[Source: Carkeek Design Partners] With an unrivalled series of grand prix race boat launches scheduled in coming weeks on three different continents and a number of exciting new designs beginning construction, Carkeek Design Partners is looking to build on recent successes by strengthening its range of race yacht projects.
Lynchpin of the imminent launches is the Carkeek C60 which is being billed as a serious contender for the upcoming Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Matt Allen’s new Ichi Ban is due to go in the water in Sydney in mid November.
“The new C60 is a unique design, unlike any racing yacht of its size, due to its high performance and effectiveness as an all-round inshore and offshore platform,” said Carkeek.
In the meantime two Carkeek designed C47s are being readied. The first is en route to the USA where the American crew will work their new boat up prior to Key West regatta in January and the Caribbean 600. The second C47 is being launched soon in Dubai for owner Hannes Waimer whose company Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) build Carkeek’s C-range. His boat will compete on the Mediterranean circuit next year debuting at the Palma Vela regatta in Mallorca.
The build of the very first new semi custom Carkeek Design Partners C40 Mk2s has just started at PCT in Dubai. Following on from victories in all the major events under HPR and IRC they entered – including Key West, Miami, Block Island and Newport-Bermuda – the Mk2 Carkeek design extends the initial learning from the Mk1 design but benefits from further comprehensive hydrodynamic and aerodynamic research programmes which, the designers report, will result in a correspondingly faster, more exciting new generation series of race boats.
Carkeek Design Partners are now seeking to fully utilise their unprecedented recent work in the light high performance HPR/IRC arena and their winning track record in the class since its inception in Europe to develop a turnkey competitive TP52, aiming at success on the 52 SUPER SERIES.
“We are quite excited by the direction that the 52 rule has taken because it now allows us to really play to our unique strengths,” explains Shaun Carkeek. “For a variety of reasons, by necessity, development in the 52 Class has largely been limited to massaging existing hydro and aero concepts and in a largely typeformed design space over recent years. But now the new 2015 rule update will produce a slightly faster, more exciting TP52 that is closer in performance to the high performance designs that we have been fortunate to work on, like the C60, C47 and the C40 Mk1 and Mk2. In fact for example all our new designs for their length and displacement offer a proportionately better, faster all round performance and have effectively leapfrogged the 52s. But this new iteration of the 52 rule brings them up to date and closer to the arena we have been working in for the last three years.”
Carkeek’s experience and success in the class dates back six generations of TP52s but having been away for a few years also allows this successful design office to approach the new TP52 holding no prevailing prejudices or preferences but with a completely open mind.
“Our recent design programmes have opened up exciting new performance, new ideas and proven gains, revealing new insights into aero and hydro solutions and different hull concepts and set ups which are quite ambitious and aggressive with more radical appendages and rig developments. Now we are integrating these into successful TP52 campaigns for determined, committed owners.”
Carkeek Design Partners are at a very advanced stage in their TP52 Research and Development programme having spent months working on the CFD and VPP optimisation in combination with venue weather and race modelling.
“We are ready to go,” Carkeek emphasises. “We are keen to hear from owners or sailing teams who are looking to benefit not just from our unique design advances which we have been able to deliver whilst the 52 Class has been relatively stationary in design terms, but also from the high level of experience and support that is part of the whole Carkeek design package.”
Carkeek will take full advantage and build on the existing working alliance with Premier Composite Technologies to offer a two or three TP52s build series using common build features to lower costs.
“We have developed and perfected a unique design and production methodology utilising precision CNC capabilities and software from the automotive and aerospace design industries. This results in a process where all parts and systems are designed in relation to one another upfront thus delivering highest accuracy, control and precision and lowering the turnaround time and cost. The product is unlike anything seen before for its size.”