The Yacht

Ross and Campbell will be racing the 2008 Verdier designed Tyker 40 in the Global Ocean Race. She has gone under a full refit in the UK and is in as new condition for the upcoming race around the world.

The yacht has been renamed HUPANE, a Maori word borrowed from the famous Haka, as performed by the All Blacks before their games. Occasionally used by Kiwis when a little bit of extra grunt is required to do something like drag a wet and very heavy spinnaker out a far too small hatch, usually met with puzzled expressions from non-kiwis within earshot.

The Class 40 is a modern, high performance yacht designed specifically for short handed racing, both short and long distances. It has been chosen for the Global Ocean Race due to the spectacular performance and challenging nature of racing a small boat short handed around the world.
Yacht Specifications:
  • Length 12 metres (40 feet)
  • Max beam 4.5metres
  • Max draft (depth of Keel) 3 metres
  • Height of mast above the water 19 metres
  • Weight 4,500 kg
  • Upwind sail area more than 115 sq. metres
  • Downwind sail area more than 250 sq. metres