Finnish shipyard Baltic has delivered Nikata. The 35m sailing yacht was launched in August this year and completed successful trials in Finland this autumn. She arrived in the Caribbean after a 3,000 nautical mile transatlantic passage during which she reached a top speed of 28 knots.
The Baltic Yachts’ team delivered this silver-hulled, 88-tonne yacht on time and on budget enabling her to reach the Caribbean well in advance of the 22 February start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 Race in which she will be competing.
Nikata’s hull shape is an evolution of the latest Mini Maxi 72s some of which will also be competing in the Caribbean 600 race.
The shipyard explains that although designed as a fast, comfortable family cruising yacht, this 115-footer is light and stiff enough to perform well on the race course, inshore and offshore, thanks to her all-carbon construction.
In addition, high-speed winches and an advanced barber hauling system for the headsail make this yacht well equipped for inshore racing as well as offshore events.
She also has the ability to switch from a cruising style ‘pin-head’ mainsail to a powerful ‘square top’ for more competitive sailing. With her 33-tonne lifting bulb keel in the fully down position she should prove potent upwind and her 26ft (7.9m) wide transom will provide impressive stability and speed off the wind.
The project is result of the collaborative work between naval architects judel/vrolijk & co, project manager Nigel Ingram of MCM and Nauta Design, responsible on-deck and interior design and styling.