Another new match racing machine

This time from Italy

Wednesday June 4th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
America’s Cup skipper Paolo Cian has co-designed a new match race yacht that was launched today at the Marina di Rimini.

The new boat, codenamed Blu Sail 24 Sport is a complete revisitation of the former O.D. Blu Sail 24, designed by Luca Brenta.

The project has totally removed cabins and interior, creating a very spacious cockpit to the ease crew’s manoeuvring during match racing.

The boat has the same hull shape of her predecessor, but a new keel design providing more power and stability. Meanwhile sail area has been slightly reduced to allow better control in strong wind conditions. The bow has been redesigned and built with a soft, easily replacable anti-crash material.

Paolo Cian, sailing this season on the match race circuit with the Riviera di Rimini Team, created this new project for his Team’s boss, Giorgio Benvenuti, owner of the maxi Riviera di Rimini and CEO of the newest Marina di Rimini tourist port.

The new Blu Sail 24 Sport has been chosen as official boat for the 2003 World Match Race at Riva del Garda, on Lake Garda, next August. But the first race of this model is now: starting from tomorrow, Thursday 5th june, until Saturday 7th june, with Blurimini Match Race, ISAF Grade 2 event, with 10 skippers including, Karol Jablonski, Paolo Cian, James Spithill, Bjorn Hansen, Mathieu Richard, Kelvin Harrap, Andy Green, Ian Williams, Sebastien Col, Lars Norbjaerg.

Technical features
Lenght m 7.48
Water lenght m 6.80
B-Max m 2.38
Immersion m 1.70
Displacement kg 1100
Keel kg 400
I m 8.70
J m 2.84
P m 9.10
E m 3.50
Main m 18
Genoa 105% mq 12

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