History in the Making – First One-Design Start is June 12

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The first one-design start for the C&C 30 One Design fleet takes place during the New York YC Annual  Regatta, June 12 -14. With seven boats on the line, teams will be on their A games as they learn to maneuver with the 6-foot-long, permanently deployed sprit pole and race at near-20-knot boatspeeds downwind in a tight fleet.

“It’s going to be wild,” says Clay Deutsch, owner of Just a Friend. “Here’s the reason I bought the boat: I sailed it up the Bay in 25 knots. We put the kite up and came ripping down the Bay at 17 knots. It was a ball. If we get conditions like that during the regatta, it will be like skiing in powder.”

Having competed at Charleston Race Week and Figawi sailing under PHRF, Angus Davis, owner of Nyabinghi, agrees that the boat’s speed adds to the fun. “We sailed upwind for most of the Figawi race and hung in there with the larger boats. But the last part of the race was about 12 miles downwind and we passed everybody,” he says. “It was a great day of sailing.”

As the only owner who’s competed in multiple events, Davis doesn’t feel that his time in the boat gives him an advantage coming in to the one-design season. “I’ve never sailed a planing keelboat before, so this is a whole different animal for me. We’re working on finding the edge. It’s like a dog learning the invisible fence – sometimes you go over the edge and you learn just where it is. My other boats are classic wooden boats: an S Boat and a 43-foot cruising Herreshoff design. The S Boat is the oldest one-design still sailing and the C&C 30 One Design is one of the newest, so it’s a tale of two cities. The fastest I’ve gone prior to this is around 7 knots and change. Downwind during the Figawi we hit a high of 16.8 knots.”

Based on his experience, Davis does, however, have some advice for the newer teams. “Heel angle is key. Understanding how it affects boatspeed is critical. And there’s a lot going on with the crew work. We’re ironing out the wrinkles and figuring things out as we go.”

Both Davis and Deutsch sail primarily in Rhode Island, but neither thinks local knowledge will be much of an advantage. “There’s nothing tricky if you’re aware of the tide,” Deutsch says. “But here’s a hint for the out-of-towners: be super aware of the transitions in the breeze. I’ve sailed through 180-degree changes in wind direction – this happens quite often around the bridges, when the northerly is fighting the southerly. We’ll have a little bit of everything this early in the season, especially sailing around the Island.”

So the field is wide open in this new, one-design class. “Everyone is still learning the boat,” says Deustch. “We’ll be serious by Key West, but now we’re all learning how the boats work.”

“It’s great to have the one-design element,” says Davis. “The C&C 30 is designed with no limits – to just go fast. It’s also nice that there’s only one factory boat in the NYYC Regatta – the majority of the boats are sailed by owners. With all the new owners getting into the class, it shows there’s a bright future ahead.”

The racing begins Friday June 12 with a race around Aquidneck Island; around-the-buoys racing takes place Saturday and Sunday. Follow the racing on Facebook and Twitter (@CCYachts) and the NYYC site.

SAILING THE C&C 30

After sailing the boat around the country with many different crew members, Will Harris has logged nearly a Volvo Race-worth of hours on the new C&C 30. Here’s a taste of his valuable insights on sailing the boat – we’ll bring you more notes on what he’s learned, from boat handling to maintenance, throughout the new year.

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In light air, we sail the boat flat with the weight forward. You wouldn’t guess from looking at it, but upright, the C&C 30 is skinnier than a Mumm 30!  So, in the light stuff, we move forward to reduce wetted surface by getting the transom out of the water, and we scoot right along.

The most breeze we’ve sailed in is about 30 knots. We had the heavy jib and full main on. We were able to go upwind okay, but would have been happier and faster with a reef. Downwind, top speed was near 22 knots and sustained over 19 knots.

There are a few things about the boat that no one believes until they sail it.  The first one is that the boat is really, really dry upwind. Even on the 30-knot day, we were not getting fire-hosed sitting on the rail!  Up to about 25 or so, it’s really rare for water to land on the deck when sailing upwind. 

DOWNWIND IN WAVES

Downwind is a different story, however. At about 16 knots of boat speed, the bow wave gets a bit unruly.  At this point we’re going faster than the waves and occasionally we plow into the back of one, scoop it up, and wash it down the deck and out the back like a Volvo 70. It takes some getting used to, but I haven’t heard too many complaints about that.

Another thing folks don’t believe is that the boat is really easy to drive at speed. When the bow does pick up a wave, as described above, our natural reaction is to grab something solid because we think the bow is going down.  But, because of the boat’s full bow sections, the bow floats up and the boat just explodes forward.

Looking at the boat, many people think “dinghy.” After sailing the boat, they change their minds and come away impressed by the big boat feel. There is a lot of power that’s really well managed.

SIMPLICITY BY DESIGN

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The last thing I’ll talk about is simplicity. With athwartships jib tracks, double backstays, and all the other trick features, it’s easy to think this is a complicated boat to sail. We spent a lot of time and put a lot of thought into all the systems and the choreography of boat handling. Wherever we could, we made things simpler; any good amateur can hop on and get the boat going really quickly.

Obviously I’m biased, but I really think that we’ve hit our goal of creating a state-of-the-art race boat that’s easy to sail and manage. This boat is a blast to sail and I would have no problem racing in 35 or even 40 knots with the right sail combination. It’s a boat that a really wide range of sailors will be able to race hard and have a ton of fun. If you have any questions, or just want to talk about the boat, please contact me! – Will Harris

“C & C is in very good hands. Good on them. Good on us.” – Response to our C&C Yachts Rendezvous this weekend!

C&C Yachts celebrated the heritage and future of C&C Yachts this weekend in Newport, RI, at the 2014 C&C Yachts Rendezvous. Here’s an excerpt from the attendees: 

“C & C Yachts/ US Watercraft were wonderful.  Not only did they sponsor the Saturday evening’s festivities, they brought over the 30 and the 41 for boarding and sailing.   Lucky were the ones who copped a ride Saturday afternoon on the 30. Barry Carroll was a fun guest and speaker it was great to hear the passion he still feels for the marque and how they will continue to translate it into their future models.  C&C Yachts was wonderful working with us and getting the boats to the docks

It looks like C & C is in very good hands.  Good on them.  Good on us.”

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C&C Yachts Partners with Musto, Harken and New England Ropes

The New C&C 30 One Design splashes this week with three leading brands as sponsors

C&C30-OneDesign-MainJibSpin-14Warren, RI (June 10th, 2014)C&C Yachts, builder of high performance race boats, announced today their strategic partnership with three performance-orientated bands -Musto, Harken, and New England Ropes – on the launch of the new C&C 30 ONE DESIGN grand-prix racer.

Splashing this week, the C&C 30 high performance race boat offers the thrill and technology of big-boat grand prix sailing in a size that’s fun, easy to sail and affordable. Each partnership brand pairs well with the C&C 30’s pure race boat design of fast, fun, and seaworthy.  The partnerships formed will allow for an effective cross-marketing platform that celebrates the pinnacle of performance and innovation.

“We are thrilled and honored that Musto, Harken and New England Ropes are behind our new C&C 30 One Design”, says Sarah Fawle, VP Marketing and Communications for C&C Yachts.  “These brands are leaders in the industry and when matched with the C&C Yachts Team and Mark Mills’ design pedigree the new C&C 30 One Design will certainly soar ahead of the game.”

Musto, Harken and New England Ropes are all key equipment suppliers on the C&C 30 racing yacht and will partner with C&C Yachts in the development of a multi-media campaign over the next year that includes video, print, digital and event. Harken’s Jim Andersen comments, “With ‘Purpose-built, high performance and fun’ as the goal of the design and build team of Mark Mills and C&C Yachts, the C&C 30 is sure to be a success”.  The partnership platform has been kick-started with a brand new C&C Yachts website featuring each partnership brand on the home page.

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 ABOUT C&C YACHTS

C&C Yachtsbrings 21st century design and construction to the inshore and offshore sailing market in both racing and cruising boats. Whether one is looking for a flat out offshore capable race boat like the new C&C 30, a winning racer-cruiser like the C&C Redline 41, or just the fastest and easiest handling high performance cruiser available, C&C Yachts and our team of New England craftsmen can build a boat to meet any sailor’s unique demands. C&C Yachts is proud to be a division of USWatercraft, LLC.

ABOUT MUSTO

Musto is the leading performance clothing brand specializing in technical sailing as well as sailing inspired lifestyle clothing. Originally founded in 1965, by Olympic Silver Medalist Keith Musto, the company has used its intimate understanding of sport and its technical skills to ensure wearers of all Musto products keep warm, dry and comfortable. Always seeking to push the boundaries of design and technology, Musto is committed to providing technical sailing clothing that guarantees optimum performance in all weather conditions.

ABOUT HARKEN

Harken, Inc. is the premier manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Its network includes distribution in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida).

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND ROPES

Since 1967, New England Ropes Corporation has manufactured products using the finest first-class fiber, world-class manufacturing, and innovative design and engineering.  Driven by excellence and innovation, their products continue to be trusted to perform by numerous customers across a broad array of markets which include Arborist, Climbing and Recreation, Commercial Marine, Entertainment, Equine, Government, Industrial and Utility, Pleasure Marine, and Safety and Rescue.  The New England Ropes Corporation is a proud member of the Teufelberger Group.

 

Sneak – Peek of Our Latest Look!

CC 30 OD imageThere is a lot of excitement at C&C Yachts right now and a whole lot of sexy going on with the new C&C 30 One design.  Take a peek at her new look for summer!

Redline 41leavingDon’t forget to keep an eye on the first Mark Mills Design Redline 41, Jackknife, who will be making her debut at the Newport to Bermuda Race.   Be sure to catch a glimpse of this beauty at the starting line.

High Performance, Sensible Price: C&C 30

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If you have ever been curious about all things taken into consideration when designing and building a race boat, then please read the newest C&C 30 Seahorse article featured in the April 2014 issue.  This article discusses rating rules, being competitive in an HPR fleet, and technological details such as sail flow, drag, aero lift, and hydro lift.  Let’s not forget being fun, fast, and affordable.

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This boat would not exist without Mark Mills’ exquisite design in coordination with KND Sailing Performance’s CFD analysis and the use of North Marine Group’s Virtual Wind Tunnel. Combined with Mills’ own in-house programs, these powerful analytic tools allowed detailed research and analysis of various design paths to develop quickly and efficiently. Read about it here: High Performance… Sensible Price.

 

C&C 30 & Redline 41 Progress Update

Progress Report: C&C One Design 30 In February, we broke the C&C 30 mold free from the plug, and now the build process finally begins!  The first hull has been gelcoated in the mold, glass has been laid down, then a layer of reinforcing laminate is being fitted to the hull, and now a variable density core cell layer. The deck is well along, too.

Watch for our updates on the C&C Facebook Page, and check out the C&C 30 Album to follow along.

Progress Report: Redline 41 

We are moving right along, so we can get this Redline 41 moving towards Bermuda!  She is looking great. Thus far, the hull has been infused and demolded. She is currently being fitted for the interior liners, and the main bulkhead has been installed.

Naturally, we are keeping tabs on this one, too.  Watch the rendering come to fruition on our C&C Facebook page in the Redline 41 Album.

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