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Ichi Ban set for launch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

News International-French

26 Nov 2013

Built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), Dubai and designed by Shaun Carkeek, this C60 is a new breed of ultra-light displacement race boat.

Following the CYCA Rolex Sydney Hobart Race media launch, Matt and Lisa Allen will christen their next generation of sleek new 60’ racing boat, Ichi Ban, named from the Japanese meaning first in order, importance or leading.

The brief to PCT and Carkeek Design was for a potential Sydney-Hobart race winner, and the boat had to arrive on schedule to allow Matt Allen’s team, time to commission the boat and work her up ahead of the race. The whole design and build programme has taken a short seven months and the boat left Dubai where she was built on time in order to meet her first deadline.

The decision to go with PCT may have been taken sub-consciously by Matt Allen, some years ago, as this is the third boat that PCT has built for this experienced ocean racing yachtsman. So far his choice has been vindicated by the delivery and professionalism, shown by the team.

Lead by PCT’s experienced project leader, Neil Cox (formerly of Camper’s), the boat came together more smoothly and efficiently than expected, given its complexity. However, with four weeks to go until the race, Ichi Ban is leading the way, providing Allen’s race team four weeks sailing, to work up the boat and fine tune her ahead of this demanding classic offshore race.

The Carkeek 60 is designed for long offshore races, like the Sydney Hobart, but is also designed to be fleet of foot on shorter inshore courses. The boat benefits from Carkeek’s recent developments in high performance racing yachts in North America, as well as PCT’s incredible facilities in Dubai.

Perhaps part of the success so far has been down to the simplicity that is at the heart of the design process, with simple appendages and a deep hull shape, providing stability and power.

The rig design is ultra-high modulus, from Southern Spars and Carkeek Design and PCT worked closely with North Sails and Southern Spars, on the rig and sail optimization to ensure synergy between the all elements.

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