Sweet… Chutzpah


Om ni inte har märkt det, så är några av världens coolaste båtar på väg till Hobart. Wild Oats, Leopard, Yendys, Rosebud och en hög med andra. Speciallt sweet är dock Chutzpah, en 40-fotare från Reichel/Pugh som nu leder IRC C. Foto: Rolex/Daniel Forster.

IRC TCC på 1.209 är inte illa för en 40-fotare.

Förresten, om man jämför bilden ovan från idag, med de nedan, så ser hon ut att ha en offshore-stor i dacron? Nåt annat laminat? Nån som har koll?


Rolex Trophy 2007. Foto: ROLEX/Daniel Forster


Rolex Trophy 2007. Foto: ROLEX/Daniel Forster

Bruce Taylor har tidigare vunnit sin klass i Sydney Hobart sju gånger med sina gamla båtar, och säger till Daily Sail:

“This is a real running and reaching boat. She carries her beam well aft and has hard chines for stability off the wind. There has been a lot of debate recently about whether you can really compete in this size of boat with the big guys under the current IRC rules and we searched around the world before we found a design that we thought could win,” Taylor says.

“I had one-off boats originally, but became disillusioned with IMS and moved into the Sydney 38 one design class. But in the last three or four years there has been a quantum leap in yacht design and I thought it was time to go back to a one-off boat.”

Taylor enjoyed great success in the Sydney 38’s. “The 38’s have been marvellous. Lou Abrahams has been my mentor for many years and it has been great racing against him in identical boats. The class has made us better sailors. But we want to go quicker.”

The new, skiff-like Chutzpah will be a lot faster and more exhilarating than a Sydney 38, and Taylor thinks that these more thrilling, fun ocean racers may be just what the sport needs.

“It is getting harder and harder for amateur sailors to remain competitive, and one of the problems is getting good crew. The really good guys are making it a career, and there are less and less young guys getting into keel boats. The pool of new talent is receding. We have to get late teenagers and 20 somethings into keelboats instead of skiffs. In part that is what we are trying to do with the new Chutzpah. She is amazingly fast. Lots of thrills.”


Foto: SPORTSCAR


Foto: SPORTSCAR


Foto: SPORTSCAR


Notera fockskotning a la Open-båtarna. Foto: SPORTSCAR