpit is conventionally laid out with running backstays to winches near the aft maintrack, with mainsheet Harken Proforma winches forward and primaries near the main hatch, which is elevated enough to give some protection offshore. Jib sheeting is via transverse tracks and the bowsprit for the asymmetric spinnakers is fixed.

A carbon high modulus rig is held up by rod rigging with twin running backstays. The sailplan has a square-top main and masthead spinnakers for high performance in all conditions. A tiller is standard but twin wheels are available for easier work offshore.

The interior has full standing headroom under a shallow wedge coachroof with a sink and space for a stove. Up in the forepeak there's a spinnaker pit and hatch.

For more information contact local distributor Platinum Yachts.

www.platinumyachts.com.au

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McCONAGHY KER 33

The Ker 33 is a new IRC racer-cruiser that is currently under construction at McConaghy Boats China yard. As a racer-cruiser the Ker 33 comes with a versatile fully fitted interior but with the ability to be campaigned hard.

"Noting the success of the 30-35 foot racer/cruisers currently on the market that have been performing on the IRC scene both inshore and offshore, we felt there was clearly the demand for another boat to fit within this category; particularly one with this much potential," says Ker. Early indications are that the Ker 33 will have an IRC TCC of 1.050.

The Ker 33 is intended as a production boat with 3,100kg e-glass hull with snub ends, beam carried aft and upright topsides; a fairly classic IRC type-form. Foils are a SG iron keel fin strut and lead bulb with single spade carbon rudder and stock.

With budgetary constraints in mind, options are fairly basic with alloy spars and rod rigging as standard. An optional carbon rig and instrumentation are the only main choices, so as to keep the price down.

The cockpit has teak clad bench seating in the forward part, with the mainsheet track in front of the tiller and Harken 40.2s for the primary winches and H35.2S for halyards. An open transom creates plenty of space in the wide cockpit, with the coachroof looking sufficiently high to give some crew protection if sailing offshore. Jib sheeting is via conventional inboard tracks and halyards are run through Spinlock organisers to coachroof H35 winches. As a smaller race yacht, a conventional poled masthead and fractional spinnakers are flown on the Ker 33.

The interior is fully fitted with three double berths, and a saloon with bench seating and drop leaf table. In the galley there's a stove with sink and freshwater hand pump, plus a cool box for the beers. The V-berth has an ensuite bathroom/head and there's a wet locker as well, so weekend cruising can be comfortably done. The interior finish is of simple gelcoat so it's easily cleaned and damp-proof with timber laminates on the edges. Auxiliary power is provided by a 30hp Yanmar inboard diesel with saildrive and folding propeller.

The larger Ker 43 is another versatile performance yacht so it's not surprising two boats have already been sold straight off the drawing board to Australian owners and a third is destined for the UK later in the year. Having sailed both the Ker 40 and 46 I can testify to the finish quality that McConaghy has managed with these Jason Ker designs so would expect the same for the new Ker 33.

www.mcconaghyboats.com

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VPLP 100

The 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and current record holder Wild Oats XI are the targets for this new French-designed, carbon 100-footer that will arrive in Australia late this year to contest the 70th edition of the great race south. Former Netscape boss Dr Jim Clark is upping the ante big time with this upgrade from his previously more sedate 47.4m Hyperion. The American IT entrepreneur and yachtsman has recruited former Puma Volvo skipper Ken Read for an extensive campaign for New Cubed that will include the Fastnet, Bermuda, Transpac and other blue water races.

Initial graphics and information from US builder Hodgdon Yachts indicate that the pre-preg carbon hull will be very beamy similar to the Juan K. designed 100-foot Rambler, will feature a canting keel and displace about 30 tons. The mast will be stepped further aft to create a larger J-triangle and balance the sail plan across the wide beam aft. The A5 gennaker is expected to be around 1,000 square metres and North 3DI windward sails will be cut. Foils will include twin rudders and a daggerboard forward. Code named New Cubed, figures released by VPLP project that the new maxi should average 30 knots of boat speed in 25 knot winds at 120 degrees true wind angle, so like Rambler a reaching Hobart race would probably favour her.

For the design of his new maxi, Clark used the French company VPLP (Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost) along with emerging monohull designer Guillaume Verdier. VPLP are most well known for their successful multihulls such as Groupama 3 and Banque Populaire V, which was a key point in working with them, according to Read who likens the performance of New Cubed with the 103-foot Groupama 3.

Given the catastrophic failures at sea of Rambler/Speedboat and the previous Beau Geste, it's good to hear that Hodgdon Yachts in Maine are building New Cubed to Germanischer Lloyd standards to ensure enough robust structure and stability is in the hull design.

Evident from the six sets of pedestal winches is that New Cubed will be a manually operated maxi like Banque Populaire V (unlike the hydraulically-powered Wild Oats XI) with water-ballast used to add further stability and trim. The expectations are that she'll be lighter, stiffer and carry more sail area than the old Rambler (currently Anthony Bell's Perpetual Loyal that unsuccessfully chased Wild Oats XI in the most recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013). New Cubed will launch in September, so in good time for Clark and his Australian wife, model Kirsty Hinze, to arrive for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014.

www.vplp.fr
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