The club began its quest by announcing a design competition. This attracted 10 entries, which were reduced to three finalists: a Bruce Farr design, another from Ian Mills and the package deal by German Frers and Swan. "It was a difficult decision," admits Hinman. "The designs proposed by Farr and Mills were both excellent, but what swayed our members, a number of whom have owned Swans, was the quality package offered by Frers and Nautor. What we have worked to create is a truly Corinthian class to be sailed by owner-drivers and amateur crews that promotes high-level and high-performance competition," Hinman adds. "We wanted a multi-dimensional design, one that would provide great one-design racing around the cans, be competitive under IRC to race in premier events like the Bermuda and Fastnet races, yet also make a good cruising boat."