I am one week behind schedule with my regular posts. There’s a simple reason for that. Nothing of importance has happened. It looks like the boat in Hong Kong is 99% old. That was the most “affordable” Class40 in reasonable condition. All things considered this is for the best. Managing this boat ‘s refit remotely, in a land I do not know, would have likely been catastrophic.
Other opportunities will come by
The Les Sables – Horta – Les Sables race is in under way. The starting conditions are fantastic for the newer Class40 designs. The screenshot below perfectly highlights how much faster the newer boats are. The leading boat (1) shows a boat speed almost 25% higher than the older boat (11). Two boats in the racing fleet are for sale, with one signed up for the TJV. Both are Akiliria RC1 that had been prepared for the RdR 2018. One did not start and the other had to stop because his forestay broke.
I’m keeping an eye out on the race to see how well they’re doing. Other than the above there’s not much to report. I’m not ready yet to call it off on the Class40 boats. I look daily for what comes up on Yachtworld.com, craigslist and other boat boards. Nothing consequential has materialized there yet either. Waiting …