Newwallycento Galateia - ph Hamo Thornycroft

Newwallycento Galateia. Photo courtesy Wally / Hamo Thornycroft

Monaco-based boatbuilder Wally Yachts has launched Galateia, the third unit of the wallycento design. The operation took place in Hythe on the South Coast of England and the yacht is currently undergoing sea-trials.

Galateia, a 30.5m sailing yacht, is a fully equipped family cruiser matching the speed of the latest maxi racers. The builder says the yacht provides a close racing within a narrow rating range of the wallycento fleet in the Wally Class competitive programme.

“The wallycento formula is indisputably successful because these superyachts proved to be highly competitive, very technical, extremely fast in all conditions, and exceptionally cruiser friendly” says Luca Bassani, Wally founder and president.

The owners selected Reichel Pugh Yacht Design to develop this project. The firm is the same naval architecture studio of Magic Carpet3, overall winner of the 2014 Wally Annual Trophy and of the 2015 off-shore Giraglia race. Wally was responsible for the styling and interiors.

“We developed the next generation wallycento hull shape incorporating into the design the on-the-water experience of Magic Carpet3 and the results of our latest hull study in computational fluid dynamics,” explains Jim Pugh of Reichel Pugh Yacht Design. “All areas of the design were open for development with focus on improving the underwater foil package, reducing windage and improving the yacht’s systems, weight and function,” he adds. “A critical emphasis was on providing a responsive and rewarding experience for the helmsperson with a reassuring feeling of stability and control especially in more arduous wind and sea conditions.”

The new white-hulled wallycento features a super flush deck with a large social cockpit amidships seating up to 10 people, and a wide aft sun lounge, with the twin helm and navigation stations in between.

Like her two predecessors, Galateia features the steering wheels exclusively designed for the wallycento by Konstantin Grcic.

The layout down below includes the owners’ suite forward, two guest double cabins, the main salon and lounge area with the nav station, the galley, the engine room and the crew double cabin. All cabins have en-suites.

The forward end is dedicated to the Wally submarine anchor locker and the large sail locker with accommodation for two crew. The aft area serves as tender garage and incorporates part of the systems.

Galateia is equipped with the bow thruster, enhancing the cruising capability.

When the sea trials are completed, Galateia will head to the Caribbean for the winter season, where she is scheduled to cruise with the owners’ family and race in some superyacht regattas.

In spring 2016, she will head back to the Mediterranean to join the Wally Class.