Keeping the IRCTCC within reach of Transpacs means sail area has to be moderated and tailored to owners' specific needs but as standard there's a square-head main, multiple solent/staysail options and a large foretriangle
for genoas and Code Os.
As Yves Carcelle boarded their boat with the obligatory celebratory magnums and jeroboams of MoE1/2t & Chandon, the New Zealanders hoisted a giant national ensign in their foretriangle
Rig optimisation through the autoclave-built mast and a reduced aspect ratio is expected to give an improved ORCi rating, while the foretriangle
has increased by lengthening the bowspri t.
MODEL Oyster 545 BUILDER Oyster Yachts COUNTRY OF BUILD United Kingdom YEAR OF BUILD 2016 DESIGNER Rob Humphreys LENGTH OVERALL 16.43 metres (53 feet 11 inches) LENGTH OF HULL 15.12 metres (52 feet 11 inches) WATERLINE LENGTH 14.10 metres (46 feet 3 inches) BEAM 4.75 metres DRAFT Standard 2.40 metres DISPLACEMENT Standard 21,115 kilograms BALLAST 8,160 kilograms ENGINE Yanmar 4JH4-HTE1 75 kW 100 hp WATER 750 litres FUEL 850 litres SAIL AREA 154.09 metres with 150% foretriangle
PRICE $2 million as tested
MODEL Oyster 545 LOA 16.43 metres (54 teet) BEAM 4.75 metres DRAFT Standard 2,40 metres/ shoal 1,83m / lifting 3.53m or 1 55m DISPLACEMENT (standard keel) 21,315 kilograms BALLAST 8,160 kilograms SAIL AREA 154.09[m.sup.2] with 150% foretriangle
ENGINE Yanmar 4JH4-HTBE 81kw (110 hp) FUEL 850 litres WATER 750 litres DESIGN Rob Humphreys PRICE 925,000 [pounds sterling] (ex-factory) SOLARIS 50
But the devil Is In the detail when It comes to yards quoting key figures such as foretriangle
area (rather than overlapping headsail measurements).
Water: 750 litres Sail area with 150% foretriangle
A tall three-spreader Selden alloy rig has angled shrouds on the [H.sub.55], increasing the foretriangle
to allow a 140 percent Genoa, a popular choice for bluewater sailors, along with the standard jib, Genoa and code zero.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 13.72m LOA 12.93m LWL 4.57m BEAM 1.99m DRAFT 13,600kg DISPLACEMENT 4300kg BALLAST 114.5 sq m SAIL AREA (100 PER CENT FORETRIANGLE
) 6+ BERTHS 75hp/110hp Yanmar ENGINE (STANDARD/OPTIONAL) 601 FUEL 8001 WATER $780,000 STANDARD PRICE $1,036,011 PRICE AS TESTED
In the foretriangle
, the crew set a number one headsail changing to a large flat asymmetrical kite off the wind.
This is the important factor in the IRC's measurement of headsail height, and unlike in other rules, it's not derived from the I measurement or the foretriangle
The mast has been moved and extended, the foretriangle
and boom lifted, and the rig lightened.