Not a very exciting name for a pretty exciting machine! The most notable design features are ,
1. the cutaway bow and
2. it is the most aft-set rig of any platform currently on the market
3. the rest of the features are a state of evolution based on the lessons learned from the Capricorn and Viper machines.
Press and test reviews have bestowed praise on the C2’s ability to resist nose diving when sailing in hard conditions and further pressed by the kite! Incremental changes to the foils and their placement have given the new platform the same legendary handling attributes as the Taipan, Viper and Capricorn that also came from the design board of Greg Goodall.
Of course here in Singapore we have been lucky in that in the past, we have had regular visits from Greg. But seemingly the C2 project has kept Greg and the team at AHPC too busy over the last 18 months to drop by… hopefully that will change soon.
The Cutaway bow apparently allows the hull shape at the keel line to be further developed, so another incremental gain over the ‘bulb-bow’ on the Viper. But perhaps the biggest gain comes from having the main beam further aft. By placing the whole rig further back in the boat, the bow areas can be freed up and allow the buoyancy in that area to do its work more effectively.
The international success of the F18 platform has led to rapid developments and in the past year or so 4 new designs have hit the water, the C2 being the latest. Regionally, the other cat sailing epicenters of Hong Kong and Thailand have all adopted the F18 Class so maybe it’s just a matter of time before we in Singapore see more F18 in local waters, there is always hope!
Given the amount of development that has been poured into the Class over the last couple of seasons, the boats have all become much faster but easier to sail. That happens when you have a bunch of Olympians in the Class with their heads firmly attached to the sail development programs. The Class Rules also allow for lighter weight crews to run smaller sail sizes in an effort to balance out the effects of weight.
Lets hope we can get a couple of F18’s here for some more good racing….