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Owen Clarke 60's round Cape Horn - Golding's record intact.
All three Owen Clarke 60's round Cape Horn and Golding retains Cape to Cape record with under seven thiousand miles to the finish line, a little over two Trans Atlantic races.
[ 11 JAN 2013 ]

Golding feared close to dismasting again in the Vendee Globe
Life can change so quickly in the south, bringing back memories of a dismasting while in the lead in the 2008 Vendee Globe. In the early hours of Sunday morning while furling the Code 0, a squall took the wind from 18 to 35 kts and at the same time the furling line failed under the load
[ 16 DEC 2012 ]

Acciona 100% Eco-Powered breaks rudder but continues to race in the Vendee Globe
Javier Sanso gybed his Owen Clarke-Clay Oliver designed Open 60 onto port today for the first time since reporting an impact and running over something three days ago. As a result he was able to observe that the lower portion of his port rudder had taken an impact and broken off.
[ 12 DEC 2012 ]

Acciona Atlantic comeback in the Vendee Globe
Javier 'Bubi' Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) has scorched down the North Atlantic and through the Doldrums as if they were a myth and how has the top of the fleet in his sights. He has made up 350 miles in the last two days after being more than 700 miles off the lead.
[ 23 NOV 2012 ]

Advances in design of performance cruising yachts
The 2012 Superyacht Design Symposium was held in Miami recently. Merfyn Owen was invited on behalf of Owen Clarke Design to present at a forum dealing with the trickledown of racing boat technology to the superyacht sector.
[ 16 NOV 2012 ]

Three OCD Open 60s start the Vendee Globe
Three IMOCA Open 60's designed by UK designers Owen Clarke Design started from the Les Sables d'Olonnes this weekend on the Sodebo Vendee Globe three month 25,000 mile global marathon.
[ 15 NOV 2012 ]

Owen Clarke Design announce their first mid-size IRC racing yacht design
High performance yacht designers Owen Clarke Design have designed their first mid-size IRC racing sailboat to race against the Ker 40. Developed for racing in events such as the RORC Fastnet Race, the intention is for the yacht to be a 'Kingfisher moment'. a new and winning concept for its owners and designers.
[ 06 OCT 2012 ]

Vendee Record
Owen Clarke's IMOCA 60 designs and their sailors' performance in solo events have been consistent. Together they've won the IMOCA 60 Class in the Route du Rhum and twice in the Transat Anglais (OSTAR). In the 2008 Vendee Globe, Mike Golding (Ecover 3) was leading before he was dismasted south of Australia.
[ 05 OCT 2012 ]

Class40 2013 schedule finalised
In an announcement this week the Class 40 Association has committed to the next three Transat Jacques Vabres, as well as the the Atlantic Cup in North America and six other crewed and double-handed events in 2013.
[ 24 AUG 2012 ]

Alex Mehran and Truth demolish Transpac record
US sailor Alex Mehran crossed the line early Monday morning on his Owen Clarke designed Open 50 Truth to set a new solo Transpac record. His passage time of 8d 12h and 21m demolished sixteen year old record held by the Open 60 Wild Thing by nearly two and a half days.
[ 10 JUL 2012 ]

OCD featured in Superyacht Design magazine
The summer issue of SuperyachtDesign Q11 delivers new and fresh design ideas from some of the best design studios around the world, including a special concept article on the OCD 130 'convertible' cruising superyacht
[ 20 JUN 2012 ]

Atlantic Cup - wrap up summary
In the 2011 Atlantic Cup OCD boats Cutlass and Dragon finished first and second This years race promised and proved to be far more challenging Third overall in the inshore regattas equating to a sixth place in the whole event owner Mike Hennessy reports
[ 01 JUN 2012 ]

Fifteen Class 40’s and international field racing in the second Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup 2012 race kicks off in Charleston, South Carolina May 11th. From Charleston teams will race double-handed to New York City, then Newport RI, before finishing with a fully crewed inshore regatta.
[ 26 APR 2012 ]

Image Coming SoonAcciona Open 60 preparing for the Vendee Globe
Merf Owen of designers Owen Clarke Design (OCD) has been sailing the Xavier Sanso Open 60 Acciona 100% Eco Powered with the project team and the sailmakers from Incidences since last week in Palma
[ 17 APR 2012 ]

Changing the Gamesa Part 3
In the third and final part of a series of three articles Merfyn Owen of Owen Clarke Design and Phil Annis of Future Fibres discuss the choices involved and the detailed design of the new triple spreader rig fitted to the Open 60, Gamesa.
[ 11 FEB 2012 ]

Gamesa Open 60, staysail and reefed main, genoa on deck... photo Mark LloydChanging the Gamesa Part 2
In part 2 of a series of three articles Merfyn Owen moves on to describe the significant modifications recently made to Mike Golding's Vendee steed at Green Marine in the UK
[ 10 JAN 2012 ]

Changing the Gamesa Part 1
In the latest issue of Seahorse Magazine Merfyn Owen of Owen Clarke Design discusses the complex choices between new-build or refit looking back at four editions of the Vendee Globe
[ 11 DEC 2011 ]

photo Mark LloydGolding on form solo with his modified OCD 60
Mike Golding reports on Day 7 On this short sprint northwards Gamesa has sailed on all points of sail against and in close proximity to each of the newer boats. The good news from a longer term Vendee perspective is that I really feel the modifications we have made since June have brought Gamesa firmly into the game with these new generation IMOCA 60s. Ultimately reliability my choices and my fitness are going to make the difference - this is where we must focus next year as we prepare for the Vendee.
[ 11 DEC 2011 ]

Slipping out of the shadows - OCD diversify into superyacht design and consultancy
OCD has been working quietly as designers behind the scenes in the superyacht world for six years First brought in as consultants on modifications to the record breaking schooner Mari Cha 4 their latest project has been the Wally 130 Angels Share
[ 07 DEC 2011 ]

40 Degrees completes the podium for the TJV
Hannah Jenner and Jesse Naimark-Rowse on the Owen Clarke Design 40 Degrees cross the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre to take the final podium place
[ 25 NOV 2011 ]


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