New 5th generation Owen Clarke Class 40 commences build in South Africa

Monday, 09 May 2016
Briefed by a South African owner to develop a new design for Trans-Atlantic racing and European waters, Owen Clarke Design have this week sent the production hull lines for a new Class 40' to the newly established, Cape Racing Yachts of Cape Town, South Africa. Owner, Andrew Thomson, has been in the UK for a series of design meetings and at the start of the Bakerley Transat, reviewing some of the latest yachts in the Class with designers Allen Clarke and Merfyn Owen.

The detailed design is ongoing, however we can reveal that the lines delivered are for a powerful hull, for typical Transatlantic conditions, yet with low enough wetted surface area, that it would perform well in midrange wind conditions, encountered in the Fastnet or Normandy Channel Race. The brief was to produce a design that would appeal to a broad range of skippers from professionals, focused entirely on boat speed, to Corinthians, who wish to sail fast in an easily driven Class 40, over a variety of race courses. The hull design satisfies these varied needs and several deck/cockpit options will be available to owners.

Cape Racing Yachts has taken advantage of the strong tradition of race boat building in Cape Town and the skills available. By making significant investment in the moulds it has demonstrated its commitment to producing a top quality Class 40.  The current favourable exchange rate conditions in South Africa, make it possible to offer a range of cost effective build options. The target launch date for the first boat is expected to be towards the end of 2016.


Lead designer Merfyn Owen with OCD's latest client. Andrew Thompson

Expanding on the South African connection, lead designer Merfyn Owen  explained: ' OCD have a long history of successful racing yachts being built in South Africa, including Bolands Mills, 2008 Class Champion 40 Degrees and the third generation design 40 Degrees 2. We're delighted to have the opportunity to create this new Class 40 and are looking forward to seeing her go head to head with the competition in Europe next year.'

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