|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|February 2, 2007|
|Open 60 #4 Launched…More To Come|
Annapolis, MD - Farr Yacht Design is pleased to announce the launch of the Open 60 PAPREC-VIRBAC in Tauraunga, New Zealand. This boat is the 4th Open 60 design from their studio (VIRBAC-PAPREC 1 , DELTA DORE and PRB being the other three) designed for Jean-Pierre Dick who commissioned FYD's first Open 60 VIRBAC-PAPREC 1 back in 2002.
It is very gratifying to receive repeat commissions from a client. We have a very good working relationship through two projects with JP's team and have enjoyed their enthusiastic and innovative approach to the Open 60 Class , said Patrick Shaughnessy, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design.
Jean-Pierre Dick will be sailing the boat from New Zealand to Europe and participating in the Barcelona World Race, Vendee Globe, Transat Anglaise and other events through 2007 and 2008. The Open 60 Class has a strong following in Europe where races in this class enjoy growing popularity. The feature race is the Vendee Globe, a single-handed round-the-world event starting in November 2008.
PAPREC-VIRBAC is a more powerful boat than our first generation Open 60 design and has generous sail area. Twin canards and twin rudders have become standard fare on these ocean racers that are achieving very impressive speeds in single-handed and short-handed racing. At the launch, the boat exposed trim tabs over the aft meter of hull surface, which represent an innovative advance for these beamy, light displacement powerful boats. Built by Southern Ocean Marine, the boat has other innovative features that must remain confidential for the time being.
"The tabs will enable the crew to adjust fore and aft boat trim to optimize performance in varying wind and sea conditions and will be a powerful tool for keeping the boat tracking at high speeds", said Jim Schmicker, Senior Naval Architect at FYD. "Trim tabs should work well on the wide transom of the Open 60. Trim tabs are not new to sailing but PAPREC-VIRBAC's tabs have unique features that make them particularly useful to the single-handed sailor trying to maintain control in difficult conditions", said Jim.
Farr Yacht Design has several more Open 60's due to be launched this year and look forward to seeing their designs compete in many events for this exciting and pioneering class.
Farr Yacht Design is the leading sailboat design firm with a continuous proven record of providing superior designs for racing and cruising customers worldwide.
For more information please visit www.jpdick.com
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