Ben Rogerson Yacht Design announce their new carbon BR31 designed for HP30 class racing


Ben Rogerson Yacht Design (BRYD) have launched plans for their new BR31, an ultra-modern carbon racer, as a highly competitive option for the HP30 Class which has been set up on similar lines to the Fast 40+ Class.

The BR31 is aimed at ambitious racing sailors seeking fast, competitive and exciting racing at a fraction of the cost of running a 40 footer, yet offering similar features and feel.  Designed for a maximum crew of seven, the boat will appeal to sailors wanting to step up from smaller sports boats, or those who want a smaller and exciting alternative within IRC & ORC racing.

BR31 deck layout

Rogerson, a young designer with an impressive range of design and boat building experience across a variety of projects, including Oracle and the IMOCA 60 Estrella Damm, has set out to offer the BR31 at a cost effective base boat price of £115,000. The boats will be British built and incorporate many of the features found at the very top of the sport.  A fabricated fin is standard, and options for owners include an adjustable forestay, standard or high modulus mast, string take down systems and deflectors.

BR31 Internal layout

Rogerson’s main inspiration behind the BR31 is to create a performance packed design, and a lower running cost alternative to the highly successful Fast 40s. “I wanted to make this level of sailing more accessible and move things forward from the typical plastic racer,” explains Rogerson. “The HP30 class started at a similar time to the Fast 40’s, and aims to create a sports boat class with a maximum length of 31 foot and run much along the same lines as the 40+. With the changes to the class rules for 2017 we have developed a viable new design for the HP30 class which promises to be a race winner.”

What also sets this project apart is Rogerson’s innovative approach to yacht design. He has invested in and developed BRYD’s own in-house hull design, velocity prediction and optimisation software, with technology partners Formflow. This integrates Fine Marine’s RANS (Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes) based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software, which is all run on BRYD’s dedicated in-house CFD sever.

These next generation techniques enable BRYD to offer accurate performance modelling in realistic environments and provide a platform for in depth design optimisation, whether for performance ORC and IRC racing yachts such as the BR31, or sea-keeping for cruising and offshore yachts. With this unique set up, Rogerson’s vision is to offer owners quantitative and comparative results against other classes, enable easy assessment of designs and remove the ‘gamble’ of the traditional design process.  

BR31 sailplan

BR31 Boat specification:
Loa: 9.55
Boa: 3.1
Draft: 2.4
Displacement 1900kg
IRC Tcc: 1.14

Stl 5.95

•    Infused carbon/glass hybrid, foam core composite construction, from CNC tooling providing geometry to the highest tolerance.
•    Semicustom build, lightweight stiff structure
•    no production build compromises
Appendage configuration:

•    Steel fabricated keel fin with composite fairing and lead T bulb
•    Carbon rudder and stock

•    Fractional rig with twin running backstays, options available for standard and high modulus sections

•    25 hp Petrol engine
•    15 litre tank

Options available:
•    Upgraded race systems pack: adjustable forestay, string take down systems and deflectors
•    IRC internals: Toilet/ Galley
•    Electric Drive Engine

About Ben Rogerson Yacht Design:

Ben Rogerson set up BRYD in 2016 to provide professional design and engineering services for the leisure marine, super yacht and commercial yacht design sectors. Specialising in design engineering and naval architecture for performance sailing and power yachts. Based in Hamble, Southampton UK, BRYD is the culmination of years of experience gained in the yacht design and building sector, coupled with an innovative, rigorous and analytical approach to performance and engineering to ensure designs are capable of far exceeding the competition.

Rogerson is a talented yacht designer and accomplished sailor from Cowes, Isle of Wight. He holds a First Class Honours Batchelor of Engineering degree in yacht and powercraft design and gained the accolade of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and IMarest Top Final Year Student.  In his early career, Rogerson cut his teeth on composite race boat builds including TP52s and Open 60s, having completed an HND in leisure boat design in 2003. Projects have included working on numerous builds, including the Open 60 Estrella Damm, BMW Oracle TP52 and working with shore teams including Hugo Boss & Team Alegre.

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