About the FAST40+Class

The FAST40+ Class was engineered by Rob Grenhalgh (Class president) to create a circuit for light displacement 40 foot yachts to compete regularly in a close and competitive class.  The class rule is based on a box rule with only a small handicap spread amongst the fleet to keep the racing tight. Boats must have a hull length of 12 – 12.6 m, a max draft of 3 metres, a displacement length ratio of less than 90 and speed ratio of greater than 0.125. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, it translates into either a GP 42, Carkeek 40 mkt 2, Kerr 40+ and a few other designs.

The FAST40+ series consist of 8 regattas spread over the year with a mixture of windward leeward races of around an hour and longer races during Round the Island and Cowes week. In 2016, 15 teams contested the inaugural season with teams from England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and South Africa. The fleet is expected to increase in 2017 with at least two new FAST40+ yachts in build. In addition to the class racing the boats can also race competitively under IRC and will be available to race in other events like the Rolex Fastnet Race, Little Britain Challenge Cup, Dartmouth Regatta and Taittinger Regatta. If you can think of a race and a FAST40+ is available we can make it happen.

These photos belong to and copyright is held by Paul Wyeth