The First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier Zen and a veteran of several Commodore's Cup teams is Dublin Bay bound according to its former owner Andrew McIrvine, an ex Admiral and Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
McIrvine wrote on social media: 'End of an era. Have been packing up Larry [La Response] to sail off to her new home in Dublin this weekend. Quite a decade. We took her over from Géry T in April 2010'.
Among other results, McIrvine was second in the 2016 RORC IRC National Championship in the cruiser-racer design.
McIrvine bought the boat from French offshore supremo Gery Trentesaux where she was previously known as Courier Zen.
Afloat understands that the new 40-footer is currently on its way from Cowes to new Dublin owners and will be based at the Royal Irish Yacht Club from Tuesday.
It will be a fillip to a seven-boat or more DBSC Cruiser Zero class racing that was in question only a couple of years ago.
According to insiders, the Trentesaux owned Beneteau's are all specially prepared. This particular boat has a twin skinned sandwich hull as against a standard single skin hull. It also has an IRC friendly fin keel rather than a fin and bulb. It also has a high spec carbon mast and keel.
As well as a great boost to the local fleet, it also means more competition for the successful Northern Ireland First 40, Forty Licks on the Irish Sea circuit in Dublin Bay, Belfast Lough, and the Clyde in Scotland.
As regular Afloat readers will know, the First 40, designed by Farr Yacht Design, is the heir to the hugely popular and successful Beneteau First 40.7 and something of a new benchmark for 40’ cruisers when introduced in 2009.