Meet The Fleet
MEET THE FLEET
Originally built for racing in a one-design fleet around the world, is a luxury Grand Mistral 82. The Farr designed Grand Mistral has sailed all the oceans, including taking part in the 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race (finished 33rd overall from 99 entries) and the ARC. Weddell contested the 2017 Cape to Rio race in January, finishing 17th overall, and the Transpac Race in July, placing ninth from nine in Division 1, after sailing almost around the world to start. She can apparently generate speeds of up to 30 knots and has certainly put in the ocean miles.
A thoroughbred Open 60 Race boat that has three times circumnavigated the world posting results of 5th, 4th and 2nd. She was in a professional long term storage for ten years in the UK until she was bought by Spartan Ocean Racing in 2016. Since then she has crossed the Atlantic to NS, Canada and has been rebranded, ready for the next racing season. She is a safe, fast boat that allows sailors of all skill levels and ages to experience the thrill of open water voyaging. With her fixed keel and considerable water ballast she is a solid craft in strong conditions and yet light and nimble in light airs.
Challenger is a modified Whitbread 60 Round the World Race boat (later known as Volvo 60’s). She was initially intended to compete in the 1997 edition of the race but when funding issues put paid to the America’s Challenge campaign in Cape Town the boat returned to California and went into long term storage only occasionally venturing out onto the race course for the Newport – Ensenada Race and a couple of Transpac’s. During this time however a lot of interesting modifications were made to adapt the already sleek Alan Andrews design towards short handed racing. The result is a blistering fast W60 with all the manners of an Open 60.
Her unique history has rendered Challenger the lowest mileage Volvo 60 in the world with possibly the most up to date technical set up of any vessel in her class. She is in excellent condition inside and out and able to easily show her best even to inexperienced crew who can quickly and easily get the hang of roller furling headsails, split backstay system, and asymmetric bowsprit run spinnakers.
If you want to sample the best this class of boats had to offer this is the boat that can allows anyone the chance to emulate the best speeds a Volvo crew could hope to see.