TP52 PATCHES 3
Originally created to produce fast yachts for the Transpac Race, the TP52 class developed into an owner-driven inshore circuit which attracts the world’s best monohull sailors.
One development refined on the TP was the change to wide aft sections. “We started off with quite narrow sterns and the working deck stopping well over one metre forward of the stern,” comments class manager Rob Weiland. “We now see an almost continuous width of the working deck from Beam Max aft and the working deck continuing to the stern. The ‘powerful stern’ is now the norm in offshore racing. I’m not sure whether we started it, but for sure, we were the test bed for how to refine that hull shape concept for windward leeward performance.”
First to have a working deck all the way aft was the 2007 Reichel Pugh Patches,a style then taken a stage further by ETNZ (2009), which added slab-sided topsides with a knuckle to create more hull stability when heeled. ETNZ also saw refinements in deck layout, elements of which have filtered down to more mainstream designs, such as transverse jib car tracks.