Ker 51 Launched in Germany
(Source: Hall Spars) On May 4th, the new Ker 51 Varuna was launched at the Knierim boatyard in Germany, sporting a Hall Spars custom super-high-modulus two-spreader mast, a max-depth racing boom and continuous SCR Airfoil rigging. Hall’s experience in the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and TP-52 Class resulted in a package with reduced weight and optimal bend characteristics for this high-performance offshore racer. The continuous SCR Airfoil rigging, in combination with internal tangs for the diagonal shrouds, has resulted in a very low windage package. The ease of adjusting the shrouds resulted in many compliments on the dock from the crew, even prior to sailing. After stepping the mast and clearing the Kieler Canal, the boat had the opportunity to sail for the first time, albeit in light to moderate conditions. Despite the light breeze, the performance potential was obvious, with boat speed regularly approaching the wind speed even during trials. The halyard locks, especially the Hall AutoLock for the mainsail headboard car, demonstrated their ease-of-use, exhibiting quick and easy high-tech performance. Even prior to tuning the boat and systems, Varuna feels very balanced, with plenty more to come before she and her team make their first appearance on the regatta scene. We wish Jens Kellinghusen and his team the very best with their new boat.
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