STRUCTeam to engineer first Wally Centro Yacht

Wally Centro Yacht is 100-ft/30m long and combines luxury sailing with a high-performance design and is expected to have downwind speeds of more than 25 knots

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Composites engineering and manufacturing firm STRUCTeam Ltd. (Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K.) announced on Aug. 4 that it has won the contract to engineer the first example of a new class of sailing yacht being built to the Wally Cento “box” rule.

The 100-ft/30m yacht, designed by naval architects Judel Vrolijk, currently being built in the U.K. at Green Marine, due for launch in spring 2012, is a new concept of sailing yacht designed to cross two philosophies; that of luxury sailing that Wally is known for, with a high-performance sailing characteristic more typically expected of round-the-world racing yachts. The boats are being designed to surf and plane and have downwind speeds of greater than 25 knots.

Julien Sellier, engineering director of STRUCTeam Ltd., commenting on the project stated, “We are excited to have been selected by Green Marine to engineer the composite structures for this groundbreaking yacht. The structural design is a critical element for the success of this new class of yacht and we are happy to have been selected for this task. Our structural design will utilize advanced composites including various modulus carbon fibers and advanced honeycomb materials. Our aim is to deliver a structure at the minimum weight whilst providing the expected level of reliability.”