Southern Wind launches SW96 sailing yacht Sorceress
by Chris Jefferies
South African yard Southern Wind is celebrating the launch of the 29.23 metre all-carbon sailing yacht Sorceress, which was splashed earlier this month. Styled inside and out by Nauta Design, she features naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design.
Sorceress is the first model in the limited edition SW96 series — the yard added that a second hull is currently under construction ahead of a planned January 2018 launch date.
Commissioned by a passionate yachtsman who is trading up from a 24.38 metre custom carbon yacht, the new arrival was built with the brief of incorporating a modicum of race boat features — such as a pre-preg and Nomex deck, lifting keel and twin rudder configuration — into a luxury cruiser.
Scheduled for delivery next month and due to go on display at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, Sorceress will be used as a bluewater cruiser and will be entered into both coastal and transoceanic races. The deck hardware has been customised to reflect this dual purpose. Weighing just 57 tonnes unladen, she should deliver excellent speeds in light winds.
The interior layout features a large saloon situated above the engine room, along with an owner’s cabin forward and three en-suite guest cabins amidships, bringing the total accommodation to eight guests and four crew. Auxiliary power will come from a single 231hp Steyr SE236E40 diesel engine.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the South African yard include the first three hulls in the SW105 series, all of which are due to be launched before the end of 2018.