Fast 40+ update
Following on from our interview with Rob Greenhalgh about the Fast40+ class, so he has announced that they haven't reached the minimum number of boats to run the circuit in 2014. However he acknowledges there is both momentum and appetite for Fast40+ in both Europe and the USA and they are now pushing hard to run a full circuit in 2015 on the basis that several owners are in the process of having new boats built.
"We knew that we would be against the clock to make the Race Circuit happen for 2014 and the good news is that there is so much positive feedback for a 2015 programme," said Greenhalgh.
However not all will be lost for 2014. At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, they hope to have six to eight eligible boats racing and where they will be dual scored. The aim will be to showcase the Fast40+ class, and will be bolstered by having a Fast40+ reception for the benefit of current and potential owners.
All boats shall meet the following criteria:
1. Max LOA: 12.25m or 12.85m (dor boat designs before 1st January 2014)
2. Min LOA: 11.35m
3. (Displacement (kg) X 45)/LOA³ until 31st December 2014: must be less than 125; from 1st January 2015: must be less than 110
ORCi has dedicated some resource to the FAST40+ Rule and the class expects to have a Beta version available in March/April. Certificates can be obtained through ORC, but the class will supply Cowes week entrants with a Fast40+ certificate FOC
A brief summary of modifications:
- Simplified Certificate
- Simplified measurement system
- No inclination
- VCG by component weight
- No measured overhangs, except to define flotation using Y
- Hull measurement via offset file & static analysis
- Default keel design - de-sensitising keel design
- Unlimited trials
- Transparent rule
- Fair ratings for a wide range of light displacement boats
- Triple Number Inshore W/L system
- Offshore & Round the Cans TCC