CCN 102 Flyingsport launched and named Francesca
by Miranda Blazeby
Italian yard Cerri Cantieri Navali has launched the sixth hull in its 102 Flyingsport yacht series. The launch of 31.1 metre fast planing yacht, which has now been named Francesca, comes just days after the launch of CCN's 40 metre Kanga.
Construction on the sixth hull in the series began on speculation and the project was sold in December to an American couple by Total Marine.
Comprised of a GRP hull and superstructure, the RINA-class yacht offers accommodation for up to eight guests in four cabins arranged as a master suite, a VIP and two twins, while the crew quarters allow for a staff of up to three people.
Interior designer Tommaso Spadolini worked with the yard to develop and American-style layout with a country kitchen-style galley on the main deck. This space also features a central dining table with a skylight above creating a bright, airy space with plenty of natural light.
The design scheme throughout is in a classical style with sycamore, dark woods, glass and satin metal forming the basis for the interiors. Other materials featured include a range of leather by Marine Leather, subtly coloured fabrics from C&C and bright wall panels by Pierre Frey.
Al fresco relaxation options include a large circular foredeck seating area with sunpads forward — ideal for relaxing away from prying eyes while moored stern-to in port. Meanwhile, the superyacht sundeck measures 23 metres square and boasts an extendable dining table, removable awning, barbecue and further sunbathing space.
Francesca also sports a limited draught of 1.2 metres that was specifically requested by the owner to enable quick and safe movement through shallow American waters.
Power will come from a pair of 2,600hp MTU diesel engines twinned to ZF Searex surface drives for an exhilarating top speed of 40 knots and comfortable cruising at 30 knots. She will be debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September after spending the summer cruising the Mediterranean.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 27 metre Fuoriserie yacht Freedom, which will be launched for renowned fashion designer Roberto Cavalli this summer.