Vertigo (with that capital “V”) is a 220-foot (67.2-meter) ketch that was built right here in Auckland by Alloy Yachts, which had just launched Encore, a smaller, much more traditional 144-footer (43.9-meter) that was docked at the Viaduct Events Centre for her final fit-out and commissioning.
Designers and builders of sailing yachts greater than 100 feet (30.4 meters) are being tasked with creating vessels that not only are beautiful, comfortable and safe, but also achieve a high level of sailing performance. The proliferation of international superyacht regattas has upped the ante for owners who not only like their yachts luxurious, but also like to best their competition on the race course.
Vertigo (Hull No. AY41) is the largest sailing yacht to date from New Zealand builder Alloy Yachts. Designed with modern lines by Philippe Briand, she has a stunningly elegant interior by Christian Liagre Interior Design, whose brief was to render her “Urban at Sea.”