Winston and the team
The Beneteau First 40 – a proven, successful racer/cruiser

The First 40

The Beneteau First 40 was designed by Bruce Farr to replace the iconic First 40.7 cruiser/racer. The First 40 has been on the British race circuit since 2010 and is now established as the number one choice for performance charter. She is a bigger and faster boat than the 40.7 and, unlike the de-tuned 'F40' charter version of the First 40, which has a smaller rig and shallow draft, Winston is a full regatta version complete with triple spreader rig, deep keel, high tech sails, symmetrical spinnakers and asymmetrical gennaker, carbon spinnaker pole and carbon wheel.

She is easy to sail fast in round-the-cans and distance races, and with crew practice she is a proven winner in contemporary, competitive fleets.

The First 40 offers an exceptional blend of cruising-style luxury and highly competitive, grand prix performance. Her vital statistics are:

Description Specification
LOA 12.58m (41' 3")
Beam 3.89m (12' 8")
Draft 2.45m (8' 0")
Displacement 7,900kg (17,412lbs)
Upwind sail area 91sq m (980sq ft)
Spinnaker 132sq m (1,421sq ft)
Engine 40HP
Rig top above waterline 18m (59' 1")
Standing room (saloon) 1.9m (6' 2")

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Winston is equipped for staying on board, with three cabins, toilet and shower, hot and cold pressurised water and a fully equipped galley including a fridge. She is easy to sail and a safe, stable vessel suitable for private charter and novice corporate sailing under the guidance of our highly experienced and fully qualified skippers and mates. For team building and key executive development programmes we work closely with award-winning training partners Consult-smp.

Her racing sails are by Hyde, and deck gear is by Harken. She is MCA coded and equipped with all safety gear for inshore and offshore racing and passage-making.

  • Deck plan

  • Interior layout

Winston First 40 Yacht Charters is a two-year-old venture built around our own cherished First 40, but with access to more matched boats for larger or corporate events. We're totally focused on making our customers' experience memorable and enjoyable, and my personal aim is to provide the best service levels in the business!

Tim Scarisbrick
Winston's charter captain