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Old 02-15-2014
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New top racer for America:Zing 3

In this case South America, Brazil:









But I would say I am a bit surprised with the overall design. Sure the boat looks great and I am sure it will be fast but one thing is fast other is competitively fast and competitive in what kind of racing?

The choice of the NA cabinet does not say much since they are not specialists in any kind of racing, having a limited experience in what regards racing boats (Langan Design Partners). In fact they don't help also in what regards the design criteria and the type of racing the boat points to. They simply say about Zing 3:

"Designed for a brazilian yachtsman Zing 3 is designed to go fast. An all carbon boat she boasts a canting keel, trim and ballast tanks, curved dagger-boards and a sparse interior."

Length, hull ........16.75 m
Length waterline..16.72 m
Beam, maximum....4.80 m
Naval Architecture:.Langan Design Partners
Design:.................Langan Design Partners

It does not look like an IRC racer since the transom design does look like for maximizing RM at heeling, looking like the one of a solo racer but the beam is not the one of a solo racer (relatively narrow).

A racing boat not designed as a solo racer should imply a big B/D ratio and a boat designed to sail upwind with a lot of heel but the hull design seems not to be designed for that. Well, they don't give the ballast ratio and I am just judging by what is usual in the different types of offshore racing boats. The hull looks like a crossover between a TP52 (in what regards beam and overall shape) and a solo racer in what regards the use of chines to limit heeling and design transom. It is also the only race boat that I know off that has seats in front of the wheel, with back support and all

Maybe they will have discovered something new even if it seems odd to me given their background in top racing. Another odd thing is on a top racing boat is not having a winch pedestal and only winches. It is a solo boat?

Maybe our Brazilian and South American contributors can shed some light on the brief design of the boat: Sure it will be fast and given the naked interior it is a racer....but what type of racing the owner will do with it: Transats and Ocean racing? IRC racing? ORC Regattas?

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Last edited by PCP; 02-15-2014 at 12:16 PM.
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