International crews for the latest Owen Clarke 40s in the Transat Jacques Vabres





Two third generation Owen Clarke Class 40’s launched towards the end of 2009 have recently undergone a good deal of updating by OCD and their teams in time for this years Transat Jacques Vabres.

Sailing Matouba (ex Cinnamon Girl), recently purchased through OCD’s brokerage is to be campaigned by her French owner Bertrand Guillonneau and well known pro-sailor, Sebastien Audigane. Meanwhile on 11th Hour Racing (ex 40 Degrees 2) we have the UK’s Hannah Jenner and American Rob Windsor, who also happens to be Owen Clarke’s US agent.
 
Both boats have recently been re-rigged with the latest high specification lightweight two spreader masts, both designed in conjunction with OCD. In the case of 11th Hour Racing, her rig, is from Southern Spars, with Matouba being the latest from European spar makers Axxon.
 
In the last Transat Jacques Vabres, 40 Degrees 2, as she was then was sailed onto the podium and into third place by Hannah Jenner and American Jesse Naimark-Rowse. Hannah and her sailing partner have been quietly working the boat up for the 2013 event from their base on the Hamble. Meanwhile Matouba passed her new 90 measurement yesterday in Lorient, from where Bertrand (who raced the last Route du Rhum in the 40 class) and Sebastien will base themselves in the run up to the race in November.
 
The two boats, when launched were effectively sisterships, Cinnamon Girl being built in the UK by Stig McDonald and 40 Degrees 2, by Jaz Marine in South Africa. In 2009 the Jaz built boat cost Euro 416,000 shipped from South Africa and sailing in the UK. Contrary to recent reporting, a new custom built Jaz Class 40 can still (because of favourable exchange rates) be delivered at the factory (ex sails, running rigging, electronics and shipping) for Euros 320,000 (US$ 430,000), interestingly this is equivalent in cost to the latest production boats from Europe and China.
 
Note to picture editors: Photos are from the library, nothing is available from either team yet in latest branding.
 
For more information go to:
 
owenclarkedesign.com/Class40OpenRacingYacht
 
11thhourracing.org/


 

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