Governor’s Cup Race: the regatta that takes you to St. Helena won by a self-built hull


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Screenshot 2015-01-22 at 12:06:36 p.m.The Governor’s Cup Race: the race that starts every two years from South Africa (Simon’s Town) and arrives at the island of St. Helena (Jamestown) and is 1,700 miles long (1,200 more than the Fastnet), has recently concluded. What is intriguing is that St. Helena can be reached, at the moment, only by sea (it seems that the first airport will be opened in 2016): and this is why this island was chosen as an ideal destination for the exile of Napoleon, who was brought here in 1815 after the defeat at Waterloo and remained here until his death in 1821. But let’s get to the sailing: this year’s weather conditions tested the crews (divided into three categories: racing, cruising and multihulls) by registering up to 50 knots along the first few miles and then turning the race into a fine strategic game between unpredictable wind shifts.



The real time winner was Black Cat, a Dudley Dix 38, a 1995 boat self-built from marine plywood and epoxy resins using the Radius Chine method. Modern lines, very short overhangs, a very fine bow at waterline height, slight V-shaped sections and a decidedly powerful stern. The hull shapes are shaped to allow the bow to rise with increasing speed so as to promote glide. The hull has a moderate width and a well-adapted flaring to have a narrow waterline area, low drag, and good comfort at sea. The draft of the racing version is 2.25 meters, but a shallower keel can be put on as an option for more cruising use. Below deck we find the engine positioned amidships (ideal position for maintenance work and to have the weight in the middle), Three double cabins, ample stowage space (being designed for ocean racing it must hold provisions and crew supplies for 4 to 5 weeks). In the Ocean these are the boat’s averages: 248 miles in 24 h with average speeds between 13 and 17 knots.

Lung. 11,50 m
Larg. 3,40
Pesc. 2,25
Displacement. 4,750 kg

The necessities for self-building the boat are sold in Italy by



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