Class40 is a class of monohull sailboat and a yacht primarily used for short handed offshore and coastal racing. The class is administered by International Class40 Association which is recognised by the World Sailing.

Class 40 Silvi Belle 2.jpg
No. built+160
CrewTypically 1 or 2
CrewTypically 1 or 2
Boat weightMin 4,580 kg (10,100 lb)
DraftMax 3.00 m (9.84 ft)
LOAMax 14.19 m (46.6 ft)
LOHMax 12.19 m (40.0 ft)
LWLBeam Max 4.50 m (14.8 ft)
Hull appendages
General750lts of Water Ballast
per side
Upwind sail areaMax 115 m2 (1,240 sq ft)
← Open 40


In 2004 former Vendee Globe and Whitbread competitor, Patrice Carpentier,[1] brought together designers, builders and sailors to formulate a new accessible class of shorthanded offshore racing boats. Now with more than 160 boats, the Class has become the most successful offshore racing class. The class is not to be confused with the Open 40 which in many ways led the way to this class.

The "Class40" can be designed by anyone provided the boat fits within the measurement rule defined. This rule takes the form of a box rule.

The association is responsible for defining and updating the class rules for the boats, and has the additional aims of co-ordinating events.

Class 40 monohulls outnumbered all other boat classes during their first appearance in the 2006 Route du Rhum, with 25 boats registered.

The Class 40 monohulls are high-performance racing boats, designed principally for single-handed or small crew offshore competition.

Class 40 monohulls sit in size between boats the small offshore classes of the Classe Mini and Beneteau Figaro 3 and the pinnacle class the IMOCA 60.

Single and double-handed sailing represents a rapidly growing sector of the sport of sailing. The Class 40 is a cheaper boat that can be sailed competitively in a range of conditions either short handed, by two people, or a solo sailor.

The class is active in Europe, but growing in North America. Boats are built on a semi-production or custom basis. The class rules though work to keep the boat affordable, limiting exotic materials and equipment seen in high end offshore boats such as the IMOCA 60.

Though some boats are sailed by pro sailors, the amateur class continues to grow as sailors look for the next challenge in offshore sailing.


Class Starts - Oceanic RacesEdit

  • Route du Rhum Solo Transatlantic Race starting in France
  • Transat Jacques Vabre Two Person Transatlantic Race starting in France
  • Globe 40 Race Two Person Stopping Round the World Race

World ChampionshipsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2009 Hamble Concise Sailing Team
  Ned Collier Wakefield (GBR)
Clarke Offshore Racing
  Simon Clarke (GBR)
Desafio Cabo De Hornos
  Felipe Cubillos (CHI)
2010 Gijon[2] FRA 65 - Tales Sailing Team
  Gonzalo Botin (ESP)
FRA 83 - Mistral Loisirs – Pole Santé Elior
  Thierry Bouchard (FRA)
GBR 93 - Concise Sailing Team
  Ned Collier Wakefield (GBR)
2011 - Bénodet 104 JACK IN THE BOX

  Gideon KRIGER (FRA)
  Samuel MANUARD (FRA)


  Gonzalo BOTIN (ESP)
  Inigo ORTIZ (ESP)
  Antonio PIRIS (ESP)
  Fransisco RIVERO (ESP)
  Manuel CARRION (ESP)
  Alesandro PELLA (ESP)


  BOUCHARD Thierry (FRA)
  GANDON Olivier (FRA)
  KRAUSS Oliver (FRA)


Other Events with Class StartsEdit

  • Atlantic Cup Charleston-New York-Newport May Bi-Annually
  • Rolex Fastnet Race

Other EventsEdit

The class has had numerous success in most of the prestigious offshore events.

The recordsEdit

These records are usually calculated by race directions but not endorsed by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

24 Hours DistanceEdit

Date Distance
Skipper(s) boat launch crew race
2019 November 6 408,8[4] 17,03 Ian Lipinski & Adrien Hardy Crédit Mutuel 2019 2 Transat Jacques Vabre

Non-Stop Round Britain and IrelandEdit

Finish Date Time Boat Type Boat Skipper(s) Crew Notes Ref.
Class 40 - Non-Stop Round Britain and Ireland Records
2020-07-09 7d 17h 50m 47s Class40 Crédit Mutuel   Ian Lipinski (POL) N/A [5]
2004-06 11d 12h 26m 48s Open 40 “Roaring Forty”   Michel Kleinjans (BEL) N/A [6]
Crewed Record
2020 7d 06h 27m 25s Class40 'Banque de Leman'   Simon Koster (SUI)   Justine Mettraux (SUI)
and   Valentin Gautier (SUI)
2020-07-09 7d 17h 50m 47s Class40 Crédit Mutuel   Ian Lipinski (FRA) None
2018-08-20 8d 4h 14m 49s Class40 “Imerys Clean Energy”   Phil Sharp (GBR) +crew set during RORC Race [9]
2014-08-20 8d 19h 06m 49s Class40 'Swish'   Roderick Knowles (GBR) +2 other crew set during RORC Race [10]
2010 9d 13h 32m 20s Class40 Concise 2   Ned Collier Wakefield (GBR) +5 other crew set during RORC Race [11]


  1. ^ "Class40". Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  2. ^ "MUNDIAL CLASS40 Gijon (MONDIAL) - Class40".
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Excès de vitesse et gros coup de frein". 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  5. ^ "WSSR Newsletter No 319. Ian Lipinski. Around Britain and Ireland. 05/08/20".
  6. ^ "Belgian sailor sets new single handed Round Ireland record".
  7. ^ "New Around Britain and Ireland record >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News". 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ "WSSR Newsletter No 320. Simon Koster. Around Britain and Ireland. 02/09/20".
  9. ^ "Phil Sharp and team win Round Britain and Ireland". 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ "New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record".
  11. ^ "Concise 2 finish".

External linksEdit

  • Official web site of the International Class 40 association
  • North American Official web site of the North American Class 40 association
  • World Sailing Class 40 Microsite
  • Charter – Express 40 offshore racing yacht
  • - - Official French website for the Akilaria Class 40 monohull
  • - Owen Clarke Design - Designers of custom and semi custom Class 40's, of which three sailing are racing in the USA, including the 2008 Class 40 world champion, 40 Degrees.