|Le Breton Yachts Newsletter June 2011|
We are delighted to announce that construction of the second SIG45 is well advanced at Westerly Marine in California. This high performance cruiser-racer catamaran will be built to the very highest standards for an American entrepreneur based in California. With a target weight of around 5500kg, and over 300m2 of sail downwind, the SIG45 will be one of the fastest boats on the US West Coast. And yet it will still have a beautiful interior to ensure that passengers will be cosseted at all times.
The boat is being built in Santa Ana, just outside Los Angeles. Westerly Marine is a highly regarded yard, having built numerous racing and cruising yachts, including the Farr designed STP65 Rosebud, winner of the 2007 Sydney Hobart race, and Pyewacket V, a performance cruising boat for the late Roy Disney. The successful launch of a luxury cruising cat in 2010 testifies to Westerly’s experience in building multihulls.
There will be few changes to the second SIG45 in terms of design, though the interior will receive a custom treatment. Executive jet interior design specialists Robinson and Robinson are working with Le Breton Yachts and the client to give the SIG45’s accommodation a new ultra-lightweight contemporary look.
Having won the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia in February of last year, the Oracle Racing team announced that the 34th America’s Cup will be sailed in 72ft wing-sailed catamarans. In order to get challengers up to speed, the Cup will be preceded by a racing series in smaller catamarans designed to accelerate the learning curve of the competing teams.
The first six examples of this smaller catamaran, the AC45, have been launched in Auckland. Built and designed by the Oracle Racing Team, this wing-sailed catamaran is already showing how spectacular the 34th America’s Cup will be. In its early trials, this cat has demonstrated that it is able to sail at two times wind speed, and has already logged a top speed of 29.9 knots.
We expect SIG45 #2 to be in San Francisco for the Cup, watching her friskier sisters racing for sailing’s most coveted trophy.