Stunning performance marked the debut of the brand new WallyCento Magic Carpet 3: only two weeks after her launch, she competed in Gaastra Palmavela regatta (Mallorca, 1-5 May) out-matching all races in real time, crossing the finish lines between five and 20 minutes ahead of the closest competitor.
“I’m highly satisfied with the outcome of this ground-breaking project, that engaged myself and my team for over two years“ enthusiastically says the Owner and helmsman Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones “Magic Carpet 3 is precisely what I wanted and expected her to be, totally fulfilling my goals and briefs. She is the natural evolution of my breed of yachts: very fast, beautiful, comfortable, technologically advanced, and easy to sail.”
Developed by Reichel Pugh naval architects with the exterior styling and interiors by Wally, she fully exploits the WallyCento box-rule to create a fast seaworthy sound cruiser-racer that benefits from the latest performance technology, respecting the Wally spirit.
“Cruising in comfort at the speed of the fastest maxi racer and racing at the highest level of competition is the dream of every passionate yachtsman - says Luca Bassani Antivari, Wally Founder and CEO - WallyCento is the first and only super yacht making this dream come true, and Magic Carpet3 truly reflects this concept.”
“We are thankful to Sir Owen-Jones who actively contributed to the definition and development of the WallyCento box-rule - continues Bassani - and gave Wally the opportunity to produce such an innovative super yacht carrying the unmistakable Wally pedigree.”
“As a truly passionate yachtsman and lover of performance and technology, the starting point of the development of Magic Carpet 3, that is my third Wally, was the brief to design the fastest cruiser-racer in the World, with no limitations or other requirements,” explains Sir Owen-Jones. “We selected Reichel Pugh because they have great experience of designing very high performance maxi racers. They successfully interpreted the WallyCento box-rule and produced along with Wally, an explosively fast boat on all points of sail and in all wind conditions.”
Fully equipped with all the cruising amenities, her performance are closer to those of the fastest maxi racers (only -2% than Esimit) than to those of a traditional Wally 100-footer (10% faster on a windward-leeward course, and 25-30 % faster reaching).
Magic Carpet 3 is very fast in all conditions: in light air she behaves like a light yacht, in strong air she is so stable and powerful, to resemble an aircraft carrier!
She shows incredible acceleration, and after a tack she is back to full speed after just 20 seconds. During the sea trials in Saint Tropez, Magic Carpet3 exceeded 21.5 knots of speed reaching in 20 knots of true wind speed. In the transfer to Palma de Mallorca, the Captain Danny Gallichan steadily sailed at 18 knots of speed with the small jib only (no mainsail), in 25 knots of true wind!
She is the new “yacht to beat” in the Wally Class circuit as well as in other divisions of the Med regattas, and she will engage epic duels with Hamilton, the first WallyCento that was launched in 2012 and showed the potential of this new type of yachts. Characterised by the reduced displacement (only 50 tons), she is the lightest cruising yacht of this size ever built: compared to that of the previous 100-foot Wallys like Y3K and Indio, the construction weight of Magic Carpet 3 is 40 % lighter!
As well as being a racing thoroughbred, Magic Carpet 3 is first and foremost a very comfortable cruising super yacht featuring the latest easy-sailing systems, big interior volumes and large open-air living areas.
“What attracts me about Wally is the development of the latest technologies and the continuous R&D to simplify sailing and improve performance, as well the Italian design flair peculiar to Wally that makes these yachts aesthetically unique and very appealing both outside and inside. And we have indeed achieved this result with my new Magic Carpet 3” concludes Sir Owen-Jones.