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RP Maxis Dominate 33rd Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race (384nm)

July 31, 2018 · Posted by kate

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia/Southport Yacht Club, Sydney-Australia, 384nm (July 28th – 31, 2018) – Congratulations to the owners and crews of the Reichel/Pugh designed yachts competing in the 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race Offshore Classic.

  • Reichel/Pugh 40’ Chutzpah – Overall Winner
  • Reichel/Pugh 100’ Black Jack – Line Honours
  • Reichel/Pugh 100’ Wild Oats XI – 2nd on Elapsed Time
  • Reichel/Pugh 63’ Voodoo
  • Reichel/Pugh 51’ Primitive Cool
  • Reichel/Pugh Marten 49’ Yarrandi

The two Reichel/Pugh designed and McConaghy Boats-built 100’ Canting Keel Super Maxi battled for Line Honours in the 33rd Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race with Peter Harburg’s Black Jack beating the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI (a six-time Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race line honours winner) by just under two minutes. Both yachts were able to best the other two maxis Comanche and Infotrack after a tight back and forth race along the 384 nautical mile course

In the competition for corrected time honours, Bruce Taylor’s Reichel/Pugh designed 40’ Chutzpah, built by Hart Marine has been officially crowned the IRC Overall Winner.

“They say I look very fetching in Bridesmaid gear; we’ve looked to be in the money so many times, but being the bride is far better, far more satisfactory,” said Taylor in reference to the numerous times he has finished runner-up in a major offshore event over the near four decades he’s been ocean racing. He’s had seven attempts at the Gold Coast Race and 38 attempts at the pinnacle Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Interview with Bruce Taylor

Robert Oatley’s R/P-designed and McConaghy Boats-built 100’ Canting Keel Super Maxi WILD OATS XI took 2nd Line Honors this year. This race marked the first time that the team was able to match up against their biggest rival Comanche after the tight finish in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race where the race record and Line Honours title was taken from WOXI due to a penalty which occurred shortly after the start.

The current Gold Coast Race course race record still remains with Wild Oats XI, which set the new course record of 22hrs, 3mins, 46sec in 2012 knocking 5hrs 31min from the previous record set by Brindabella in 1999.

Speaking to this year’s race Wild Oats XI’s crewmember Chris Links said, “It was a great race between the three ‘classic’ maxis and everyone had their moment. You can’t break the cord in the Southport race, it’s one of those races you can’t get far enough away from the opposition to be safe. “In that light stuff with their configuration the cards fell Black Jack’s way. Good on them, it was great to see them have a win. We enjoy sailing against them and there’s a lot more to come in the Brisbane to Keppel race and Hamilton Island Race Week.”

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Visit the builder’s website for the yachts at:
Hart Marine (builder of Chutzpah, Primitive Cool & Voodoo)
McConaghy Boats (builder of Black Jack  & Wild Oats XI)

Photo courtesy of Michael Jennings and Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race Media, Source Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race Media and Sail World

John Reichel And Naval Architect David Oliver Were All Smiles At The Inaugural Melges 14 Nationals

June 19, 2018 · Posted by David Oliver

Geneva Lake, Wisconsin (June 17, 2018) – Reichel/Pugh Founder John Reichel and Naval Architect and Structural Engineer David Oliver were all smiles at the inaugural Melges 14 Nationals held held June 15-17. The event helped to continue to solidify the class as the premier high-performance one-design racing boat just three years after its introduction. Already honored as Sailing World’s 2016 Boat of the Year – Best Dinghy the class attracted over 30 entrants from around the country including Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. Read More …

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Reichel/Pugh 68 Fast Performance Cruiser To Be Built By Baltic Yachts

June 19, 2018 · Posted by David Oliver

One of the newest Reichel/Pugh projects is a custom 68′ Fast Performance Cruiser to be built by Baltic Yachts in Finland.

The yacht is designed for short-handed long-distance offshore cruising with the ability to very comfortably overnight at weekend destinations. While comfort and aesthetics are the priority, the owner is also focused on a performance design that can excel on the race course. The result is a hi-tech composite structure with a gorgeous interior that will no-doubt provide a highly-rewarding sailing experience.

Reichel/Pugh President Jim Pugh explains that, “The all-carbon composite, fixed keel, twin-rudder sloop with a powerful square-top main ensure exceptional performance on the race course. A captive winch-controlled mainsheet and powered winches provide safe and easy sail handling while cruising with a pin head main and furling jib.” Read More …

My Song Continues to Set the Tone for Performance Superyacting as She Triumphs at the 2018 LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA

June 14, 2018 · Posted by David Oliver

Porto Cervo (June 13, 2018) – The 130’ MY SONG built by Baltic, designed by Reichel Pugh and Nauta, achieved three first places in three races claiming first overall in Class “A”. MY SONG also claimed the Silver Jubilee Trophy, reserved for the top superyacht from both classes over 100 feet long, and the award for the top placed yacht owned by a YCCS member. Read More …

Andrea Racchelli and Team Altea are the 2018 Melges 24 World Champions

June 10, 2018 · Posted by David Oliver

Victoria, BC (June 9, 2018) – Reichel/Pugh wishes to congratulate all competitors at the 2018 Melges 24 Worlds! 

Now in its 25th year, the class still boasts one of the most competitive fleets in the world. This year the new Victoria International Marina was host to a fleet of 41 teams from five nations, racing a 10-race World Championship series.

Italian Andrea Racchelli’s Altea and his crew Filippo Togni, GaudenzioBomni, Matteo Ramian, Michele Gregoratto are the 2018 Melges World Champions. Alan Field’s WTF took silver, followed by Bruce Ayres’ Monsoon, both from the United States. Read More …

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