, 2022-03-08 02:00:00,
As the Superyacht Challenge Antigua returns to the island after a one-year hiatus, we take a look at the line-up of yachts taking to the crystal Caribbean waters to compete in one of the first regattas of the year. The race runs from March 8-13 and the winning team will receive several barrels of rum.
At nearly 67 metres in length, Hetairos is the largest yacht to be launched by Baltic to date. While she looks every bit the classic yacht (she was inspired by a Bristol Pilot Cutter), Hetairos is built from a carbon composite with a lifting keel and 2,620 square metres of sail, which means she is deceptively quick around the racecourse. She was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and checked in at Vitters in 2014 for an extensive 14-month refit that saw her fitted with a new propulsion system and engine room, all new hydraulics and carbon ECsix rigging.
Hanuman was built by Royal Huisman and is a regular on the regatta circuit. In fact, she is one of the most successful winning J-Class yachts on the water today. The 42 metre sailing yacht was first launched in 2009 but underwent a refit in 2018 which saw a complete overhaul of all her racing and sailing systems including a new, lightweight carbon rig and boom that shaved 500kg of her overall weight. Other credentials include a high-speed Reckmann furling headstay as well as an impressive sail wardrobe with sails. Hanuman even scooped the Neptune for Sailing Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht…
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