‘She’s simply the fastest, most responsive and most exciting boat I’ve ever sailed – I can’t wait to put her through her paces in race conditions,’ Phorty Skipper, Pip Hare
A high performance monohull designed for single or short-handed offshore racing, Phorty is a Class 40 sailing boar built with competition in mind.
Built in 2014, Phorty is a Mach 40 design by Sam Manuard. She has a rich pedigree, winning the Class 40 championship in 2016 and placing in the top three in seven of her last 10 races.
Like all Class 40 boats, Phorty is a 40 foot monohull built of bi-axial glass cloth and resin infused with a foam core. With a carbon fibre mast, boom and bowsprit are carbon fibre, Phorty is a true racing machine, but also robust enough to meet the challenges of an Atlantic crossing.
Phorty’s vital statistics:
Length: 12.14 m
Mast height: 19m
Water ballast: 750kg (each side)
Sails carried: 8
Largest sail: 195 sq meters
Skipper, Pip Hare
‘Sailing’s what makes me tick – I’m never far from the sea and I’m not sure what I’d do without that constant connection to the wind and waves.’
With over 120,000 miles of ocean under her belt, Pip Hare is a veteran of shorthanded offshore racing and cruising and one of a small group of elite female sailors in the UK.
Pip’s down-to-earth demeanour hides a spirited determination and steely ambition that has seen her compete in a major short-handed ocean racing campaign every year since her first OSTAR in 2009.
Pip is the only British sailor to finish the Mini Transat race twice, coming 16th in 2013 despite a broken spreader that forced a swift dive into harbour for repairs, and achieving 17th place in 2011. In 2015, Pip teamed up with Phillippa Hutton-Squire to race from France to Brazil in the TJV, finishing in 9th place.
A regular at UK-based races, Pip won the two-handed Round Britain and Ireland race with Co-skipper Phil Stubbs in 2010. In 2016 she and her all-female crew too line honours in the Three Peaks Yacht race – the first all-woman crew to do so in the race’s 39-year history.
In 16 years in the marine industry, Pip has travelled the Atlantic xx times, the Pacific once and the choppy coastal waters of the UK, France and Spain countless times. From Ipswich to Patagonia, Pip has experienced the best (and worst) conditions the sea can throw at her and is still casting off from the jetty in search of more adventure.
Pip is now concentrating on her Class 40 debut. She said, “I’ve always wanted to race these beautiful, fast, challenging boats and I can’t quite believe I’ve got the chance to do exactly that. I’ working hard to make sure both Phorty and I are ready for the season and can’t wait to be on that starting line when the gun goes off.”
“We wanted to create a Class for enlightened amateurs, and a race circuit accessible to all. A Class which enables all good sailors to fulfil their dream of offshore racing –easily, for pleasure, and without bankrupting themselves.” Skipper and Class 40 co-founder, Michel Mirabel
Boat designers, builders and skippers had talked for years about forming a class that would deliver exciting, close racing but also be accessible to amateur sailors, but it wasn’t until 2004 when things started to take shape. Skipper and Journalist Patrice Capentier began drafting rules for a new class and, with the help of Skipper Michel Mirabel, Christian Bouroullec of Structures Boatyard and Pascal Jamet, CEO of Volvo, the Class 40 Association was established.
The class rules limit the design specifications and type of material used on the class’ boats in order to keep the price low, but still ensure a competitive boat that can be sailed solo or with small crews. Boats are built on a semi-production or custom basis.
The class is very active in Europe and growing in North America. It’s no longer a purely amateur affair as increasing numbers of professional sailors area attracted to the close and competitive racing. So the class continues to grow as sailors look for the next challenge in offshore racing.