RACE HORSE | W-Class W-37 | 43ft
Like today’s current crop of cutting-edge race boats, the W-37 is lightweight, relatively beamy, with a plumb stem and near-vertical transom. But where other out-and-out race boats sacrifice grace and beauty in the name of performance, Stephens Waring Yacht Design has carefully crafted the bow and stern to show subtle curves and attractive camber. From above, the yacht shows her carefully laid out and efficient deck plan incorporated with spare, elegant traditional joinery as one would expect from her builder Brooklin Boat Yard. Viewed from beneath, her connection with today’s fastest racers is evident, from her steel-finned T-bulb keel to her high-aspect carbon-fiber spade rudder, both showing off her sleek, slippery hull. A tall powerful carbon-fiber rig supports her huge square-topped mainsail and blade jib, while a laminated teak bowsprit stretches her off-wind sails to exciting proportions.