P100 is the new concept for the WallyCento racing class. The new model, unveiled by Philippe Briand Naval Architecture and Yacht Design, takes on Briand’s experience as a competitive sailor and longstanding superyacht designer.
“We considered the merits of each element in the P100 design, using technological advancements and through analysis to create a truly unique concept. The combination of technical enhancements and design features results in a beautiful project that promises top competitive performances,” explains Philippe Briand.
The P100 will offer its owner a vessel of style and comfort with a previously unattained level of performance in the class, ideal for sailing in Porto Cervo or taking part in the Bucket regattas.
The aim was to push the envelope like has never been done before, evaluating the feasibility of the basic structure specified by the class.
With his team of designers, Briand carried out a thorough assessment of every detail in the concept’s form, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis as well as velocity prediction program (VP) calculations.
Working through a number of iterations in the hull form, the resulting concept design has a lower freeboard and slightly narrower beam than is commonly seen in the class. An intermediate light displacement boat, it will weigh 2T less than the upper limit dictated by class rules, and is expected to be 20 seconds faster over a mile than reference yacht Magic Carpet. This reduced weight is provided in part by a novel “roller coaster wave” form for the teak decking, which is dictated by the class rules to maintain the high quality look of the fleet.
The weight efficiency carries through to the interior of the P100. Moulded carbon fibre furniture will be light and robust but with a feeling of softness, the major inspiration for the interior being taken from sporty automotive design.