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
“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.