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Advice from an owner: How to build a regatta-winning sailing yacht

29 June 2021By Laura Nicholls for Burgess

Proudly delivered to her one and only owner in 2017, the innovative gem of a superyacht Ribelle has, so far, made the most of life at sea. As brokers of Burgess beckon any willing new owners to step forward to take her on, BOAT International revisits the 32.64-metre Vitters yacht and her origins to divulge more into how her owners decided to fashion together a super-sailing regatta winner.

Have clear ideas

“If you want the boat of your dreams, you have to have clear ideas,” says Ribelle’s original owner, Paola Trifiro. “You can’t just let your architect do what he or she wants to do. You must insist on having what you prefer because real luxury is not a brand, it’s being surrounded by all the things you love.” That said, what can be found on board Ribelle is a state-of-the-art interior with a full-blown modern galley. Complete with a 2-metre central island, three ovens, a large induction cooktop and a blast chiller, the galley houses an abundance of kitchen and cooking equipment conveniently, even during a regatta.

Choose your team well

Ribelle was created by the Dutch yard Vitters as an innovative custom sloop designed by Malcolm McKeon and interior expert Remi Tessier. The bright, contemporary interior décor for Ribelle comes with bleached teak, white leather and lacquered copper, which is further enhanced by an all-glass canopy to bring in plenty of natural light to satisfy the owner’s wishes. “To totally enjoy nature and to relax, you must have as much natural light as possible in the interior,” says Paola. This was achieved not only through the human connection between owner and designer, but from a long-standing professional relationship as Remi Tessier had worked on a previous yacht of the owners. As a result, Ribelle was awarded Best Interior Design - Sailing Yachts in the BI International Design & Innovation Awards.

Build good crew areas

In 2017, Ribelle won the Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo which, much to Paola’s delight, proved that their idea of having a very fast boat with a fantastic interior could be a successful combination. Another requested and important element of the yacht’s interior is the premium crew area built for a team of up to five people. “The crew’s spaces should be as well fitted out as the guest areas, not simply as a sign of respect to your staff, but also to create a “holistic” atmosphere on board,” advises Paola. After all, the Ribelle crew have helped to achieve many regatta successes and are well-accustomed to operating the Green Marine carbon fibre-titanium hull and superstructure that has a lightweight displacement of just 84 tonnes. She also comes with a simple self-tacking jib and furling downwind sails for short-handed cruising, while a high-tech racing wardrobe will be reserved for use during superyacht regattas.

Plan your spaces

In addition to the crew areas, the guest areas aboard Ribelle have all the comforts of a home on the water. “If you plan your spaces well and only bring things that you truly love aboard, you’ll live very well,” says Paola. Owners can incorporate anything from access points, custom furniture and design features into their layout to complement their personal habits and necessities. “It’s very ‘luxury’ to be surrounded only by the things that you love, to have the space and light that can be found on board Ribelle,” she adds.

Look after her

Inside, Ribelle has accommodation for up to six guests split across three cabins, including an owner’s cabin, a VIP and a twin – all of which has been impeccably maintained as recently as 2019 during her last warranty works. The master suite features a slightly lowered walkaround bed that is enhanced by ambient lights for a suspended appearance. This lighting effect can be seen throughout the yacht – particularly in the staterooms – and cleverly highlights the interior materials such as the well-kept glossy white-painted panels, mirrors and polished stainless steel. Also contributing to Ribelle’s top condition is the low maintenance requirements of her hybrid system. With two lightweight generators and a fine-tuned lithium-ion battery package, this system optimises fuel consumption in a way that needs little care and attention.

To find out more about Ribelle and her sale status with Burgess, visit the broker’s website directly here.


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