80Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011Sailing yachts have many attributes to recommendthem, but for true fans the real clincher is that, unlikemotoryachts, they can race. Cutting-edge technologyand today's impressive building and design expertisemean that the new generation of sailing yachts areincreasingly efficient and fast, a sure draw for the competitive owner.What is more, there are ever-more opportunities to push them to thelimit. Superyacht sailing regattas are constantly gaining popularity,throwing participants right in the heart of the action. The St Barth'sBucket, now in its 25th year, attracted a record 38 entries for its2011 regatta, with the number of entrants applying climbing yearThere may be fewer sailing superyachts than motoryachts, but their appeal isundeniable. Thanks to their greener credentials and racing potential, they willremain a popular choice for a long time to comeBy Ellie BradeaSwaial y on year. Other events on the racing calendar include the SuperyachtCup and the Loro Piano Superyacht Regatta, both celebrating thecamaraderie and spirit for which the sailing yacht community isfamous. But before you launch into the world of regattas, you needto find the ultimate sailing yacht.Design - classic versus modernMotoryacht design concepts tend to monopolise the market, butthere are more than enough impressive sailing yacht conceptsavailable to those who do their research. The pendulum ofcurrent designs swings between classic and modern. sailing yacht focus
SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI81newconceptsTop:Igor Lobanov'sPhoeniciaAbove: the Tempus 150To own a J-Class is to be a part of an historic and elite group.As such these yachts, first constructed in the 1930s, have seena particularly healthy resurgence in popularity. In 2010, Dutchyard Claasen Jachtbouw delivered the 43.4m (142') H1 Lionheartbringing the total number of J-Class originals and replicas inexistence to six. Holland Jachtbouw also has two further designsunder construction, the 40m (131') JH2 Rainbow and the 39m(128') JH3 Yankee, both of which are due in 2012, while ClaasenJachtbouw is working onthe 42.6m (140') J7 Atlantis. Plans havealso been approved to rebuild a further two designs, the 41.5m(136') S1 Svea and the 36.8m (121') J1 Enterprise. A special 2012 J-Class Regatta series will coincide with theOlympics, allowing the Js to stretch their legs in English waters,in Falmouth and around the Isle of Wight. Drawing on the legacy of the Js, Humphrey's Yacht Designrecently revealed the Tempus Class 150 ketch design.Commissioned by the owner of Turkish yard Arkin Pruva Yachts,the Tempus 150 is inspired by the hulls of the classic J-Classyachts, but with its design developed to enable it to functionas a modern charter and cruising yacht. Designer RobHumphreys describes the resulting concept as "closelyresembling its forebears but developed in a number of?