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.
The WallyCento class was formed in 2010 as a box rule which would allow owners the thrill of no-compromise racing, while maintaining the essence of a Wally through clean exteriors and well-appointed interiors in a powerful 100’ package.
Magic Carpet 3, launched in 2013 was designed and engineered by Reichel/Pugh specifically to this rule and became the second yacht to join the Wallycento class. In 2014, the first full season of racing, Magic Carpet 3 convincingly claimed the 2014 Wally Season Championship wining three events including the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Unfortunately, the end of direct WallyCento competition came when the first WallyCento launched changed owners and was modified to the Wally 107 Open Season which left Magic Carpet 3 as the only yacht still built to the WallyCento rule.
Enter Galateia. Reichel/Pugh was approached by an American client who was interested in joining the WallyCento action with his own yacht. His vision was a new WallyCento, styled with similar taste to Magic Carpet 3, but it would need to be decidedly faster. During the two years of design and construction, the Reichel/Pugh team developed a new hullform and appendage package while utilizing their in-house combination of design and engineering services to find weight savings in every component and shave a tonne from the displacement. Extracting the maximum performance was a challenge, but the initial goals were exceeded and Galateia has proved to be just as strong and stiff as Magic Carpet 3 despite her lighter form.
Magic Carpet 3 is now in her fourth season and is always kept up to the highest standards, with a veteran crew and a highly optimized platform. There is an incredible amount of knowledge aboard for each regatta and we certainly expect her to be in top form at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup this year. Galateia is newer to the scene, with her debut in the Caribbean this past spring, but has no shortage of talent either. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will however be her first race against the seasoned professionals aboard Magic Carpet 3 and it should be very exciting to watch.
Will the experience, training, and infinite tuning of Magic Carpet 3 take the lead or will the newer, nimbler Galateia prove to be the faster boat straight off the blocks? We know the numbers, but with sailing, we know that even the numbers game often doesn’t tell the whole story. Stay tuned to the action as these two Wallycentos go head to head in the Wally class and we bring some onboard media from Company President Jim Pugh aboard Magic Carpet 3 and Senior Naval Architect Tony Beale aboard Galateia.
Title Image of Magic Carpet 3 © Rolex / Borlenghi