Capte Town-based shipyard Southern Wind has delivered 24.8m sailing yacht Ammonite. The project, the third unit in the 82 miniseries, was handed to Australian owner Marcus Blackmore.
“I’ve just had my first sail on board of Ammonite in Cape Town. The Southern Wind shipyard has been outstanding; they have gone out of their way to satisfy our ‘out of the norm’ requirements. My yacht is essentially a highly customised production sailing yacht,” Blackmore told an Australian magazine shortly after his first sail aboard Ammonite.
The yacht will cruise 7,000 miles in her maiden voyage from Cape Town to Sardinia, where Ammonite is to race in the 2016 edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo in June. The race will be a trial run in anticipation of the real competition Ammonite is planning to face at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, also in Porto Cervo, in September.
After her Mediterranean summer Ammonite will sail on to the Caribbean together with the ARC fleet to continue competing in the Caribbean regatta circuit. But before heading west Ammonite will ake her world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
The yacht is highly customized and a combination of her predecessors: SW82 RS Feelin’ Good, which has sailed over 11,000 miles in six months, and the racing orientated SW82 FD Grande Orazio.
Ammonite’s hull lines and appendages are designed by Farr Yacht Design. She is equipped with high modulus carbon mast, EC6+ Carbon rigging and racing winches and features a lifting keel, a first for a Southern Wind yacht.
SW82 hull #3 is a raised saloon design that features two hull windows on each side of the saloon, 270° panoramic coachroof windows and a transparent coachroof top window. The interiors are work of Nauta Design.