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?
82Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011ways to make it more applicable to modern lifestyle." In asimilar style, the Countess design from Studio Delta is a 39m(128') concept, based on the traditional hull of the 69m (226')schooner Atlantic. Like the Tempus Class 150, Countess'rigging, interior and exterior have been designed to reflect atraditional 1930s yacht, but will incorporate modern systemsto ensure high levels of comfort on board. For example,climate control is specified throughout all guest and crewspaces. If she is built, Countess will function as a fully certifiedcharter yacht.As well as the more classic styles being brought to the table,increasing modernity, and even an element of the space age, isbeing seen in some of today's designs. Recent conceptspresented to the market include Phoenicia by Igor Lobanov andAnkida by Lila-Lou.Igor Lobanov presented Phoenicia to the market this year anddescribes the project as being explorative. The unusual shapeof the bow was inspired by ancient royal ships, and a keyfeature of it is the all-around deck with a pattern incorporatedinto its structure. The model is based on a 100m-plus (328')sailing yacht, with particular emphasis placed on a spacious aftdeck, which houses a heli-pad. In developing the 73m (240') Ankida concept, London-basedstudio Lila-Lou integrated the mast, sail and keel configurationwith the hull and superstructure. Her sail has been designedto allow the greatest surface area coverage and optimalpositioning in relation to the wind. Each mast has a boomrunning parallel to one another so they have the ability to slideforward and aft, a feat achieved by designing each boom in twosections. The sails can then be offset from one another when ona beat or reach, maximising the sail area for the conditions. Shealso features a magnetically levitated wind turbine thatsupplies power for the yacht's operation and general services. In buildThe aforementioned concepts all hint at the sort of designs wecan look forward to in the future, but it is the models that arealready under construction at yards that are keeping sailingyacht enthusiasts champing at the bit.There are many names synonymous with sailing yacht buildsacross the world: Royal Huisman, Dubois, Perini Navi, AlloyYachts and Vitters, to list just a handful. Sailing yachts arecreated by experts who live and breathe their design andconstruction, sharing the great passion possessed by theowners of these vessels, and always endeavouring to breaknew ground with their designs. A sailing superyacht is a verydifferent breed of vessel to a motoryacht as it is required tofunction under both power and sail and, in many cases, performin racing conditions while still providing a comfortable andluxurious home for guests. Clockwise from above:the 39m (128') Countess;Phoenicia; the 141m(463') Dream Symphony(side and aerial view);the 73m (240') Ankida(aerial views) Photography: Tempus Class (Courtesy of Humphreys Yacht Design)/Countess (Courtesy of Studio Delta)