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Af­ter a re­mark­able de­but sea­son, Rán VII has re­ceived the in­au­gu­ral Boat of the Year Award at the 2018 World Sail­ing Awards in Florida, USA.

Cam­paigned by Swe­den’s Nik­las Zennstrom, the Car­keek-de­signed Rán VII won ev­ery re­gatta she en­tered, com­plet­ing a clean sweep of the high-per­for­mance plan­ing mono­hull Fast 40+ cir­cuit. Those vic­to­ries in­cluded the 119-yearold One Ton Cup in Septem­ber, where she won six of the nine races at the re­gatta and fin­ished sec­ond in two of the oth­ers.

Zennstrom says Rán VII – launched in April this year – is the most fun boat he has raced, that it lights up down­wind and is pos­si­bly faster than the TP52 or Maxi72. “It’s a pi­o­neer­ing boat.”

Based in Palma, Mal­lorca, Car­keek De­sign Part­ners has 24 years of ex­pe­ri­ence de­sign­ing rac­ing yachts. Shaun Car­keek is a mem­ber of the Sail­ing Yacht Re­search Foun­da­tion and ORC’S In­ter­na­tional Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee. As well as his de­sign achieve­ments, he is a for­mer South African Yachts­man of the Year.

The FAST40+ cir­cuit is an owner-driver class with a Corinthian ethos. There is a max­i­mum crew of 11, which can in­clude no more than five pro­fes­sional Cat3 sailors. The num­ber of sails used and mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the boats are also re­stricted. The FAST40+ Class pro­duces very com­pet­i­tive rac­ing in a boat ca­pa­ble of speeds in ex­cess of 20 knots.

...the most fun boat I’ve raced...

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