Sails : April May 2010
YACHTS TO WATCH 019 The Soto 40 is a new One Design class getting off the ground overseas and is now available in Australia through Longitude Yachts at a starting price of $370,000 (excluding sails). Although only designed in 2009, already there are six of these performance 40-footers worldwide, mainly in South America. Singing its praises is Brazilian Volvo sailor Torben Grael, who won the round-the-world endurance test on Ericsson 4 last year. Designed by Javier Soto Acebal and built by M Boats, the Soto 40 One Design is constructed from vacuum e-glass and core cell with epoxy resin used throughout. The carbon rig carries two sets of swept-back spreaders, non- overlapping jibs and masthead asymmetrics tacked to a fixed bow sprit. Sailing upwind, the S40 One Design has nearly 100 square metres of sail exposed in an efficient sail plan including the square-top main. This distinctive feature brings aerodynamic efficiency to the sailplan without making the rig too tall. Twin backstays provide tension for the forestay. The lead bulb torpedo keel caries over 50 per cent of the yacht's weight (total displacement is 4,200kg) and the carbon fibre mast for the Australian models will come from NZ Rigging. And adding to the flexibility of the package, Soto 40s can be ordered with a tiller or dual carbon helm wheel configuration. longitudeyachts.com.au Soto 40 One Design Legendary Volvo Ocean Race sailor Torben Grael has bought one. Interested? Archambault has launched a "turbo charged" version of its lightening quick A40 which it claims will make it more powerful both up and downwind. One A40 in particular which has been campaigned to great success in Australia is Rod Jones' Alegria, which won the Audi IRC National Championship last year. Alegria sported a vinylester hull with conventional plan-form keel, but there's now the option of a full epoxy laminate and a contemporary tee-bulb keel. Epoxy resin saves some 200 kilograms and makes the hull inherently stiffer, allowing more ballast to be placed in the bulb and lifting the ratio beyond 50 per cent. In-house testing of the tee keel began when Archambault first released the new A40rc in 2008, with the yacht Aria campaigning on the European circuit. While the plan-form keel proved to be slightly favoured under IRC handicapping, Archambault naval architects Joubert/Nivelt now feel the balance has swayed as rulemakers are looking more favourably towards the tee keel. Club racers are still able to choose the standard keel if they want something a little more forgiving and affordable. The tee- keel can also be specified with the vinylester version. The performance-oriented options list includes carbon rudder (saving 50 kilograms), carbon spars with rod rigging, twin adjustments for the hydraulic backstay, upgraded Nanni diesel and more. "The end result is an affordable production yacht that's on par with specialised custom racers," says Archambault. The epoxy/tee-keel combination comes at an introductory cost of $30,000 above the standard base boat price of $399,000 Newcastleyachting.com.au A40rc Sydney Yachts has commissioned Ker Design to create a new series of performance orientated yachts resulting in the first launch of a new range, the GTS37. The project sees Sydney Yachts return to the headlines with some good news after its Nowra-based yard, owned by Azzura Marine, went bust. Jason Ker has designed the GTS37 to be fast and safe, while being equipped with a fully fitted interior. The design features a large open cockpit with twin helm positions. The interior is comfortable and practical with three double cabins, a fully enclosed head and a well-appointed galley and navigation area. There is ample storage space for cruising and the practical interior is ideal for racing, both round- the-buoys or offshore. A refined double spreader rig with non-overlapping headsails ensures the GTS37 is easy to handle. It is responsive and a pleasure to sail. This easy to sail format translates to less crew during racing and effortless cruising when short-handed. Using the extensive America's Cup technology at its disposal Ker Design continues to develop an improved understanding of the science of yacht performance. The hull shape used for the Sydney GTS37 is the product of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) research. A significant number of design options were analysed leading to some surprising and highly exciting conclusions. Sydneyyachts.com.au Sydney Yachts GTS 37 New 37-footer designed by Jason Ker for cruising and racing. QUAY FACTS Sydney GTS37 Overall length 37.27ft (11.36m) Beam 11.55ft (3.52m) Draft 7.55ft (2.3m) Displacement 5350kg Classification CE Category A, Ocean French builder Archambault soups up its racey A40.
June July 2010