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New Luxury Trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 launched by PI Super Yachts

July 07, 2015

PI Super Yachts has proudly launched the new luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25, boasting a highly innovative charging autosail technology, ensuring near silent eco-friendly running. Measuring 25 meters in length, luxury yacht DRAGONSHIP 25 belongs to a new range of sailing trimarans, destined for the luxury end of the yachting market. The flagship of the fleet is the 80m mega yacht DRAGONSHIP 80, unveiled in 2014.

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

Superyacht DRAGONSHIP 25 offers a total of 291sqm of sumptuous luxury living space and incorporates the very latest technology. She is designed to easily sleep up to 10 guests and four crew members for extended cruising. The master stateroom can be found in the main hull with fixed portlights in the transom.  Four ensuite guest staterooms are positioned on the main deck, while the twin crew cabins are situated in the amas. There are also vast dining and lounge areas at the aft cockpit, as well as salon and flybridge which has port and starboard helm stations. An extended deck hosts a 5,2m tender and hydraulic crane. Each ama houses a lazarette with fold-down swim platform aft, storing a wonderful selection of water toys.

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

“At PI Super Yachts, we pride ourselves in providing creative solutions to the design, usability and environmental issues that our clients face.” The “Baby-Dragon” as CEO and founder Will O’Hara likes to call the DRAGONSHIP 25 yacht is ‘carbon free’, with electric propulsion and solar PV panels on the coach roof and integrated into the Autosail wingsail. This results in zero carbon fuels, zero emissions and almost silent running on full power, providing owners with a truly ethical sailing experience with zero impact on the environment.

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht - aft view

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht – aft view

Boasting durable design and top quality materials for environmentally ethical sailing, all of the Dragonship range of vessels incorporate British design, Autosail technology and ecological blue sky thinking mixed up with the company’s ‘blue sea ethos’.

McConaghy Boats & BMT Group to construct Luxury Trimaran Tri60

February 12, 2015

McConaghy Boats and BMT Group have announced that the IY&A Awards 2015-nominated luxury trimaran Tri60 will begin its construction. The unique and well-balanced Tri60 trimaran yacht was created with the perfect balance in mind, incorporating style, speed as well as comfort on board; this should be of great benefit to buyers looking for a trimaran that is well suited both for private use as well as luxury yacht charter.

Catamaran Tri60 - Photos Credit - BMT Asia Pacific

Catamaran Tri60 – Photos Credit – BMT Asia Pacific

“BMT worked with McConaghy two years ago on a unique composite project at the same time that the much-celebrated 142-foot Adastra trimaran yacht was being completed. We asked —How can we capture the spirit of this compelling work? How do we create something that is as innovative and exciting, whilst also being accessible to a wider dayboat or weekender market?” says Richard Colwill, Managing Director at BMT Asia Pacific.

TRI 60 Catamaran - Photos Credit - BMT Asia Pacific

TRI 60 Catamaran – Photos Credit – BMT Asia Pacific

With styling help from Henry Ward Design and A Sea Marine, the Tri60 yacht is available in two forms: the open Cabriolet for those who love outdoor activities and the Saloon for anyone looking  for a more enclosed lounging experience. Both styles are built around a traditional trimaran hull and feature a wide beam that is usually found on much larger yachts. The luxury yacht Tri60 has plenty of windows, skylights, and sliding glass doors that offer tons of natural light and help to combine the interior and exterior. The stern garage can fit a 10′ four-person tender, and the pontoons can fit extra deck furniture and water toys, extremely popular with yacht charterers.

Tri60 catamaran - Photos Credit - BMT Asia Pacific

Tri60 catamaran – Photos Credit – BMT Asia Pacific

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Motor yacht Adastra Feature – by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs

June 06, 2011

Motor yacht Adastra is a very interesting superyacht which is designed for ultra efficient long range cruising. The striking 42.5m Trimaran Adastra was designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs and is currently being built in China for a Hong Kong yacht owners Anto and Elaine Marden.

Superyacht Adastra profile in silver a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra profile in silver a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Yacht “Adastra” is the result of more than 5 years of design and discussion with the owners, to build a yacht that meets the needs of a very experienced ocean voyaging couple and their family, and to provide the level of comfort and style that would be expected in a yacht of this class and size. No effort has been spared in the challenge to produce a beautiful yacht that will have low fuel consumption and yet provide excellent sea keeping qualities and luxurious accommodation.

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Yacht “Adastra” takes the power trimaran concept further than has ever been attempted before, previous vessels like “Earthrace” and “Cable and Wireless” were stripped out record breaking machines. The challenge of turning this concept into a viable luxury yacht has led us to further research and to develop new thinking on stability and comfort at sea for this type of craft.

Motor yacht Adastra aft in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Motor yacht Adastra aft in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Extensive tank testing and radio controlled model tests in waves have been carried out to analyze stability and performance. Outrigger height has been optimized for ease of motion at sea, and a new outrigger shape has been developed to increase stability in waves. We have undertaken a state of the art structural analysis of all the major components in the yacht in order to achieve the light weight required for very low fuel consumption. All this has resulted in the exceptional vessel that is nearing completion in China.

Superyacht Adastra aft a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra aft a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Adastra’s 16 metre beam creates a spacious saloon area on the main deck which offers superb views through a panoramic window and accommodates a lounge area, dining table, and navigation station. A forward facing door through the saloon window gives easy access to a large sunbed on the foredeck. The aft deck has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard, further aft of this there is space for a 4.9 metre tender and directly below is a garage which can store a 3.1 metre tender. The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform.

Superyacht Adastra cockpit in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra cockpit in silver a Power Trimaran - as Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Extra space has been created below deck by slightly flaring the central hull just above the waterline. This area has been split into two sections with a full-width master cabin located aft with access from the deck saloon, and two further guest cabins, accommodation for the crew, and the galley located forward of the engine compartment. Adastra offers comfortable accommodation for nine guests and up to six crew members. The main helm station, which has seating for two, is positioned in a raised pilot house situated between the aft deck and the saloon area and forms part of the cross beam structure.

Superyacht Adastra cockpit a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Superyacht Adastra cockpit a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

The Superstructure is carbon fibre with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is Glass/Kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is light weight oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels. To help reduce weight, virtually every aspect of the boat is custom built. This includes carbon fibre hatches, portlights, ladders and even hinges, which are all built specifically for the vessel.

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Interior Saloon and dining © Jepsen Designs Hong Kong

Superyacht Adastra a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Interior Saloon and dining © Jepsen Designs Hong Kong

A SiMON_ integrated ships monitoring system monitors fuel, security, pump sensors, electrical, lights, etc. The vessel has a fully automated fuel management system which includes an Alfa Laval system for cleaning the fuel.

Superyacht Adastra under construction in McConaghy yard Zhuhai China

Superyacht Adastra under construction in McConaghy yard Zhuhai China

The anchoring system is unique with 3 anchors all driven by carbon fibre drum winches run by hydraulics. The primary anchor is a custom 130kg Bruce style anchor that deploys out of the starboard wing. The second anchor is 80kg and deploys out of the bow with a carbon fibre arm. The third anchor is 60kg which deploys out of the port wing and will be used as a stern anchor.

Adastra profile a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Adastra profile a 42.5m Power Trimaran - Designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design

Specification of Motor yacht Adastra:

LOA – 42.5 m
Beam – 16 m
Hull Draft – 1.12 m (1.6m to tip of rudder)
Main engine – 1x Caterpillar C18 -1150 hp @ 2300 rpm
Outrigger engines – 2x Yanmar 110hp @ 3200 rpm
Generators – 2 x 36 kw custom in the outriggers linked to 110 Hp Yanmar engines, and 1x 26 kw Northern lights in Main engine room
Owner and Guests – 9
Crew – 5-6
Tenders – 4.9m stored on the aft deck and a 3.1m stored in the garage
Freshwater Capacity – 2x 800 gph fresh water makers – 2700 litres water
Displacement light – Fully equipped and full stores and crew, no fuel and no water – 49 tonnes
Displacement cruising max – (normal operational load) 15000 litres fuel – 64.8 tonnes
Displacement ocean passage max – (only for occasional long ocean passages) 32000 litres fuel – 77 tonnes
Speed max – 22.5 knots
Range at 17 knots – 4000 miles
Fuel consumption at 13 knots – 90 litres per hour.
Fuel consumption at 17 knots – 120 litres per hour
Exterior Styling – John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd.
Naval Architecture – John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd.
Structural Design – John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd. & Applied Structural Analysis Ltd.
Interior Design – Jepsen Designs, Hong Kong
Builder – McConaghy Boats, Zhuhai, China

Please contact John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd for more:

Clay Lane
West Sussex RH20 4HL

Tel +44 (0) 7880 796 862

Email John and Orion Shuttleworth:

The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic gains momentum

April 04, 2011

The Maricuda project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic has gained significant momentum recently with its association and assistance from General Electric, Renk, Wartsila and Devonport Yachts. The design process of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger, the craft that is being designed to cross the Atlantic in under two days is closer to becoming a reality.

The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic gains momentum

The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic gains momentum

The remarkable 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Project ‘superyacht’ that is being developed will enable ocean-going craft to travel thousands of miles without re-fuelling, at almost twice the current acknowledged speeds. The structure and mechanical components are currently undergoing rigorous stress analysis to prove that this new marine engineering technology will work on the day.

The Maricuda team, led by Managing Director David Aitken MSc, recently visited the Devonport Yachts, Pendennis Shipbuilding yard in Falmouth with a BBC cameraman to record the excellent progress this project is making. The Hales Trophy Trustees supplied Maricuda with a detailed image of the Hales Trophy for the occasion and this can be seen both in the new ‘Investors Brochure’ and on the website at

Consider the merits of halving the duration of ocean travel. Air-freight could return to the seas and consequently revive harbours and ports around the world. Passenger ferry operators could travel further or travel the current distance in half the time. International borders can be better protected. Drug enforcement agencies could excel. Offshore energy sites could be swiftly serviced. The military and rescue services could perform with even more remarkable efficiency.

Maricuda has set its sights on introducing this radical new technology as soon as investors and / or sponsors are ‘on board’. To prove the engineering and showcase the new technology, the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger will secure the Hales Trophy. This challenge, the Blue Riband, is the ultimate speed event for man and machine, 3500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest time ever.

America’s Cup: Trimaran USA 17 back home in San Francisco

March 01, 2011

The giant America’s Cup-winning trimaran arrived in the Bay today aboard the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord after a 7,900-mile passage from Valencia, Spain, via the Panama Canal. The ship carrying USA 17 trimaran passed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at 0530 PST and berthed alongside San Francisco’s Pier 80 at 0650.

'0650 PST was the time the America’s Cup winning trimaran USA 17 touched USA soil again. At least that’s when the mooring lines secured the M.V Star Isjford alongside San Francisco’s Pier 80 with USA 17 trimaran onboard

'0650 PST was the time the America’s Cup winning trimaran USA 17 touched USA soil again. At least that’s when the mooring lines secured the M.V Star Isjford alongside San Francisco’s Pier 80 with USA 17 trimaran onboard

The timing of unloading the game-changing 115ft trimaran and its wingsail will be determined by prevailing wind conditions.  Both will be placed in short term storage in ORACLE Racing’s new base on Pier 80. Longer term, there are plans to put the yacht and her impressive 223-foot wingsail on public display.     

The trimaran may not sail again, her place in history assured by two brief, glorious moments in February 2010. USA 17 has only ever contested two races in her life. She won both convincingly to win the oldest trophy in international sport from the Swiss Alinghi team.

In doing so, she propelled the America’s Cup into a new era of fast, exciting wingsailed multihull featuring shorter, simpler-to-understand racing and pioneering television graphics.

“When we stepped off the boat last year it was a really flat feeling that lasted several weeks,” commented skipper James Spithill. “We realized that we might not sail the boat again. There was such a buzz in sailing a machine so big and which pushed so many boundaries. But she was also ‘high-maintenance’ and right now our priority is the future, not the past.”

ORACLE Racing’s focus is on the next Cup. Scheduled for San Francisco in the summer of 2013, it will showcase similar wingsail multihull technology that made USA 17 so exciting.

The team’s new AC45 catamaran, used for the 2011 and 2012 America’s Cup World Series events, is nearing completion, while the design, sailing, engineering and boatbuilding teams are flat-out developing concepts for the team’s bigger AC72 catamaran for the defense of the America’s Cup.

USA 17’s arrival is her first visit to the city that ORACLE Racing calls home. She was launched in Anacortes, Wash., in August 2008. After initial testing there, she was moved to San Diego, Calif., for a further period of training before being shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America’s Cup.

Measuring more than 100 feet long and 90 feet wide and powered by a 20-storey tall wingsail, USA 17 is the fastest yacht to ever win the America’s Cup. It has been in storage in Valencia since winning the Cup on Feb. 14, 2010

America’s Cup winning trimaran USA 17 bound for San Francisco

January 25, 2011

USA 17 trimaran has only ever competed twice, but she sailed the races of her life to dominate the Swiss defender, Alinghi, off Valencia, Spain, last year and win the 33rd America’s Cup.

America's Cup winning trimaran USA 17 bound for San Francisco - Photo Credit Oracle Racing

America's Cup winning trimaran USA 17 bound for San Francisco - Photo Credit Oracle Racing

The extraordinary carbon-fiber machine is being loaded onto the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord this week for the long delivery trip to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. The freighter carrying both USA 17 and her extraordinary 223ft wingsail is scheduled to leave Valencia on January 29 or 30 for the 7,900-nautical-mile passage to the Bay Area.

The estimated arrival in San Francisco, dependent upon on-time loading, sea conditions en-route and transit time in the Panama Canal, is March 1.

The trimaran’s arrival will mark the first time that USA 17 visits the city that ORACLE Racing calls home. She was launched in Anacortes, WA, in August 2008, and after initial testing there moved to San Diego, CA, for a further period of training before being moved to Valencia for the 33rd Cup Match last February.

Measuring more than 100 feet long and 90 feet wide and powered by a 20-storey tall wingsail, USA 17 is the fastest yacht to ever win the America’s Cup. It has been in storage in Valencia since winning the Cup on Feb. 14, 2010.

With the ORACLE Racing team fully focused on laying the groundwork for its 34th America’s Cup campaign in 2013, the provisional plan is to continue to keep USA 17 in storage after unloading. An announcement about the vessel’s sailing plans will be made later this year.

“The handful of us privileged to sail on USA 17 would love to sail her again in an instant. I dare say all those who never had this chance would like to as well,” said ORACLE Racing skipper James Spithill.

“But the stark reality is that every aspect of the boat, every component, was built right to the limit so that for every hour’s sailing USA 17 required 20 hours of painstaking and rigorous maintenance. For the time being the team’s focus will be on the America’s Cup ahead.”

The 80 metre (220 ft) Maricuda Global Atlantic Challenger Trimaran

January 01, 2011

On the Nov 28th, 2010 Maricuda launched a world preview of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger yacht concept, a large and technologically advanced power boat or ship designed to break ocean speed records and cross the Atlantic in record time. This UK bid win the Hales Trophy, which shared its history with the Blue Riband, and cross the Atlantic ocean setting a new record for speed has a rich and illustrious history.

The Maricuda Challenger Trimaran

The Maricuda Challenger Trimaran

This 80 metre Maricuda trimaran power boat is designed for both commercial and multiple military roles and will be capable of 70 knots while crossing oceans and shrinking the world.

A 220’ wave-piercing trimaran is to be constructed in the UK, that has automated fast-response hydraulic systems and dynamic attitude-sensing controls.

Powered by two gas turbines this exciting all-weather craft will carry a fuel load sufficient to complete the 3000mile trans-Atlantic crossing in under two days.

The MAC hull design has been dubbed, ‘The Concorde of the Seas’…

David Aitken, Managing Director of Maricuda Marine Technology, comments on the Atlantic Speed challenge:

“Maricuda are now poised to embark on what is possibly the most exciting marine event of the decade, to win the Hales Trophy. The concept design has been widely received with interest in all quarters of the marine fraternity, even resolute yachtsmen have expressed their support and wished us success with the project.”

The proposed and unique Atlantic Challenger will be capable of passenger or load-carrying at high speed over long distances without re-fuelling. This vessel is being specifically designed for post-Hales Trophy life and its capability will attract commercial interest from international fast-ferry operators, the military and private operators.

The craft is to be an 80 metre twin gas turbine driven trimaran that will ensure safe, exceedingly fast travel for cargo or passengers, in all-weather conditions across oceans without re-fuelling. 3000 miles in under 2 days.

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenger Power Boat

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenger Power Boat

Devonport Yachts Involvement:

Devonport Yachts situated in the famous UK Pendennis shipyards of Falmouth Harbour will work in conjunction with Maricuda to bring this project to a successful engineering conclusion. Under the guidance of Stephen Hills, MD, it is anticipated that Devonport Yachts will manage the construction and development of the MAC craft, through all stages of the build process.

The Military Version of the Maricuda Wave Piercing Trimaran:

The military version will be offered with multiple variants capable of operating in different roles and theatres worldwide.This extraordinary design, dubbed the ‘Concorde of the Seas’ is awaiting commission and construction. As a private superyacht it fills a remarkable niche as a desirable ocean traveller. In its military role it will provide a much-needed ultra-fast, long distance, multi-purpose response craft. In its commercial capacity it will bring high-speed, safe, long-distance travel in all weather conditions to operators and passengers the world over.

History of the Challenge and the Maricuda Vessel:

In 2004, Maricuda Managing Director, David Aitken produced the concept design for the 170ft twin gas turbine powered trimaran in a bid to compete for the prestigious Blue Riband.

The craft was designed to complete the journey from the Ambrose Light to Bishops Rock in under two and a half days and was also set to win the Hales Trophy by crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest time. The record stands at 2 days and 20 hours. The 2004 attempt was abandoned due to the unexpected loss of a major institutional backer.

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenge

The Maricuda Atlantic Challenge

More About Maricuda Marine:

Maricuda is an exciting new marine design and technology company, based on the UK South coast, with a naval architect-designed portfolio of marine concepts.

Maricuda is currently assembling for the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge (The MAC), a diverse range of sponsors, manufacturers and marine suppliers to create an extremely innovative, design-led vessel.

Attempts to win the coveted Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the marine world, have been numerous and the record is currently held by a commercial fast-ferry catamaran with an average speed achieved of 41.28knots. The event is a test of endurance and reliability.

Maricuda excel in both innovative marine technology and bringing designs to reality. With safety as the key to successful acceptance of new technologies, Maricuda are introducing new technologies and developing many enhancements to known engineering practices. The result will be the Atlantic Challenger, the proof that innovative thinking has the power to revolutionise ocean travel.

Maricuda’s goal is to produce a craft that will sustain 70 knots over long distances, will ensure the safety of its crew and passengers and will exhibit remarkable new designs.

The Maricuda Team:

David Aitken

Managing Director, MSc (Brunel), CEng, MIMechE, MICE, AMRINA, A professional career engineer turned entrepreneur, formed Maricuda Ltd in 2009 for the purpose of marketing his long list of inventions and original designs related to the marine industry.

In his role as key decision maker, David is responsible for setting company policy and thereby steering the Maricuda business towards a successful financial future.

David has been responsible for the project management and financial control of multi-million pound engineering projects and brings to Maricuda the skill set which fits the current drive to bring innovative marine technology to life and deliver the designs to market.

David Aitken was the Naval Architect who designed the 2004 Blue Riband Atlantic Challenger, a 170ft twin gas turbine trimaran. American sponsorship was withdrawn at this sensitive political time and the concept remained on the drawing board.

David, re-invigorated has re-designed the original craft and added significant high-technology, patentable features which will have wide post-event appeal to the military and commercial sectors.

These features represent a huge leap in fast craft design and passenger safety.

The engineering project management function for this Maricuda Atlantic Challenge is provided by David to ensure that the finished craft is produced to the required specification, on time and within budget.
Martin Spooner

Director of Maricuda and Invest Dorset, Martin is a professional entrepreneur from the hospitality industry, skilled in managing people, projects and time, cost-effectively.

A keen sailor for over 40 years, Martin recognises the value of achieving high standards of safety at sea and the huge merits of bringing innovative concepts to life.

Inspired by David’s ideas, Martin is the co-ordinator, organiser and administrator behind Maricuda and the Atlantic Challenge. Close co-ordination of the commercial aspects of the project and ensuring that all sponsors, manufacturers, specialist suppliers and the media receive excellent communications.
Mark Lello

LL.B, BMLA, BMF, Skipper

Mark is a qualified Yachtmaster with Commercial Endorsement. A grandson of the Chief Electronics Designer of Concorde he is also a veteran of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge of 1984. He is Managing Partner of Parker Bullen LLP, a law firm that is committed to the marine industry, including advising designers and owners of yachts, super-yachts and other maritime craft.
Peter Knightbridge

Documentation Control Engineer

Peter has been Project Manager on major ship repair works Southampton Docks; Works Manager in Portsmouth Naval Dock Yard; Contracts Manager, Babcock and QC Project Manager, BAe Systems, Portsmouth. Peter will compile and file all relevant documentation for the craft.

Charlie Charles

Gas Turbine Engineer

Royal Navy Chief Engineer on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, working with Rolls-Royce; Worked with NATO as a generator and air-conditioning engineer, Rolls-Royce Ex Olympus engines (as used on Concorde); BAe Systems QC Engineer, Portsmouth

Toni Ferraro

Sonar and FLIR Engineer

RAF Trained Aircraft Electrical/Avionics QA Engineer, QINETIQ Boscombe Down has worked on Airbus and Helicopters,  BAe Systems QC Engineer
Adrian (AJ) Filer

Radar and Comms Engineer

Ex RAF Avionics Engineer has worked for BAe Systems, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin; PADI Diving Instructor and Medic First Aid
Tom Simpson

Systems and Control Engineer

Lead Avionics and Electrical Quality Engineer for BAE Surface Ships in Portsmouth; Member of the design team for the air intake control system for Concorde; Has worked on helicopters, satellite systems and submarine towed array.
David Lunt

Audio visual Engineer

British Aerospace trained to high MOD standard. Has worked on a number of prestigious projects which include £15M mansion on the isle of Jersey, with AVE Systems, Surrey and Joint Services Command Staff College, Shrivenham, Wiltshire; BAe Systems QC Engineer, Portsmouth.

Richard Slee

Director of Lookout Media, a video production company using professionals from BBC and ITV to record each significant stage of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge project.

For more information about the Maricuda Boat and the Atlantic Challenge visit the infromative official blog.

Feel like sailing at 40 knots? New to the charter market – Unique chance to sail a ORMA 60’ trimaran race yacht.

June 25, 2010

A unique charter yacht has recently become available for day sailing, team building and racing charters. She is an ORMA 60’ trimaran race yacht which can reach speeds of over 40 knots and she can be rented complete with crew on the French Riviera, Sardinia and Corsica this summer in 2010.

Sailing Yacht SOPRA

Racing Sailing Yacht SOPRA is a composite multi hull trimaran measuring 21 meters (68,9 ft) in length, with a beam of 18,4 m (60ft) which was designed by Marc Lombard and built and launched in 2002 by MAG and OCEA. 

Yacht SOPRA trimaran is an ORMA 60’ trimaran and she belongs to the very exclusive racing sailing yacht group in being able to reach speeds exceeding 40 knots.

She can also attain cruising speeds up to 20 knots In medium sea and wind conditions the.


This ORMA 60’ trimaran has recently taken part in races such as the 2006 Route du Rhum and the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre.

Trimaran SOPRA

Palladium Technologies Contract for Yacht Adastra at 42 m Trimaran Superyacht Adastra

May 27, 2010

Palladium Technologies, Inc. has been awarded contracts for the new 42m Trimaran Motor Yacht Adastra. This unique superyacht Adastra was designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Design, Ltd. and is being built by McConaghy Boats in Zhu Hai, China. Plans are to launch yacht Adastra in early 2011 with her cruising grounds expected to be in the beautiful waters of Indonesia.

Palladium Technologies - 42m Trimaran Motor Yacht Hang Tuah

“As a testament to our commitment to being a ‘Total Solutions’ technology company, Palladium has been awarded many extensive projects, especially overseas,” said Mike Blake, president, Palladium Technologies.

Palladium’s continued expansion into the electrical arena means they will be providing the electrical designs for such items as: AC/DC load analysis, AC/DC power distribution, motor control circuits, and emergency and yacht lighting circuits. The electrical systems will be comprised of Titan switchboards, Titan AC/DC distribution panels, shorepower conversion, lighting systems, A/V entertainment, bridge electronics and a navigation light control panel. All the aforementioned items interface to the SiMON monitoring, alarm and control system.

42m Trimaran Motor Yacht Adastra Bow

SiMON will also be monitoring 269 points with two main monitoring and alarm stations. One is located at the bridge and crew area along with a secondary alarm notification in the engine room. A Consilium fire detection system will be designed to notify the crew and guests of a potential fire.

SiMON-C, Palladium’s camera security system, will contain a DVR server located on the bridge supporting up to eight cameras. Digital motion detection, camera recording and playback are some of the features of this system.

Trimaran Motor Yacht Adastra

The Power 41 metre Trimaran superyacht Adastra is being built in China for Anto Marden. As the trimaran yacht design approaches final development, the rendering you see have been produced photrealistic of the Yacht Adastra.

The owner of “Mazinga”, the 45 Ft sailing trimaran, had been talking to John Shuttleworth yacht designed for a fewf years about a new open ocean cruising power trimaran superyacht Adastra. This led to the development of a the 40 metre Power Trimaran.

Based on the original concept developed by Nigel Irens in Ilan Voyager and Cable and wireless, this new boat is a departure from previous yachts of this type in that we have achieved comfortable accommodation for 10 guests and 4 permanent crew.

The boat will be powered by a single 1000 HP inboard diesel giving a top speed of 24 knots. Range will be 3000+ miles for long distance ocean voyaging, and around the world capability. Due for launch in 2010 the basic cruising area will likely include Singapore, The Philippines. Hong Kong, and Indonesia.

About McConaghy Boats

McConaghy Boats with facilities in Sydney and three factories in Zhu Hai, China has been on the leading edge of high-tech materials construction since their inception over 40 years ago. They specialize in extremely light and strong carbon fiber laminated structures and components, and serve the marine, rail, auto, aeronautical, architectural, medical and industrial sectors. They have produced the world famous maxi and mini maxi yachts such as Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats and ICAP Leopard to small-production racing yachts such as the Olympic Class Elliott 6m and the Mach 2 foiling moth.

42m Trimaran SuperYacht Adastra at Hang Tuah

About John Shuttleworth Yacht Design, Ltd.

John Shuttleworth Yacht Design, Ltd., is based in West Sussex, England and has gained a reputation for designing fast, strong, and safe boats. Their designs are consistent race winners, and several have broken and still hold some of the toughest long-distance ocean sailing records. Shuttleworth’s design team has developed the “Integrated Structure,” resulting in boats that are lighter, stiffer, and stronger than any previous multihull designs. They are now using this technology to design power multihulls, and sail-assisted power boats, where significant savings in fuel consumption and increased range can be achieved.

MOD 70’ Trimarans, Multihull ocean racing, Benjamin de Rothschild: Team Gitana Sailing.

May 21, 2010

In 2000, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild chose to perpetuate a 100 year old passion for watersports, initiated by his forebears, by expanding his family’s history to multihulls. These magnificent machines have fascinated him for a great many years, as much through their elegance as the technical skill and expertise that is required to sail them. The Gitana Team was created to form an offshore racing stable dedicated to a passion for making speed across the water and hatching fresh talent. Ten years on, Benjamin de Rothschild confirms his status as a major player in ocean racing circles – and a fervent multihull owner – by agreeing to participate in a new international oceanic class: the MOD 70, one design 70 foot trimarans.

Trimaran 70'Mod gitana 11

The third team to announce its participation in the Multi One Championship, the Gitana Team thus joins the one design Ambassador, skippered by Swiss sailor Stève Ravussin, and the trimaran Foncia, helmed by Michel Desjoyeaux, in writing this new page on oceanic multihulls. An undisputed affection for the craft as well as an infatuation for crewed races, where the team spirit and cohesion so dear to Baroness and Baron de Rothschild take on their true dimension, have largely guided the choices in this new, daring challenge: “Save for the Gitana Eighty adventure, the history of the Gitana Team has always been associated with multiple hulls. Following the fall of the Orma Championship and despite a concerted effort to provide a future for 60 foot multihulls, we were lacking a circuit. The Multi One Championship partly meets our requirements. Through competitive sailing we hope to perpetuate the family values: transcending ones own capabilities, the systematic search for excellence, teamwork, and an openness to the world and innovation. Ranking among the pioneers of this new class seemed natural to us.”

Cyril Dardashti, general manager of the Gitana Team, was naturally delighted with this announcement: “The decision by the boats’ owners to continue the Gitana story, by taking part in the Multi One Championship, is tremendous news for a team, which has brought the multihull class to life for what has already been nearly ten years. The provisional programme announced by the Multi One Design offers a mixture of oceanic and Grand Prix style races, however the approach goes further than that of the Orma Championship, since a round the world with stopovers will be organised every three years. This new dimension has additional appeal. The restricted intake imposed per nation and the desire for international openness which ensues, are also very important factors about this circuit. Indeed the Orma championship suffered in its time through, among other things, being overly Franco-French. I hope that overseas crews will appreciate this project and come and join us.”

Gitana 11

In his position as President of Multi One Design S.A., Marco Simeoni welcomes the Gitana Team’s entry the fray within the Multi One Championship: “It’s an honour and a great pleasure for Multi One Design SA to play host to a team of such renown as Gitana in the MOD 70’ championship. Gitana Team’s track record and the loyalty of Baron Benjamin de Rothschild towards the multihull are exemplary. This participation already demonstrates the high level of the competition that will be racing in the Multi One Championship. We’d like to wish the whole Gitana team a warm welcome and look forward to seeing you in September 2011 for the launch of the MOD 70’ Gitana.”

The MOD 70’ Gitana, whose delivery is scheduled during the course of September 2011, will be the ninth yacht from the Gitana Team to defend the colours of the Edmond de Rothschild Group on seas across the globe. In the run-up to the arrival of this new craft, the team is concentrating on its major competitive objective of 2010, namely the Route du Rhum, which will set off from Saint Malo, France on 31st October 2010. Finally the Gitana sailing season will also be marked by the participation of the Edmond de Rothschild Group catamaran in the Extreme Sailing Series; a European inshore race circuit in which the performance of Yann Guichard and his men shone out in 2009, when they took second place in the championship. The first Grand Prix of the 2010 season is to take place in Sète, southern France, from 27th to 30th May 2010.

MOD 70’ Gitana Trimaran

The MOD 70’ Gitana

LOA: 21.4 m

Beam: 16.91 m

Air draught: 28.5 m

Light displacement: 6.2 tonnes

Upwind sail area: 267 m2

Downwind sail area: 397 m2

Start of construction: end 2010

Delivery scheduled: September 2011

The 2010-2014 Programme for Gitana Team

Extreme Sailing Series 2010

French GP (Sète, Hérault)
 27th – 30th May 2010
British GP (Cowes, Isle of Wight)
 31st July – 5th August 2010
German GP (Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein)
 26th – 29th August 2010
Italian GP (Trapani, Sicily)
 23rd – 26th September 2010
Spanish GP (Almeria, Andalusia)
 9th – 12th October 2010

Route de Rhum – La Banque Postale 2010

Start of the Route du Rhum (Saint Malo / Pointe-à-Pitre)
 31st October 2010

Multi One Design Championship 2011-2014

Pro-Am, promotional race bringing together skippers and guests

(objective of four boats)
 November 2011
European Tour in crewed configuration

(6 to 8 stages, objective of eight boats)
 May – June 2012
Oceanic race in crewed configuration
 November 2012
European Tour in crewed configuration

(6 to 8 stages)
 June – July 2013
Round the World in crewed configuration

(5 to 6 stages, 5 oceans, objective of twelve boats)
 November 2013 – April 2014

On 16th April 2010, whilst Yann Guichard was carrying out a solo training session offshore, the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11 suffered float damage. To avoid taking any unnecessary risk and given the blustery conditions reigning over the zone at the time, it was decided that a pit stop would be necessary in Dingle (Ireland) – the port closest to where the incident happened – to effect temporary repairs and make it back to Gitana Team’s technical base as quickly as possible. Returning to La Trinité-sur-Mer on Monday 26th April, the most recent of the Gitana fleet has since been lifted back into one of the base’s sheds in nearby Saint-Philibert for a refit and further consolidation as a precautionary measure. The team will also benefit from this time on the hard to look ahead to the running maintenance, which was initially scheduled to take place during the summer.

After a pit stop in Dingle, Yann Guichard was able to head back out to sea again and set a course, single-handed, for Gitana 11’s port of registry. The minute the 77 foot maxi-trimaran was tied up at the Loic Caradec jetty in La Trinité-sur-Mer, the shore crew, led by William Fabulet, organised for her to be lifted out onto the hard. “Our 2010 programme of fine tuning and sailing was designed so that Gitana 11 could be back in the water early in the season. Our aim was to focus on testing the platform in some varied wind conditions, which is an element that wasn’t entirely completed in the autumn of 2009 due to the lack of opportunities in the weather. However, the conditions encountered in mid-April, during my solo trip, were particularly trying for the boat, especially as regards the short, cross seas” explained Yann Guichard before going on to specify the issues involved: “At that point, Gitana 11’s new floats showed signs of weakness around the forward beam. These observations have prompted us to reinforce this zone.”

Right now, discussions are underway between the project’s various technical contributors, namely Gitana Team’s design office, the VPLP naval architecture firm and HDS, a company specialised in structural calculation.
“Following the detection of anomalies in the floats, the shore team will err on the side of caution and carry out a thorough inspection of each of the hulls to protect them. Nothing can be left to chance and these operations will require Gitana 11 to be moved back into the shed” confided Cyril Dardashti, the team manager at Baron Benjamin de Rothschild’s racing stable.
As with the motor industry, competitive sailing, especially that involving oceanic multihulls, is a mechanical sport. The fine tuning of prototypes calls for numerous adjustments. These technical vagaries are nevertheless a way of moving forward and improving the machines so as to get the very best out of them. It’s all part of the rules of the game! With six months to go till the start of the legendary transatlantic race between Saint Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre, the men and women that make up the Gitana Team are continuing to hone the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11 to ensure that the reigning champion is all ready to take up the challenge at the end of October.