It’s knot often that you get a chance to have a sail on a 100ft race yacht. So, when the e-mail arrived asking for names of those interested in a media day please reply. I did.
Alfa Romeo is on route to Sydney, were she will compete with 4 other 100ft race yachts for this years Sydney Hobart. Also on the calander was the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic and more records to add to the yachts impressive collection.
HSBC Coastal Classic
Photos by George Backhus
The Technology in the New Breed Of Super Yachts
Information from Alfa Romeo. Images by Cathy Vercoe
The new ‘Alfa Romeo’, the 30-metre (98-feet) successor to the 27.5-metre (90-feet) world champion of the same name that took line honours in some 74 races in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres, including the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, is the one of the most technically advanced ocean racing yacht in the world today. She is a magnificent example of the latest concept in design, engineering, construction, rigging and sails.
Neville Crichton at the Helm. Cathy Vercoe – LuvMyBoat
Designed by the US firm of Reichel/Pugh and built of carbon fibre composite by McConaghy Boats in Sydney, Australia, ‘Alfa Romeo’ carries a towering 44 metre carbon fibre mast built by Southern Spars in New Zealand with the latest concept in 3DL and mylar sails designed by the Sydney loft of North Sails.
Each company has contributed to a racing yacht that can only be described as awesome in concept and a quantum leap in the already advanced technology of modern yacht design, engineering and construction. McConaghy Boats, who have now built 10 maxi yachts in carbon fibre describe the building of ‘Alfa Romeo’ as the biggest and most complex project they have ever undertaken.
Race performances are expected to be just as awesome with race record predictions no idle threat. Overseas the new ‘Alfa Romeo’ will be an outstanding example of Australian and New Zealand boat-building techniques and workmanship.
Like her predecessor, she is registered with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland and carries the sail number NZL 80.