Designer John corby writes....
"The boat was originally designed to the older version of IRC which made a big issue of static waterline length. These days the rule has improved hugely and is now formulated to assess realistic sailing length. Flirt was high on overhang and short on static waterline, a formula which used to work very well under CHS and IRC but clearly not the way to go anymore, although it should be pointed put that Flirt was easily beating one of the three Farr 52s in the Solent last year.
Using the factory facilities at Southaampton yacht Services we turned the hull upside down in September and reshaped the ends of the canoe body with foam to effectively reduce the rocker and flatten the hull out. This together with chopping surplus stern overhang off and fitting a new bulb which is slightly lighter but much thinner has resulted in a shorter and lighter boat, (now just under 49ft) but one with greater sailing length. Interestingly the IRC handicap has come down slightly.
The yacht will be shipped to the Caribbean in January and then back to the Solent for the UK season. A small bow extention is planned to make LOA long enough to measure for the Admirals Cup.
The transom now features a boarding platform for the Caribbean."