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se▲son▲l selection James Boyd looks at a wide variety of new boats launched for IRC racing in 2017 ƒzuree 41


The Azuree 41 is the second Humphreys-designed model in Sirena Marine’s line. It follows the Azuree 46, which has experienced good success under IRC, with hull no 11 Eclectic currently being campaigned by Royal Yacht Squadron Vice Commodore Colin Campbell.


The Azuree 41 has been developed as a high-level performance cruising yacht, designed to harmonise the requirements of successful cruising and keen regatta ambition. With twin rudders, a powerful hull form and high ballast ratio T-keel (with the option for a straight fin keel), the Azuree 41 can be cruised or raced comfortably by a short-handed crew, and her generous sail plan delivers plenty of exhilaration on all points of sail.


Ofcet 32 Ofcet 32 Azuree 41. Photo: Rob Bonte K36-Sƒmurƒi


Conceived in Japan, the K36-Samurai is a lightweight high-performance racing boat design by Akihiro Kanai, an expert in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) formerly of America’s Cup teams Nippon Challenge and GBR Challenge. Suitable for both inshore round-the-cans and offshore long- distance races, under both ORC and IRC, the K36-Samurai is the result of more than 300 CFD design simulations.


The boat is built in infused carbon fibre/Airex/epoxy by Pauger Carbon in Hungary with engineering work carried out by SDK Structures in the USA. On a 3100kg displacement, the boat features a sizeable 145m2


spinnaker,


flown from a retractable bowsprit. So far five K36-Samurais have been built and are IRC rated.


This French offering is designed by Marc Lombard and built in La Rochelle by Chantier Ofcet, which also make a Classe 6.50 Mini bearing the same name. The Ofcet 32 has an extremely powerful, slab-sided hull with a sharp chine, culminating in a voluminous reverse sheer bow, giving it the look of a mini Volvo Ocean Race boat.


It is supplied with both a short bowsprit and a spinnaker pole. Designed principally for offshore sailing, the yacht is available with either a racing or cruising interior fit-out. The new 32 SC version features a revised deck with IMOCA 60-style forward-facing side windows and a longer bowsprit.


BR31 BR31


Up and coming young UK designer Ben Rogerson has created the BR31. To be sailed by seven, this ultra-modern carbon racer is aimed at owners who want a fast, technical and highly competitive grand-prix boat, typical of the HP30 class.


K36-Samurai


Built in infused carbon/epoxy with PVC foam core by Pyran Marine in Cornwall, UK, using CNC-milled tooling, the BR31 has an upwind sail area of 56m2


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