When racing in Europe this year it is impossible not to have come across Erik van Vuuren’s winning yellow monster Waarschip 36 HUBO. As of day one, Team UK Sailmakers was part of the ‘W36 Worlds Edition’ design team with performance, craftsmanship and innovation at heart. And now she is for sale.
Since it’s launch in March 2018, the fully crewed team W36 ‘ Hubo’ are in a winning mood in both IRC and ORC events. Concluding with an overall win in the Dutch IRC Nationals 2018, the challenge was picked up for 2019 to outperform in the growing doublehanded circuit with ‘W36 Worlds Edition’. And so they did. The newly crowned 2019 IRC Doublehanded Champions continued their winning streak in 2019 and ‘Hubo’ currently also ranks number one in the Dutch competition.
Van Vuuren commented, “Our journey with UK Sailmakers has been truly special. Not shying away from innovation, we designed a sustainable racer for the 2018 World Championship requiring an equally bold approach from our sailmaker. Our wishes were their command and, in the short period between launch and the Worlds when we were tuning for speed, the designers at UK Sailmakers translated those findings into seamlessly designed sails with the right cloth. UK Sailmakers’ attention to detail showed me professional sailmaking craftmanship at its finest”.
The ‘W36 Worlds Edition’ may be the only reusable and carbon-neutral yacht. The experts selected the type of FSC wood, its specific characteristics and natural fiber structure and treated it with biodegradable epoxy. Then they ‘baked’ it briefly in an oven to achieve extra durability. The result is lighter, stronger and more sustainable than the usual composite and carbon materials. A design build around the sailors, and optimized for the two leading handicap systems IRC and ORC, allowing the freedom to perform at any event and sustainably have fun.
With the team preparing a new program we couldn’t resist sharing. When will you find an opportunity to get your hands on a ready-to-race fully optimized IRC and ORC racer? With so much eye for details in design, construct and ergonomics? With a more than complete set of specially designed world class sails.
Or better: a winner that deserves a team to go out and play. Some even consider ‘Hubo’ the boat to beat at the combined ORC and IRC Worlds 2020 in New York. And we’re sure the team will share all tuning and speed secrets with you.