Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Next Chapter

Since I completed OSTAR in 2013, I've been saying that I've done just about all I can do on Jeroboam, a 35 foot coastal cruiser that I shoehorned into an offshore race boat over the years. I was long overdue for an upgrade so this fall I began exploring options.

I wanted a one-design boat that would be suitable for shorthanded offshore distance racing and only found one option in the US: Class 40. Europe also offers the Figaro class, which draws some amazingly talented solo sailors but there just isn't anything like that here.

There are about 150 Class 40s in existence, mostly in Europe, but there is a solidly established, albeit small, group based on the US east coast. I looked at all the Class 40s I knew on the market and settled on Privateer, a Farr design built by Cookson in New Zealand. I will keep the boat name.

My first race will be the Miami-Cuba race in February. A dedicated Class 40 event called Atlantic Cup regularly draws some talented sailors here on the East Coast. The 2018 edition in May and June will feature a double handed leg from Charleston to New York City with a second leg from NYC to Portland, Maine. There are also some fully crewed, in-port races so lots of action over a 3-4 week period.