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Oui Fling, Spirit 52


From the Ipswich UK-based company that has become one of the world’s foremost builders of wooden modern classic sailing yachts comes the Spirit 52D Oui Fling. Spirit Yachts’ range now spans 37ft to 130ft and, though designed for cruising, their owners frequently like to race, none more so than Oui Fling’s serial racing boat owner, Irvine Laidlaw.


In fact, Oui Fling is the closest Spirit have come to creating a modern-day version of a 1930s metre boat. She is built in wood, but with extensive use of carbon fibre, from the rig and foils to many of the deck fittings and minimal interior. As a result she is some 1500kg lighter than the standard Spirit 52.


Olympix, X43 Olympix, X4³


X Yachts’ XRange aims to sit between the performance and cruising lines of this Danish manufacturer. At 43ft LOA, the X4³ is the smallest in the range, which also includes 49 and 65-footers.


Spirit 52: Photo: Michael Bowden Teƒsing Mƒchine


Following on from their much-travelled and very successful A13, Eric de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine team launched a new 54-footer in 2017 built at King Marine in prepreg carbon fibre/Nomex. The design by Nivelt-Muratet, in collaboration with the team’s own Laurent Pagès, is required to be equally potent on windward-leewards as it is offshore or transoceanic.


It shares many features of the A13, including the topside window, soft chine and deck chamfer. The boat has a straight keel with a deep draft of 3.5m and a relative heavy displacement of 10 tonnes, perhaps compensating for the team’s desire to keep a crew of ten as they had on their A13.


Tango, Wallycento: Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget Tƒngo, Wƒllycento


Tango is the fourth yacht to be designed to the Wallycento box rule following Hamilton/Open Season, Magic Carpet3


and Galateia. However, she is the first from designer Mark Mills and builder Persico Marine in Italy.


As is usual for a glamorous Wally, the boat is part contemporary, minimalist luxury cruiser and part speedy racing boat and her 100ft LOA displaces just 50 tonnes. The boat has several features from Mills’s World Championship- winning Maxi 72 Alegre, including the ramped side decks, but also several Wally features such as the bulwark as famously used on the Wally 143 Esense.


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This cruiser/racer is designed to be competitive fully crewed or short-handed and is optimised for racing under major handicap rating systems, but is equally appropriate as a weekend or bluewater cruiser. Depending on the intended use, the boat comes with two or three-cabin layouts and four bowsprit/anchor options. Hugo Gommers’s X4³, Olympix, from the Netherlands competed in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race.


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