In Class A, all eyes were on two new boats at the beginning of the week. One was the brand-new X-Sport, a Grand Soleil 56R, a race version of a Philippe Briand design for the Italian boatbuilder Contiare del Pardo. Using designs from Farr, Peterson, Judel/Vrolik, and Groupe Finot, as well as Briand, Contiare del Pardo is known for customizing its production designs to suit customers needs. X-Sport is a modern typeform IMS boat with high, slab sides, a narrow beam, and a flush deck. The other boat, Orlanda, a 53-foot Farr design recently delivered was similar in shape, and would spend the week pushing the larger boat around the racecourse. Also in Class A was the 75-foot English-flagged Enigma of London, which used to be the turbosled Chance. With a new rig, a headstay thats been moved forward, and a heavier keel bulb, its been optimized for speed, but would have a hard time holding off the smaller boats in its class, including the Sydney 62 Bumblebee V, an Australian boat designed by Murray and Dovell. Next in size were two IMS 50s from the last Admirals Cup in 1999, the Italian Farr boat Brava Q8, and the Nelson-designed Idler, the lone American entry. These two boats had a good time racing each other during the week, but were no threat to the larger or smaller boats in the class. IMS is all about newer designs in Europe, and these two old warhorses, all of five years old, just werent on the pace.