Wally delivers sailing yacht Magic Carpet 3
by Raphael Montigneaux
Wally announces the delivery of the second WallyCento called Magic Carpet Cubed. Only a couple of weeks after her launch, this impressive sailing yacht won her first regatta, the Gaastra Palmavela in Mallorca.
'I’m highly satisfied with the outcome of this ground-breaking project, that engaged myself and my team for over two years,' commented owner and helmsman Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones 'Magic Carpet 3 is precisely what I wanted and expected her to be, totally fulfilling my goals and briefs. She is the natural evolution of my breed of yachts: very fast, beautiful, comfortable, technologically advanced and easy to sail.'
Nearly a year after the launch of Hamilton, Magic Carpet 3 is the second sailing yacht built to the WallyCento box rule class. This time, she's designed by Wally with naval architecture by Reichel Pugh. Sir Lindsay explained: 'We selected Reichel Pugh because they have great experience of designing very high-performance maxi racers. They successfully interpreted the WallyCento box-rule and produced along with Wally an explosively fast boat on all points of sail and in all wind conditions.'
The 30.48m sailing yacht shows an impressive performance. She exceeded 21.5 knots in 20 knots of true wind during her sea trials and reached 18 knots without mainsail in 25 knots of true winds. It makes her a redoubtable competitor against some of the fastest maxi racers like Esimit. Forty per cent lighter than a traditional Wally 100, Magic Carpet 3 is 10 per cent faster on a windward-leeward course and 25 to 30 per cent faster reaching!
The third Wally of Sir Lindsay will be, without doubt, the yacht to beat on the Wally racing circuit.