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36 Class Wins in 20 Years at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

September 13, 2017 · Posted by kate

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Porto Cervo, Italy (September 3-9, 2017) – The 2017 edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup marks 20 years of participation by Reichel/Pugh boats, and in that time our designs have amassed 36 Class wins. Competing divisions range from the Maxi 72 class, which competes for its World Championship during the event, to the Supermaxi division for yachts over 30.5 meters.

Reichel/Pugh-designed and Green Marine-built Galateia decisively earned a Maxi Yacht Rolex title in the 11-boat WallyCento Class. Aboard was Reichel/Pugh Senior Naval Architect Tony Beale who explained that, “this regatta is a tremendous result for the owner and team on Galateia. Over the winter the R/P design office worked closely with North Sails to optimize the boat for the season. The boat was meticulously prepared and the team put in many days practicing and improving. We came close at the Loro Piana regatta finishing second to Magic Carpet 3. Now winning the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is a great reward for everyone’s hard work.” Galateia now heads into the final Wally regatta of the season, Les Voiles de St Tropez leading the Season’s Championship.

Also winning in class was Irvine Laidlaw’s 82′ Highland Fling XI which was the victor in the Maxi Division. Highland Fling XI took monohull line honors at the 2017 Round the Island Race at the Isle of Wight this past July. Highland Fling XI was built by Goetz and launched in 2009.

Earlier this summer Filip Balcaen’s Reichel/Pugh and Nauta-designed Baltic 112’ Nilaya won first place in Class A, 1st Overall and the Boat International Media Trophy for overall victory at the 2017 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta in Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. for the third time in the past four years. At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup this year she finished a close 3rd in the Supermaxi Class.

Two weeks ago Bryon Ehrhart’s RP63 LUCKY took line honors and the ORC Division at the 500nm Palermo-Montecarlo Race and showed her versatility by switching to buoy racing for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The team (lost a tie-breaker and) earned a 3rd overall in the Mini Maxi Division. LUCKY, formerly LOKI, was designed and engineered by Reichel/Pugh, constructed by McConaghy Boats and won overall in the grueling Sydney-Hobart in 2011 and Transatlantic Race in 2015.

Event Link with Photos and Results

Visit the builder’s websites at:
Green Marine
Baltic Yachts
McConaghy Boats
Goetz Composites

Reichel/Pugh has now had 36 Maxi Rolex Cup Division Winners since 1997:

2017 100’ Galateia – Wally Class
2017 82′ Highland Fling XI – Maxi Class
2016 85’ My Song – Maxi RC Division
2015 94’ Windfall – Maxi RC Division – M. Cotter
2014 – 100’ Magic Carpet 3 – WallyCento – Wally Class – Sir L.O. Jones
2014 – 78’ Lupa of London – Mini Maxi Racer/Cruiser Division – J. Pilkington
2014 – 82’ Highland Fling XI – Maxi Racing & Maxi Racing/Cruising Division – Lord I. Laidlaw
2013 – 112’ Nilaya – SuperMaxi ORCi Division – F. Balcaen
2013 – 78’ Lupa of London – Mini Maxi Cruising Division – J. Pilkington
2012 – 100’ Esimit Europa 2 – Racing Division – I.Simcic
2012 – 112’ Nilaya – SuperMaxi Division – F. Balcaen
2011 – 112’ Nilaya – SuperMaxi Division – F. Balcaen
2011 – 78’ AllSmoke – Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising Division – G. Herz
2010 – 100’ Esimit Europa 2 – Racing/Racing Cruising Division – I.Simcic
2010 220’ Hetairos – Supermaxi Division – O. Happel
2009 – 72’ Mini Maxi Bella Mente – Mini Maxi Overall Season Champion – H. Fauth
2009 – 72’ Alfa Romeo 3
– Mini Maxi Racing Division – N.Crichton
2009 78Whisper – 1st Place Mini-Maxi Cruising Class – M. Cotter
2009 – 147’ Visione – Cruising Division – H. Plattner
2008 – 72’ Alfa Romeo 3 – Mini Maxi Racing Division – N.Crichton
2008 220’ Hetairos – Cruising Division – O. Happel
2008 – 90’ Rambler – Racing Division – G. David
2007 – J Class Ranger – Cruising Division – J. Williams
2007 – 86’ Morning Glory – Racing Division – H. Plattner
2007 – 78’ AllSmoke – Mini Maxi Division – G. Herz
2006 – 100’ Alfa Romeo – Racing Division – N.Crichton
2006 220’ Hetairos – Spirit of Tradition Division – O. Happel
2005 – 77’ Black Dragon – Racing Division – O. Happel
2004 – 86’ Pyewacket – Racing Division – R. Disney
2004 78’ Idea – IMS Division – R. Raiola
2003 – 78’ Idea SAI – IMS Division – R. Raiola
2003 – 85’ Alfa Romeo – IRC Division – N. Crichton
2002 – 79’ Alexia – Racing Division – A. Roemmers
2001 – 79’ Alexia – Racing Division – A. Roemmers
2000 – 79’ Alexia – Racing Division – A. Roemmers
1997 – 80’ Morning Glory – H. Plattner

Images of Galateia and Nilaya © Rolex / StudioBorlenghi


NILAYA wins the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2016

March 13, 2016 · Posted by kate


Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. (March 12th, 2016) – Filip Balcaen’s NILAYA, the Reichel/Pugh and Nauta designed Baltic 34m, beat out rival Inoui to become the overall Class A winner, despite a a most spectacular spinnaker blow-out at the end of the first downwind leg in the final race. She also took home the Boat International Media Trophy 2016 for the top scored superyacht overall at the 2016 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta in Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. Reichel/Pugh-designed and Baltic-built 67m ketch Hetairos finished second overall in Class B. Read More …

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R/P-Designed NILAYA and VISIONE Premier Yachts at 2016 Superyacht Challenge Antigua

February 1, 2016 · Posted by kate

Antigua_TransparentAntigua (January 31, 2016) – The sixth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua kicked off the 2016 superyacht regatta season and featured four races for eleven 80 to 151ft yachts all racing under the superyacht rule ORCsy.

In Class A: Corsairs, racing was incredibly close with seconds deciding the outcome in many of the races. The Reichel/Pugh-designed 112’ Nilaya took 1st place in Class A and held off 2015 winner Reichel/Pugh-designed 147’ Visione, which took 2nd place. Visione and Nilaya were built by Baltic Yachts and launched in 2002 and 2010, respectively. Read More …

2015 Bucket Regatta: A Fine Ending To A Grand Event

March 22, 2015 · Posted by kate

StBarthsBucket_NoDateSt Barths, French West Indies (March 22, 2015) – Perseverance was the key to victory in four classes (Gazelles, Elegantes, Mademoiselles, Grande Dames) sailing their last and final race at the 2015 St Barths Bucket Regatta. Sailing the “wrong way around” course meant the 35 competing superyachts launched their massive spinnakers at the start and took a clockwise tour of the island, testing sailing skills with a particularly lengthy beat up the backside. And though the superyachts, for safety’s sake, sail by rules that keep them at least 40 metres apart at all times, the competition was as close as anyone could wish for. Read More …

R/P-Designed Nilaya and Visione Prevail at 2014 St Barths Bucket

April 1, 2014 · Posted by kate


St Barths (March 29, 2014) – Of the 38 superyachts raced, Reichel/Pugh-designed Nilaya finished fourth today in the Gazelles class, and that performance, combined with two second-place finishes from Friday’s and Saturday’s racing, was strong enough to give her class victory. Read More …

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