Class 40, Longbow # 143, first sailing photos from Newport USA

Sunday, 06 September 2015
Longbow - the 'cat' is out of the bag. Among a list of innovative design features in our latest racing yacht built by Carbon Ocean Yachts of Rhode Island and project managed by Matt Baldwin - she's the first Class 40 to be masthead rigged.

credit - www.georgebekris.com\r\n
credit - www.georgebekris.com

Owen Clarke Design were also the first designers to introduce the masthead rig to the IMOCA 60 class, with Ecover 2 in 2003. Don't expect this to be a trend in Class 40 as it has been in IMOCA however: Longbow was designed for the waters off the east coast of the USA where weather/routing analysis undertaken during the yacht's design make this configuration a rather obvious choice for a box rule with a maximum limit on sail area.

Longbow, is a new Owen Clarke Design custom Class 40 racing sailboat built by Carbon Ocean Yachts in the USA and recently launched in Newport RI.

While a masthead configuration would probably be very interesting for European inshore/offshore racing in the Summer months, we're not allowed masthead halyard locks in this class and fractional jibs, the ability to carry fractional downwind sails will always be strong design drivers for the class's longer transatlantic events.


Firs pthoto posted at:
http://sailinganarchy.com/…/09/05/something-old-something-…/

Other news stories on this design can be found at:
Custom Class 40 - born in the USA
First images of new Class 40 for 2015

 


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