This is the first design project for a class IRC vessel to have undergone a significant period of research to optimise performance compared to rating, and this is why the two firms carried out in-depth analysis of the different boats currently racing in IRC, studying their characteristics. In particular, Farr Design developed the different types of hull and appendages and the sail plans, while Vismara worked on the construction systems, interior layouts, weight distribution and deck geometry, as well as the overall conceptualisation of the project and its optimisation for racing in our waters. From a design point of view, the new boat is very particular and certainly very different to the IMS craft and typical X Yachts/ Grand Soleil boats:
- the hull lines are far more powerful aft and the sides are higher on the water for a more dynamic waterline length;
- the sail plan is worthy of note, with its total sail surface area of 126 sq m;
- the vessel has a very high stability, with a keel of 4800 kg;
- the constructions is in cutting-edge composite materials with unidirectional glass fibres and carbon, vacuum-laminated with epoxy resin for maximum lightness and weight concentration.