Xavier McCoy books us from the ‘Wally’ 80 Highland Fling and offers his thoughts on as to the reasons they aren’t racing throughout the Wally classification
Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling might have surprised the brand new collection in the Maxi Boat Rolex Cup with her twenty-six-twenty-eight knot blasts interacting with of Porto Cervo past, however, it show has arrived at a high price.
The newest watercraft is officially a beneficial Wally, but past week-end are ousted regarding the Wally office and thus today finds by herself rushing about strangely entitled ‘Racing Touring and you may Racing’ category contrary to the likes away from Esimit Europa 2 (the former Alfa Romeo supermaxi), Danilo Salsi’s heavily campaigned Swan ninety DSK Leader Expenditures, Leonardo Ferragamo’s sistership Solleone while the the new Russian-had Bouwe Bekking-steered Lutra 80, Singularity.
In the event the there’s no way to earn there clearly was no reason in common the watercraft, so after that we made a decision to create new things
The brand new Highland Fling, Laidlaw’s 11th, pursue a great canting keel Wally 80, good Swan 112, a beneficial 12m (used in the fresh Air cooling Jubilee), a beneficial Carroll Marine sixty and a series out of Swans.
In the a primary look the brand new vessel, an effective Reichel Pugh build, mainly based primarily by the Goetz inside Rhode Island, resembles a good VO70 but with an excellent teak deck and a lot reduced offshore mess. As opposed to an effective VO70 this lady has a predetermined keel being more or less 10ft erlong possess an effective displacement out-of twenty five tangles from which fourteen (brand new every-right up lbs regarding a VO70) is in the bulb.
So what makes up about that it ship? “To the canting keel on the other boat [this new Wally 80], whenever Wally followed IRC i discovered discover no way i will be aggressive,” claims watercraft captain Xavier Mecoy. “The new motorboat was not a quick vessel at the best of the time sufficient reason for good canting keel it had been penalised way too much. (altro…)