Superyacht WallyCento sailing

When Wally announced the series WallyCento, superyacht’ buyers took it very seriously. These members, including Wally’s former clients, showed a huge interest to challenge highly competitive boats, whilst being able to enjoy at the same time the luxury that a yacht cruise offers.

The WallyCento series originated from these suggestions, the zenith of a rather complex set of requirements carried out by leading designers, engineers and manufacturers of the planet.

WallyCento is conceived around Wally’s Box Rule, with specific parameters for the length, beam and displacement, in order to obtain the best performance. Wally determines this regulation on a length ranging from 98’4 “to 99’10”, featuring comfort and manoeuvrability when racing. As for the beam, the range goes from 21’3″ to 23’6″. At the same time, the displacement ranges from 45 to 50 tons, with a draft upheld between 15 and 20 feet (4.5 to 6.2 meters), depending on whether the yacht employs a fixed or retractable keel.

In general, the WallyCento series allows owners to compete in the Wally Class circuit and IRC regattas, in addition to local ones. The first unit was conceived in Germany at the headquarters of Judel & Vroljik where all the naval architecture was created.

WallyCento in actionJ & V with experience in the design of the America’s Cup winner, Alinghi, was responsible for shaping this stunning regatta’s sailboat. STRUCTeam, specialists on structural design and engineering, was along J&V.

The engineers determined that WallyCento should have a retractable keel, with a maximum draft of 20 feet and a 50 tons displacement, an arrangement better suited for this type of megayachts, especially in points of sail. Judel / Vrolijk & Co also decided to shape the hull similarly to a previous design, a mini-maxi of 72 feet called Ran.

The dual focus, of the competition and the ride, turned out to be an exciting challenge for Design Unlimited given that the owner wanted it to be simple enough to compete, and at the same time cosy when engaging with the family. This also meant that the megayacht needed lightweight insides.

Wally’s rule requires an interior with a minimum of 54% of the total volume inside the hull. The traditional cabin consisted of one main cabin, two for guests, plus one for the crew, and the amenities included air conditioning, entertainment and a professional kitchen. Taking into account the weight, copies of the sheets, with aluminium panels of honeycomb or carbon fibre, were created.

It was a great challenge as the ship had to be made in just nine months since the owner had committed to participate in several regattas.

The interior is made of panels of black walnut wood mixed with linen, velvet, leather and suede. The furniture was built similarly to save some weight by employing Senwood wood, a wood often used in Japanese Western ships.

The construction of WallyCento took place in Green Marine to benefit from the experience in the manufacture of racing boats, which was a total success when reaching the delivery time for building the ship. Without hesitation, WallyCento can boast of being one of the fastest and most advanced sailboats in the world.