Roberto Lacorte’s Supernikka won the Mini Maxi RC1 Class at the 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo. With the guidance of tactician Tommaso Chieffi, SuperNikka triumphed in a competitive class after a tough week of sailing in the most beautiful of venues, on the 50th anniversary of it’s host club the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. This is her second victory at the event in three years, securing a formidible legacy for a dual-purpose racer-cruiser.
The New York Times ran an article by John Clarke “Wally Yachts Puts Owners in the Driving Seat” featuring Wally Yachts and our WallyCento ‘Tango’. Designer Mark Mills described her as our most stylish work to date, combining a delicate balance of aesthetics and ergonomics.
The New York Yacht Club has announced that the IC37, their latest Club One Design designed by Mills Design, will be marketed by Melges Performance Sailboats and built by Westerly Marine. Selected after a great deal of thought, these partners complete an outstanding team developing and delivering the IC37 with an eye towards a successful Class beyond the 20 boat fleet for the NYYC. “The tremendous feedback we received on this new design convinced us that this boat can be more than just the next platform for our flagship competition, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup,” says New York Yacht Club Commodore Philip A. Lotz.
The class rules are an evolution of the principal philosophy for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup: top-notch Corinthian competition in matched one-design boats. With the exception of one bonafide boat captain, the crew will be all World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors and the inclusion of female sailors on each crew will be required. The combination of sails constructed to a common design by industry leader North Sails and hulls built to exacting tolerances by Westerly Marine, one of the world’s most respected and capable boatbuilders, will ensure a level platform previously unseen for boats this size. The innovative class structure will establish a new paradigm for true one-design racing.
“None of these ideas, on their own, are groundbreaking,” says Ken Read, President of North Sails, and a 27-year member of the Club. “One-design sails are a hallmark of successful classes such as the Laser and 49er, and the Nacra 17 has shown the potential of mandatory coed crews. But sailing hasn’t seen a boat this big embrace all these concepts from the outset. It’s a bold step by the New York Yacht Club. I think it has tremendous potential. It will greatly reduce the cost of entry and ensure that the competition is extraordinarily close.”
More on the Clubs decision here: https://www.nyyc.org/news/2178-new-york-yacht-club-partners-with-leading-marine-brands-to-launch-ic37-keelboat.
Our 100′ Wally ‘Tango’ was launched in Savona, Italy yesterday to begin a busy month of sea trials before the handover to the client. This opens a new chapter in an intense and exciting build project, our largest to date. It is also we believe the most innovative, the most stylish, and certainly has been one of the most satisfying to develop in collaboration with the client and his team, Wally Yachts, Pininfarina, and Persico Marine.
We owe our involvement to the vision of Wally founder Luca Bassani who suggested us to bring a fresh mindset to the wallycento design question. Presenting as a team with research partner KND-Sailing Performance and structural partner Pure Engineering we showed a radical proposal combining dramatic deck geometry with a novel interior layout for the most efficient ‘packaging’ of the required volumes, integrated with the structure to a level not yet seen in a yacht of this size. That proposal very quickly became the yacht that launches this month after huge amounts of detail development, but very little deviation from the original vision for a sleek, light, and exciting sailing machine.
To bring this highly refined concept to a full resolution required the total engagement of Persico Marine in the development and execution of the complex composites and systems. Setting a new standard for large race yachts of this type, the intensity of the composite construction matches that of aTP52 or Maxi 72, and with the optimisation of the extensive systems with Project Manager Carlo Torre, have resulted in significant gains through weight reduction and centralisation. Combined with the strikingly modern interior design from Pininfarina it is clear the entire team have achieved something extraordinary.
We are looking forward to the launch and sail trials, then showing her off briefly at the Monaco Yacht Show before she gets to her natural environment on the racecourse. Designer Mark Mills commented that “For such a significant and challenging project with so many key players it still surprises me that it has been the most positive and dynamic of environments. That collaborative ethos contributes hugely to making the gains in all of the areas we wanted in order to move the game on.”