AUDI HSS Sailing Center Swedish Match 40, Fleet: 2 boats
Designer: Pelle Petterson, 2003
Builder: Maxi Yachts
The SM 40 was created by legendary Swedish designer Pelle Petterson, who designed and helmed Sweden’s Sverige challengers for the America’s Cup in 1977 and 1980. Petterson wanted to create a yacht that is inexpensive to build and maintain, easily commissioned and decommissioned and is transportable in standard 40-foot containers. The boat provides enough performance to be interesting to spectators and sailors alike.
The design bears a striking resemblance to an America’s Cup Class sloop from the the 00's.. It is slab-sided, narrow and has a large sail plan. The cockpit is wide open and runs nearly half the length of the boat. Besides the halyards, many control lines are also led to the pit area. The fractionally rigged sloop carries masthead spinnakers downwind, and requires a crew of five (including the helmsman).
The two SM 40 boats at the AUDI HSS Sailing centre were purchased from the Swedish Victory Challenge America's Cup team. The SM 40:ies were used as training and sparring boats by the challenging teams during the campaigns. Victory Challenge competed in the 2003 and 2007 America's Cup. The team was financed by the Swedish industrialist Jan Stenbäck and after his death by his son Hugo Stenbäck. The Team was sponsored by the Kinnevik Group and Red Bull.
LOA — 39’4” (12.0 m)
LWL — 31’6” (9.6 m)
Beam — 7’6” (2.3 m)
Draft — 6’10” (2.1 m)
Displacement — 8,377 lbs. (3,800 kg)
Mainsail — 430.5 sq.ft. (40 sq.m.)
Genoa — 344.4 sq.ft. (32 sq.m.)
Jib — 215.2 sq.ft. (20 sq.m.)
Spinnaker — 1076.3 sq.ft. (100 sq.m.)
Photo: The Victory Challenge 2007 AC Boat