Class 40 Normandy Channel Race: One, two, three for the Rogers boats!

26th May, 2011

RYD would like to extend our congratulations to Tanguy de Lamotte and S?©bastien Audigane – Initiatives Saveurs, Bruno Jourdren and Fabien Delahaye – Port de Caen Ouistreham
and Damien Seguin and Yohann Richomme – Des Pieds et Des Mains, for their full complement of podium finishes in the 2nd Edition of this 1000nm classic.

In a matter of 4 days, they raced from Caen, tracked around the Isle of Wight, around Lands End to Tuskar Rock (off the coast of the south coast of Ireland), around Guernsey and finally to the finish line back in Caen. This resounding victory speaks volumes for our design and we are understandably delighted!

Click on the icon below to read the full press release.

All images: © Manuel Couette




The Boat Project: Roll Over Day!

20th May, 2011

Surrounded by the full build team led by Mark Covell, Simon- the designer, volunteers and Greg (one the of Lone Twins, whose vision created this project), it was with great celebration that we watched this significant little boat being rolled over. It did not go unnoticed that she had characteristics akin to the faster performance boats that RYD is synonymous with- somebody mentioned Volvo 70s!

One couldn‚Äôt help noticing how the yard was now alive with personal wooden effects that had been donated to date by so many people. Each piece with its only personal story and the hopes of their owners to see their piece embedded in some way into what will be a truly unique piece of art…….and ultimately a piece of art that will become part of the 2012 legacy. To find out more about donating your special piece of wood or to learn more about volunteering in the build process, log on



The Boat Project: Southampton Donation Day

19th May, 2011

Sam from our RYD offices gave a little piece of herself away at last weekend’s Boat Project Donation Day in Southampton. She was one of the hundreds of donation that have so far been received for The Boat Project.

““As all individuals have done, I gave something that holds some fond memories Рmy first wooden school ruler (which I used throughout my childhood in Zambia and England), along with a piece of the RYD office- a now unwanted piece of doorframe! I am hoping that a part of me will be included in this extraordinary project and ultimately I can personally feel part of the British Cultural Olympiad legacy. It is a truly unique opportunity.”

If you would like to make a donation, please log on to the following website where you can see where and when these donations days are being


Aegir Features in the latest issue of Boat International

11th March, 2011

Andrew Blatter a journalist from Boat International recently stepped aboard the new Aegir
and tasted the delights of this Rogers designed Carbon 82. The result is a wonderful 7 page article in the April issue of Boat International which quite apart from talking about his experience he also mentions her ability to morph from a luxury cruiser into race mode with ease. If you can’t wait to grab a copy, then click on the Press Release icon below and read on!

All images: © Billy Black




Aegir starts the RORC Caribbean 600 Race

21st February, 2011

At 3.40GMT today, less then 3 hrs time, the gun will fire to start the 34 yachts entered for the RORC Caribbean 600 race and Aegir, the Carbon 82, will be one of them.

Brian and his crew have now completed all the pre-race checks and testing, as well as settling in the crew into their positions; they report back as all being very happy! Given that night sailing makes up over half the time during this race, on Friday night Aegir paid a visit to the top part of the race track which also gave the crew an opportunity to bed into their watch system.

Matt Sheahan from Yachting World will be reporting aboard Aegir and sending live on line coverage straight from the heart of the action. In addition, you can track Aegir on the event website:



The Boat Project – Update

7th February, 2011

We recently travelled to Thornham Marina, Chichester to meet up with Mark Covell and to see the build progress on this new and significant little 30 footer. In a matter of 24 hrs all the laser cut hull frames were in place and the true shape had emerged.

It will only be a matter of time before ‘The Boat Project’ becomes well known to the general public, with many people wishing to become involved. To read the latest release, click the link below:



Boat International trial sails the new Carbon 82’ Aegir

2nd February, 2011

With a list of high profile journalist booked in to trial sail and report on the long awaited new Carbon 82 РAegir, it was Andrew Blatter, the ‘World Correspondent’ for Boat International who secured the first slot. Andrew has now returned and has just posted his article on the Boat International site which reads very well indeed.

Her long awaited race debut will start in 19 days time when the third edition of the Caribbean 600 sets off from Antigua. It will be a truly international event with currently 15 nations represented with a range of diverse and highly competitive yachts.

Andy Beadsworth, Guy Barron, Juan Messanger, Shreda Duke are to name a few of the crew who will be joining Brian on board, but also Matt Sheahan, reporting for Yachting World has also secured a place on board. Simon will be on board for this first event and on his return from the race we will be posting a post race technical account of his thoughts and experiences, which many will be interested to read.

If you are seriously interested in viewing and trial sailing the new Aegir, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to make the necessary arrangements with the owner.

To view the Boat International article and to follow the event, please use the links below. All images: © Billy Black



The Carbon 82 – Aegir is finally welcomed by her Owner

8th January, 2011

It is with great pride that we hear about Aegir reaching the Caribbean and that she is now finally in the hands of her owner- Brian Benjamin. In Brian’s words:

This is absolutely awesome! Shreda and his team did a terrific job getting Aegir here with three days to spare before my daughter’s wedding. But the whole team at Carbon Ocean Yachts and Rogers Yacht Design has done a fantastic job, beyond my expectations. Already the boat seems like a home-from-home. Aegir is going to give the bride and groom an unforgettable honeymoon. Next month, the race team will arrive and I am thoroughly looking forward to putting Aegir through her paces in race mode.

To read the full press release written by Louay Habib, please click the link below and to read more about the Carbon 82,click on ‘Current Projects’ to the left.

Photo: Billy Black



An account from Sam Haynes on their Hobart Retirement

5th January, 2011

Now a little time has passed it has been possible to receive a brief account from Sam Haynes, the owner of Pirelli Celestial, as to what caused their gut renching retirement from this year’s Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

It blew up from about 20kt to 47/50 kt in no time, on the afternoon of the second day. We were reefing in about 25kt when the leech tore out. We took off the main and then the wind kicked in. It was about 4pm and we were expecting the second front at about 6 to 8pm. We went to storm sails and were effectively still racing as the other boats around us were similarly configured. At this stage we were with Vamp – a Corby 49 and Titania of Cowes – a Swan 68. So the R46 goes up hill pretty well! Eventually we had to go in to shore to try and get a calmer sea state (5m breakers not being good for major sail repairs). We did this and did manage to repair the sail but not well enough to risk the next front which was due for us in Bass Straight. So, the decision was made to retire.

At least we were able to experience the real potential of the Rogers 46 and downwind in about 12-15kts we had no trouble keeping up with Cookson 50 and Corby 49 and only just behind the TP 52 Calm (which also ended up retiring).

There is little doubt it was a hard Hobart with 18 retirees, so Pirelli Celestial and her crew were in good company! Sam vows to return for the 2011 Hobart but in the meantime, they look forward to an exciting campaign this year, starting with the Audi Victoria Week (20 -26th January 2011).


The Boat Project’

24th December, 2010

Simon attended the Press Launch of ‘The Boat Project’ on 26th November at Thornham Marina. Simon was commissioned to design a contemporary boat to form the basis for this project in collaboration between Lone Twin and acclaimed sailor and boat builder Mark Covell (Olympic Silver Medallist, Open Star Sailing, Sydney 2000). Together with the participation of the community, this team will build a beautiful 30ft sea-faring vessel from wooden objects of personal significance to the people and communities who have given them.

If you are attending the 2011 London Boat Show (7th – 16th January), head for The Knowledge Box which is a small intermit theatre where a series of presentations by experts will run throughout the show. ‘The Boat Project’ is scheduled to present at the following times: РFri 7th: 15.00-15.20/ Sat 8th: 11.20-11.40/ Fri 14th: 11.20-11.40 and Sat 16th: 11.20-11.40.

For further information about ‘The Boat Project’ or if you wish to make a donation, please log on and

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