Class 40 is a class of monohull sailboat and a yacht primarily used for short handed offshore and coastal racing. The class is administered by International Class 40 Association which is recognised by the World Sailing.
The "Class 40" can be designed by anyone provided the boat fits within the measurement rule defined. This rule takes the form of a box rule.
The association is responsible for defining and updating the class rules for the boats, and has the additional aims of co-ordinating events.
Class 40 monohulls outnumbered all other boat classes during their first appearance in a world-class competition, the 2006 Route du Rhum, with 25 boats registered.
The Class 40 monohulls are high-performance racing boats, designed principally for single-handed or small crew offshore competition.
The 8th Normandy Channel Race is one of the major races of the Class 40 circuit. The 1,000 mile course takes the fleet into the English Channel, Celtic and Irish Seas, around St. Marcouf Islands, the Isle of Wight, Tuskar and Fastnet rocks, Guernsey and the Raz Blanchard. The success of this doub...
The 8th Normandy Channel Race is on - the leading pack of fifteen boats pushing past the Solent and onto Lands End. The top three Class 40's battling for supremacy are Serenis Consulting, Imerys and V and B.
Imerys leading the fleet and Phil Sharp (GBR) and Pablo Santurde (ESP) have just rounded Fastnet with a healthy lead from the chasing pack of Serenis Consulting and V and B. The sun has come out for their dash back downwind to Guernsey and the finish off Hermanville.
Phil Sharp (GBR) and Pablo Santurde (ESP) took line honours onboard Imerys after a gruelling 4 days and 11 hours smashing the previous record. With the remaining fleet of 18 Class 40 boats completing the course over the next two days.