Farr X2: Passion plus performance

The new Farr X2 30-foot double handed Racing Yacht, known as Nexba has made its debut.

09 May 2022


Nexba has just hit the water, the culmination of much development in bringing this exciting two-handed project to reality.

With the sleek shiny hull, large sail plan and stunning North Sails on show, Nexba turned heads along the way.

The manager for the Farr X2 Project, Bret Perry exuded all the deserved pride and relief of an expectant parent. Nexba will now be IRC and ORC rated and will complete a series of rigorous offshore sea trials in readiness for racing.

Nexba will be skippered by 26-year-old Alice Tarnawski, who has been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Farr X2. She will be co-skippering the first ever women’s two-handed sailing yacht to race the Rolex Sydney Hobart in December 2022.

Vicsail have now sold eight units of the Farr X2, with more on the way. Boats are headed around the world, with sales to Australia, Canada, the USA and UK.


Hull #2 is currently shipping to the US West Coast in time for the Pacific Cup race, which is held in Hawaii in July. The Farr X2 Europe team are also expecting their first boat for the UK Summer.

The Farr X2 is the product of extensive design development, utilising the most advanced design toolset in the world, including Farr Yacht Design’s proprietary IDEOS platform.

The design is positioned to provide exceptional performance in a wide range of conditions; able to perform in both the toughest offshore races and weekend club races, all while being rewarding to sail by both Corinthian crews and professionals.

At 30 feet, the Farr X2 is designed to provide exceptional performance at an affordable price point.

This design embodies Farr Yacht Design’s deep understanding of race winning crewed, single and double handed offshore racing yachts and their many years producing high level Grand Prix and production racer and cruiser designs.

Hull Form Meets Modern Design Technology

To be an all-around performer, the Farr X2 is built upon a low drag hull form that can be driven efficiently by a reasonable sail plan. It’s suitable for light air, but has sufficient form stability and ballast ratio to achieve exceptional performance in moderate to strong breezes.

The hull form is developed from Farr Yacht Design’s race boat development projects and draws on lessons from extensive computational fluid dynamics studies undertaken.

The hull shape maximises its effective length relative to its rating without adding extra drag at low speeds, reflected in the long forward overhang and aggressive shaping of the knuckle act.

This makes the boat’s rated length as short as possible while engaging as effective waterline length once crew is aboard and the boat is underway.

The hull also features a narrow beam waterline and low wetted surface underbody shape.

Designed to Perform

The boat is constructed from vacuum consolidated Vinylester/E-glass with PVC foam cores, engineered to be robust enough for the most demanding offshore races in the world.

The sail plan, deck layout and interior have all been optimised for short-handed sailing; ergonomically designed to maximise crew efficiency in manoeuvres and sail changes while keeping the Farr DNA of a beautifully balanced helm and dynamic sailing experience.

Because You Deserve a Little Comfort

With shorthanded offshore sailing in mind, the company have focused on developing a deck layout that is flexible and ergonomic.

The deck house geometry is designed to deflect green water away from the cockpit, while the cockpit coaming design is tailored to keep the crew above the deck and away from green water.

The scalloped shaped deckhouse permits the use of transverse jib tracks for most angles, with in-haulers utilised for tight upwind work to reduce sheeting angles.

With a focus on crew protection, a sheltered companionway with overhang provides shelter for the crew on deck in wet conditions.

Deck hardware placement has also been designed to ensure that all core controls are at hand when shorthanded.

Care has been taken to allow for multiple cross sheeting arrangements using the four winches. The water ballast scoop/drain and transfer controls are all actuated on deck without requiring someone to go below.

Vicsail would like to acknowledge the contribution of various marine professionals, details here.




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