Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
CARKEEK 60 ICHI BAN 060 female moulds for the construction of Ichi Ban. All the female tooling was precision cut in-house using PCT's 5-axis milling machine, with all composite sections cured in huge ovens on site in the Dubai yard. Despite the hull's outstanding rigidity and torsional stiffness, it is only 10.9 tonnes, which is considered extremely lightweight for a 60-foot ocean racer of this volume. Below the waterline hangs a fixed bulb keel on a high-aspect ratio fin some 4.5 metres deep to provide plenty of righting moment for the Southern Spars (NZ) carbon rig that towers almost 100-feet skywards. The rig is the very latest composite spar technology from Southern, being constructed of their leading edge TPT (thin ply technology) composite material that is lighter, stronger and stiffer than previous high-modulus carbon spar technology. This makes for a much narrower, more aerodynamic spar cross section (for mast, spreaders and boom), which reduces windage and drag, with the whole affair supported by Southern Spars EC6 lightweight carbon running rigging to hugely reduce weight aloft, further improving righting moment. Sails from North Sails 3Di wardrobe are matched to the custom rig as provided through the Norths Sydney loft of Michael Coxon. "Given the C60 is not a canting keeled boat", says Allen, "the effect on righting moment of the deep draft and reduced weight aloft is as important for performance as crew on the rail". The new Ichi Ban is currently racing with around 15 to 16 aboard, with several of its crew, including highly regarded sailing master Gordon Maguire, originating from the (currently retired) Reichel Pugh 63 Loki. TOWER OF POWER Clockwise from top: Under sail in an afternoon twilight race; fixed bowsprit for assymetrics; horizon job on the harbour; interior and nav station; twilight serenity.
Sails 24 February March 2014
Sails 26 June July 2014