Can your home race 25 knots, just powered by the wind? The SW-RP90 CUSTOM model, developed by Reichel/Pugh can!

Pictures by Peter Schreiber

The SW-RP90 CUSTOM is the owner’s vision of a home during regattas and bluewater journeys. The design studio developed her as “ultralight Fast Performance Cruiser” thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber for the hull, the deck, bulkheads etc. Furthermore, the calculations of the very experienced design office for performance-oriented sailing yachts and flexible sailing setups. The yacht is a construction by the South African-based shipyard Southern Wind. Mast and boom are also made of carbon, delivered by Southern Spars to set almost 500 m² (upwind) and over 1000 m² (downwind) haute couture by North Sails to power her up to 25 knots.  The interior (no pictures available at this moment) was designed by Nauta Design (arrangement by Reichel/Pugh).

The yacht has a length of 27.50m, a beam of almost 7 meters and a minimum draft of 3.80m to reach shallow waters. When the yacht is under sails, the 20-ton keel can be lowered down to 5.80m in under one minute.

SW-RP90 CUSTOM Reichel Pugh
SW90 Reichel Pugh
SW-RP90 CUSTOM Reichel Pugh
SW-RP90 CUSTOM Reichel Pugh

Fast & Furious - with the comfort of a cruising yacht

The passionate owner asked for “a very fast yacht with the comfort and safety standards typical of a cruising yacht but versatile enough for both fast cruises with family and excellent performance in the most renowned offshore and inshore superyacht regattas,” says Willy Persico, founder and CEO of Southern Wind Shipyard.

To gain more comfort, Southern Wind installed anti-vibration mountings and insulation to reduce any sound from the engine to minimum. SWS worked with Van Capellen – a Dutch company highly-specialized in noise and vibration control on luxury yachts.

The owner’s cabin is forward located, the guest area amidships. The crew area with galley is at the aft and has its own ladderway close to the helm station to work without disturbing guests.

“Our challenge was to design interiors that were intriguing and innovative but with ergonomics that could function within the structural and dimensional constraints that the performance aspects of the yacht’s design imposed,” commented Massimo Gino and Mario Pedol, founders and co-heads of Nauta Design.

Developing performance of a sailing yacht is not just calculating lines, it is also to save weight. According to the saying: “A penny saved is a penny earned”, Reichel/Pugh developed the hydraulic anchor arm also in carbon fiber. That saves about 53 % of weight in comparison with conventional aluminum constructions.

During a racing, it is important to change and store sails like a big code zero or a gennaker very fast. The SW-RP90 CUSTOM got a storage under a foredeck hatch isolated from the living area to stack hundred pounds of sails. The storage is large enough to store also a tender.

SW90 Reichel Pugh
SW90 Southern Wind 90

Transforming into the racing mode

Not by push a button, but just a few steps are required for the fine-tuning: The heavy anchor including the chain can be removed, a bowsprit can be mounted, the pinhead mainsail will be replaced with one with a square top, a twin backstay instead of the cruising centerline backstay is used and some more cruising amenities will be removed.

During her sea trials in cruising mode, she reached a speed of 18 knots.

Main Specifications

Length over all:27.50 m
Length waterline:26.50 m
Beam:6.96 m
Draft:3.80 - 5.80 m
Displacement:47.75 tons
Total Sail Area:469 m²
I:35.70 m
P:37.40 m
J:10.80 m
E:12.20 m
Fuel Capacity:2450 l
Fresh Water:1140 l

Deck Layout & General Arrangement

Deck Layout SW90
Deck Layout
Interior Layout SW90
Interior Layout