After more than two years on the drawing board and in the build shed, Rambler 88 was launched early in 2015. Rambler 88s design brief was IRC optimized ocean racing, with a specific target of the Transatlantic Race 201. Her owner, George David, also plans to take part in some traditional blue water races of the Rolex Fastnet, Rolex Middle Sea, and Rolex Sydney Hobart.
The 88 footer is the most recent in a series of yachts campaigned by David. Previously, he has raced the Reichel Pugh 90 footer and chartered the Juan K 100 footer, a.k.a. Speedboat and Loyal. This iteration is in a similar vein to the famously powerful and punishing Volvo Open 70s. Tipping the scales at close to 23 tonnes, Rambler 88 is more than seven metres wide, six metres deep and has 1400kg of water ballast tanks on each side for increased power. There are plans for her to be fitted with extendable side hydrofoils, which will generate even more righting moment and reduce the yachts displacement and wetted surface area while lifting the bow.
Designer: Juan Kouyoumdjian
LOA: 88 feet
Mast height: 41 metres