Design #82 IOR 40
This design was conceived as an all-out Admiral's Cup yacht with no concession to any other style of racing or unnecessary creature comforts. The minimum rating of 30.0 feet was decided on not only for minimum capital outlay, ease of handling and a size of boat where optimum performance can be gained very easily in a lightish displacement yacht, but also because over the years minimum rating appears to have offered the best chance of producing the top all-round performance.
Sail area is very height on this design to produce excellent light weather performance and to give more power out of start-line situations where larger boats leave very disturbed air for the smaller boats behind.
The fractional rig was chosen as this will give much faster accelerations in tight tacking situations, starts, rounding marks etc, and wider wind range without sail changes. The resulting