FAREAST 28R - Class Racing
Excitement guaranteed with this box ticking fun and fast to sail Simonis Voogd design. Fareast's best seller sold over 500 boats Worldwide and with 12 in Aus and 2 in NZ there is always somebody to race against at our major regatta's. Join the excitement of fast and uncomplicated sailing today!
The Fareast 28R ticks a lot of boxes, please scroll trough the topics below to find out how many for you.
Unbeatable price and low running cost:
The Fareast 28R offers great value for money with it's base price of $69,950. No more antifouling, high repair bills, another expensive sail or high mooring fees. You can save thousands a year compared to running a bigger yacht.
It's fun to go fast, the 28R is a proven race winner and has beaten many bigger boats over the line: Melges 32, J-111, J-120, Beneteau 44.5, Archambault 40, Sydney 38, Pogo 12.5, MC-31, Thompson 980 and Farr 30 are just a few to mention. The 28R is not purely designed for one design racing, she also performs very well under handicap so you don't have to wait for large fields to appear in your area to have some good fun.
Easy to sail, handle and manage:
The FAREAST 28R has a clean, straight forward and functional deck layout. This enables the crew to concentrate on pure racing and sailing fast. The 28R offers very good control with the deep spade rudder. Hull form stability is high and the high performance keel with a lead torpedo at the end of a carbon fin, offers the best possible righting moment. The very large cockpit makes it easy for the crew to handle the boat. For racing a crew of 4- 5 is ideal, however the simplicity of the 28R makes it possible to go out for a fun spin or twilight with as little as 3, even setting the kite in a stiff breeze won't be a problem.
ISAF approved One Design Class:
The Fareast 28R is an ISAF approved One-Design class and numbers are growing fast, over 450 boats have been sold. We are building a class in Australia and New Zealand, Nationals are held every year and you will always find other 28's to race against at major events.
World Cups are organized yearly, Sweden hosted the first Worlds in 2017. The 2021 Worlds will be held in Kiel, Germany. Further international Fareast OD racing options are the yearly China Cup in Shenzen and many other Fareast regattas in Asia and Europe.
Easy Trailable and simple lifting:
The keel is fully retractable and the boat sits nice and low on the custom made trailer, reassuring a safe and comfortable drive to your favorite (tropical) events. The boat is ramp launchable and the mast deck stepped, making you independent from expensive marinas. The 28R is also an ideal boat for hardstand storage, it has a single lifting point on the keel fin and the bulb takes up the boat in the hoist, saving the much loved keel lifting workout, which is not too bad by the way.
Construction and hardware:
Fareast invested heavily in CNC machines, everything from moulds and plugs to foam and glass are cut on high tech milling machines, routers, laser and water jet cutters. A huge 5 axis milling machine is used for manufacturing hull and deck moulds but also for milling and drilling deck hardware patterns. These modern production methods result in extreme high accuracy, further quality improvement and reduction of labor cost.
All Fareast yachts are now constructed using high quality Vinylester. Resin is pre weight and vacuum infused into the foam sandwich, this advanced building technique guarantees a rigid, light and very stiff construction. All separate parts are vacuum infused as well, like the one piece inner structure "the spine" which takes up all the forces from the keel and rigging. Every Fareast 28R is very well equipped with the best hardware available from Harken, Spinlock and Selden rigging. No compromises are made when it comes to quality.
Maybe not everybody's cup of tea but about half the 28R's we sell are owned by more than one owner. It not only cuts the cost in half but you straight away have 2 or more motivated crew members.
Australian Sailing Magazine tested the 28R, the test report can be found below under specifications. A test video from Yachting World and Boating NZ can be found under video & reviews.
Like to test the 28R yourself?
We are located in Manly-Brisbane and offer a great day trial sailing on Moreton Bay. For those flying in, it's only 20 min. from the airport and we will arrange pick up. Other options are available in Sydney and Melbourne.
Please contact us for a chat about the 28R and to book your trial sail.