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    • Yachting World - MC50 Walkthrough

      After a couple of years in design and manufacture it is fantastic to see the finished product on the water. Thank you to Yachting World for putting together this fantastic walk-through of the MC50 Catamaran Launched at the La Grand Motte Boat Show late last week! Yachting World will take you into every corner of the boat and discuss many of the key features such as the custom hydraulic centreboard system, unique flybridge and "absolutely enormous" living space. We certainly agree with the closing remarks that she is an "appealing combination of performance yacht and a comfortable cruising boat"!

      MC50, McConaghy, Multihulls


    • MC50 impresses at Palma Boatshow

      The MC50 Catamaran, designed by Ker Yacht Design for McConaghy Boats, has been presented at the Palma Boatshow, creating huge interest both among potential buyers and amongst the yachting industry. Next step the sea trials, during which we'll be pushing it hard to make sure it performs as expected, following which McConaghy Europe will be working through their long customer sail test schedule, which includes customers for all of the sizes in the Ker Designed MC Multihull range. Thanks to UK brokers Ancasta for photo. Members of our design team visited the show to see the result of their hard work and gain the insights of the brokers and potential buyers.

      MC50, McConaghy, Multihulls


    • La Grand Motte Boat Show

      MC50 Catamaran #1 attended the Grand Motte Multihull Boat Show in Montpellier, fresh from the factory. Fortunately Ole John of McConaghy Europe had assembled a large team of expert multihull brokers to show off the boat, as it created a storm of interest, with the words "star of the show" mentioned more than a few times by customers and competitors alike.

      Boat Launch; MC50; Multihul; Catamaran; Yachting World


    • Rolex China Sea Race

      Congratulations to Fred Kinmonth, Nick Burns and the crew of Mandrake III for winning the Rolex China Sea Race! Fred, Nick and the boat have entered the Rolex China Sea Race for a number of years aboard the Sydney GTS43 Mandrake III and have missed out on the overall win in the past by a mere 16 minutes! Also taking home a podium position was SeaWolf a Ker42 Custom in 2nd place continuing the boat's strong performance in the Asian Circuit. Lastly, the Ker46+ Lighthorse Alpha+ held a very commanding position for most of the race but due to the challenging weather conditions struggled against the smaller boats to come 6th Overall. To read the full race report (also in Mandarin) click on the link below: A full report can be found here: Rolex China Sea Race (Opens in new tab)

      Rolex; China; Sea Race; Win; Mandrake III


    • Lady Mariposa win Class 0 in the RORC Overall series.

      A huge congratulations to Lady Mariposa for winning the 2017 RORC Class 0 Championships by a comfortable 16 points from the Canting Keel Maxi - Rambler! We look forward to working with you over the winter months to build upon 2017's successes.

      Lady Mariposa, RORC, Class Win, Season Champions, Ker 46


    • 1840 Challenge Trophy Presented

      Alex Mills receiving the 1840 Challenge Trophy at the Royal Thames YC Prize Giving Awards Dinner

      1840 Challenge Trophy, Fast 40+


    • Invictus wins Fast 40+ Series Championship 2017

      Congratulations to Sir Keith Mills and the Invictus crew for winning the 2017 FAST40+ championships. After sailing a consistent season so despite a challenging start to the final race of the championships they overcame a strong challenge from Girls on Film. We wish Sir Keith Mills all the best in the future as he takes a year out from the class.

      Invictus, Keith Mills, Ker40+. Fast40 winning, Solent, Championship


    • Invictus wins the FAST40 Class in the 2017 Round the Island Race, for the third year in a row.

      Congratulations to Sir Keith Mills and the Invictus crew for winning the 2017 Round the Island race (FAST40 Class). The 56 nautical mile course which took crews 6 hours to complete was very closely fought with 9 crews finishing within 18 minutes of each other.

      Invictus, Keith Mills, Ker40+. Fast40 winning, Solent, Round the Island


    • Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race

      Congratulations to Tony Kirby & the Patrice crew for winning their division in the Sydney Hobart Race

      Sydney Hobart, Division win, Patrice


    • Fast 40+ National Championships

      Great speed and boat handling led to a consistent scoreline of six first or second places for Pace (Ker40+Hull#4), seeing off the threat of Peter Morton's new Girls on Film and Mark Rijske's much improved "42 South". With Invictus (Ker40+ Hul#1) wins in the Vice Admirals Cup, RORC Easter Regatta and Round 5 of the 2016 Fast 40 Race Circuit, Pace's National Championships win brings the number of consecutive Fast 40+ events they have contended to four, across a full range of conditions, proving the excellent versatility and competitiveness of the design. Invictus will rejoin the fleet next Friday for Round 2 of the 2017 Fast 40+ Race Circuit, which combines a day of windward leeward racing on Friday, followed by the Round the Island race on the Saturday. Following the success of this years' design updates the Ker Yacht Design team will continue to work closely with the teams and are already working towards the next generation. (Credit: McConaghy Boats)

      Ker 40+, UK, Fast 40+, National Championship, Pace, Invictus, Win


    • Fast 40 Regatta

      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.

      Sir Keith Mills; Ker 40+; 'Invictus'; 'Fast 40' regatta; winning


    • Netherlands IRC Championships

      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.

      Bastiaan De Voogd; Coin Coin; Netherlands IRC Champions; inshore


    • 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 occasion.

      1st; Class 1; Samuel Prietz; GOA; Piet Vroon; Concise 8; Class 40


    • 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.

      Piet Vroon; Tonnerre; Ker 51; Class 0 ;Sir Keith Mills; Ker 40+; Bastiaan De Voogd'; Sydney GTS 43; Coin Coin


    • RYS Bicentenary International 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.

      Anthony O'Leary; Ker 40 Mk1; Class1A; Sir Keith Mills; Ker 40+; 'Invictus'; 'UBS Round the Island Race'


    • UK IRC National Chamionships

      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.

      Piet Vroon; Class 1; Ker 51; 'Tonnere'; Class 1


    • Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race

      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.

      Steve Manning; Anthony Root; winning; Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race; overall; Ker 42; Black Baza; McConaghy Yachts; Asian yachting circuit


    • Audi China Coast Regatta

      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'.

      Marcel Liedts; Ker 46; 'Zannekin'; class 1; winners; Audi China Coast Regatta; Anthony Root; Steve Manning; Ker 42; 'Black Baza'; Nick Burns; Fred Kinmonth; Sydney GTS 43; 'EFG Mandrake'


    • Downwind footage of Concise 8

      Concise; Class 40; Round Britain and Ireland;


    • RORC Overall Season

      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.

      Piet Vroon; RORC; Overall Champion; Tonnerre; Class 1


    • Rolex Fastnet Race

      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

      Magnum III; Andrew Pearce; Fastnet Race; RORC; Rolex; Bernard and Laurnet Gouy's; Ker 39 'Inis Mor';


    • UK IRC National Championships

      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

      Ker 40; Magnum III; Overall; UK IRC National Champion; Class 1 champion; Andrew Pearce; Runner up; Piet Vroon; Ker 46; Tonnerre;


    • RORC Morgan Cup

      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.

      Piet Vroon; winning; RORC; Morgan Cup; Overall; Ker 46; Tonnerre; Andrew Pearce; Edward Broadway; second; third; Ker 40; 'Magnum III'; 'Hooligan VII'


    • Soverigns Cup

      Congratulations to Andy Williams, winning Irelands' Soverigns Cup with his Ker 40's 'Keronimo', with an impressive six race wins in his scoreline.

      Andy Williams; winning; Ireland; Soverigns Cup; Ker 40; 'Keronimo'


    • RORC Myth of Malham

      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!

      Edward Broadway; winning; RORC; Myth of Malham Race; Overall; Ker 40; Ker 40; 'Magnum III'; Ker 46; 'Tonnerre'


    • Block Island Race

      Oakcliff Sailing wins IRC3 in the Block Island Race in their Ker 11.5

      Oakcliff Sailing; IRC3; Block Island Race; Ker 11.5


    • North Sea Race

      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.

      Piet Vroon; wins; RORC; North Sea Race; Overall; Ker 46 Tonnerre; Piet Vroon; Ker 40; Baraka GP; Hooligan VII


    • RORC Cervantes Trophy

      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".

      Andrew Pearce; winner; class 1; RORC; Cervantes Trophy; Ker 40; Magnum III; Piet Vroon; Ker 46; "Tonnerre"; Edward Broadway; Ker 40; "Hooligan VII"; Laurent Guoy; Ker 39; "Inis Mor"


    • Company News

      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.

      Ker Yacht Design; "Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year"; BMW Asia Boating Awards; McConaghy Yachts


    • Key West Race Week

      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"

      Marc Glimcher; winner; Key West Race Week; Ker 40; "Catapult"


    • Company News

      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.

      Announcing; "Forty One Design"; Team Concise; Class 40 built; McConaghy Yachts


    • Storm Trysail Club's "Boat of the Year Award"

      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).

      Larry Dickie; Ker 43; "Ptarmigan"; winning; Storm Trysail Club; "Boat of the Year Award"; Northern Ocean Racing Trophy


    • Rolex Sydney to Hobart

      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.

      Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race;Warwick Sherman; Sydney GTS 43; 'Occasional Coarse Language'; Ed Psaltis; Ker 40; 'AFR Midnight Rambler'; Anthony Patterson; Ker 11.3; 'Tow Truck'


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