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Newbold’s RP 51 Primitive Cool Finishes Sydney Hobart 4th Overall

December 31, 2015

RSHYR2015Congratulations to the owners and crews of the Reichel/Pugh designed yachts that competed in the 2015 ROLEX Sydney to Hobart Race.
Photos © Rolex

John Newbold’s RP 51 Primitive Cool (AUS), designed & engineered by Reichel/Pugh and built by Hart Marine, Melbourne, finished 4th overall and second in Division 1 with a time of 04:10:36:19. Primitive Cool was formerly the Secret Men’s Business which won the Sydney Hobart overall in 2010. Read More …


2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Start

December 26, 2015

Click to access the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race here and follow Reichel/Pugh’s entries: RP100 Wild Oats XI owned by Robert Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, built by McConaghy and launched in 2005 (now retired due to torn mainsail); RP78 canting keel performance cruiser Lupa of London Read More …


Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2016 – 2018 Announced

December 24, 2015

The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and and built by Melges Boat Works and holds a unique position among the world’s one design sportsboats as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts. The 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, 2016 Melges 24 European and World Championships, Melges 24 future title events up to 2018 have been announced.

(December 23, 2015) – At the end of another great season the World Council of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) met up for its Annual General Meeting to discuss about the feedback of the 2015 season and to draw the main line of the future events. Read More …


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The Reichel/Pugh-designed Melges 14 is 2016’s Best Dingy

December 21, 2015

(December 21, 2016) – Sailing World Magazine has announced that the Reichel/Pugh-designed Melges 14 has earned its stripes as 2016’s Best Dingy, explaining that, “Any discussion of a modern singlehander will inevitably lead to a comparison with the Laser, which is the ultimate in performance and simplicity, the most prolific one-design dinghy of all time. It’s the benchmark. The Laser, however, is creeping toward 50 years, and not much about it has changed…The Melges 14, the judges agreed, is a righteous challenger to the Laser’s kingdom. It’s a boat that will make you want to drop everything, rig up and go sailing when the breeze is on. Given Melges’ success rate with and the support of its other one-design classes, big-fleet championships are only a matter of time.” For specs, handling, price, demo availability and news about a one-design class rule draft read on at:


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Video | Wild Oats XI Evolution

December 19, 2015

How does a ten year old yacht remain at the forefront of one of the great ocean race classics?

With her distinctively slim and elegant hull, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has taken line honours in eight out of the last ten Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. In collaboration with Reichel/Pugh, her original builders McConaghy Boats have recently completed her most radical evolution yet. On the eve of the 628 nautical mile 2015 RSHYR on December 26th, McConaghy TV shares a film about forging this new reality. Additionally, Reichel/Pugh’s Jim Pugh breaks down the carefully calculated modifications to boost her performance in up-range conditions. Calculations that will hopefully place Wild Oats XI ahead of the 110 yacht fleet into Hobart for the ninth time in 11 starts.

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Title photo from August 2015 © Andrea Francolini

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