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RP Maxis Finish 1st & 2nd at Palermo-Montecarlo

August 26, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Monte-Carlo (August 24, 2019) – The 15th edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo marked the fifth and final event of the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2018-2019 and fielded fifty-one boats this year.

Miguel Galuccio’s Reichel/Pugh 84’ maxi Vera (formerly My Song) was first to cross the finish line winning one of the Giuseppe Tasca d’Almerita Trophy. Vera’s crew, including Dutch Volvo Ocean Race legend Bouwe Bekking and Olympic champion Michele Regolo, completed nearly 500 miles of racecourse (on the direct route) in two days, 17 hours and 13 minutes — smashing the record set by Esimit Europa 2 in 2015. Esimit Europa 2 is a Reichel/Pugh-designed 100’ canting keel supermaxi, first launched as Alfa Romeo and is now the Australia-based Black Jack.

On Vera’s heels was Reichel/Pugh Marten 72 Aragon owned by Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verde, sailing with a mix of family and pros including top French navigator Oliver Douillard.

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The race was originally designed by the Monaco Consul and the City of Palermo Sports Council, to ‘unite two historically friendly cities through a yacht race’.

Race report by James Boyd
Photography courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi and Carloni-Raspar

RP 50′ Racer Takes the Overall Win at Long Point Race Week

August 26, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Newport Beach, CA (August 25, 2019) – Congratulations to Alec Oberschmidt and his team for the overall win (and B division win for the third year in a row) at the 2019 Long Point Race Week aboard their Reichel/Pugh-designed 50’ racer Staghound. David Clark’s ULDB 70 Grand Illusion with Reichel/Pugh-designed keel and rudder appendages was 2nd in ORR Division. Grand Illusion won the Transpac overall in 2015. Read More …

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GP42 42° South Shines at 2019 Cowes Week

August 20, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Cowes, Isle of Wight (August 17, 2019) – Mark Rijkse’s Reichel/Pugh-designed GP42 42° South (ex-Seawonder 007) shone brightly at the 2019 COWES WEEK, scoring four bullets in six races to win Class IRC 0, winning the prestigious Brittania Cup and New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup in two of those races. Read More …

Reichel/Pugh Designs Earn Top Results at 50th Transpac (2,225nm)

July 27, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

Congratulations to all 2019 Transpac sailors, and to the Hamachi team for their overall win!

Reichel/Pugh designs, and staff, earned top results:

  • Reichel/Pugh Naval Architect and Structural Engineer David Oliver won Division 5 as navigator aboard the 60’ Good Call.
  • Taxi Dancer – R/P Design 39 – 70’ ULDB – Clarence McFarland Trophy for 1st Corrected in Division 2
  • Alive – R/P Design 162 – 66’ CBTF Racer (formerly Black Jack & Stark Raving Mad)
    – 2nd Division 1 and 1st Division 1 Sub-Class 2, the Clark Sweet Trophy for 2nd Place Elapsed Time and Curtis Laukea Trophy for First Foreign Boat on Corrected Time.
    “‘If the boat can’t take it, it is not supposed to be in the race,’ was the answer from one of our drivers on whether we might be pushing it a bit too hard… Six relentless days of 20-25kn winds, a 430nm+ miles 24hr run and plenty of squalls for the final stretch saw us reach Honolulu in the early morning of Saturday. What a driven team that left nothing in the tank.” – Alive Navigator Wouter Verbraak
  • Grand Illusion – R/P Design 73 (Reichel/Pugh-designed keel and rudder appendages) – 4th Division 2
  • Vitesse – R/P Design 199.2 – Southern Cross 52’– 5th Division 1

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RP66 Zaraffa Wins Overall ORR Title in Tight Marblehead to Halifax Race (363nm)

July 12, 2019 · Posted by Kate Sheahan

A piece of Dr. Skip Sheldon’s legacy lives on as his 66’ racer-cruiser Zaraffa continues to win with the grateful U.S. Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team.

Sheldon, who began his sailing career as a student, commissioned Reichel/Pugh Design No. 96 Zaraffa as a dual-purpose racer-cruiser, built by New England Boatworks and launched in 1999. A rugged design, Sheldon never wanted the boat to be the cause of not finishing a race. Zaraffa competed in the 2001 Fastnet race winning class and taking 2nd overall. She raced the Newport-Bermuda four times, claiming the 2002 Lighthouse Trophy win on the crew’s second attempt. She was also first-to-finish with overall honors on the 2003 North Atlantic Challenge from Newport to Cuxhaven, Germany, and in 2011 Zaraffa was 1st Corrected IRC 3 in the Transatlantic Race.  She has also raced the Sydney Hobart, Miami to Montego Bay, Round Gotland Race and the Middle Sea Race. In 2018, after a retrofit for the Transatlantic Race, the Sheldon family bestowed the USNA Sailing Team with the gift of Zaraffa for offshore training. Read More …

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