The next revolution

We consider the new breed of 60-75ft pocket maxis and look at the latest, Hap Fauth's Reichel Pugh 68 Bella Mente
Quietly a new revolution is taking place in big boat yachting with the arrival en masse of the ‘pocket maxis’. These boats are 60-75ft in length, race under IRC and neatly include the new generation STP65s. In addition to Rosebud, the STP65s are soon to be six - including Jim Swartz’s recently launched Moneypenny (also here in Newport), Container for Udo Schutz, a new Reichel-Pugh boat in build at Cooksons for Dario Ferrari, owner of the Farr 40 Cannonball, plus two others. As previously reported Reichel-Pugh have a fat order book for non-STP65 pocket maxis. They include Neville Crichton’s latest Alfa Junior, one of several new boats of this type heading to Sardinia for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, such as Andres Soriano’s brand new Mark Mills 68 Alegre (which may debut this weekend at the UK IRC Nationals) and Dan Meyers’ Alinghi-crewed Judel Vrolijk 66, Numbers . However the newest boat to be heading down this same route is Hap Fauth’s new R-P 68 Bella Mente, which among a spate of launchings recently just squeaks in as the newest boat down at Newport Shipyard this week. Owner, John ‘Hap’ Fauth is founder and Chairman of Churchill Companies, that has diverse interests from manufacturing and distributing parts for tractors and planes through to having its own equity fund. We first came across Fauth during the Rolex Transatlantic Race in which he campaigned his luxurious 116ft Ted Fontaine-design Whisper. Since then it seems he has caught the bug for racing having acquired the successful J-V IMS 66 Sotto Voce and taking her to a Bermuda Race win in 2006. “I bought the old Sotto Voce knowing it was a crossover boat as I didn’t know if I want to do this or not,” 63 year old Fauth admitted to thedailysail of his