On­board power

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Melges was adamant that a 40-footer which makes 22-23 knots down­wind should not have a prop drag­ging in the wa­ter, so the prop is lifted be­fore rac­ing. The in­ner power pack, PLC brain and re­mote con­trol are all controlled by the en­gine. The hy­draulics run off two bat­ter­ies for the cant­ing keel. Af­ter three races there is usu­ally still 60 per cent of bat­tery ca­pac­ity left so the boats should be ca­pa­ble of two days rac­ing au­tonomously.

This year the Melges 40s will also be show­cased as a class at Au­gust’s Copa del Rey. The tar­get is a 15-boat in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit. In the win­ter the fleet will head to Miami and the USA where new, in­ter­ested own­ers are ex­pected to come on board, not least from the Melges 32 fleet.

Botin’s Car­rau con­firms: “You al­ways re­turn to the boat with a smile on your face. That is not mar­ket­ing speak. I have al­ways re­turned to the dock with a smile on my face. Ev­ery­one al­ways looks for­wards to go­ing sail­ing in 20 knots and big waves be­cause it is so easy to sail. It will go 23 to 24 knots.”

He smiles, “Who needs foils? It is very sim­ple. Keep­ing it sim­ple was our pri­or­ity. It is very easy to get very com­pli­cated very quickly.

“Com­plex boats are ap­peal­ing but at 40ft they quickly need a shore team to main­tain and you need an engi­neer­ing team. We wanted to avoid ex­per­i­ments. Af­ter all, in the round the world races the cant­ing keel sys­tem here is well proven. So we are not in­vent­ing any­thing, we are putting pre-ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy in a pro­duc­tion boat.”

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