To note :
- Creation of the European Coastal trophy and American Coastal Trophy
- Numerous registrations
- 5 boats under construction
1 championship and 2 trophies
2 trophies will be created in 2017 in addition to the Class40 championship which proposes inshore races and transats (GP Guyader, Normandy Channel Race, The Sables-Horta, Rolex Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre). The objective is to strengten the attraction for the race program of skippers and crews having no availability to participate in the transatlantic races ; their absence on transats being very penalizing for their ranking in the championship.
The first trophy, includind 6 races, is European and the second, including 8 races, is American. Teams will be awarded a certain number of points for each race, depending on their ranking and on the number of competitors, using the Cox-Sprague table. The winner will be the team/boat scoring the highest number of points. Thus, for the championship for example, a race coeff. 4 with 8 boats will not necessarily give more points than one coefficient 2 with 30 boats.
Numerous registrations expected
There will have a lot of Class40 racing the 2017 season ! Today, 20 boats registered in the Normandy Channel Race from 6 different countries. 2017 edition should be very intense!
A real success for the Rolex Fastnet Race which will be another key event: 35 Class40 have already registered !
The Sables-Horta, organized by the association Les Sables Vendée Course au Large, should also attract many competitors in introduction in the Transat Jacques Vabre who has just announced his destination. Let’s hope that the 2013 record of 26 crews will be beaten… « Rendez-vous » the 5th of November!
5 new boats under construction in 2017
New boat constructions are the good health symbol of every class, and the Class40 can be proud ! In 12 years, 148 class40 were built and five are under construction and will be launched in the first half of 2017.
2 « Cape 40 5G » (Owen Clark Design) are built by Cape Racing Yacht, in the Cap, South Africa. The first, #149, should be launched before the end of the month. She is owned by the Norvegian Henrik Bergesen who wants to lined up for the start of the next NCR. Andrew Thomson, the owner of the yard, is building the second one. She should participate in the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Europe.
Aymeric Chappellier is back in Class40 with a new Mach40 version 3 with the intention of lining up for the start of the Sables-Horta and TJV.
There is also a 3rd Tizh40 under construction in BG Race. She will be skipped by the next promising skipper from Saint-Malo, on the next Transat Jacques Vabre, with Christophe Bachmann.
Finally, Louis Duc should also launch his new « Lift 40 » #150 at the end of June (plan Lombard, hull built by Gepeto Composite, deck Halvard Mabire and appendage from V1D2) thanks to his partner, Carac, and to his very good results in the past 2 seasons.