EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY BOATS

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HE­LEN FRET­TER ON

is a lat­est gen­er­a­tion Fast 40+ de­signed by Shaun Car­keek for renowned owner-driver Nik­las Zennström Rán VII Re­bel­lion that we have the time, op­por­tu­nity and bud­get, let’s have a look at ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.”

The new­est Rán marks a step down in size for Swedish tech bil­lion­aire Nik­las Zennström, who founded Skype and now runs tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment firm Atomico. Zennström has made a habit of mov­ing into supremely com­pet­i­tive classes like the TP52 and Maxi 72, build­ing new boats, and do­ing well in them.

Com­pet­i­tive fleet

It is partly a mark of how com­pet­i­tive the Fast 40+ fleet is be­com­ing that Zennström has cho­sen to spend his time and con­sid­er­able sums of money to race in the murky wa­ters off Southamp­ton rather than Palma, Porto Cervo, and Key West.

The all-car­bon Rán VII was the first boat to be launched out of Ja­son Car­ring­ton’s new yard. Car­ring­ton is a hugely ex­pe­ri­enced race­boat

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