red zone

Big Pimpin'

A no-compromise foiling 35ft yacht intended for European lake racing has driven a multinational group of sailors, designers and builders to the extreme edges of technology in a collaboration that has even stretched to what might be termed “positive deception” to achieve its objectives.

Tasked with designing and producing the 14.5m rig, C-Tech’s Tim Willetts says they soon learned that Jundt’s ‘goal was to push us to the point where we were squealing and squirming like stuck pigs’.

With discomfort and life in the red zone, however, comes a certain exhilaration and much learning. As a result, this foray into building a keelboat mast has enabled the New Zealand company to expand its capabilities to a new level, which is already bearing fruit in the form of new mast orders of similar size. Read on.