North American Class40 Owners Association

This site is a place for those interested in purchasing a Class 40 boat as well as Class 40 owners to come together with any questions, comments or concerns.

Feel free to contact the class representatives, who are happy to answer any questions. For those interested in becoming a part of the Class 40, do not hesitate to reach out to class spokesperson, Joe Harris, or board member Mike Hennessy. Their information can be found on the contacts page.

Owners, please visit the owner’s page.

About the Class

The Class 40 was established in 2004 as the result of a combination of ideas from designers, sailors, and boat builders. Ideas based around a 40 footer had been in the works for many years prior to 2004, but had not yet taken shape. With many requests from people in the marine industry, skipper-journalist Patrice Carpentier began drafting the rules for Class 40. With the help of skipper Michel Mirabel, Christian Bouroullec of the Structures Boatyard and Pascal Jamet, CEO of Volvo, the Class 40 Association was established.

The Class 40 has experienced the highest growth of the short-handed classes in the last four years. Many short-handed classic races such as the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Route de Rhumb and the Quebec St Malo all have a dedicated Class 40 Entry. The original overall goal of the Class 40 was to make offshore races accessible to amateur sailors, but so much more has come of it. The fast-growing success of the Class 40 has generated a very strong professional base and continues to generate buzz in the world of sailing.

About the Boat

The Class 40 is a monohull performance sailboat with a maximum length of 40 feet. It measures in somewhere between a Series Mini and an ocean-going 60 footer. It is a true race boat as well as sufficiently seaworthy to safely travel across the Atlantic. There is a strict box-rule meaning there is a maximum overall size for boats in the class. Competitors are free to manipulate their own boat designs, as long as they do not exceed the box-rule. Part of the attraction of the Class 40 is the box-rule because it keeps costs down. However, there are still many opportunities for boat designers to focus on the technical aspects such as type of sail, mast height and weight without restricting innovation and development. Boats in this class are very competitive and racing is extremely close over long distances.