Time to up­size?

Yachting World - - On The Wind -

What do Open Sea­son, High­land Fling, Magic Car­pet3, My Song and, in the near fu­ture, Tango, all have in com­mon? Their ex­pe­ri­enced own­ers have all re­cently up­graded to larger, faster, more per­for­mance-ori­ented craft.

Loro Piana’s sea­soned Cook­son 84, My Song, en­joyed per­haps her fi­nal com­pet­i­tive out­ing in style, win­ning the Maxi racer-cruiser class be­fore mak­ing way for her owner’s new build. The re­place­ment is the dark blue Re­ichelpugh all-car­bon 130-footer that re­cently launched from Baltic Yachts, which was berthed in Porto Cervo and looked every inch the new gen­er­a­tion of per­for­mance su­pery­acht­ing. No-one walked past that boat without stop­ping and star­ing.

Many own­ers are up­grad­ing to larger, faster craft and with the num­ber of owner-driv­ers so high, this is a highly com­pet­i­tive area. Open Sea­son’s Thomas Bscher ex­pects an­other ten boats to race at Porto Cervo next year. “We’ve had one of the best events I can re­mem­ber be­cause fi­nally the big boats came back,” he says. “There will be more growth in the fleet over the next cou­ple of years. To­day you can have a 120-footer that is as nim­ble as a 100-footer ten years ago.”

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