All-carbon IRC 46

Simon Rogers talks to us about his new full-on race boat
An interesting new boat to watch out for this summer on the Solent will be the new Simon Rogers-designed IRC 46 footers Danebury Vineyards and Yeoman for owners Ernst Piech and RORC's new Commodore, David Aisher. "We saw Patches' performance during Cowes Week and I was thrilled that we had the opportunity to sail within IRC on a light displacement boat," says Rogers of how the concept of his new design came about. "I haven’t done a lot of work in IRC in recent years because a good job is being done by the production boats but there is an opportunity to sail light displacement race boats within IRC now and that is a real breath of fresh air." The boat has also been prompted by the success of the TP52 class in the Med. "The TP52 has exploded because people want to have fun," continues Rogers (left). "Owners are fed up with hanging around. They have been messing around in IMS for years going slowly and I think the opportunity arose to have a fun, fast boat for the same sort of money and have some excitement and enjoy it. Which is why things have taken off for them." The Rogers IRC 46 has been acquired by Piech and Aisher, both owners looking for a step up or on from their existing yachts (Piech has been chartering IMX40s and racing them with his family for the last few years, while Aisher comes from one of UK sailboat racing's great dynasties) without having to go the whole hog by getting a TP52. A third IRC 46 has already been sold and Rogers is confident of being on the verge of selling two more. "Most of the people have come out of production boats and are looking for something a little more spicy,