The GP 26 is a Grand Prix "BOX RULE" racing yacht introduced and administered by the International ORC organization. This level rating rule class (similar in concept to the TP52) is designed to provide exciting close class racing (without a time allowance or handicap system), be fast, fun to sail, sound and seaworthy with considerable longevity. The structures are designed and built to ABS standards and the standard GP 26 box rule complies with minimum ORC Cat 4 safety regulations for short offshore racing capabilities. Owners have the opportunity and flexibility to select designers and builders to create the fastest boats within the tight shape and construction controls of the box rule. The light displacement combined with generous upwind sail area set on a simple carbon fiber fractional rig (no runners) with non-overlapping jibs and large asymmetric kites simply provides the GP 26 with exciting performance at an affordable cost.
The ORC have set a sensible maximum crew weight of 340 kg which keeps crew to a minimum. Unlike most sports boats the sensible class crew weight limits the amount of crew required to a maximum of 5.
The GP 26 is the perfect racing yacht for the club sailing enthusiast who wants to go fast at an affordable price.