Sydney Yachts has announced the launch of its limited edition Sydney 36CR-X sport model which will make its racing debut at this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.
According to Sydney Yachts media release, the Sydney 36CR-X “retains the trademark qualities of the highly successful 36CR and combines design and technological advancements with IRC modifications to deliver an even faster and more competitive racing yacht. Delivering the same level of stiffness as the current model, the new 36CR-X design will weigh considerably less with reduced wetted surface area for faster downwind running and improved wave catching ability.”
“The initial Sydney 36CR we had was aimed at social racing and family cruising. As is so often the case with teenage kids the cruising didn't happen and racing became the priority. Ironically, after doing a full review of the market place three years after receiving my first Sydney 36CR, I came to the conclusion that the Sydney 36CR still was the most competitive and suitable boat for my sailing plans,” says new owner Andrew Hurt.
Customised to reflect the needs of its new owner, the boat will be slightly more orientated towards light air performance whilst maintaining the same righting moment for heavy air upwind speed and stability that Sydney Yachts is renowned for.
“I spoke to Sydney Yachts and they were keen to take onboard everything I'd learnt from sailing the 36CR. Having had three 36CR's in the top ten of the 2008 IRC National Championship as well as taking 1st place, the further refinement to the design will continue their success. Nothing like making a good thing even better,” Andrew Hurt added.
Over 20 Sydney 36CR's have been delivered in Australia and the USA in just over two years, making the Sydney 36CR the fastest growing fleet in the Sydney Yachts range.