New Owen Clarke Class 40's complete first offshore passages



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Peter Harding's new Jaz Marine built, Owen Clarke designed Class 40 wins Morbihan Mondial Class 40 event in first competition since her launch.

Scoring the three fastest time trial runs on the first day, then two firsts, a second and third on subsequent race days, the new 40 Degrees was announced overall winner of the 2009 Mondial Class 40 event. The boat will now remain in La Trinite before departing for Nantes on the 8th October to get ready for the start of the Solidaire du Chocolat on the 18th October.

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New Owen Clarke Class 40's complete first offshore passages.

90 Degree pull down test - Job done tick and on to the next stage.

Following completion over the last two weeks of the class measurement process, signing off boat, rig and sails with designers, sail and spar makers the two new Owen Clarke designed Class 40’s set off from Hamble, UK within twenty four hours of each other.

Peter Harding and Miranda Merron were the first to leave on Friday 18th aboard the new 40 Degrees. They arrived on Tuesday morning in La Trinite having successfully completed their 1000 mile qualifier for next month’s Solidaire du Chocolat. By Thursday morning 40 Degrees, joined by crew Halvard Mabire and Alex Sizer were out training again ready for the start of this weekend’s Mondial Class 40 event.

Cian McCarthy and Steve McFeely on Cinnamon Girl left within twenty four hours also heading off into the Western Approaches to work their new yacht up offshore. Shortly before leading however they were faced with a dilemma, TJC organisers Pen Duick announced late last week to competitors that they were cancelling the Class 40 division in the race. Steve, an Irish Government employee, was unable in the end to move his five week holidays in order to take part in the Chocolat Race in three weeks time. After a year of construction and preparation the tough decision was made whilst at sea that the boat would not be competing this winter. Cian described the experience of his first offshore passage on his new yacht as ‘good as gold’. He then went on to explain his focus next year will now be on the RORC Round Britain and Ireland Race, followed by the 2010 Route du Rhum Single-handed Transatlantic Race.

For more pictures of Cinnamon Girl and 40 Degrees during sailing trials and measurement go to:

OCD Class 40's measure and sailing together in the Solent

More information about our  third generation Class 40's can be found by visiting the following news articles and main website pages:

Class 40 Racing Yacht Page

News Article 1

News Article 2

If you subscribe to the Daily Sail then you can log on for a video tour of Class 40 Degrees with Boat Captain Alex Sizer and James Boyd:

40 Degrees Video - The Daily Sail

To enquire further about our latest Class 40 designs contact: class40@owenclarkedesign.com



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