Wally’s sailing yacht Tango is the fourth unit of the Wallycento cruising/racing fleet. The 30.5-metre Tango has unique features if compared with the other hulls of the series: her interior design has been developed by world renowned designer Pininfarina, and she was built with the lightest-weight components available.
Wally Tango is the product of a close collaboration among the brand’s team, the Irish-based naval architect Mark Mills, Pininfarina and the Italian yard Persico Marine, which worked in synergy to turn the concept into a stunning sailing yacht.
Luca Bassani, Wally’s president, so commented upon the project: “Tango turned out exactly how we envisioned it when we started developing the project—super sleek lines and aggressive overall appeal, conveying its high-performance DNA. Its sheer flush deck is like the iconic Wally Esense. Besides enhancing the purity of the design, that design facilitates racing manoeuvres.”
Mills said: “We combined dramatic deck geometry with a novel interior layout for the most efficient result within the Wallycento box-rule. It was integrated with the structure to a level not yet seen in a yacht of this size.” The naval architect increased the boat’s volume in order to provide more on-board space, while drawing cleaner and longer aft lines. He also positioned the boat’s engine room and service areas amidships, rather than at the stern, a significant departure from most yachts: such layout optimises the boat’s centre of gravity for better sailing.
Pininfarina’s interior reflects the minimalistic look of the exterior styling, while keeping an elegant feel in its simplicity. “We’ve built a true thoroughbred of the sea, ultra-light and super performing, perfectly suitable for cruising as well as for racing,” said Paolo Pininfarina.
The boat weighs 47.5 tons, thanks to the carbon fiber and Nomex sandwich materials in the hull. Persico Marine, which typically builds America’s Cup and Mini Maxi racing yachts, also focused on the smallest weight-savers like door hinges and wall veneers, understanding that weight saving is critical to performance.
Tango was launched last week from Persico Marine’s facilities in Italy, with the mast being stepped nearly a year after the hull entered the water. The yacht will be undertaking sea trials for several weeks before delivery to her owner. The sailing yacht will then make her public debut at the next edition of the Monaco Yacht Show. Tango will soon start her racing career at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, against three other Wallycentos.