Last week saw the launch of not one, but two of Corsairs newest 24’ trimarans, the Corsair 760. Hulls 1 and 2 were launched within hours of each other though each was sailed on opposite sides of the world.
This enabled both boats to simultaneously sailed and tested in very different conditions. One, tested by our brave colleagues in Germany who have been waiting for the ice to melt all winter, finally were able to throw on their dry suits and brave the icy conditions in winds in the upper 20’s with gusts of up to 38kts. The performance experienced by the sailors in these conditions did not disappoint. Great helm balance and efficient laminar flow produced by large volume low rocker floats gave the 760 an advantage over her predecessor the Dash and Sprint 750.
While all this was going on in the waters off northern Germany, my team and I were experiencing very different conditions. In the tropical waters off Nha Trang bay, with just 3-8kts of wind we sailed between the islands with 32 degree heat and nothing but sunshine all weekend.
While I had wished for 15+ kts of true wind to really push this new model and see how she would handle under racing conditions, this light air event actually demonstrated quite a few of this models strong points. First of which was the beautiful design and finish quality, I see this as a huge advancement for Corsair in comparison to earlier models. Features like the carbon fiber rudder case, low profile beams, and spacious, high end interior fitout give this boat a feeling of space, comfort and quality you would expect from much larger competition.
The next takeaway from last week’s sail was the incredible stability of the new platform. Not only under sail did the 760 have less heel but she also sailed with incredible fore-aft stability, she resisted any pitching the wind and waves had tried to induce and pushed on through the water with impressive determination. When I compare this to how some other trimarans perform I was amazed at this incredibly smooth stability. So much so that people were easily walking around the boat without any need of handholds or support. This increased stability was also noticed at anchor where she offered a large entertaining area without any of that horrible rocking and rolling we are all too familiar with on monohulls of this size. The light and airy interior provided safe refuge from the sun and the foredeck hatch + large open pop-top allowed ample airflow through the cabin, creating a comfortable area to relax when escaping the elements.
The new 760 has left me truly impressed and is bound to turn heads on and off the water. The concept of a compact trailerable weekender for young family’s and couples looking for an easy to manage trailer sailor has been successfully achieved with this new sleek trailerable trimaran from Corsair Marine. Demo days are booking out fast so contact your dealer or BOOK A TEST SAIL to find out when and where you can find out more about Corsairs newest design.