Italian builder Wally Yachts launched the third unit in the Wallycento series, Galateia, in Hythe (southern coast of the UK): the vessel is currently undergoing the sea-trials.
The 30.48-metre racing luxury yacht is the latest evolution in high-tech racing performance perfectly combined with spacious and comfortable interiors. She features all the innovative concepts of the box-ruled superyacht: a fully equipped family cruiser matching the speed of the latest maxi racers.
The Wallycento ‘box rule’ class was designed to satisfy the demands of the most competitive yachtsmen. With a state-of-the-art lightweight, carbon composite hull, these boats will surf, plane and exceed 25 knots downwind, while the many advanced Wally sail handling features deliver easy control for single-handed sailing or indulgent family cruising.
After the previous model commissioned, the Magic Carpet3, winner of the 2014 Wally Annual Trophy and of the 2015 off-shore Giraglia race, the owners choose the same naval architecture studio, Reichel Pugh Yacht Design, to develop their new Wallycento. On the other hand, Wally is responsible for the styling and interiors.
“We developed the next generation Wallycento hull shape incorporating into the design the on-the-water experience of Magic Carpet3 and the results of our latest hull study in computational fluid dynamics – explains Jim Pugh of Reichel Pugh Yacht Design – 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. A critical emphasis was on providing a responsive and rewarding experience for the helmsperson with a reassuring feeling of stability and control especially in more arduous wind and sea conditions”.
The new wallycento features a flush deck with a large social cockpit amidships seating up to 10 people, and a wide aft sun lounge, with the twin helm and navigation stations in between. Like her two predecessors, Galateia features the steering wheels exclusively designed for her by Konstantin Grcic.
Down below, Galateia boasts luxurious and comfortable interiors with the owners’ suite, two guest double cabins, the main salon and lounge area with the navigation station, the galley, the engine room and the crew double cabin.
The forward end is dedicated to the Wally submarine anchor locker and the large sail locker with accommodation for two crew, while the aft area serves as tender garage and incorporates part of the systems.
Galateia is equipped with the bow thruster, enhancing the cruising capability of this class of super yachts.
After completion of the sea-trials, Galateia will head to the Carribean, where she will cruise with her owner and race in superyacht regattas. In spring 2016 she will head back to the Mediterranean to join the Wally Class, expecting record number of participants.