Hetairos III (2011)

Yesterday, the sailing yacht Hetairos III (Reichel/Pugh and Dykstra & Partners design, 2011) received her IRC rating certificate with a TCC of 2.028. To those unfamiliar with these figures, the higher the number, the tougher the handicap and the longer the time allowed to competing yachts with a smaller TCC. Hetairos III tops the TCC list ahead of the four renowned IRC supermaxis Wild Oats XI (Reichel/Pugh design, 2005), Investec Loyal (formerly Maximus, Greg Elliott design, 2005), Esimit Europa 2 (formerly Alfa Romeo 2, Reichel/Pugh design, 2005) and Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat, Juan Kouyoumdjian design, 2007). So Hetairos III is expected at the finishing line ahead of all of these prizewinners in an IRC race.

But Hetairos III is not a racing boat, she is a fast cruising bermuda ketch with classic lines above waters that were inspired by 1880s pilot cutters: she features a plumb bow and bowsprit, a long graceful counter with a RYS-style openwork transom, and three doghouses. But that is where the resemblance ends. She is the World's largest pre-preg carbonfiber yacht at 60m in length (twice the length of IRC supermaxis). Though no drawings of her underbody have been published, John Reichel & Jim Pugh were involved to make an extremely efficient design for it. Her rig tops out at 62.50m, the maximum allowed to go through the Panama canal. As such her project code was Panamax. According to Gerry Dijkstra's website, the project involved towing tank and wind tunnel tests to improve performance, with a strict weight-saving philosophy to keep her overall displacement below 230t: she is in fact a giant ultralight! Hetairos III was built at the Baltic Yachts shipyard (well known for their cruiser/racers) and launched there two weeks ago. She may already have completed her seatrials and been delivered to her owner, previously of the ketchs Hetairos (1985) and Hetairos II (1993).

IRC has noted a racing crew of 55. She is due to take part in the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup (from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda) in the fall of 2011 in fleet of nine.

Hetairos III has a sistership christened Kamaxitha, also designed by architect Dykstra & Partners with interiors by Rhoades/Young, but details concerning this yacht are conventional: Her Length Over All is scaled down to 53.75 metres, she was built by the Royal Huisman shipyard in alustar, making her heavier than Hetairos III, and she features a propeller shaft drive.

Hetairos III during seatrials in Finland
sailplan, deck layout, and interior layout of Hetairos III
courtesy of © Nicklas Storbj√∂rk, Baltic Yachts, Rhoades/Young and Dykstra & Partners



Three hydraulic retracting/rotating thrust pods, one at the bow and two amidships, reduce drag significantly whilst undersail by providing quickworks which are utterly flush.
photograph courtesy of © Baltic Yachts

Length Over All: 66.70m, including bowsprit
Length On Deck: 59.90m
Load Waterline Length: 49.76m
beam: 10.54m
draught: 3.50m/9.00m APM dropkeel and torpedo bulb
air draught: 62.50m
displacement: 220 metric tonnes
ballast: 83 metric tonnes
ballast tanks: 40,000L
build: Nomex core and carbonfiber sandwich
rig: Southern Spars
rigging: Future Fibres PBO
sailplan: 2,620m² (upwind) bermuda ketch
racing crew: 55
naval architecture: Dykstra & Partners and John Reichel/Jim Pugh
design: Dick Young & Jonathan Rhoades

photograph courtesy of the builder © Baltic Yachts)

photograph courtesy of the builder © Baltic Yachts)

photograph courtesy © Jeff Brown)

photograph courtesy © Carlo Borlenghi)

photograph courtesy © Peter Neumann

photograph courtesy © Peter Neumann

photograph courtesy © Peter Neumann
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