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Wally racer-cruiser super yacht has sea trials

Published on December 11, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Fotos_0016_wallycento Galateia_01_ph. Hamo Thornycroft

Monaco-based luxury yacht designer Wally has just launched Galateia, the third hull of their WallyCento sailing superyacht range – and she is an absolute beauty.

WallyCentos are 100 feet long, hence the cento.  These superb sailing boats are superyachts with a difference, not only are they luxurious family cruisers but they can also hold their own against the best racing Maxis.

Often hybrids are neither fish nor fowl.  Anyone who’s ever heard the dreaded, “It’s OK we have a sofa bed” knows that often the hybrid falls short on both counts, an uncomfortable settee and a miserable night’s sleep.  So when Wally talks about a racing family cruiser, it sounds like an impossibility.  How can a family cruiser with all its accoutrements keep up with the pared down super Maxi racers and their bare belowdecks?

Unsurprisingly it turns out that if you have enough money to throw at a problem, then the problem can be solved rather well.

The first WallyCento, Hamilton, was launched in 2012 and was a game changer allowing a family cruiser to compete, and win, in Maxi class races.  The second hull, Magic Carpet 3, was launched a year later.  She is owned by Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones who takes his racing very very seriously and modifications to the design and weight of this second hull made her even more competitive.

Fotos_0017_wallycento Galateia_02_ph. Hamo Thornycroft

Talking of Magic Carpet 3, Wally’s founder and president Luca Bassani Antivari says, “The Wally race rules state clearly that before racing, you cannot remove anything that is normally kept on board, that means everything has to weigh nothing at the start.  We made the washbasins from carbon, we used an ash veneer on a honeycomb core to make the furniture, and we even put the light switches in the deckhead.  There are two reasons for this: The first is that every bulkhead gives the boat structural strength and you would harm that by drilling holes through it; the second is that to run the cable down to the ordinary level of a light switch means more wiring, and every inch of wire weighs something.”

The owners of Galateia were so impressed by the performance of Magic Carpet 3 that they chose the same naval architects, Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, for their new build.

Jim Pugh of Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design says they are not content to sit on their laurels, “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.”

However the modifications for speed don’t mean that this superyacht is in anyway pared down.  Galateia features a super flush deck and there is plenty of room for socialising with a large cockpit amidships seating up to ten people and a wide sun lounge aft.

Fotos_0018_wallycento Galateia_03_ph. Hamo Thornycroft

Belowdecks, things are nothing like your traditional racing yacht with luxurious and comfortable interiors befitting a superyacht.  There is an owner’s suite forward, two guest double cabins, all with en-suites.  Forward there is accommodation for two crewmembers

Galateia, which means “the goddess of calm seas”, is currently undergoing sea trials.  If the first two WallyCentos are anything to go by we’ll be sure to see her owners popping champagne on the regatta podiums in 2016.



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