“How fast is an Astréa 42?”

Seems like everyone asked us that at both the Newport and Annapolis shows.

Now that we’ve sailed her from Newport to Newburyport and then back to Narragansett Bay we finally have an answer: Plenty fast.

On the trip up, we were able to put the 50 hp Volvos through their paces. With a steady 20 knots (true) headwind, we scooted along at a steady 7.5+ knots at around 2200 RPM. We periodically vary the RPMs during break-in, but we never got below 7 as far as I can remember.

The trip back down was glorious, with two days of broad and beam reaches. We we were consistently over 11 kts and where 50% vs wind speed. Even with me steering. Jack took over just before the turn into Newport, and said he saw 13.7 kts more than once as he surfed the faces of the following seas.

Take a look at the video for little taste of the trip.

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