Southern Wind launches SW96 sailing yacht Ammonite

Written by Charl van Rooy

South African sailing yacht builder Southern Wind today launched its third SW96 sailing yacht Ammonite in Cape Town. Ammonite is built for repeat Southern Wind client and ambassador Marcus Blackmoore, who sold his SW82 by the same name in September last year. Ammonite yacht launch at Southern Wind ShipyardPhoto: Southern Wind

The carbon fibre sailing yacht Ammonite features an exterior design by Farr Yacht Design and deck and interior designs by Nauta Design. Detailings and electrical systems were carried out in-house by the Southern Wind shipyard. Unlike the first two units from the SW96 miniseries, Ammonite has a tender garage that is able to accommodate a 3.95-metre tender and two side lazarettes.Ammonite yacht launch at Southern Wind ShipyardPhoto: Southern Wind

The vessel is scheduled to be delivered towards the end of September when Ammonite will set sail for New Zealand to defend her title at the Millenium Cup. Future cruising plans then include visiting southeast Asia or heading to Alaska while competing in the 2022 Transpacific Race. Southern Wind 96#03 Ammonite yacht Photo: Southern Wind

Ammonite features a three-stateroom layout, including a large owner’s suite and a portside forward twin guest cabin, which can alternatively be converted into a double bunk cabin. Crew members are accommodated for in a large captain’s cabin with double bunk beds portside and a Pullman bunk crew cabin starboard. Ammonite yacht launch at Southern Wind ShipyardPhoto: Southern Wind

“This launch has a special flavour because SW96 Ammonite was built in the full respect of the South African government’s Covid-19 restrictions,” says Southern Wind. “Ammonite’s successful launch is a tribute to all the people at Southern Wind who have continued to work with passion, commitment and diligence while respecting the safety protocols and added restrictions required by the pandemic.”



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