A new J Class yacht is being built at Vitters, named Svea. Previously known as Project J-S1, she is the first J Class project from Vitters and at 43.60 metres she will be the longest of the current Js.
Her design by Hoek Design Naval Architects incorporates an integrated traditional long keel from the original 1937 drawings by Thore Holm. However the designers have brought a 75-year-old design up-to-date with an aluminium hull and 53.75 metre carbon fibre main mast.
Designed by Pieter Beeldsnijder Designers & Naval Architects, Svea’s interior will reportedly have traditional styling in line with the overall character of the yacht.
The original design for the deck construction allowed for various deck layouts, but the owner’s brief led to a change in the original deck arrangement to accommodate the equipment used in modern J Class racing.
Research by Hoek Design suggests that Svea will be very capable, especially upwind. This possible indication of performance will be pleasing to the owner, who appears to have expressed an interest in racing the yacht.
In order to make her as competitive as possible, Vitters will aim to keep a close eye on the J Class rules as they proceed with the fit out shortly. Managing the very delicate weight balance is essential during this phase of the build.
Earlier this year Vitters launched the much-anticipated 85m sailing yacht Aquijo, created in collaboration with fellow Dutch yacht builder Oceanco. This time Vitters has worked closely with Claasen and Hoek Design to develop the project and will now continue work to finish the construction.