GBR 38 – is a state of the art 40 foot racing yacht that has been designed to the international Class 40 rule by world renowned naval architects Owen Clarke Design LLP. The project was conceived and managed by international yachtsman Alex Bennett in conjunction with Owen Clarke during 2006 / 2007.
GBR 38 was built in the south west of England near Totnes and launched at Baltic Wharf Boatyard on the banks of the River Dart in August 2007. GBR 38 weighs just over 4500 kgs and is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 20 knots. As a thoroughbred racing yacht the boat has been specifically designed to compete in long distance trans-oceanic sailing events.
GBR 38 has been constructed using the best materials currently permitted by the Class 40 Rules. Ampreg 22 Epoxy Resin was used throughout the build with SP345 Spar bond used in the bonding process for all bulkheads, stringers and structural components.
Corcell Foam has been used in the cores throughout the hull and deck with high density Corcell Foam used forward of the mast bulkhead in the hull to deal with the impact loads experienced by this type of performance craft.
GBR 38 was subject to a professional structural engineering programme by SP Systems in conjunction with Owen Clarke LLP prior to commencement of the build.
Class 40 rules require just two watertight bulkheads. In the interests of safety at sea, GBR 38 was constructed to as near Category 0 as possible without compromising on overall weight. With this in mind the boat has a total of 4 watertight bulkheads making her one of the safest Class 40’s afloat.