And the winners are...
“Yar: Easy to handle and moves along smoothly.” This witty archaic word to describe a “proper yacht” in “The Philadelphia Story”—the memorable Hollywood film from 1940—is a fitting one-word designation for the 123-foot (37.3-meter) cutter-rigged sloop Pumula from Royal Huisman.
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.
We came back from a tour of the Dutch shipyards, organized by the Dutch yachting association (part of a larger association promoting the Dutch marine industry, known as HISWA), with some positive news. Most (if not all) the Dutch shipyards have a number of big yachts currently under construction and the future looks bright.
Four years of work and the combined talents of designer Pieter Beeldsnijder (who did the exterior styling and interior design, with a décor by Rebecca Bradley), naval architects Gerard Dijkstra & Partners and Royal Huisman, as well as hardware and sailing rig by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary Rondal went into creating this sophisticated yet classic three-mast schooner bearing the name of the Goddess of Wisdom.