Clipper Shabab Oman 2 Wins North Sea Feeder Race!

Clipper Shabab Oman 2 Wins North Sea Feeder Race!

The Dykstra Naval Architects designed and Damen Shipyard built clipper Shabab Oman 2 is proud to be first in Class and overall winner of the North Sea Feeder Race, and winner of the Friendship Trophy, part of the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta 2019.
The relatively calm seas and passing of several weather fronts made the race very interesting for the tacticians on board. The crew has done a great job in maintaining good speeds and tacking upwind into the Skagenrak.
Dykstra Naval Architects' Thomas van Es, is proud to have been part of crew of the Shabab Oman 2 during this race, where they shared knowledge and experiences throughout the voyage. Following the end of the North Sea Feeder Race, the Tall Ships will join up with the start of the Tall Ships Races 2019 in Aalborg, Denmark. This year, Europe's largest, free, family festival will visit north-west Europe during the summer, with a fleet of over 70 international Tall and Small Ships. The three-leg event will see vessels sailing from Aalborg, Denmark to Fredrikstad, Norway.

We wish the Shabab Oman 2 and her crew all the best for the upcoming STI Tall Ship Races and hope many people get to visit this remarkable ship and her hospitable crew!

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Dykstra Naval Architects signs New 117ft 'smart' Custom Classic Sloop

Dykstra Naval Architects signs New 117ft 'smart' Custom Classic Sloop

Baltic Yachts has been commissioned to build an advanced composite 117ft (39.6m) Custom Classic sloop from the board of renowned Dutch designers Dykstra Naval Architects.

The yacht has distinctive pilot cutter-style features, including a straight stem, bowsprit, counter stern and deep bulwarks, but a very modern approach to emissions and the environment. There will be a notable emphasis on efficiency with features such as 'smart' cabins, designed to automatically minimize power consumption when unoccupied, and air conditioning energy waste re-cycled to heat water. With an electric propulsion system powered by a lithium ion battery bank this global cruising yacht will be able to operate in 'silent' mode for long periods. Commissioned by an experienced yachtsman, the yacht will be built to a DNV GL unlimited worldwide charter code enabling guests to cross oceans and sail almost anywhere. The yacht is designed with an owner's suite forward and three double guest cabins. Crew accommodation for six will be arranged aft.

Dykstra Naval Architects' CEO Thys Nikkels describes the yacht as a pilot cutter with 'timeless elegance'.

Dutch designers deVosdeVries design are styling the 'light and contemporary' interior. Michiel de Vos: "we will be using stained oak, dark bog oak trims and 'industrial chic hardware'."

Baltic Yachts' CEO Henry Hawkins said: "We are delighted to be working with a new client who is both a keen yachtsman and is technically experienced. A great deal of pre-planning and engineering has gone into this project and we are enjoying working with the owner." Baltic Yachts' Matthew Lester, who has been working closely on the project, said: "This is a very consumption conscious vessel using sophisticated computerized monitoring to pre-determine cabin 'sleep' modes depending on the conditions." He said that Baltic had also been working closely with a specialist air conditioning company to maximize the use of waste air conditioning heat. Building will commence in early autumn this year with launch and delivery expected in 2021.


Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval Architect & Exterior Styling: Dykstra Naval Architects
Interior Design: deVosdeVries design

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Awards for SY Black Pearl

SY Black Pearl was The Big Sailing Yacht winner of the World Superyacht Awards 2019

SY Black Pearl won the Award for Best Sailing Yacht 60m+ and the most prestigious Award Best Sailing Yacht of the Year. We are proud to be part of the SY Black Pearl team, as Naval Architects and the Dynarig/Sail plan designers.

The World Superyacht Awards Gala, organized by Boat International Media in association with Oyster Yachts, took place in the heart of London, in Old Billingsgate. Nearly 600 guests including superyacht Owners, designers, and builders were on hand for the dinner/ awards event.

SY Black Pearl, measuring 106.7-meters in length, is not only the world's largest private sailing yacht, she also has many unique and innovative features such as a state- of –the- art Dynarig sailing system, single- level engine room, and a hybrid propulsion installation with a high capacity battery bank allowing for a regeneration mode when under sail. With Exterior Design by Ken Freivokh and Nuvolari Lenard, Interior Design by Gerard Villate and Nuvolari Lenard and naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects/Oceanco, SY Black Pearl is both stunningly beautiful and a technological tour de force.

More information about SY Black Pearl: www.dykstra-na.nl/designs/black-pearl

From the World Superyacht Awards Judges:
Selecting the winner is not a matter of merely choosing the yacht that won its class by the greatest margin, as the Judges are required to consider how each of these vessels might have advanced the design, construction and appearance of future generations of sailing yachts, whilst also taking into consideration all the other elements that led to their selection as class winners. During discussions, it was clear that SY Black Pearl because of her technological advances, was selected as the Sailing Yacht of the Year. Perhaps the most notable aspect of this vessel was her capacity to provide all the space, facilities and luxury of a modern motor yacht, yet have the low fuel consumption and, hence, reduced environmental impact of a sailing yacht. The fact that Black Pearl, a yacht of 2,550 tonnes displacement, might cross the Atlantic without using any diesel fuel was central to the Judges' reasoning. As such, she provides an example to current and future owners of large yachts that it is possible to own such a vessel and, at the same time, also be environmentally responsible. This, the Judges felt, is a message worth broadcasting.

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Shabab Oman II and Cisne Branco in Scheveningen

Dykstra Naval Architects designed Tall Ships Shabab Oman II and Cisne Branco will be joining Sail op Scheveningen in The Hague!

Once again Scheveningen will be the finishing port of a major international maritime event. Dozens of large Tall ships will come to The Hague for the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta from 20 - 23 June. Many of these ships sail around the world and can only be seen at major international maritime events such as Sail Amsterdam. Many of these ships will be coming to The Hague for the first time. The Hague is the international capital of peace and justice and has an attractive nautical meeting point with Scheveningen port. The Liberty Tall Ships Regatta Rouen – Scheveningen 2019 will be a spectacular event. This event is the kick-off for a year of festivities around 75 years of liberation. A unique opportunity for The Hague, Scheveningen and the Netherlands to become the world's focus.


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Hetairos wins the Bucket

Hetairos Overall Bucket Winner 2019!

With a 1-2-3 scoreline to show for its crew's strong execution of plan, the 66.9m ketch Hetairos (Dykstra Naval Architects / RP designed), won the six-yacht Les Gazelles des Mer class and the Bucket trophy.

We were very proud to have 5 Dykstra designed yachts competing in this year's Bucket Regatta: Adela, Aquarius, Aurelius, Hetairos and Velsheda. This year's regatta was a special one for the Dykstra team as the company celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

The top two yachts in the six-strong Les Elegantes des Mers class exchanged leads on the first two days of racing and were knotted up in Sunday's race until the 56.2m ketch Aquarius untangled it all, winning to edge out the 39.3 J Class yacht Velsheda (Dykstra refit and optimization design) by one point in final scoring. Aquarius, built by Royal Huisman and designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, was brand new to racing.

"If you won your class at the 2019 St. Barths Bucket, you were doing something right and can be very proud," said Race Director Peter Craig at Sunday evening's Awards Ceremony. "Across the board, we had incredibly competitive racing."

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2019 was a great success thanks to the Bucket organization, Stewards and Friends of the Bucket... and last but not least all owners and crew participating!

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