MC38 class at Hamo
The MC38 One-Design will make its debut at the 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Six of these high-performance yachts are destined to be at the regatta, which will be staged from 17-24 August. The class will also bring added international flavour to the series as one of the crews will be from New Zealand, and it is possible another team will be led by a high-profile American.
Race Director, Denis Thompson, has agreed to establish a special division for the MC38s within the regatta, which is likely to see a fleet of near 200.
"We are very excited about the class being at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week,’ said Chris Hancock, owner of the Sydney-based MC38 Vino. "The sailing conditions and the courses around the Whitsunday Islands will definitely give us the opportunity to enjoy some great racing, and really show everyone what these high performance boats can do."
Four of the six boats committed to being at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week are Menace (Howard Spencer, NSW), Ginger (Leslie Green, NSW), Ghost Rider (Ross Hennessey, NSW) and Vino.
Designed by four-time America’s Cup designer, Harry Dunning, out of Newport, Rhode Island, the first of the class was launched little more than 18 months ago. Built in carbon fibre in China by McConaghy, the MC38s are 11.35m long and designed so they can be easily transported by road on a trailer or in a standard 40ft shipping container.
Read our review of the McConaghy 38 here