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C40 MkII: New and Improved

Published on August 19th, 2014

Introducing the new C40 MkII: the first of the ‘second generation’ HP-IRC optimised racing yacht from Carkeek Design Partners (CDP).

The MkII is a continuation of the MkI (series) which has consistently achieved class and overall victories at major US IRC and HPR events over the past 3 years. These include Key West, Miami Race Week, Newport Bermuda, Block Island, US and East Coast IRC Championships, NYYC Race Week and Charleston Race Week.

Hull No. 1 of the new C40 MkII Grand Prix ‘Esprit’ recently launched in Japan, with Hull No’s 2 and 3 are well underway at Premier Composite Technologies in Dubai, and both will head to the UK where they are set to be regular competitors near Cowes and Hamble.

Designers’ comments:
The MkII concept is further refined through advances in technology and ongoing R&D. The real performance data allowed CDP to calibrate and refine in-house optimization design tools. In addition the MkII benefitted from recent design project research including the Grand Prix classes TP and mini-maxi, High Performance Rule (HPR) and lightweight IRC.

Weighing 3950kg, the C40 MkII GP is capable of high speeds particularly downwind and reaching outperforming yachts 20 to 30ft longer and in many conditions the TP52’s, due to the high sail area/displacement/wetted area ratios and planing hull shape. Upwind speed and balance is achieved by the deeper draft and high stability platform and high aspect sail plan.

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