On December 3, following the CYCA Rolex Sydney Hobart Race media launch, owners Matt and Lisa Allen will christen their next-generation sleek new 60-ft racing boat, Ichi Ban, named for the Japanese phrase meaning first in order or importance.
Built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT, Dubai, UAE), and designed by Shaun Carkeek, this Carkeek60 is a new breed of ultra-light displacement race boat, intended to win this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
The brief to PCT and Carkeek Design was for a potential Sydney-Hobart race winner, and the boat had to arrive exactly on schedule to allow Matt Allen’s team time to commission the boat and work her up ahead of the race, a process that is now underway. The whole design and build program has taken seven months and the boat left Dubai five weeks ago, where she was built on time in order to meet the deadline. This is the third boat that PCT has built for this experienced ocean racing yachtsman.
“Seeing the factory in Dubai is amazing,” comments Allen. “All the different types of composite projects, the technical skills, professionalism and quality control measures that they have in place are impressive and give you confidence, that if they say they can do it, they will, and as you have seen here today, they have!”
Led by PCT’s experienced project leader Neil Cox (formerly of Campers), the boat came together more smoothly and efficiently than expected, given its complexity. However, with four weeks to go until the race, Ichi Ban is certainly leading the way, providing Allen’s race team four weeks sailing ahead of this demanding classic offshore race.
The Carkeek 60 is designed for long offshore races, like the Sydney Hobart, but is also designed to be fleet of foot on shorter, inshore courses. The boat benefits from Carkeek’s recent developments in high-performance racing yachts in North America, as well as PCT’s incredible facilities in Dubai.
The rig design is ultra-high modulus, from Southern Spars, and Carkeek Design and PCT worked closely with North Sails and Southern Spars, on the rig and sail optimization to ensure synergy between the all elements.
Click here for a video of the yacht.