OVER TEN YEARS AFTER LAUNCH R/P DESIGN 146 PREPARES TO TAKE ON THE 2017 ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART
built by McConaghy Boats, Sydney
The R/P team has been commissioned to update the new 100’ Black Jack and is currently conducting a comprehensive CFD study to develop new foils for the 2003 design. Modifications will be completed by McConaghy Boats, Sydney and the boat will compete in Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s July, 384nm Sydney-Southport race in full Black Jack livery as a tune for the December’s showdown to Hobart against Wild Oats X1 and other contesting Maxis’.
Originally commissioned by Neville Crichton, Reichel/Pugh’s first 100’, the canting ballast Alfa Romeo was designed in 2003 and launched for the 2005 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. Alfa Romeo 100 took 2nd place in that Hobart to Bob Oatley’s R/P-designed line honors winner Wild Oats X1. Alfa Romeo then headed to Europe to relentlessly set records before heading back to Australia in 2009, but not before setting a new Transpac Race record along the way. Once back in Australia, Crichton’s impeccably prepared Alfa Romeo again faced a rematch with her near sister-ship Wild Oats X1—this time soundly trouncing the Wild Oats for Hobart line honors in 2009.
These two Reichel/Pugh 100-footers dominated the Maxi scene for over a decade with Wild Oats taking line honors in the Sydney Hobart race a record 8 times, winning twice overall on corrected time and beating the course record twice.
After the 2009 Hobart race Alfa was sold to a European owner, renamed Esimit Europa and continued to dominated big boat racing in Europe for five years.
Australian, Peter Harburg has purchased the Esimit Europa to bring her home as his new Black Jack. Reichel/Pugh welcomes Peter back into the family, having owned the 66’ canting ballast pocket maxi Black Jack who took 3rd overall in the 2012 Sydney Hobart race and 1st overall ORCi.
The R/P design team is honored to be updating their design, which has dominated for so long. These designs are further proof of the innovation and longevity that comes with the R/P brand.
Photo credits / Guido Trombetta, Carlo Borlenghi, Andrea Francolini, Daniel Forster
Featured above / The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film featuring the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is coming soon. This 25-minute documentary will cover the action, highlights and memorable moments of one of the world’s most respected and revered offshore races. Witness this record-breaking race from behind the scenes, with exclusive footage of the yachts in action and interviews with the key players. Fore more details visit: rolexsydneyhobart.com
Saint Barthélemy (April 10-15, 2017)– This past weekend the eighth edition of the annual Les Voiles de Saint-Barth concluded with three victorious Reichel/Pugh designs. Maltese Southern Wind 94 Windfall, Reichel/Pugh Design No. 205 and the second launched SW94, was the Maxi 2 Class Winner under tactician Ian Walker and helm Nelson Moore. The Dutch Marten 72 Aragon, R/P Design No. 158, was second in the Maxi 2 Class under skipper Nico LeCarpentier. Also on the water were four Reichel/Pugh-designed Melges 24s with a class win by local Team Island Water World. The Reichel/Pugh team wishes warm congratulations to all competitors. The next edition is slated for April 9-14, 2018.
Reichel/Pugh caught up with Olympian Dave Hughes to discuss sailing the Melges 24 which was designed by Reichel/Pugh in 1992 and remains one of the premier sportboat classes. Dave was tactician on the newly crowned 2016 Melges 24 World Champion team of Embarr.
Simply put, the Melges 24 is still the best sport-boat ever built. It was ahead of its time when introduced in the early 1990’s and it’s still the gold-standard today. Challengers come and go, but we all tend to circle back to the Melges 24. It’s fast, lively, feels great to drive, can handle the full range from calm and flat to big breeze and waves — all the things you look for in a class. I’m encouraged by a recent wave of enthusiasm for the boat. Amateurs and pros are drawn to the qualities of boat, let alone the talent of the fleet. The last couple of Worlds Championships have chalked up big turn-outs and I hope to see that trend continue. Read More …
SARASOTA, Fla. (March 19, 2017) – Congratulations to Matthew Woodworth, the winner of the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship. Charlie Buckingham placed second overall and Mitchell Rogers took third. In the first sanctioned regatta for the Melges 14s, Woodworth held a commanding lead throughout and took home the very first Melges 14 Champion title.
The regatta drew 25 sailors of all ages who enjoyed three days of warm, sunny Florida weather with wind varying from light to very heavy. With great sailing conditions in every wind range, everyone got a chance to see how fun the Melges 14 is. Read More …
Anchor arm stowed in anchor locker (R/P) and deployed (Peter Schreiber)
Here’s another great example of Reichel/Pugh’s highly-refined engineering and optimization: the FEA-optimized carbon fiber anchor arm on the custom RP90 built by Southern Wind.
Even though today’s superyacht owners continue to push boundaries in yacht performance, they remain firm on maintaining an uncompromised level of cruising comfort. For an all-out racing yacht, many of the features of comfort go by the way-side to reduce weight and directly improve sailing performance. What an owner is left with is a racing machine built for the sole purpose of winning races, which quickly becomes less practical for the enjoyment of family and friends. From decades of developing racers, cruisers and hybrids, Reichel/Pugh understands that the key foundations for a successful Performance Superyacht are comfort, speed, and utmost safety. Read More …
Congratulations to Alive Yachting for claiming Line Honors in the Veolia Bruny Island Race 2017! The Reichel/Pugh designed and Westerly Marine built 66’ Canting Keel Mini Maxi (formerly Black Jack & Stark Raving Mad) just missed setting a new course record by 12 minutes, but the performance earned the team both IRC and PHS corrected time victories. (more…)
18 winners of the ShowBoats Design Awards 2017 have been announced and Reichel/Pugh’s 130′ My Song has been crowned The Most Innovative Sailing Yacht of 2017. Reichel/Pugh wishes all those who submitted and the winners a warm congratulations.
Reichel/Pugh, Nauta and Baltic triumph with things you don’t see: a sophisticated, fully retractable, azimuthing propeller, hydraulic and line runs hidden in the bulwarks to reduce deck thickness, a “crush nose” on the keel bulb to reduce impact and damage of a grounding, and a construction weight-shaving program by the yard that rendered even small parts such as electrical cable trays in carbon fibre. Even the interior has some weight-saving tricks with resin-coated linen used for floors, countertops and bulkheads. In three hours the rig can be switched from a typical cruising mainsail to a flat-topped main and split running backstays for racing. For stowing the 400kg Code Zero racing headsail, a very large drum hidden in the forepeak coils the 55m sail. For cruising, the wide stern creates a sheltered sunbathing area that features hydraulic seating integrated into the flush decks.(more…)
Key West, Florida (January 11, 2017) – David and Peter Askew and their all-star crew on the Reichel Pugh design no. 191, the 74’ Wizard took fleet line honors and set a new mono-hull course record in the 160nm Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race with a course time of 10 hours 18 mins & 50 seconds. The previous record was set by Joe Dockery’s 81’ Carrera Reichel/Pugh design #101 in 2005. Wizard also took 1st place on corrected time under IRC. (more…)
The latest collaboration between G-Force Yachts and Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design is the fast and fun X-Treme 32 – A high performance design for inshore and offshore racing.
The briefing to the Reichel/Pugh team was to develop a flat-out racer that delivers the thrill of a high-performance design as well as the ability to capture podium positions. (more…)
Click and scroll to learn more about the recent launch of our 68′ Performance Cruiser, the All Smoke 90′ Superyacht, the My Song 130′ Superyacht, as well as seven new design concepts and many exciting regatta finishes by our Superyachts, Racers and Melges. We are looking forward to an even more productive 2017!
Hobart (December 30, 2016) – The Reichel/Pugh Team congratulates all competitors in the 2016 72nd edition of the annual 628 nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The race concluded with several highlights for Reichel/Pugh-designed yachts:
RP66 Alive, a canting keel design launched in 2006 from Westerly Marine as Jim Madden’s Stark Raving Mad, and formerly Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, finished in the top ten for line honours and corrected to 6th in ORCi Div 1.
RP40 Chutzpah, launched in 2007 from Hart Marine and owned by Bruce and Drew Taylor, corrected to 2nd in IRC/ORCi Div 2.
RP51 Primitive Cool, launched in 2009 as Secret Men’s Business 3.5 from Hart Marine and now owned by John Newbold, corrected to 10th in IRC Div 1. (more…)
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has long been known as one of the most challenging ocean races in the world, with owners, crews, and designers all pushing their boats to the limit hoping for victory. This year, the race is in its 72nd edition and features an exciting entry list of nearly 100 boats. The annual 628 mile offshore classic will once again start in Sydney Harbour on Boxing day – Monday, December 26th. The competitors will make their way out of Sydney Harbour and down the southeast coast of Australia, before crossing the Bass Strait in the open Southern Ocean. Once across the Bass Strait, the course passes the iconic Organ Pipes before sailing up the Derwent River to finish in Hobart, Tasmania.
Grenada (December 15, 2016) – Reichel/Pugh would like to congratulate the Marten 72 Aragon, owned by Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder. Aragon has been declared the overall winner of the 2016 Royal Ocean Racing Club Transatlantic Race and winner of the IRC Zero class. We look forward to following the Aragon team’s future success.
The Marten 72 was designed by Reichel/Pugh in 2004 and over ten years later continues delivering winning performance.
Aragon’s victory marks yet another success for Reichel/Pugh designs on this course, following the R/P 78’ Lupa of London’s overall win of the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race in 2014.
The RP90 is a creative, collaborative blend of the owner’s vision paired with the passion and dedication of the Reichel/Pugh design team. Built by Southern Wind Shipyard and launched earlier this week in Cape Town, South Africa, Design No. 251 is an ultralight Fast Performance Cruiser with detail-oriented, world-class accommodations. She is the result of thousands of hours spent by industry leaders and will be as at home on the race course as she will be on long ocean passages. (more…)
Reichel/Pugh Design Nᴼ 256 – 68’ Fast Performance Cruiser Comfortable cruising, day sailing and racing all in one beautiful yacht
Builder Baltic Yachts notes, “This spectacular 68ft silver-hulled, fast cruiser/racer for a repeat customer should deliver a highly rewarding sailing experience for her short-handed crew. The all carbon composite fixed keeler is bristling with performance enhancing features including a powerful square-top main, a retractable propulsion system, race boat style appendages and titanium fittings, plus a sophisticated and comfortable interior. As her captain said: “This is as a high performing cruising yacht that can excel on the race course.” A captive winch-controlled mainsheet and a powered winch for the asymmetric hoist take the weight out of handling. Displacing just 17 tons, almost 8 tons of which is in the keel, her advanced composite hull is built of pre-preg carbon over a Kevlar honeycomb core with Corecell used in slamming areas. A lot of attention was paid to fairing the bottom and appendages to the same standard as the topsides. Build time was just 18 months.” (more…)
Trieste, Italy (October 9, 2016) – Reichel/Pugh wishes to congratulate the skipper and crew of the Reichel/Pugh designed 72’ Alfa Romeo as the overall winner of the 46th edition of the annual Barcolana Regatta out of 1107 entries.
Reichel/Pugh has collaborated with Baltic Yachts, Nauta Design and MCM project management to produce one of the most remarkable state-of-the-art, all carbon superyachts ever launched. My Song is not only the latest high performance, genuine multi-role super sailing yacht to be launched by Baltic Yachts, but she also benefits from a plethora of new ideas taking the cruiser/racer genre to a new level. She oozes innovation.
With naval architecture and engineering by San Diego-based Reichel/Pugh, stunning interior, exterior and conceptual design by Nauta Design and project management by Nigel Ingram of MCM, My Song was launched on time and completed sailing trials successfully in Finland before heading for the Mediterranean to debut at the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta. (more…)
The superyacht circuit grows with every new season, as do the demands for better sailing performance. Always on top of the aesthetics, for their new 130-footer Reichel/Pugh were inevitably pressed hard to deliver some rigorous performance targets. Read on as RP Designer, Naval Architect and Structural Engineer David Oliver writes about how he got his first grey hairs…
Saint Tropez, France (September 24 – October 2, 2016) Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is a regatta held annually the last week of September on the Mediterranean. The town of Saint Tropez, on the south coast of France, plays host to an incredible gathering of classic wooden yachts, high-tech modern superyachts, as well as a variety of production and custom boats of all sizes. In all, more than 300 boats will race next week in the gulf of Saint Tropez from September 24th to October 2nd in this classic regatta. (more…)
Wishing all Rolex Big Boat Series competitors a week of lively racing in San Francisco!
48’ Bladerunner, a 1984 Big Boat Series champion, and one of our first designs was built here in San Diego by OB Boatworks. Bladerunner was owned & skippered by Bill Twist of San Francisco. The photo was taken by Sharon Green off Honolulu during the 1986 Kenwood Cup. Launched in 1984 Bladerunner took 1st place in Class in ‘84 and ‘85 Long Beach Race Week, ’84 Big Boat Series (perhaps considered the heyday of the BBS), ’85 Rolex Cup, ’85 Block Island Race Week, ’86 Round the State race and ’87 Transpac. The Reichel/Pugh team had some great racing on the Bladerunner along with epic shore-side events… Bladerunner went on to be renamed Flyer and is owned by of EC-six carbon rigging designer Rob Sjostedt of Irvine, CA. Our original drawings were recently pulled as Rob makes restoration plans. (more…)
Porto Cervo, Italy (September 14, 2016) – Winning the Maxi RC class was the Reichel/Pugh-designed 85′ My Song with a decisive five-point score line. Click for results. This win was particularly sweet as the RP85 heads for retirement, to be replaced by her newer, and sizable 130′ sister. Oozing innovation, the new My Song is not only the latest high performance, genuine multi-role super sailing yacht to launch, but she also benefits from a series of new ideas which take the cruiser/racer genre to a new level. Naval architecture and engineering was done by Reichel/Pugh, conceptual design by Nauta Design, project management by Nigel Ingram of MCM, and construction by Baltic Yachts in Finland. My Song completed sailing trials successfully in Finland and has already arrived in the Mediterranean. Pictured are John Reichel and Senior Naval Architect Tony Beale at the My Song (85′) retirement party. (more…)
Santa Catalina Island, California (August 29, 2016) – Long Point Race Week combines the best of many worlds into a fantastic three-day weekend. Dislike delivery’s? Day one is a race out to Catalina Island, followed by a short race on Saturday around ship rock and back, and Sunday is a race home! With a relatively short racing plan, competitors can enjoy both intense racing as well as the other aspects that Southern California offers. Reichel/Pugh engineer Dan Flanigan spent three days racing and enjoying Catalina onboard the RP-designed Aszhou, ex Limit, owned by Steve Meheen. Spear fishing, hiking, and enjoying the escape from mainland life complemented the short stints of all out racing aboard the fast paced RP63. “Steve has set up the Aszhou program with an experienced team that is focused on racing hard, improving and having fun.” We wish the Aszhou team good luck in future races.
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is held each September in Porto Cervo, Sardinia by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda as a championship for the world’s most spectacular yachts. The event gathers ever-more impressive and technologically advanced fleets for racing on the waters of the Costa Smeralda every year. Competing divisions range from the Maxi 72 class, which competes for its World Championship during the event, to the Supermaxi division for yachts of over 30.5 metres.
The entry list for the 2016 edition is certainly strong this year, boasting 48 entries including some of the newest superyachts on the scene. There is one exceptional battle hidden within this list however, one which the Reichel/Pugh team has been eagerly awaiting for a few years now – a duel between the RP designed WallyCentos. (more…)
Reichel/Pugh wishes a warm congratulations to all competitors at the 2016 Melges 20 Worlds.
Scarlino, Italy (August 28, 2016) – The last day of competition in Scarlino came to a dramatic close with two final races and Michael Illbruck on Pinta with tactician John Kostecki, and trimmer Federico Michetti becoming the 2016 Melges 20 World Champions! Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of racing at a stunning venue with more than 200 athletes. (more…)
In addition to structural engineering of Reichel/Pugh designed yachts, R/P also offers engineering design services to companies in the shipbuilding industry and beyond. Reichel/Pugh recently partnered with Shipmotion Group to provide composite engineering support for their newly-developed Race Retractable Propulsion System (RPS). (more…)
Rosslyn Bay, Australia (August 6, 2016) – RP100 Wild Oats XI demolishes her own race record in Brisbane to Keppel Race!
Congratulations to the crew of the Reichel/Pugh designed and McConaghy Boats built 100’ Canting Keel Super Maxi Wild Oats XI for taking Line Honors and breaking the course record she previously set in 2011. Wild Oats XI completed the course in 16 hours, 56 minutes and 30 seconds, beating her previous record by over seven hours. Read on at Sail World.
Members of the Reichel/Pugh design team: Jim Pugh, John Reichel, Adrian Sawyer and David Oliver attended the initial set of sea trials of the newly launched Baltic 130 Custom Superyacht, R/P Design # 249, off Jakobstad, Finland in the Gulf of Bothnia this month.
The 130 is prime example of what the state-of-the-art luxury performance superyacht looks like today with emphasis placed on performance while maintaining aesthetics and maximizing sumptuous interior accommodations. High-tech construction specifications ensure a superyacht capable of cruising around the world.
Naval architecture and engineering was completed in-house at Reichel/Pugh, and this project marks yet another successful collaboration between the R/P team and Milan-based designers Nauta Yachts, who were responsible for Exterior Styling and Interior Design. The yacht launched during the summer of 2016 and will head south to the Mediterranean where she will make her regatta debut at Les Voiles de St. Tropez in September.
Design No. 249 – Baltic 130’ Superyacht Construction by Baltic Yachts, Finland Naval Architecture, Engineering and Sailplan by Reichel/Pugh
Interior and Deck Design by Nauta Yachts Rig system by Southern Spars
Project Management by Nigel Ingram/MCM
Reichel-Pugh’s 130’ Custom Racer/Cruiser, with naval architecture and engineering completed in-house, launched at Baltic Yachts in Finland. She heads south to the Mediterranean where she will make her racing debut at Les Voiles de St. Tropez in September.
San Diego-based maxi and superyacht design maestros Reichel/Pugh have entered the fast-growing world of the large performance multihull
For 33 years designs from the Reichel/Pugh studio have produced unparalleled results for their owners and made a distinctive mark on the sailing industry. With an average age of 38, the Reichel/Pugh team has a strong passion for design, naval architecture and engineering as well as sailing whether in monohulls, multihulls or kiteboarding. The company’s impressive portfolio ranges from the 1992 America’s Cup winner, America3, to groundbreaking one- designs for Melges Boats (the 32, 24, 17, 20 and the Melges 14).
The Reichel/Pugh portfolio also boasts purpose-built offshore record hunters including Transpac record breakers Pyewacket (76ft, 1999) and Alfa Romeo (100ft, 2012), as well as the 100-footer Wild Oats XI with eight line honour wins in the Sydney Hobart and record setting trifecta (line honours, race record and overall handicap) wins in 2005 and 2012. The studio has also produced breakthrough Superyachts including the 45m Visione, the 34m Nilaya, the 67m Hetairos and two Wallycento designs; Magic Carpet3 and Galateia. Now Reichel/Pugh is looking to a new market, one which is quietly exploding in popularity: performance multihulls.
The motivation to design this 45ft offshore performance catamaran started with a question from a prospective client. The client wanted a fast yacht for shorthanded offshore racing that also featured genuine cruising capacity; he initially asked us to offer a recommendation in choosing between a Class40 monohull and a custom multihull design. There may have been an expected response from a design firm with such long and successful pedigree in monohulls, but recent hires by the company have tipped the balance somewhat and, with nearly half of the design team owning performance catamarans themselves, the discussion was spirited and the conclusions divided. To explore the trade-offs in proper depth it was decided to develop a new multihull design. (more…)
Last week, team members Will Cyr and Adrian Sawyer toured Westerly Marine with the local Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME), where Alive (Ex. Stark Raving Mad) was built in 2006.
Alive formerly known as Black Jack, was acquired by Tasmanian businessman Phillip Turner from Peter Harburg early in 2014 and is currently racing out of Brisbane and registered with the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tasmania. Alive was originally launched in the US in 2006 as Stark Raving Mad and owned and campaigned by Jim Madden. At 66 foot Alive fits into the ‘mini-maxi’ size category. Her narrow, light and canting keel combined with a powerful new Southern Spar rig makes her a technically advanced and challenging boat. (more…)
Genoa, Italy (June 16, 2016) – Congratulations to Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones and the crew of the Reichel/Pugh-designed/engineered and Wally Yachts-built 100-ft Superyacht Magic Carpet 3 (GBR) as they celebrate line honours at the 64th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The first was in 2013, and was followed up last year with an overall win on corrected time. (more…)
This past week two RP team members traveled to the Baltic Yachts Shipyard in Jakobstad, Finland to visually inspect the build progress of the RP68. This performance cruiser has been designed for a repeat RPYD customer and will be sailing in the waters off Southern California. The design features an aft transom deck for easy access to the water and transfer to the tender.
In preparation for the 2016 Newport to Ensenada Race, Reichel/Pugh engineers AJ Sawyer and Dan Flanigan joined the team of Mighty Merloe for its sailing delivery up the SoCal coastline, taking the opportunity to learn from its highly-accomplished crewmembers about the big trimaran’s performance and sailing systems along the way. (more…)
MELGES 32 ‘ANARCHY’ ROCKS, PLACING 2ND OVERALL IN FLEET BY 25 SECONDS IN EPIC NEWPORT TO ENSENADA RACE
Ensenada, Mexico (April 25, 2016) – MELGES 32 ANARCHY finished the Newport to Ensenada with a course time of 12:45:21, and lost overall corrected time for Monohulls by 25 seconds. Read on for the race report by owner of Anarchy Racing Scot Tempesta. (more…)
Ensenada, Mexico (April 23, 2016) – Of the one hundred seventy-nine boats that started, Reichel/Pugh-designed and Hart Marine-built 63′ Aszhou (formerly RP63 Invisible Hand and Limit) continued a legacy of winning by setting a new Newport to Ensenada monohull record with a time of 09:35:34 over 125nm, destroying the 2009 monohull record of 10:37:50 set by Doug Baker’s Magnitude. The record prior to this was set in 2003 by Roy E. Disney’s 76’ R/P-designed Pyewacket with a time of 10:44:25. (more…)