Long, narrow and heavy


Expect GBR Challenge's new boat to be at one end of the design spectrum says Peter Bentley
So tomorrow is the big day. The result of all the testing, design and construction work undertaken by GBR Challenge over the past year will finally be revealed to the world. Well not quite. Like every other America’s Cup Syndicate, GBR Challenge are incredibly careful about what they allow the public and more importantly the other teams to see. There is also the small matter that Friday’s ceremony is not a launching as such, but more of a naming ceremony. The result of all that hard labour will have neither a keel nor a rig in place by Friday. And don't expect to see too much of the boat. The plan is to have the hull canted over in a cradle with just the deck on show. Anything interesting will you can be sure be well hidden. While the precise details of the design remain shrouded in secrecy, the basic concept of the boat is expected to be long, narrow and heavy with the measurement trade off coming in the form of sail area. One member of the design team who did not wish to be identified has confirmed to madforsailing that the new boat is “up at the end of the design range.” This should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the development of the Auckland-specific boats, all of which have tended to the long, heavy, narrow corner of the design envelope. Leaving aside all the hype about GBR Challenge being a low budget campaign just putting a foot in the water, it is clear that the Technical Design Group led by Derek Clark (pictured) have lacked little in the way of resources. To be sure, some of other campaigns have significantly higher budgets. Take out the six figure salaries that they have been paying their sailors

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