DEEPWATER HORIZON Bob: Heyward’s yacht, Prince Andrew's connection

The big boat fleet is growing on a daily basis, Cowes based Gray, Laidlaw and Heyward’s Farr 52, Bob is the latest entry over fifty feet.

Bob - Farr 52
Previously 'Bear of Britain', now with new owners, we are taking on the management of this boat again. Bob has now had a complete refit, new winch package, new sail inventory and been IRC optimised with a large bowsprit, larger spinnaker area and a square top mainsail. This boat will be ultra competitive in the lighter winds and will certainly be one to watch in 2010.

Prince Andrew names Bear of Britain

The latest Bear was officially launched in London by HRH The Duke of York. The Duke said he was "delighted to be associated with Bear of Britain,
Prince Andrew named and officially launched Kit Hobday's & Tim Louis' brand new all Carbon Farr 52 Bear of Britain [2001] here

Design #444 Farr 52 One Design

Among the Pandemonium of Rating Systems, Rules and politics of racing sailboats there is some solace in the notion that there still exists the opportunity to produce a boat that is just plain quick for its size and a joy to sail. It is even more satisfying to find that a high performance boat will be competitive on corrected time with those choosing to be thoroughly optimized to a rule. Design 444, our new 52ft LOA One Design, follows the trend set by the very successful FARR 40 OD, a thoroughly fast boat for its size and a proven threat under both IMS and IRC rating systems.

The Farr 52 OD is a moderate to light displacement (DLR 96), powerful boat with a low center of gravity, a generous sail plan and up to the minute appendage design - all the ingredients necessary for some stimulating action on the water. For example, with the masthead spinnaker option, the Farr 52 OD is faster downwind than the current ILC Maxi World Champion in winds under 5 knots and over 20 knots and faster downwind than the CML 60 in all wind strengths. The all-carbon hull construction, combined with a cast steel keel fin, lead bulb and minimal internal ballast (just enough to allow tuning the total weight to the One Design limit), generates a 54% ballast ratio for high stability and scintillating upwind speed. The hull shape is long and lean and benefits from the results of our extensive research and testing in support of IACC and Volvo Ocean 60 designs.

VPP comparisons of performance versus rating between the Farr 52 OD and other top IMS designs around the same size are encouraging for those wishing to collect silverware in IMS regattas prior to or in parallel with proposed One Design activity. Around an upwind/downwind course the Farr 52 OD will be 30 to 50 seconds a mile faster upwind and 23 to 50 seconds a mile faster downwind (with standard fractional IMS spinnaker) than a typical optimal IMS 50 footer ­ course times equivalent to a 58ft IMS boat. This huge performance gap will provide the 52 OD crew with the potential to stretch out from the current IMS 50 fleet while having some exhilarating sailing and thoroughly competitive corrected times. In offshore events such as the Newport/Bermuda, the 52 OD will be a serious IMS contender.

The rig, with swept spreaders, short-footed headsail and no running backstays, has proven its place on the racing scene in terms of its simplicity, economy and performance versus rating. Great care is taken in deriving the tube stiffness that will make tuning the rig a simple task. A large, racing cockpit with twin wheels and pedestals for both the main and primary winches offers the crew a wide-open yet tidy workplace. Accommodation below is minimal, consistent with requirements for longer distance offshore events. here

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