Finely bal­anced

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Weight dis­tri­bu­tion is also key – Pow­ell says when the boat is fully pow­ered up down­wind only the main­sheet trim­mer and bow­man will be in front of the helms­man. The pedestal is far aft, and can drive the spin­naker take­down sys­tem, pit winch, main­sheet, pri­maries or a ro­tary hy­draulic pump.

To get the most out of her de­mands skill. Pow­ell says that he was sur­prised by how finely bal­anced she is. “That’s been quite an ad­just­ment for most peo­ple who sail on this boat as to how on the ball you’ve got to be about your main­sail twist, jib twist and sail trim, be­cause it’s very easy to trip out. It’s the same on any boat but on this boat it’s more ex­treme.”

Rán is in­dis­putably very quick. She won ev­ery event in the 2018 sea­son, al­though not with com­plete dom­i­nance – at this year’s Lendy Cowes Week Girls on Film led un­til the fi­nal day of the se­ries.

Is there more to come? Pow­ell points out that none of the Fast 40s are re­ally worked up to the same de­gree as the TP52 fleet. “A lot of the TPS are do­ing 20 days of sail­ing be­fore they even sail up to the first race,” he says. “Here we have pretty much the same sails as every­body else in the fleet and it’s just about try­ing to learn as much as you can from the short times you go sail­ing.”

Car­keek also feels it would be hard to make an­other per­for­mance leap. “Rán is a very well re­searched boat across ev­ery area of the de­sign. So, as the Mark V boat, it would be very dif­fi­cult to im­prove upon.”

Con­scious of avoid­ing an arms race, or turn­ing the class, as one owner put it, “from a mil­lion­aires’ club into a bil­lion­aires’ club”, Car­keek and Zennström have made the moulds of Rán avail­able to use free of charge for any­one want­ing to build a new Fast 40+. It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if any­one takes up the of­fer.

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