New Sotto Voce

A Judel/Vrolijk 72 designed to race under IMS, IRC as well as Caribbean handicap
One of the hot new boats currently taking part in the Giraglia Rolex Cup is the new Judel/Vrolijk designed Sotto Voce for Dutch owner Arien van Vemde. The new boat replaces van Vemde's previous boat, a Swan 60R now called Sotto Voce One and sold to fellow Dutchman Patrick van Heurck. The new Sotto Voce won the first two days of inshore racing at the Giraglia with former Amer Sports One tactician Boewe Bekking calling the shots and other notables such as Britain's Ossie Stewart on main sheet and Jens Christensen of North Denmark on board. The boat was recently finished at Cooksons in New Zealand and shipped to the Med. Her first race was at Porto Fino, where she was up against a similar fleet to the Giraglia Rolex Cup including all the local maxis and Wallys. "It was very windy but we were fourth and we missed a race because of a problem with one of the sails," Stewart said of the regatta. They then went on to Capri for the IMS Worlds, a rather different proposition where they found themselves up against many more smaller boats optimised specifically for IMS, such as IMS45s and 40s and one-off IMS 50s. "We were a bit less competitive there," commented Stewart. One of the unique aspects of the new boat according to designer Peter Judel is that she has been designed so that she can race competitively under not only IMS, the favoured handicap system in the Med, but also IRC and the CSA system they use in the Caribbean. Their primary modes though are IMS and IRC and as a result they have two interchangable keels. "The whole thing is set up so we can change the keel in a day," explains Stewart. There are also slight differences to