First Class 40 Launch Kicks Off 2012 Season

The first boat launches are a sure sign that boating season is beginning in New England, and at Maine Yacht Center we are delighted to have launched the first of three Class 40 racing yachts that we service and store each winter. This particular boat is always one of the first in the water at our Portland boatyard, as its Boston-based owner likes to have his sloop ready for him as early as possible.

The Class 40 is quickly becoming a popular short-handed ocean racing class, featuring twin rudders, water ballast, and a hard chine well aft, similar to the Volvo Open 70s currently competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. Maine Yacht Center is proud to be the US distributor for the Akilaria Class 40 and has completed, commissioned, and shipped yachts to clients worldwide. Two new yachts are already in the works to be finished off by Maine Yacht Center this year, and more are expected.

Last year, the Class 40 Cutlass, which received a refit at Maine Yacht Center prior to her trans-Atlantic delivery to France, finished the Transat Jacques Vabre in sixth place. The Transat Jacques Vabre is a grueling 5,427-mile, double-handed, trans-Atlantic race from France to Costa Rica, and Cutlass finished the race in 25 days, 8 hours.

For more information about the Class 40, click here.