October 2015 - A huge congratulations to Steve Manning and Anthony Root on winning the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race overall, with their brand new Ker 42 'Black Baza' and just three weeks after it left the McConaghy Yachts yard, across the water from Hong Kong. Already leading its class after a few hours of upwind work after the start, Black Baza started to dramatically stretch their advantage offwind until they had a lead over the second boat of their class of over 60 miles. We wish Stephen, Anthony and their team continued success on the Asian yachting circuit.
October 2015 - Many congratulations to Marcel Liedts and his team on their new Ker 46 'Zannekin', class 1 winners of the Audi China Coast Regatta. Anthony Root and Steve Manning also put up an excellent performance achieving second place in their first regatta with their new Ker 42 'Black Baza', ahead of Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth in their Ker designed Sydney GTS 43 'EFG Mandrake'.
September 2015 - Sir Keith Mills' new Ker 40+ 'Invictus', was the standout performer at the first ever 'Fast 40' regatta, winning four of the first five races in light and moderate conditions. At least eight of the high performance 38' to 42' boats will be racing each other in the UK next season.
September 2015 - Congratulations to Bastiaan De Voogd and to the rest of the Coin Coin sailing team, Netherlands IRC Champions for 2015. Coin Coin won all the inshore races as part of an impressive performance.
August 2015 - Rolex Fastnet Race - 1st place in the 52 boat Class 1 fleet was won by Samuel Prietz's Ker 39 'GOA'. Five of the top eight in sub class 1a were also Ker Designs. Piet Vroon achieved second place in class 0 and Concise 8 had us on the edge of our seats for days with a great performance in Class 40 fleet, up against the highly experienced 'Tales' crew, the two boats dominating the class in their private match race to the finish, Concise finishing second on this occosion.
August 2015 - Cowes Week - Congratulations to Piet Vroon and the crew of his Ker 51 'Tonnere', class 0 winners. The battle of the 40 footers was won by Sir Keith Mills in his new Ker 40+ 'Invictus', second place in the class, with Bastiaan De Voogd's Sydney GTS 43 'Coin Coin' not far behind in fourth, the first racer-cruiser.
July 2015 - Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary Regatta - A tidy performance by Anthony O'Leary, sailing his turbocharged Ker 40 Mk1 brought them victory in Class1A, the 'Fourty Footer' class in trying conditions. A very close second in this 'three races to count' series was Sir Keith Mills' new Ker 40+ 'Invictus', which won the breezy 'UBS Round the Island Race' in a dominant fashion, also beating the TP's and Maxi's on corrected time.
July 2015 - UK IRC National Championships - Congratulations to Piet Vroon on winning Class 1 in his Ker 51 'Tonnere'. This result marks five years in a row that Ker designs have won Class 1 and brings our total of overall wins in Class 1 (or 0 as it used to be) to nine out of the last twelve years.
September 2013 to August 2015 News to follow shortly... sorry we've been a little distracted by Americas Cup activities.
September 2013 - Many congratulations to Piet Vroon on becoming Overall RORC Champion for the third time in his Ker 46 Tonnerre and also to Andrew Pierce who became the Class 1 Champion in his Ker 40 Magnum III.
August 2013 - Andrew Pearce's Ker 40 Magnum III has won Class 1 Overall in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Andrew and his team sailed fast and smartly to be heading the Overall Fastnet leader board for much of their last day, though in the end conditions for the overall prize favoured the smaller boats following later. Trading the top spot on the leader board was eventual Class 1b winner, Bernard and Laurnet Gouy's Ker 39 'Inis Mor', overall winner of last years' around Ireland race, but close behind were other Ker designs, filling six of the top nine places of the 43 boat class. Overall results for the Ker designs looked spectacular before the smaller yachts came in on stronger breeze. Magnum benefited from some close racing with three other Ker 40's in the race, but got ahead showing superior speed and tactics on the fast reach through the night back from the Fastnet Rock. Below are photos of Tonnerre and Antix at the rock, credit Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
July 2013 - Ker 40 Magnum III is Overall UK IRC National Champion, and also becomes the Class 1 champion for the second year running. Owner/skipper Andrew Pearce and his team put in a great performance in a light airs regatta, demonstrating that the design is also very competitive in light airs by beating sixteen yachts in a highly competitive fleet. Runner up was RORC Offshore series leader Piet Vroon with his Ker 46 Tonnerre. Photo credit RORC/Paul Wyeth
June 2013 - Congratulations to Piet Vroon on winning the RORC Morgan Cup Overall in his Ker 46 Tonnerre and also to Andrew Pearce and Edward Broadway coming second and third overall in the 101 boat fleet in their Ker 40's 'Magnum III' and 'Hooligan VII' making it another all Ker designed podium.
June 2013 - Congratulations to Andy Williams, winning Irelands' Soverigns Cup with his Ker 40's 'Keronimo', with an impressive six race wins in his scoreline.
May 2013 - Congratulations to Edward Broadway on winning the RORC Myth of Malham Race Overall in his Ker 40 and congratulations also to Ker 40 'Magnum III' and Ker 46 'Tonnerre' coming in 2nd and 3rd overall, making it an all Ker designed podium. A great weekend for the office with seven of the top nine overall being Ker Designs!
May 2013 - Oakcliff Sailing wins IRC3 in the Block Island Race in their Ker 11.5
May 2013 - Piet Vroon wins the RORC North Sea Race Overall in his Ker 46 Tonnerre, congratulations to Piet Vroon and his team. Another 1, 2, 3 in class 1 for the Ker office with Ker 40's Baraka GP and Hooligan VII finishing 2nd and 3rd.
May 2013 - Andrew Pearce is winner of class 1 in the RORC Cervantes Trophy, in his Ker 40
Magnum III, followed by Piet Vroon's Ker 46 "Tonnerre" in 2nd, Edward Broadway's Ker 40 "Hooligan VII" in 3rd and defending Overall RORC Offshore Champion
Laurent Guoy coming in 4th in his Ker 39 "Inis Mor".
March 2013 - Ker Yacht Design has been awarded "Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year" at the BMW Asia Boating Awards 2013, following a busy 2012 with new launches and new projects commencing at McConaghy Yachts in Zhuhai.
January 2013 - Congratulations to Marc Glimcher, winner of the 40' IRC class at Key West Race Week in his Ker 40 "Catapult". On the right a great pic of Catapult powering upwind by Ingrid Abery and an interview of Tactician Geoffrey Ewenson during the regatta. A re-score under the new release of the ORCi rule also put Catapult at the top of the leaderboard (with closely packed corrected time spreads behind), going some way to justify the Ker 40's recent Sailing World Boat of the Year Award in the category of "Best Handicap Racer"
January 2013 - Announcing the new "Forty One Design" by Team Concise. The product of our most advanced and extensive R&D effort to date, this is a state of the art Class 40 built to built to strict one design rules by McConaghy Yachts. Having campaigned two production Class40 yachts, Team Concise decided to commission their own fully-optimised race boat from Ker Yacht Design, making it available as a one-design Class40 to enable sister ships to race in a global arena on a level footing in addition to racing against other class 40 designs. More details at www.forty1design.com. Detailed articles about the project in February issue of Seahorse Magasine and The Daily Sail.
January 2013 - Contratulations to Larry Dickie, owner of Ker 43 "Ptarmigan" for winning Storm Trysail Club's "Boat of the Year Award" as well as winning the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (distance race cumulative pointscore).
December 2012 - Ker designs are 1st and 2nd in Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race division - Warwick Sherman wins his division in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race in his Sydney GTS 43 'Occasional Coarse Language', after a tough battle down the coast of Tasmania with Ed Psaltis in his Ker 40 'AFR Midnight Rambler', who came second. Warwick was joined for his first Hobart race by Anthony Patterson who brought along some of his old team from the Ker 11.3 'Tow Truck', formerly a double division winner in the Hobart Race. Many congratulations to Warwick for beating the formidable opposition in his division, not just the Ker 40 but also many other highly successful racing yachts from Australia and further afield.