South African shipyard Southern Wind has recently delivered the 27.5m custom sailing yacht SW-RP90, which was launched in November.
Characterized by a strong focus on performance, flexible sailing setups, radical design and advanced construction and systems technology, the SW-RP90 is the brainchild of a passionate yacht owner who asked for “a sailing yacht versatile enough for both fast cruises with family and excellent performance in the most renowned offshore and inshore superyacht regattas,” says Willy Persico, Southern Wind Founder and CEO.
After her launch, the yacht’s crew, Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design representatives and professional sailors all took the yacht through extensive sea trials. She sailed in light and strong wind conditions and she confirmed her potential both in terms of performance and sea-keeping.
“We used cruising sails during the sea trials and still effortlessly recorded speed in excess of 18 knots. The owner and captain were really pleased with the performance, as we were too,” states Marco Alberti, SWS General Manager and Technical Director.
“Our goal was to create the fastest yacht that could still meet the client’s cruising requirements; to this end particular care was taken throughout the project to avoid unnecessary weight. In the hull design we developed a shape where the heeled form provides power while reaching and sailing upwind, but with a narrow upright waterline that still allows for good light air performance,” states the Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design team, responsible for the naval architecture, exterior and interior arrangement.
Marco Alberti proudly confirms: “The devil is in the details, as the saying goes. The racing soul of the SW-RP90 forced us to push our weight saving approach without compromising on comfort and safety. The main innovations applied to the build are the use of Prepreg and Nomex for the deck and structures. The hull was infused on a single female mould with carbon fibre and epoxy resin skins over a Corecell foam core.”
Single rudder, a 3.8-5.8m lifting keel and a 469m2 sail plan, are the appendages chosen for this 46,5 tons racer cruiser.
Nauta Design are the authors of the yacht’s interior design.
“Our challenge was to design interiors that were intriguing and innovative but with ergonomics that could function within the structural and dimensional constraints that the performance aspects of the yacht’s design imposed,” state Massimo Gino and Mario Pedol, Founders and Co-Heads of Nauta Design. “These constraints led us to show, and not hide, the yacht’s shapes and its main structural elements, but “show, don’t hide” also became the leitmotif of the interior design.”
“The SW-RP90 respects a series of safety parameters typical of a real bluewater cruiser,” says SWS CEO Willy Persico. “As a matter of fact, the yacht’s hull and structure have been built in compliance with strict Germanisher Lloyd regulations.”