Just months after a team of shareholders took control of the business, South Africa’s Southern Wind Shipyard (SWS) has been commissioned to build the new RP Nauta 100’ custom yacht for an experienced yachtsman.

The owner had initiated the design process of the 30m high-performance cruiser in 2017 with Nauta Design and soon after with Reichel Pugh Yacht Design. SWS, builder of performance sailing yachts from 90ft-120ft, was selected for its construction among other reputable shipyards.

The commission fits with the yard’s objectives, style and business plan of occasionally building a custom project to develop new solutions and technologies, says SWS.

“We are proud to be carrying on building reliable, comfortable and fast yachts and are happy to bring our renewed energy to the solid basis that Southern Wind is built on,” says Andrea Micheli, SWS sales director.

Marco Alberti, SWS general manager, adds: “This yacht will benefit from the experience gained in the last years with the construction of two new series of high-performance cruisers, the SW105 and SW96, and from technological innovations mastered building the SW-RP90 custom project.”

The new SWS custom 100ft yacht will be a 63-tonne full carbon racer cruiser with a lifting keel (max draft 6.1m) A sleek and elegant flush deck will be combined with a large sail area for performance.

“The owner is particularly keen on three aspects of the project,” says Mario Pedol from Nauta Design. “Functionality for safe and comfortable navigation, high performances to enjoy racing in the most renowned superyacht regattas, and sexy, appealing design to give the yacht a modern, aggressive and sporty look.”

Jim Pugh, president at Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, says the company is pleased to be collaborating once more with Nauta Design and SWS on this project. “The build of the R/P90, the first custom yacht for SWS with interior styling by Nauta Yachts, was an overwhelming success.

“For this RP Nauta 100, the owner is drawing on the expertise of these renowned companies to design and build a yacht that fully realises his vision.”

The yacht is already under construction at Southern Wind’s facility and is scheduled for delivery in spring 2020.