If you're looking to up your racing game and join the superstars leading the fleet at some of the world's most prestigious regattas, you're going to need a boat with racing pedigree. Here are some of the finest regatta-winning sailing yachts currently available for sale...
Builder: Alloy Yachts
She may be approaching thirty years old but Tawera has still got "it". Not only is this ketch-rigged Kiwi a four-time victor of the New Zealand Millennium Cup, but she has continued to pick up silverware with an overall win at the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta in 2021. She was built by Alloy Yachts to a design by Ron Holland and was last refitted in 2017, which included a full rig removal and service, a new set of North 3Di sails, new electrical systems and a new mizzen mast and boom.
Builder: Royal Huisman
Hyperion is a familiar face during race season on both sides of the Atlantic. Though built as a bluewater cruiser, this cutter-rigged sloop easily keeps pace with more racy competitors thanks to a downwind sail area of 2,161 square metres. When she was delivered in 1998, her mainsail was the largest ever made. Hyperion and crew claimed a first-place finish at the inaugural Ibiza JoySail Regatta in 2022. She is only under her second ownership and returned to her home shipyard in 2014 for a refit.
Builder: McConaghy Yachts
Capricorno is a thoroughbred racer and one of the first yachts to be built in pre-preg carbon. She broke a 21-year record for the Sydney-Hobart race in her offshore debut, which set the pace for her racing career. Among her many triumphs is a win at the 2022 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge, and she held a seven-year record for completing the 2,700-nautical-mile-long ARC race in 11 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds. She received a new set of North 3Di sails in 2021 and 2022 alongside a new bulb and a new rudder blade.
Ribelle was built for experienced sailing yacht owners looking to downsize from a bigger build. The yacht, designed by Malcolm McKeon, won her class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in her maiden season and remains a firm fixture on the regatta circuit. Thanks to a self-tacking jib, Ribelle can either be sailed with a small crew in cruising mode, or transformed into racing mode by swapping out the cruising sails for high-tech performance sails. She is often spotted on the Mediterranean racing circuit and joined the brokerage market in August 2023.
Galma is a carbon-fibre Bermudan sloop launched in 2003 by Wally. The design brief, picked up by German Frers, was the ability to combine regatta-winning performance when fully crewed, with the shorthanded cruising credentials for coastal exploration. Over the years, she has taken part in some of the world's biggest superyacht regattas with multiple victories in the Wally Class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Wally Class Hublot Trophy. She has a full racing and cruising inventory of sails (as well as racing and cruising booms by Southern Spars) and has been meticulously maintained.
Builder: Yachting Developments
Silvertip is a born racer with a lightweight carbon composite hull designed by Dubois Naval Architects. She was delivered in 2001 and has been used only privately since new, competing in prestigious regattas around the world. Most recently, she took several wins at the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta in Auckland, New Zealand, and a win at the Millennium Cup in 2009 and 2012. Despite being one of the smallest in the fleet, she is quick and nimble with a 572-square-metre mainsail.
Wally's 30-metre Y3K comes with many racing victories in the superyacht circuit under her belt, and you would expect nothing less for a vessel owned by the president of the International Maxi Association (IMA). The carbon-fibre sloop was delivered in 2009 (with a thorough upgrade in 2022) and is a high-performance racer, pulling together a hotshot 20-strong crew. She is often spotted leading the Wally class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup flying over 1,000 square metres of sail downwind.
Rugosa is a New York Yacht Club 40 and perhaps the most coveted model in Herreshoff’s NYYC One-Design series. Built as a yawl, she has proven herself an accomplished racer, winning the 1928 Bermuda Race under the ownership of Russell Grinnell and famously beating 58 top classics in the 2001 Americas Cup Jubilee in Cowes. Her most tenured owner is Halsey Herreshoff, the grandson of her designer, who cruised and raced extensively on Rugosa across 30 years and several continents, including the USA and Europe.
Builder: Carbon Ocean Yachts
Aegir was designed to compete in the Maxi Class at the world's most prestigious regattas – and fulfilled her goal by picking up plenty of silverware with back-to-back wins at the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup in both 2012 and 2013. She has also proven her metal as an offshore racer after securing third place at the Caribbean RORC 600 in 2011, and a fourth at the Middle Sea Race in 2016 and 2019. Weighing just 34 tons – with 13 tons loaded into the lead bulb at the base of her keel – it comes as little surprise that she is sprightly on the racecourse. In 2022, she received a new generator, with new rigging installed in 2021 and a repaint in 2020.
Builder: Nautor Swan
Shamanna joined the market just this year shortly after securing a win in the Super Maxi division at the Maxi Rolex Cup 2022 and debut Caribbean 600. She was delivered in 2016 as the second hull in the yard’s then-flagship 115 series and is built in a lightweight carbon composite for a competitive edge. Sailing operations are confined to the aft deck, with push-button sail controls within arm's reach, which allows for a central cockpit clear of lines. Other sailing credentials include a four-spreader black high modulus carbon fibre mast for offshore cruising with removable inner forestay and running backstay. The yacht is also equipped with a full suite of racing sails, including a 356-square-metre main sail and 630-square-metre asymmetric spinnaker. A carbon fibre Park Avenue boom and Harken winches complete the set-up.