Neo 570c
Bari-based Neo Yachts has followed the success of the 400 and 350 with its most audacious reach yet for the edge of the racer cruiser envelope. The Carkeek designed Neo 570c is targeting the performance of a modern TP52 with the comforts of a cruising design.

No coincidence – Part I

Now into its second decade the Class40 is the strongest offshore fleet in the world. A brilliant concept that proved all the naysayers wrong (when many ‘experts’ still laughed at the idea of a box rule) – with strong management the fleet has never stopped growing. Tom Humphreys is one of the younger designers who have also found the class offers a rare platform to demonstrate their fundamental grasp of what makes a yacht sail fast

Designing to Class40
The origins of the Class40 date back to 2004, with a growing amount of interest around the 40ft size towards lighter and faster cruising and racing designs capable of crossing oceans and being sailed solo or by a shorthanded crew – very much inspired by the Open-style designs seen in the Imoca and Mini classes. At that time several Open 40 designs had been built along with cruiser-racer designs such as the Jumbo 40. At the request of many in the French marine industry Patrice Carpentier set about, quite brilliantly, drafting a set of rules to encapsulate this growing concept and the Class40 was born.


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