Prospector the Mills 68 crossed the finish line in Montego Bay, Jamaica to correct out ahead of Mini-Maxi rival Wizard by 1 hour 20 minutes after a close fought race in idyllic conditions.
Ken Read, Prospector Strategist on the win, “It was a great race for Prospector. It’s a really good group, a bunch of old friends, a really good team. Really good boat. We worked hard I can tell you that, this boat is new to them and it was fun, but it’s bloody hard work.”
On sailing in the Pineapple Cup, “You know I’ve sailed around the world a couple of times and two of the prettiest nights I’ve ever been out on the water for were in the last two days. Bright moon, stars, just gorgeous sailing conditions. I just did an 800-mile race and I didn’t touch my foul weather gear, so it’s heaven. For people not to consider this race as part of their bucket list if you have a boat that even semi races is crazy, because this is about as good as it gets.”
The C&C30 Class at Quantum Key West Race Week 2017 enjoyed a beautiful mix of conditions allowing four different boats to win races, although nobody could stop Dan Cheresh and his Extreme 2 team from a decisive victory, as featured in Steve Lapkin’s great images above, and this Quantum Sails facebook video of them in action https://www.facebook.com/84727408409/videos/10154972976913410/
Mills Design and MAT Yachts have been developing a smaller sister to the successful MAT1180. The MAT1080 is a high performance raceboat capable of inshore and coastal racing which has been carefully developed to keep cost and complexity to a minimum. Designer Mark Mills “We are very excited to develop another boat with MAT who are a great partner to work with. We feel a fast simple design offering cost-effective performance under both ORC and IRC is the way forwards.” Further details of this project will be shared in 2017.
Mills Design and Vismara Marine are proud to announce their latest collaboration, the Vismara 67 Mills. Following in the footsteps of the V50 Mills, V56 Mills and all-conquering V62 Mills, the V67 is a natural progression for the Viareggio-based luxury yacht builder. As with her sister ships, her construction will be in the most advanced carbon & epoxy sandwiches with carbon rig and standing rigging to ensure a very light displacement of approx 21.6 tons. She will also benefit from a telescopic keel design pioneered by Alessandro Vismara and fitted to a number of her forbears allowing her draft to be decreased from 3.6m to just 2.4m.
With four semi-custom designs already launched during 2016, the new V67 further cements Vismara Marine / Mills Design relationship. Offering the perfect combination of cutting edge performance hull design with the very latest in build techniques and technical design innovation, Vismara Marine with Mills Design is leading a new Italian renaissance amongst yacht builders.
German watchmaker Tutima has supported the all-women Tutima Sailing Team for a number of years, and this October rigged their dark-grey DK46 in the most unusual of locations to celebrate German Unity Day. Rigged with the mast up but no keel in central Dresden brought some unusual challenges but it created an extraordinarily successful centrepiece.