Re-sparking Interest in Local Racing:
Combine the popularity of keelboat one design racing, with the growth of speedy sportboats, and our sport has seen a long line of attempts to launch one design classes. However, there hasn’t been much success in the 30-foot range.
What often happens is there are enough buyers to get the ball rolling, but not enough in any one region. So the boats have to travel, which is expensive, or the demands of the boat and schedule require pro crew, which is expensive. Ultimately the ball stops rolling and participation suffers.
“It is much harder to build a strong and vibrant International Class Association than design a new boat.” – Paul Elvstrom, 4-time O…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Re-sparking Interest in Local Racing, Editor
VIDEO: Pac52 Class Revealed:
A new sailing class is hitting the West coast of the U.S in 2017. The Pac52 is a 52-foot monohull sailboat which uses a carbon fiber hull built out of a latest generation TP52 hull mold. Each boat is fitted with a carbon fiber mast, boom, carbon fiber rigging and a fixed steel keel fin with a lead bulb. With a spartan interior, they have basic accommodations for coastal and offshore sailing. The single rudder can be either tiller or wheel steered. The class will race in a one design format, without any rating or time allowance. This is accomplished with a Box rule which utilizes the ORR Measurement system to equalize the boats.
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