sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Salthouse Boatbuilders launches Newport’s latest IRC racer

Salthouse Boatbuilders launches Newport’s latest IRC racer

'a65b272 - Ptarmigan sailing in Auckland - Image by: Salthouse Boatbuilders'       Click Here to view large photo

One of the most promising IRC contenders to be launched in the last twelve months has been shipped from Salthouse Boatbuilders in Auckland, New Zealand, and will arrive at Newport, Rhode Island, in time for the Block Island Race.

1928247 - Ptarmigan sailing in Auckland - Image by: Salthouse Boatbuilders -     Click Here to view large photo
The 44 foot sailboat, which was designed by Ker Design of Valencia, Spain is called Ptarmigan, and has been built for an East Coast yachtsman. Designed as an offshore race boat and optimised for mostly light air and downwind racing under the IRC rule, Ptarmigan is described as a ‘comfortable’ race boat, using leading edge design principles to gain an edge.

It is the second IRC yacht to be designed by Ker Design and built by Salthouse Boatbuilders: the first, Tonnerre, was named RORC’s Boat of the Year for 2010 in the UK, and has been extremely successful on the European IRC circuit.

Like Tonnerre, Ptarmigan is a simple construction from carbon fibre and foam, with a close attention to detail and weight – it came in 20kg under the designer’s specification.

'When we build a race boat we build it as light as we can,' says Greg. 'Being a small boat you have to be careful of every little component and make sure that everything is where it should be and on weight.'

Simon Schofield of Ker design says Ptarmigan is possibly the widest 44 foot IRC boat yet built – it is roughly the same width as a TP52 on deck, but has a low wetted surface area when upright, picking up stability when it heels, and putting crew weight further outboard for increased righting moment.

To make sure the boat was absolutely cutting edge on launch date, Ptarmigan was literally designed and built at the same time.

'On a boat like this, because it’s a race boat, you don’t want to design it and then start building it, because it’s six months out of date at that point,' explains Simon Schofield, who first worked with Greg Salthouse and Salthouse Boatbuilders on the Pyewacket refit, and then commissioned the build of Tonnerre.

'We chose Salthouse because we found they were excellent to work with, and we needed to communicate very closely as we designed components just in time for them to be built, meaning we had to work through concepts and engineering continuously,' says Simon, who used advanced RANs fluid dynamics software for intensive virtual tank testing, to perfect the hull shape.

The owner, who was reportedly ecstatic with the boat when he seatrialed Ptarmigan in Auckland, has had a number of custom built race boats, and after a warm up program will enter the Block Island Race, Block Island Race Week, the Vineyard Race and the American IRC Nationals, followed by the Newport-Bermuda Race and other big classic offshore events.




by Zoe Hawkins

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=81086

8:39 AM Mon 7 Mar 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,






































ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,








470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4   
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT