After more than a year of collaboration and hard work, we’re thrilled that construction has begun on our latest design—a 95-foot sailing yacht that’s both modern and classic. Project Ouzel is a blank-sheet design drawn to the experienced owners’ brief with input from other experts, and the result is a blend of timeliness lines and fine craftsmanship. Read more
Minnehaha Wins Golden Globe with New Rig and Chainplates
Kirsten Neuschäfer, winner of the Golden Globe Race, adopted a conservative approach to keeping her mast in place for the solo race alone around the world. Langan Design Partners were pleased to help out.
Last spring, a Cape George 36 named Minnehaha sailed into Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on a mere whisper of wind to finish the Golden Globe Race in first place. The circuit lasted 233 days, 18 hours, 3 minutes, and 47 seconds, and at the helm of Minnehaha throughout the grueling singlehanded event was skipper Kirsten Neuschäfer, of South Africa. Read more
NorthCoast 415HT: Ongoing Collaboration
In May, we shared the news that we'd designed a new flagship for NorthCoast Boats, the 415HT. Now you can eavesdrop on an in-depth conversation that Tom and Sam had with NorthCoast’s Podcaster-in-Chief Cesar DaPonte and Engineer Roy Pereira, which explains the collaboration in more detail—and why we’re so enthusiastic about this project. Learn more
Giving Back: Ida Lewis Distance Race
We were glad to have the chance to support the Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance Race as a bronze level sponsor, which included modeling the expected performance of the boats to help the race committee set as close as possible to a 24-hour race. Discussing the 20- to 25-knot westerly breeze, Langan Design's Sam Howell said afterwards, "It was interesting to see that the bigger boats were able to sail closer to their polars (theoretical optimum boat speed and angles) in the heavy air and the sea state associated with it, compared to the smaller boats. I found that the polars for the smaller boats were over-rating performance. I had scaled down the polars for offshore sailing both in Day and Night conditions, and we learned that 95% day and 90% night scales were not enough!"