New 30m custom superyacht under construction at Southern Wind

Written by Gemma Fottles

Southern Wind Shipyard has recently announced the signing of a contract for a new 30-metre sailing superyacht. Commissioned by an experienced yachtsman, the 100’ high-performance cruiser was designed and developed by Nauta Design in collaboration with Reichel Pugh Yacht Design and is currently under construction at the yard’s facilities in South Africa.    

Southern Wind RP-Nauta 100Photo: Southern Wind shipyard
Working closely with the owner on the design of the yacht since 2017, Mario Pedol of Nauta design explains a little behind the design philosophy of the RP-Nauta 100 project: “The owner is particularly keen on three aspects of the project. Functionality for safe and comfortable navigation, high performances to enjoy racing in the most renowned superyacht regattas, and sexy, appealing design to give the yacht a modern, aggressive and sporty look.”  

 The full carbon racer-cruiser displaces 63 tons at full load and is being built with a lifting keel with a max draft of 6.1 metres. A sleek flush deck combines with a large sail area to complete the package.  Southern Wind RP-Nauta 100 in build Photo: Southern Wind shipyard

Southern Wind Shipyard’s new management and shareholders commented that the new project will benefit from the experience gained in the construction of the SW105 and SW96, and are looking forward to seeing this new project come to life. ”We are proud to be carrying on building reliable, comfortable and fast yachts and are happy to bring our renewed energy to the solid basis that Southern Wind is built on,” says Andrea Micheli, SWS Sales Director. The new management team at the yard joined Southern Wind earlier this summer following the sad passing of the yards’ founder and CEO, Willy Persico.  

Southern Wind Shipyard, Cape TownPhoto: Southern Wind ShipyardThe superyacht is expected to hit the water in time for a Spring 2020 delivery. Southern Wind concludes: “An important addition to the yard’s current order book, this 30-metre high performance-oriented cruiser confirms Southern Wind Shipyard’s leading positioning in the construction of 90-120’ performance sailing yachts.”  



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