Maxi Best Of: Magic Carpet 2 & Magic Carpet 3

Magic Carpet 2 (94ft, 2003) has just changed hands as her builder Wally delivered to her former owner a new yacht, christened Magic Carpet 3 (100ft, 2013), the second in the WallyCento class. Designed by two longstanding and perfectly established naval architects in large maxi racers, respectively Germán Frers and Reichel/Pugh, neither the designer of Magic Carpet 2 or Magic Carpet 3 has broken with tradition with these two yachts: Both have a significant track record in maxi racing, and Frers still handles designs for Hallberg Rassy's wholesome cruisers and Nautor's Swan cruiser/racers whilst Michael Reichel & Jim Pugh still act as leaders in monohull underbody & appendage developments. Both design teams can be described to have peaked though, and they are challenged by Javier Soto Acebal, Jason Ker, Shaun Carkeek, as well as Judel/Vrolijk in the monohulls above and below 100ft. Yet Magic Carpet 3, launched last month in Italy, is no repeat, and neither was her older sister ten years ago. They are the "Best Of" products of continous development by the World's best naval architects in the very prime of their professional careers.
Read more about the Wally rules and the WallyCento class here.

Magic Carpet 2 (Germán Frers, 2003 - photograph courtesy © Kurt Arrigo)

Magic Carpet 3 (Reichel/Pugh, 2013 - photograph courtesy © Nico Martinez)
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