33ft all-carbon canting keeler

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Designer Sebastien Schmidt gives us a guided tour to the new Psaros 33
Over the decades some extreme boats have been developed on Lake Geneva to cope with the notorious light breeze usually found on its waters. Among the monohull offerings few boats in recent years have been able to surpass the Sebastien Schmidt-designed, Jean Psarofaghis-built Psaros 40, with its complete plethora of stability enhancing devices including not just a canting keel, but also water ballast and multiple trapeze wires. The two Psaros 40s, Oyster Funds and Syz & Co, have claimed monohull line honours in the all-important Bol d’Or Mirabaud in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. In last weekend’s race Jean Psarofaghis’ own Syz & Co was only beaten by the Hungarian Libera class boat Raffica. Ten years on from the Psaros 40’s first launch (see above), so Schmidt and Psarofaghis have come together once again to launch the Psaros 33, built at the latter’s yard in Vesenaz in carbon fibre/foam/epoxy. While the 40 was conceived as a Bol d’Or Mirabaud monohull winner, the 33’s remit is quite different. According to Sebastien Schmidt while they want her to maintain the 40’s high performance, the 33 is designed as more of an all-rounder, to be much simpler to race by a smaller crew of five. As a result the Psaros 33 has a canting keel, but that is as far as the stability enhancing features go. The reason they have gone for the 33ft length, Schmidt (above) says, is that it is a popular size in Switzerland and enables the boat to be readily transportable should an owner wish to take it to another lake or to the Med or to come and sail at Cowes Week. As a result the new boat has a two piece mast, while the canting keel arrangement allows the keel to be cranked up inside the hull for road trailing. Given