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RORC Caribbean 600 to host sensational fleet of yachts

February 17, 2015

An impressive fleet of yachts from all over the world have gathered for an amazing Caribbean rendezvous – RORC Caribbean 600. Fort Charlotte, nestled in the fantastic Antigua yacht charter location, will be the starting and finishing point for a popular 600-mile yacht race around 11 Caribbean islands, set to start on February 23, 2015.

Overall runner-up in two editions of the RORC Caribbean 600. Hap Fauth's Maxi 72, Bella Mente (USA)  aim to make it third time lucky  © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Overall runner-up in two editions of the RORC Caribbean 600. Hap Fauth's Maxi 72 yacht Bella Mente (USA) aim to make it third time lucky © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Since 2009, the RORC Caribbean 600 has been growing in popularity and the seventh edition boasts an astounding fleet of yachts: record breaking high performance racers, magnificent schooners, elegant classics and fast production yachts. World class sailors will be taking part, rubbing shoulders with royalty, captains of industry and passionate Corinthian amateurs.

The course meanders through the stunning central Caribbean affording amazing scenery, but the RORC Caribbean 600 is not just a joyride. Competitors can expect little sleep as the myriad of corners create many manoeuvres. The racing is electric but the high speed action in tropical heat can be exhausting. At the finish, the welcome party for the crews has become legendary. Every boat is cheered in, regardless of the hour, for a cold beer and a warm welcome.

The monohull course record for the RORC Caribbean 600 (40 hours 20 mins 02 secs) was set by George David’s superyacht Rambler 100 in 2011. The quality and depth of the fleet in this year’s race means that the quest for line honours will be the most dramatic in years.

The overall winner is decided by the RORC IRC rating system and the calibre of the fleet is such that this year’s winner is almost impossible to predict. Teamwork, tactics, and a share of good luck will decide the winner. Over the past six editions, only one 100-footer has won the race overall: Rambler 100. High performance yachts ranging from 50-72 feet have won the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy on four occasions.

This year three projects, new to the race, will fit into that category: Bryon Ehrhart from Chicago, Illinois, will be racing Reichel Pugh 63, Lucky. Piet Vroon’s newly acquired Ker 51, Tonnerre 4, from Breskens, Netherlands and British TP52 Sorcha, sailed by Peter Harrison, make up a trio of yachts that will be amongst the favourites for overall victory under the IRC rating rule.

The seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 has entries from over 14 different nations and crew from many more. Throughout the fleet there is a myriad of class champions from famous yacht races around the world.

Sailing yacht Adela and charter yacht Athos, the mighty schooners battle it out in the last RORC Caribbean 600 © Tim Wright Photoaction.com

Sailing yacht Adela and charter yacht Athos, the mighty schooners battle it out in the last RORC Caribbean 600 © Tim Wright/Photoaction.com


George David’s brand new hi-tech 88ft superyacht Rambler 88 is now in Antigua, hoping to lower the bar for the course record for the RORC Caribbean 600. Previous Ramblers still hold course records for: RORC Caribbean 600, The Transatlantic Race, Newport to Bermuda Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Amongst Rambler’s international crew are numerous world champions including three well-known sailors from New Zealand: Multiple America’s Cup winner, Brad Butterworth and Volvo Ocean Race winners, Stu Bannatyne and Brad Jackson.

Yachts from the USA have won the RORC Caribbean 600 overall on three occasions, more than any other nation. From Boston, Massachusetts, Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50, Privateer, was the overall winner under IRC in 2013 and the American team is back for their fifth race, having won IRC Canting Keel last year. From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hap Fauth will be racing his world championship winning Maxi 72 sailing yacht Bella Mente, the overall runner up for the race on two occasions. This year Bella Mente’s crew includes Mike Sanderson, Terry Hutchinson, Ian Moore and Adrian Stead. Bella Mente will be hoping it will be third time lucky in their quest for first place.

Two American flyers will be making their RORC Caribbean 600 debuts: Doug Baker from Orange County, California will be racing Kernan 47, True, and from Houston, Texas William Coates’ Ker 43, Otra Vez will have Volvo Ocean Race sailors George Peet and Luke Molloy on board. Stefan Jentzsch’s German Carkeek 47, Black Pearl, also makes its debut, with South African America’s Cup navigator, Marc Lagesse, amongst the crew.

Three American classic yachts will be on the start line on February 23rd: James Grundy of Oxford, Maryland will be racing the 84 year-old Alden schooner, Summerwind. The 1938 S&S Yawl Black Watch will sailed by Joseph Robillard of Short Hills, New Jersey and Frank Eberhart from Vinalhaven, Maine will be racing for the third time with the 1970 classic, Hound.


Volvo 70 Maserati is skippered by the legendary Italian sailor from Milan, Giovanni Soldini. Maserati is designed to break records and holds the Cadiz-San Salvador, New York-San Francisco and the Cape Town-Rio de Janeiro race[BB2]  records. On board for the RORC Caribbean 600 will be Pierre Casiraghi, eldest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, fourth-in-line to the Monegasque throne and a passionate sailor. Maserati’s owner John Elkann will also be racing. The Grandson and heir of Giovanni Agnelli, John Elkann is the President of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which owns the Maserati brand, as well as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and many others.


Yachts from Great Britain make up the largest number of yachts by country for the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600.

London based property developer Mike Slade’s Canting Keel Maxi, charter yacht Leopard, set the course record in the inaugural race and holds numerous speed and race records, including two current Transatlantic races. This year, Leopard has been chartered by UK-based businessman Chris Bake, winner of five RC44 Tour Championships. The core Leopard crew, including Australian skipper Chris Sherlock, will form a formidable partnership with Bake’s Team Aqua. The all-star crew includes America’s Cup winner Cameron Appleton from New Zealand and Volvo Ocean Race winner Jules Salter from Gurnard, Isle of Wight.

RORC Admiral and London surgeon, Andrew McIrvine will be taking part in his sixth race and skippers Southern Wind 94 superyacht Windfall. The vast majority of Windfall crew will be RORC members, including Dublin based RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd as navigator. Two RORC Rear Commodores will also be on board: Justin Slawson from Wimborne, Dorset and Adrian Lower from Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. Windfall should have a fascinating battle with PY100 charter yacht Liara, owned by Tony Todd from St. Peter Port, Guernsey and sailed by John Walker from Romsey, Hampshire. Liara’s crew include a number of Hampshire’s most experienced yachtsmen including Peter Morton and Kelvin Rawlings from Cowes, Isle of Wight and navigator, Nat Ives from Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire.

British Volvo 70 Monster Project will be skippered by Andy Budgen from Greenock, Scotland. Monster Project took Line Honours for the Canting Keel Class last year and is a real flyer in Caribbean conditions. Monster Project is one of 10 specialist race charter yachts competing. Well over 100 passionate amateur sailors will be taking up the challenge against the professionals, racing on performance charter yachts.

Last year First 40 Lancelot II, skippered by Chris Jackson from Fareham, Hampshire, was the winner of IRC Two which contains the bounty of race charter yachts. Ross Applebey from Wallingford, Oxfordshire will skipper Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster, which has won class in the RORC Caribbean 600 on two occasions. Racing for the sixth time, Andy Middleton from Cowes, Isle of Wight will skipper First 47.7 EH01.


Antigua is the Caribbean home of two of the world’s most famous schooners. Charter yacht Athos and luxury yacht Adela will continue their gentlemen’s duel in the Spirit of Tradition class. The Dykstra-designed Adela is the smaller of the two magnificent yachts at 182ft and over 200 tons. The sails and systems on board Adela are advanced, but manoeuvres such as handling her giant red 1000m2 masthead spinnaker can require up to 30 crew. Athos is the largest yacht competing this year’s RORC Caribbean 600. The 203ft Hoek design weighs 370 tons, her rig is over 200ft high and she can hoist over 3000m2 of sail. Adela has won the Spirit of Tradition and Superyacht Classes for the last three years, but Athos provided exhilarating competition last year, finishing less than 39 minutes behind after two and a half days at sea.

By sharp contrast with the two largest yachts racing, local dentist Bernie Evan-Wong will be racing one of the smallest, his new Reichel Pugh 37 Taz. Bernie has competed in every RORC Caribbean 600 race since it started in 2009. “The RORC Caribbean 600 race captured my imagination the first time I heard about it,” exclaimed Bernie Evan-Wong. “The thought of full-on racing, night and day in tropical waters for 600 miles was a challenge and an adventure I just could not resist! If you love sailing and are a serious sailor, you have to put the RORC Caribbean 600 on your itinerary.”

Video: 40m J Class sailing yacht RAINBOW by Holland Jachtbouw

February 16, 2015

Measuring 40 meters in length over all, the multi-winning J Class sailing yacht Rainbow was launched at the Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in 2012. Based on William Starling Burgess’ lines of the original 1934 America’s Cup winner, the majestic superyacht Rainbow has been beautifully designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. Below is a video showing this beauty, released by Holland Jachtbouw.

This spectacular J boasts a classic interior true to the 1930s and a modern hybrid propulsion and power system specifically designed and engineered for luxury yacht Rainbow. Her luxury accommodation has not in any way compromised her performance, illustrated by her proven track record on the race course.

Super yacht Rainbow is true to her original lines plans and built in aluminium to Lloyds Register and MCA Classification at the same time complying with the rules of the J Class Association. She carries carbon spars and EC6 rigging.

Her stunning finish is down to the Holland Jachtbouw craftsmen who worked tirelessly to provide exactly the correct finish both above and below decks, giving her a unique appeal. Unlike the original Rainbow, her interior is fully fitted out for elegant comfort and Dykstra partnered with deVosdeVries on the design, which features beautifully detailed profiles and panelling giving a 1930s Art Deco impression.

Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Dramatic finale to 4th Superyacht Challenge Antigua

February 11, 2015

Lighter shifty conditions provided for a dramatic finale to the 4th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, which was hosted by the fabulous Antigua yacht charter destination, nestled in the Caribbean, from January 19 to February 1, 2015. The overall winner was decided on the last leg of the final race and by just two seconds.

Superyacht Challenge Antigua - Photo credit to Cory Silken

Superyacht Challenge Antigua - Photo credit to Cory Silken

Superyacht Unfurled nailed the pin end of the line with just a second to spare, the German Frers 112′ sloop was at full pace and the crew knew they had a chance of overall victory. Before the final six mile beat, Unfurled was up to fourth in pursuit of the leaders and played the current in Rendezvous Bay to great effect to stay in touch with the bigger, more powerful yachts and take the lead. A smart, tack bare away set, at Nelsons and Unfurled extended the lead and managed to hold off the chasing pack. Unfurled took the gun and then had to wait for the time correction to be factored in, the result was astonishing. The Superyacht Challenge Antigua delivered one of the closest finishes in the history of superyacht racing.

126′ Schooner, sailing yacht Gloria finished the regatta in style scoring their second bullet to elevate the team into third overall, but only just, Gloria was tied on points with 180′ Hoek designed ketch, superyacht Marie. Gloria took the podium place ahead of Marie by virtue of two first places in the regatta.

182′ Dykstra Schooner, luxury yacht Adela was runner up to Gloria in Race 4, assuring the the Adela team of second place overall, just a point ahead of both Marie and Gloria. In the last race, Adela beat Unfurled by just 2 seconds after time correction. Significantly if Unfurled had beaten Adela, the 112′ sloop would have tied for an overall victory for the regatta. However, the overall winner of the 4th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua was the 102′ Ketch, sailing yacht Marama by a single point from Unfurled.

The Superyacht Challenge Antigua Prize Giving was held at the Copper and Lumber Store in Nelson’s Dockyard and true to the event’s traditions there was not much pomp or ceremony, just several hundred good natured, lovers of yachting, getting together for a big laugh and congratulating each winner as they went up to the stage.

Sailing yacht MALTESE FALCON with ‘DynaRig’ by MAGMA Structures

February 03, 2015

MAGMA Structures, a global leader in composite technology based at Trafalgar Wharf in UK’s Portchester, is a creator of the revolutionary ‘DynaRig’ for the outstanding 88-metre charter yacht Maltese Falcon. Launched by Perini Navi in 2006, sailing yacht Maltese Falcon has proved that the DynaRig is a highly efficient, reliable, practical, easy to use and, above all, safe sailing system, delivering ease of handling, reliability and efficiency, even when sailing at 18 knots.

Maltese Falcon -  (2)

Maltese Falcon - (2)

In 2000, Dykstra Naval Architects were one of a number of naval architects asked to come up with a proposal for a Perini Navi 87m hull for a fast and safe ocean passage making rig. Several rig options were proposed, including a schooner rig, a traditional and modernized barque rig and the DynaRig. The owner quickly selected the DynaRig as he was trying to revive the ‘Clipper’ sailing concept of safe, fast sailing speeds in ocean conditions, together with single person button-controlled sail handling and good windward performance.

The rig for The Maltese Falcon yacht was developed, tested and built by a specialist engineering team with years of successful large yacht and rig experience, under the personal guidance of the yacht’s first visionary owner, Tom Perkins. The team spent over 90,000 design and development hours on the rig, the fittings, the sails and the sailing systems.

Superyacht Maltese Falcon has 3 free-standing, rotating masts approximately 58m in height which hoist a total sail area of 2400m². Since its launch in 2006, the vessel has cruised and raced extensively in the Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean, covering well over 100,000 miles; a large majority under sail. The yacht has executed more than 11,000 individual sail sets, through storms, gales and calms and raced in many superyacht events and transatlantic regattas.

Remarkably, for a 1200 tonne, 89m LOA vessel, luxury yacht Maltese Falcon has won several regattas including wins in three consecutive Perini Navi Cups in conditions ranging from flat calm to 35 knots plus. In each of these regattas, the entire sailing operation was carried by a crew of just three; helmsman, trimmer and tactician.

The unique characteristics of her rig enable luxury charter yacht Maltese Falcon to be sailed easily by just a few crew, as well as being able to manoeuvre confidently in confined waters, sail on and off her mooring and set sails for even very short trips; something other sailing superyachts are not able to achieve.

Dykstra-designed yachts to be exhibited at boot Dusseldorf 2015

January 14, 2015

Dykstra Naval Architects is delighted to announce that several of their yacht designs will be showcased at the upcoming boot Dusseldorf 2015. The event will run from January 17 to 25.

The latest luxury yacht designed by Dykstra - 56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

The latest luxury yacht designed by Dykstra - 56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

One of the yachts at Boot 2015 in Dusseldorf is The Flyer 33, built by Flyer Yachts. She is a premium daysailer/weekender with great performance and considerable comfort. Designed with a modern plumb bow, classic stern and a gracious, low freeboard she is a head turning beauty. Jeroen de Vos from Dykstra Naval Architects: “The Flyer 33 is a true gentlemen’s yacht with an attractive design typically seen on Super Yachts”.

Her sail wardrobe features a North Sails furling jib, battened mainsail and an optional 65m2 gennaker to enhance downwind performance. During the first test sails she managed to hit 10 knots under gennaker. She offers significant comfort to spend a weekend aboard. Below deck there is a spacious V-berth plus two additional berths to accommodate four comfortably. The compact galley has a sink and large (40L) fridge to keep drinks cold. The heads can be enclosed with a privacy curtain. The Flyer 33 can be visited at stand no. 15/ D38.

In Hall 7A, KM Yachtbuilders will have a stand with information, scale models and images of the Dykstra Naval Architects custom and semi-custom designed Bestevaers and Bestewinds, a proven success as over 30 of these designs have been built till now. At stand no. 7A/ B08, they invite you to come and check possibilities and give you a feel of the yard.

Royal Huisman and Dykstra Naval Architects announced their new 56 meter Ketch Aquarius yacht project in December 2014. At stand no. 7A/G19, Royal Huisman will be exhibiting their yachts and projects, visit their stand to see the grand list of Dykstra Naval Architects designed yachts (sailing yacht Pumula, superyacht Kamaxitha, luxury yacht Hanuman, charter yacht Meteor, mega yacht Athena, Borkumriff IV yacht and JK4 charter yacht Endeavour), already built at Royal Huisman in Vollenhove.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts with design by Dykstra Naval Architects.

New 56m sailing yacht AQUARIUS by Dykstra Naval Architects and Royal Huisman

December 11, 2014

Dykstra Naval Architects and Royal Huisman are thrilled to announce their latest order for the majestic 56m (184’) sailing yacht Aquarius. Superyacht Aquarius is a classic ketch destined for an American couple, who selected naval architecture and exterior styling to be by Dykstra Naval Architects, interior design by Mark Whiteley Design and construction by Royal Huisman in Holland.

56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

56m superyacht Aquarius - Profile

“The owner’s brief for Aquarius has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment,” says Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects. “We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with her ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and spade rudder will assure light air agility to her otherwise all round performance. We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers and bicycles she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas.”

Rigged with carbon spars, booms and standing rigging scaled to an air draft that maximizes sail area whilst recognizing the Panamax height limitation, the design details feature oval portholes in the sleek, low profile dark blue hull, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast that promises to flood the owners suite with an abundance of natural light, and for added social amenity, A mid deck lounge area with sun canopy above. Whilst many details are yet to come, Aquarius adds further distinction, having acres of uncluttered teak decking, a 6.2m / 20ft jet drive tender, large 3m / 10ft side boarding platform and twin helms socially connected to the large shaded main cockpit that adjoins an even larger glass rimmed deck salon at its forward end.

Luxury yacht Aquarius - Sail Plan

Luxury yacht Aquarius - Sail Plan

“The interior will compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted paneling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber, says designer Mark Whiteley. “The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner’s family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym. One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner’s extended family with twin beds that can convert to a Queen double with a set of Pullman berths above. The gymnasium too will have an optional Pullman fitted.“

Luxury yacht Aquarius, due for delivery to her owners in the autumn of 2017 represents a collective ensemble of designers, project manager and builder, whose skill sets are being elevated by the encouraging ideas of a very thoughtful husband and wife team. Following delivery it will no doubt be an exciting maiden voyage for Aquarius as she pursues the trade wind sailing made famous in the Windward and Leeward islands of the West Indies.

New 105m DYNARIG Yacht by Oceanco and Dykstra

November 04, 2014

Dykstra Naval Architects is thrilled to continue to shape the next generation of Dynarigs and green superyachts with the all-new 105m Dynarig yacht. Currently under construction at Oceanco, the breath-taking 105m Dynarig superyacht mixes up the studio’s experience in the design of large yachts such as the award-winning three-masted 87m charter yacht Maltese Falcon Dynarig, the 90m mega yacht Athena, as well as the 56m custom campaining vessel Rainbow Warrior III.

105m mega yacht Dynarig by Oceanco and Dykstra NA

105m Dynarig superyacht by Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects - Image credit to Dykstra NA

Slated for delivery in Spring 2016, Oceanco’s 105m Dynarig megayacht embraces the movement towards environmentally conscious yachts using less fuel and more power from the wind and sun. With a Dykstra-designed Dynarig and full naval architecture, this yacht will boast a steel hull, aluminium superstructure, Nuvolari Lenard‘s Interior and Magma Composite Spars.

New superyacht projects for Rondal

October 21, 2014

Rondal’s status as a leading producer of high performance custom superyacht rigs is already well established, but prominent new orders for breath-taking superyacht projects emphasize the growth not only in business, but in recognition of the company’s outstanding technical capabilities.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hand Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman to feature the complete rig package by Rondal - Photo by Hand Westerink

Powering ‘The Beast’…

The latest order is the complete rig package for a radical 58m sloop from Dubois Naval Architects – described at its Monaco Yacht Show unveiling as “The Beast” due to its unswerving commitment to exceptional performance.

The rig features a 71m/233ft five-spreader carbon fibre mast and performance boom to store a flat head mainsail. In addition, Rondal will supply captive winches, feeders, deck hatches and entrances.

The build is being undertaken by Royal Huisman.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

…as well as an illustrious fleet of in-build projects

The Dubois 58m superyacht project is the latest addition to a very high quality fleet of superyacht projects that have chosen Rondal to supply them with high performance spars and rigs. Setting aside ”The Beast” order, they total some 300m in combined rig height:

–          37m/123ft classic Dykstra Sloop at Royal Huisman

–          70m Contemporary Ketch C2227 at Perini Navi: the complete package includes

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

–          73m/ 240ft main mast, 59m/ 194ft mizzen mast, booms, spreaders, standing and  running rigging, and load monitoring system

–          43m/142ft Frers Performance Sloop at Royal Huisman. The rig features a 58m, four-spreader carbon fibre mast and a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom.

–          47m/156ft Tripp Design Performance Sloop at Holland Jachtbouw. The rig features a four-spreader ‘Panamax’ carbon fibre mast, a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom and composite standing rigging.

Tripp 212 Yacht

Tripp 212 Yacht

The industry increasingly seems to agree that Rondal rigs are a sailing force to be reckoned with – as are the people who make them!

100-foot limit lifted for 2015 Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races

October 16, 2014

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Malta Yacht Club have lifted the 100-foot (30,47m) LOA monohull limit for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race as well as the Rolex Middle Sea Race, set by a number of the classic 600 mile races, such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races. This will allow superyachts attending the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit: Rolex Kurt/Arrigo

The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Superyachts have always been eligible to race in the RORC Caribbean 600 and a number have entered for the west to east Transatlantic Race at the end of June/July 2015, organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

In previous editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race only monohulls of 100ft or less were eligible to win the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup. In 2013 there were two monohulls at this upper limit of 100ft: Mike Slade’s Farr 100 charter yacht ICAP Leopard (GBR), and Igor Simcic’s RP100 superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).

With a number of superyachts competing in the 2015 Transatlantic Race, such as Elena Ambrosiadou’s, 289ft Dykstra/Perini Navi charter yacht Maltese Falcon, and superyacht Mariette, the 1915 Herreshoff classic, the increased LOA limit for the 46th biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will entice yachts over 100ft to enter and possibly win the Fastnet Challenge Cup, making for a spectacular race from Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2015.

Rolex Fastnet priority for RORC members

“Another initiative in place for the Rolex Fastnet Race is to give RORC members priority when entering in January 2015,” explains Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager. “The race was oversubscribed in 2013 within 24 hours of entry opening with many boats, including those of RORC members, having to go on a waiting list. To cope with demand, the Club increased the limit to 340, but with the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard having close to 60 boats and the Rolex Middle Sea Race breaking the 100 boat barrier, we can only envisage another scramble for places when entry opens at midday on the 12th January 2015,” continues Elliott.

Delivery of 20,25m Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht ANABEL

October 16, 2014

Measuring 20,25 meters in length, the Bestevaer 66ST sailing yacht ‘Anabel’ was one of the most visited yachts during the Hiswa in-water boat show in Amsterdam, where she was showcased by KM Yachtbuilders as the longest sailing yacht on display. Following the event, luxury yacht ‘Anabel’ was successfully delivered to her new Owner.

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht Anabel under sail

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht Anabel under sail

It wasn’t long before ‘Anabel’ yacht was the talk of the town and people on the jetties were calling out that ‘you really have to go and see the ‘helicopter’ boat!’.

The owner of the ‘Anabel’ yacht does indeed like to fly in an helicopter, and this is clearly reflected on board his yacht. There is one big leather helm seat in the pilot house. And on the dashboard you will see countless meters, displays, buttons and warning lamps. Below in the salon you will find the ‘master panel’, where all the yacht’s functions can be read out, steered or monitored.

Luxury yacht Anabel sailing

Luxury yacht Anabel sailing

But why to have such a panel in your yacht? Other yachts don’t have them, do they?

Eeuwe Kooi, owner of KM Yachtbuilders: “Our philosophy is that a yacht has to ‘fit’ its owner, like a tailor-made Italian suit. That’s only possible if everything is made-to-measure according to the owner’s wishes and ideas. It’s sometimes hard for outsiders to understand certain choices that are made on board, or they’re not the choices they would make themselves. That’s understandable – after all, no two people are the same. Anabel was designed and built for her owner and for nobody else. That’s the great thing about custom building. If the owner is happy we are too, and we’ve succeeded in our mission!

Anabel Yacht at HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam

Anabel Yacht at HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam

The owner of Anabel wanted a yacht based on his own ideas. He couldn’t find what he wanted ‘in the market’. One of his wishes was the ability to sail completely self-reliantly and independently, i.e. no quayside power connection, a large set of batteries, plenty of solar panels on deck, a water maker and two large telescopic wind generators.

‘Safety’ was also on his wishlist, another important reason to choose a KMY aluminium yacht. This requirement was met by the ice reinforcement in the 8 mm hull and 10 mm hull plates around the lifting keel, the standard integrated watertight bulkheads, the addition of a watertight door and the deep cockpit from which everything can be operated.

Sailing yacht Anabel - Interior

Sailing yacht Anabel - Interior

The type of wood used for the interior catches the eye: oiled tiger wood. This is a wild wood type that is rarely used for yacht interiors. Combined with the white ceiling and walls the appearance remains fresh and light.

The designers of Dykstra Naval Architects have once again designed a superb yacht with outstanding sailing qualities. During one trial in the North Sea a speed of 19.5 kn was measured, and up to now she has an average of 242 nm per 24 hours.

Aboard Anabel Yacht

Aboard Anabel Yacht

After the Hiswa the Bestevaer 66ST yacht ‘Anabel’ was delivered to its new owner and headed towards Southern Europe. The owner will be then be making the crossing to the Caribbean. He has not yet decided where he will be continuing his voyage after that.

Bestevaer 66ST Yacht ANABEL – Technical Specifications:

Length overall 20.25 m

Length over deck 19.30 m

Length waterline 18.03 m

Air draft (above DWL) 27.00 m

Beam 5.00 m

Beam waterline 4.51 m

Lift Keel:

Draft Keel Up 1.60 m

Draft Keel Down 3.25 m

Displacement (light ship) 28,500 kg (full load) 33,100 kg

Ballast 7,500 kg

Cabins 3 (2x double, 1x single)

Baths 2


Fuel tank 2 x 800 l

Fresh water tanks 2 x 1200l

Black water tank 2 x 200 l

KM Yachtbuilders is currently working on the following projects:


• Stadtship 71

• Bestevaer 56ST

• Catamaran 100ft


• Bestevaer 62ST

• Bestevaer 56ST

• Koopmans 37

• 10x B2B project work vessels


• Bestevaer 49ST

• Bestevaer 53ST

Refits/major overhaul:

• Koopmans 43

• Koopmans 44

• Bestevaer 49ST

• Bestevaer 55ST

• Bestevaer 65S

• Stadtship 70