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With their continued sparkling performance in the Hobart, every Macca-built boat at Quantum Key West landing on the podium, and the continuing success of the MC38 ultra-high performance one-design class, our pals at McConaghy just keep hitting ’em out of the park.  Last week, they added another four high-cred owners to the MC38 fleet, and our only question is this:  What is North America waiting for?  This boat is the perfect replacement for both the ancient Farr 40 and the wonderful but long-in-the-tooth Farr 30; super fast, super light, super sexy, and a fraction of the cost of anything in its range of performance.  Are big boat owners in America too insecure to race one-design any more? Here’s the news from McConaghy, and you can sign up for their newsletter here.

SAILING - Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2013 - MC 38 One-DesignWith the addition of renowned sailing teams Shockwave, Hooligan, Kokomo and Assassin to the McConaghy 38 fleet, world-class sailors such as Neville Crichton, Marcus Blackmore, Lang Walker and Robin Crawford bring an international racing pedigree to take on the high calibre teams already racing the high-performance MC 38.

These national and world championship-winning teams were looking for a fast, competitive, good looking design from a company with a history of reliability, with strict one design controls governed by the owner class – at an attractive price – and above all safe to campaign with friends, family and crew on board. Feedback from the MC38 owners confirms no other boat in this range combines these qualities, and so the McConaghy 38 was the answer.

Jono Morris explains: ‘Mark Evans and I were approached by boat owners looking to move on from their current 40 foot range and wanted performance and reliability – but build price and campaign costs were critical factors for them. Many of these owners could campaign a TP 52, but with the recent financial climate, they realised it could be only for one or two seasons, before they sold and took a step back to conserve costs. What they wanted was the long-term solution of TP 52 like performance at a fraction of the price. Together with Harry Dunning, McConaghy have created this, and with people like Neville, Lang, Robin and Marcus racing this is the fleet to be test yourself in – and with our latest international MC38 owner from Porto Rico confirming they will be competing at Hamilton Island race week, the sailing and social side will be phenomenal. The bottom line is these owners are telling us the McConaghy 38 offers the best value high-performance fleet racing on the planet. Period.

The inaugural McConaghy 38 World championships will be held in November in Auckland, with the Australian championships competing at Audi Hamilton Island Race week in August with an 11 boat fleet. And counting…