Angels Share 130 wins her class both days at Newport Superyacht Bucket





In her first time out racing in two years.the 130' Superyacht Angels Share finished first in class both days of the Newport Superyacht Bucket and second overall. This is the boat's best racing performance and comes after changes were made to her including changes to the sailing systems, deck and sailplan by Owen Clarke Design for the 2011 season.

"Job done, tick. Well done everybody, it was a great week of training and racing. Angels Share, first in class both days of the Newport Superyacht Bucket and second overall. The boat was significantly quicker than St Tropez 2011 with the OCD refinements and a good deal of hard work and careful thought by the sailing team in the week before the regatta," commented designer Merf Owen.

OCD designer Merf Owen joined the crew of Angels Share in the role the crew came to jocularly describe as 'number cruncher'. This involved essentially working alongside navigator Jules Salter, collecting data, working in real time with the sailing team evaluating performance of the boat on the water and comparing against predictions. Data was collected daily and post processed using Sailing Performance software for review and discussion on improvements to the sailing of the yacht during the week and for next season. Going foward, the lessons learned  will help create a 'best practice' manual for the operation/racing of the yacht. Angels Share, like any racing yacht involves a learning curve when you first step on her and she doesn't always have the same sailors available to fill key roles in each regatta. The aim of the 'play book' is to help to arrive further up that curve on the first day of practice before a regatta.

Throughout the week of training before the Newport regatta the crew were able to test the yacht, themselves and compare predicted with true performance in a full range of conditions from 6 to 20 kts and record/review each days outing using Race Replay. For the first time since having been designed into the deck layout by OCD the yacht raced with overlapping J1 and J2 headsails sheeted through floating rings. It was also her first outing with the new IRC optimised downwind sailplan which included a new A2 and A1, developed after an especially  light airs St Tropez in 2011. That first regatta has been sailed completely in less than ten knots of wind and the week of preparation in Newport involved measuring key loads (with a portable loadcell) on the boat with the new sailplan and at max righting moment.

Owners, sailing and project team, including Owen Clarke Design are now working towards further improvements and looking forward to participation in three major big boat regattas in Europe in 2014.

For more info on OCD's superyacht  design go to: Superyacht Design and Consultancy
 

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