41' Offshore High Performance IRC

The ‘BRYD 41 Offshore’ is a new, high-performance IRC race boat from the design office of Ben Rogerson Yacht Design (BRYD) in the UK. Designed around lower crew numbers from double-handed through to a fully-crewed complement of six, the BRYD 41 perfectly aligns high-performance grand prix sailing yacht characteristics with the evolution and latest advances of the systems being used in open offshore classes.

Optimised for both IRC and ORC offshore racing with a high form stability, low VCG, lightweight hull design and a refined sail package and systems, the BRYD 41 provides an effective platform to attack the major offshore regattas for class and overall podium places.

To gain a downloadable overview of the BRYD 41 project, please visit the project on Behance…

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BRYD 41 Design

Deck Layout & Philosophy

As the only high performance, short-handed option for both IRC and ORC for offshore events currently available, design development of the ergonomic cockpit and the configuration for lightweight deck systems have been at the forefront of the design ethos. This human-centric optimised approach enables the best possible crew performance with maximum focus towards the conservation of energy, ensuring continuity of team performance when it really matters, whether double-handed or fully crewed with 6 people.

The BRYD 41 supports a dual-pit layout, incorporating a 2 x 50ST Performer primary winch system with Spinlock XXC, XTR clutches, as well as XTX soft clutches for reefing systems, with lines leading directly to the mast step, through interior tunnels with tack lines and jib control systems exiting forward. For optimum headsail control, transverse track systems have been integrated, providing maximum control of both J1, staysail and J2 systems, with the J1 sheet lead through an XTR for ease of cross winching, which can often prove crew weight critical in short-handed manoeuvres.

Running backstays lead forward in close proximity to the mainsail controls, allowing easy access in both short-handed and a fully-crewed set up. The full winch package includes 6 Harken Performers which are positioned accurately to enable multifunctional operation. Each sail system can be held on clutches for spinnaker peels, cross leads, furling or just redundancy.

All sail control systems are externally led to minimise water ingress. Continuing with the offshore human efficiency ethos, helm and pit areas are both encapsulated within lightweight composite fairings, deflecting white water away, allowing the crew to push harder as conditions become more challenging.

Deck Equipment

  • Harken Performer: 6 winch package
  • Spinlock XXC, XTR and XTX soft rope holding systems
  • Lightweight prepreg carbon tiller
  • Harken mainsheet track and car system
  • Harken transverse jib track system
  • Aerofoil stanchions, pushpit and pulpit
  • Autoclaved carbon bowsprit
  • Foot bars
  • Optional hatch dodger
  • 2 x tack lines
  • Further options available on request.

Sail Plan

The BRYD 41 boasts a powerful and refined sail configuration for both IRC and ORC, with options for either hanks or furling headsail set ups, as well as multipurpose furling J3/staysail providing the ability to change gears and efficiently adjust to changing conditions instantly. The mainsail supports 2 single line reef systems, with options for lazy jacks to work with the conditions and racecourse format.

Downwind sails have multiple variants, including masthead top down furling A sails, fractional A5 and a masthead Code Zero. A double-spreader, keel stepped mast has been developed to maximise the performance gains by tuning your rig setup to the conditions on the day.

Interior Layout & Systems Design

The BRYD 41 has a minimalist racing yacht interior with a navigation station situated on the mast bulkhead. This provides for quick access to the navigation tools, with screens fully visible throughout the companionway hatch.

The galley is situated on the starboard side supporting options for gas hob or jet boil utilities with ample stowage for supplies. Berths are made up of 3 x carbon fibre pipe-cots port and starboard.

Vital Statistics

Key Statistics




Downwind Sail Area

General Statistics

LOA: 12.5m

BOA: 4.08m

Weight: 4,600kg

Mainsail Area: 58.75m²

J1 Area: 40.4m²

SPA Area: 182m²

P: 16.85m

E: 5.05m

FL: 17.45m

J: 4.77m

STL: 7m

General Features

Double spreader Hall Spar

Keel-stepped, hydraulically controlled

Fixed forestay as standard

2:1 staysail halyard

Single line reef systems

Fractional spinnaker halyard

Masthead spinnaker halyard + lock

2:1 main halyard

3:1 runner cascade

BRYD 41 Performance

The performance package for the BRYD 41 has been developed by BRYD and partners, using advanced numerical modelling techniques throughout, in the development of the fully optimised configuration.

Hull forms and appendages have been designed and optimised using in-house developed software, exclusive to BRYD, in generation of fully parameterised hull forms for systematic morph assessment.

Combined with the use of numerical modelling techniques, including the use of neural networks, this enables efficient in-depth quantitative analysis of velocity prediction results from large numbers of hull form and appendage configurations attained from RANSE computational fluid dynamic simulations. This incredibly detailed and meticulous approach provides a refined, optimised design to take on world class offshore sailing events.

BRYD 41 Construction

Composite Structure

The BRYD 41 structural design has been refined to achieve an extremely lightweight but robust platform, capable of meeting the most rigorous demands of performance offshore racing crews and conditions. Design to ISO CAT A and classified under GL, and optimised, utilising advance composite engineering tools such as CLT and NASTRAN FEA analysis.

The BRYD 41 is constructed utilising hi-end prepreg glass fibre cloths and reinforcements with m-form cored construction from female tooling. Maximizing strength and stiffness whilst achieving an incredibly light structure to ensure the highest possible ballast ratio. Supplied with a fabricated steel fin with foam core fore/aft fairings further echoes the commitment to supreme performance. Going further with twin carbon rudders and bowsprit produced in pre-preg carbon fibre cured under four atmospheres of pressure within one of two autoclaves at the forefront of composite technology. With the yacht produced from female tooling, finishing weight is kept for the absolute minimum with a multitude of finishing options in Awlgrip Awlcraf paint systems.