Open 50 - Pegasus for sale






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The fastest boat of her class in the world with a 24 hour record run of 403 miles in 24 hours. As Philippe Kahn's Pegasus she won consecutively two double-handed Transpacs and two Pacific Cup Races. In the 2008 edition of the 2008 Pacific Cup Pegasus was the first overall yacht to finish beating TP52,s and Santa Cruz 70s, won the event on corrected time and set a new San-Francisco to Hawaii double-handed record. The following year, Philippe Kahn and Mark Christensen beat the existing double-handed Transpacific Record by more than two days. In 2012 the yacht was campaigned as Truth, by former Class 40 sailor Alex Mehran, when he smashed the solo Transpac record, beating the Open 60 Wild Things time by nearly two and a half days.

Pegasus 2007 Transpac

Pegasus 2008 Pacific Cup

Pegasus 2009 Transpac

Pegasus 2010 Pacific Cup


Truth 2012 Solo Transpac

Truth 2012 Solo Transpac

Originally launched as Artforms in 2003,  under those colours she was the class winner of the 2004 Transat singlehanded race and overall winnder of the Bermuda 1-2, both in record times that still stand.

In previous ownership the boat has been sailed shorthanded and has an enviable track record:

2015 Solo RTIW – first to finish

2016 Volvo Round Ireland Race –first 2 handed to finish, 3rd mono hull to finish

2017 RORC races:-  Morgan Cup, Cowes-St Malo, Fastnet, Cowes-Le Havre:  first 2 handed to finish every race


After purchase from her original owner Pegasus was refitted and repainted at Goetz Marine in 2007 prior to the Transpac Race. During the winter 2007/2008 the yacht was modified in conjunction with her designers and fitted with a 3 metre bowsprit, new keel and a taller PBO rigged Hall Spars mast. Under new ownership she was brought to the UK in the spring of 2015 and underwent a refit which included essential PBO rigging updates. Between the 2015-2017 the boat has been dry sailed from Hamble Yaht Servies and in preparation for 2018 the remaining composite cables are being replaced in discussion with Future Fibres to bring the entire rigging spec. up to date.

Class: Open 50
Designer: Owen Clarke Design
Builder: McConaghy Yachts, Australia
Year: 2003, extensively refitted and modified 2007 and 2008 updated 2016/17

Length overall - 15.24 m
Beam overall - 4.6 m
Draft: 4.1m racing keel and 3m reduced draft training keel
Displacement - 6,100 kg
Upwind sail area - 209.6 sq m
Downwind sailarea - 420.2 sqm

Rig: Hall, 2008, Fore/aft stays and Vs PBO, Ds carbon.
Deck gear: Harken with pedestal driven primaries and Spinlock clutches
Keel: 4.1m racing and 3m training keels, fabricated high tensile steel with lead bulbs
Rudder: Twin, carbon pre-preg with tillers

Provisional details


Engine: Yanmar 3GM, 27 hp saildrive
Electronics: Brookes and Gatehouse, updated in 2009 with latest high performance pilot system
Electrics: almost completely re-wired when sailed as Pegasus, new systems professionally installed. The yacht was then re-fitted a small air conditioning unit and so the boat has six big house batteries. A Vendee boat survives with four, so depending on the racing one is  doing there's some weight saving possible. There are no solar panels on the deck any longer and all the power is generated from a large alternator custom mounted onto the front of the engine. The engine's original alternator remains on the engine and is wired into the engine start battery. Engine start and house are isolated from one another but there's an cross-over switch that can link the two banks in case of a problem in either bank.

Sails: Wardrobe to be confirmed.y.

Full sail inventory available by request


Interior: Two berths, cooker, sink, WC,
Construction: Nomex carbon pre-preg construction in a female mould. Watertight bulkheads, safety and stability designed as required by the 2002 IMOCA 50 rule. ORR measured and rating certificate held.
Miscellaneous: Anchor, ground gear, sheets and halyards replaced on a year by year basis

Lying afloat: Southern Spain

For more information please email: Brokerage

Inventory to be confirmed and subject to contract


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