The next boat to arrive was the first 40ft, a racing Pogo 40class racer (9th), not very well sailed, I would say.
Last year the the 1st to arrive was a 40class racer, Vaquita, that beat a brand new Swan 80 with a big racing crew. The guys from Vaquita are great sailors and this year they moved to play on the big league. They made the Transat Jaque Vabre on class 40, making 8th out of 23 boats but even so finishing at one day and a half from the first (yes there are incredibly good sailors doing that race).
Six hours later arrived a boat that made an amazing transat, a Oyster 655 (11th), a medium weight very comfortable cruiser. They made almost the same time as the boat that arrived on its tail, very close, a X50, a smaller performance cruiser. That's true that the Marten 49 (performance cruiser) had arrived already at 17 hours but it is a remarkable performance for a medium weight boat and shows why the Oyster are today the paradigm of modern big comfortable production bluewater cruisers.
The 655 is a recent boat (2008) even if it has already been substituted on the Oyster line by the 665 that is in fact a MkII using the same hull.
"The Oyster 655, designed by Rob Humphreys, is a member of the new g5 generation of cutting edge Oysters, utilising carbon fibre and Kevlar to keep weight to a minimum.The 655 has been designed to cruise the world’s oceans in comfort and style with an emphasis on performance. "
Regarding the Performance of the Oyster 655 on the race it is enough to say that had beaten by 11 hours the second big cat, an Explorer 60, a relatively fast cat of almost the same size.
The photos are from the 655 Acheron, the one that made the transat:
We associate this type of boats with very rich people that hire a racing crew for sailing their yacht. This is not the case. They certainly have a great crew but the skipper is the owner (a hell of a sailor) and they use the boat for charter. They seem to be very nice people and if someone is thinking in going sailing on a big boat on vacations, well, I guess that this one is not a bad choice, at least they know how to sail the boat properly
"Brendan and Lois are a professional couple with a love for the ocean and of sailing...
Brendan grew up on the east coast of Australia and has sailed all of his life with his family. He moved to the UK to pursue a professional career in yachting and in 2009 was the skipper of Spirit of Australia in The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. The race circumnavigated the world and his yacht was the winning boat arriving back into the UK in 2010.
Brendan is also an RYA Yachtmaster instructor and is in his element teaching guests how to sail this beautiful yacht. He also loves to waterski, kitesurf and dive. ...
Lois and Brendan met sailing on the waters of the UK in 2008. Lois has been a chef on board luxury charter yachts in Thailand, the Meditteranean and the Carribean with Brendan. She grew up in a fishing village on the Dorset coast of the UK and spent her childhood in or on the water. She loves to kitesurf, windsurf, surf and any other activity that involves being on the ocean.
Lois comes from a medical career but transitioned to life on the ocean wave with Brendan in 2010. She trained at Ashburton Cookery School in Devon. Lois cooks fresh and delicious healthy meals....Together, Brendan and Lois are the perfect hosts for your sailing holiday on board Acheron."
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Well, it seems very appealing to me