CYRANO DE BERGERAC
At her launch in early 1993, Cyrano de Bergerac was simultaneously large enough to turn heads and sufficiently innovative to win awards; but the story of Cyrano must really start with the original owner, Ermanno Bassani (father of the founder of Wally Yachts, Luca Bassani).
As a very experienced yacht owner with many years of both racing and cruising, Mr Bassani had already owned a succession of cutting edge yachts, culminating in the 96 foot sloop, Calabuig, launched by Camper & Nicholsons in 1979. She was at the time the largest sloop in the world with the newest system of the time of in-mast furling. This yacht has sailed around the world in safety and comfort time and time again.
I was working with Calabuig during the last 4 years of ownership and many of her traits were to be included in the designs for Cyrano. It was in 1989 that the concepts and early criteria were formed.
The well-known racing yacht designer, Rob Humphreys, was chosen early on to create a voluminous, comfortable, sea-kindly yet efficient hull with good sailing performance. By March 1990 a scale model was already being tank tested at the Wolfson Unit at Southampton University.
Camper & Nicholson’s at Gosport UK were chosen as the builders of choice and with John Munford for the interior designs and exterior styling, Nirvana for mast design and supply, Riggarna (OYS) for the standing rigging and Seaway for the hydraulic design and supply. The construction was started in early 1991.
The C&N design department produced all the construction and system arrangement drawings and most works were carried out by them in house. The hull was built using marine grade aluminium which was laser cut in Holland and assembled at the Vosper Thornycroft Shipyard in Porchester. From an engineering perspective, safety was always paramount. In conjunction with C&N, most systems were duplicated and despite their complexities, all the automated functions aboard have easy to operate manual overrides and a good degree of inbuilt redundancy.
Already partially fitted out, in May 1992 the hull was launched and floated down stream to C&N at Gosport where the fit out was completed out of the water, before being re-launched in January 1993. At this time the spiral wound carbon fibre spars that had been manufactured in France, fitted out in Holland and shipped to Southampton, were rigged. Following sea trials, Cyrano departed for the Mediterranean in April of that year to start a long and adventure filled life which has included 16 Atlantic crossings, a 2 year round the world trip and visits to Central and South America, USA, Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
Cyrano has survived Hurricane force winds and is also capable of reaching 275 miles per day under sail. Having been involved with Cyrano from her earliest conception, to her design phase and through to her construction, initially in the position of Build Engineer and subsequently as Captain, I am extremely proud to say 26 years later that our work was done well!
Cyrano has proved herself time and time again to be capable of everything asked of her. With a degree of comfort for both owners and crew which is second to none, Cyrano was designed as and, indeed still is, the perfect vessel to travel the worlds’ oceans.
She now awaits a new owner with new aspirations to continue her story.
Build & Design
- Name:CYRANO DE BERGERAC
- Yacht Type:Sail Yacht
- Yacht Subtype:Motorsailer
- Length Overall:38.99m (127' 11")
- Length at Waterline:31.2m (102' 4")
- Beam:8.71m (28' 6")
- Max Draught:3.6m (11' 9")
- Displacement Tonnage:194.00
- Builder:Camper & Nicholsons
- Hull Builder:Vosper Thornycroft, Portchester, Uk
- Year of Build:1993
- Hull Number:1998
Performance & Capacities
- Max Speed:11.00kn
- Cruising Speed:9.00kn
- Range (nm):4000.00nm @ 9.00kn
- Fuel Capacity:18600.00L / 4913.60USG
- Water Capacity:10250.00L / 2707.76USG
- Passenger Rooms:3
**Approximate price conversion.