Design #253 One Ton IOR
David Clarke of New Jersey approached us for a new One Ton IOR racing yacht design for competition in the 1991 One Ton Cup and Admiral's Cup regattas. For the design of VIBES we undertook a detailed review of the previous One Ton design from 1989. Changes were subsequently made to the hull, appendages, deck layout, sail plan, and structure.
The 1989 One Ton design, 223, was seen on the water as BLUE NOTE, the 1990 Japan Cup winner, and BRAVA and VENTO which sailed to second and third places respectively in their class at the 1990 Sardinia Cup. This design was optimized for slightly stronger winds than other boats as a development of the 1989 success JOINT VENTURE. Design 223 demonstrated well rounded performance with strengths upwind, downwind in heavy air, and reaching in all conditions. This new design, 253, is a development of that theme.