The 27m sailing yacht is the first in a new series of projects that make up the order book currently under construction at the South African shipyard.

SW-RP90

SW-RP90 left Cape Town for her 7000nm maiden voyage to the Mediterranean Sea. Photo credit Peter Schreiber

Southern Wind Shipyard (SWS) has announced the delivery of SW-RP90. The custom high performance racer cruiser is the first in a new series of projects that make up the order book currently under construction at the South African shipyard.

Commenting on the project, Willy Persico, Southern Wind founder and CEO, says: “SW-RP90 is a fully custom yacht. She is the brainchild of a passionate Southern Wind yacht owner who asked for a very fast yacht with the comfort and safety standards typical of a cruising yacht but versatile enough for both fast cruises with family and excellent performance in the most renowned offshore and inshore superyacht regattas.”

Performance focus

Following on from her launch in November, the shipyard’s technicians, the yacht’s crew, Reichel/Pugh representatives and professional sailors all took the yacht through extensive sea trials.

“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,” explains Marco Alberti, SWS general manager and technical director.

Single rudder, lifting keel (3.8m-5.8m) and a generous sail plan (469sq m), are the appendages chosen for this 46.5-tonne (lightship-IRC) racer cruiser. Photo credit Peter Schreiber

The shipyard says SW-RP90 is a new generation project characterized by a strong focus on performance, flexible sailing setups, radical design and advanced construction and systems technology.

“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,” says the team Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, the studio responsible for the naval architecture, exterior and interior arrangement.

Alberti adds: “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, lifting keel (3.8m-5.8m) and a generous sail plan (469sq m), are the appendages chosen for this 46.5-tonne (lightship-IRC) racer cruiser.

SWS also revealed that a highly sophisticated computerized onboard hydraulic system was designed in conjunction with Greg Waters, one of the leading experts in hydraulic systems for VOR racing yachts.

SWS says two units of the new semi-custom projects SW96 and SW105 have been sold. These yachts were unveiled in Capri during the SWS 25th Anniversary Rendezvous in May 2016.

In addition, four yachts are currently under construction at SWS shipyard in Cape Town: two are scheduled for delivery in 2017 (SW96 #01 and SW105 #01) and two more are scheduled for 2018 (SW96 #02 and SW105 #02).