One design is making a comeback and while there are many designers and builders trying to get their product off the ground, few are getting there. One boat which has certainly made it is the Sotto 40. 9 boats lined up at the first leg of the Mitsubishi Sailing Cup in Rio last weekend and the interest in the class continues to grow with the one boat delivered to the US and another on its way to Australia.
The mast and rigging for the Soto 40 is as contemporary as the rest of the design. The mast is a 19.5m carbon tube constructed to the Soto 40 Class specifications. Depending on the final destination of the yacht, the mast can be built in either New Zealand or Argentina, such is the process of developing the ‘World’ yacht. The spreaders and boom are alloy. There are two spreaders angled at 20 degrees with twin Vectran backstays leading back to a pair of winches behind the helm and mainsheet positions. The rig is specified with PBO by Powerlite. There is a mast jack provided so that rig tension is always there when you need it, and released so the yacht can catch its breath between racing.
The square-top mainsails are not just an affectation by sail makers trying to flog you a new mainsail. The aerodynamic efficiency at the top of a square-head mainsail gives you power all the way to the top of the mast and allows the rig to be a little shorter in comparison to other 40s around. But you will know you have all the power you need when you step aboard. The mast is keel-stepped and manufactured in one piece. Both the NZ Rigging and King Composite carbon masts are engineered and constructed to meet the exacting standards of the Soto 40 one design rule.