Photos: Christophe Launay/ and Andrea Francolini

80ft Mediterranean debutante

New Lutra 80 Singularity to compete at Superyacht Cup this week

Monday June 21st 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

There is a new arrival on the European racing scene. Having travelled halfway around the world from her birthplace at McConaghys in Australia the new Lutra 80, Singularity is a slender thoroughbred, conceived with performance and luxury in mind.

Her starting premise was to go fast in comfort. For example, those engaged in creating the stylish, comfortable interior - Mark Tucker at Design Unlimited - and those engaged in fabricating it - Will Marx at Marxcraft - were given a strict weight regime with which to comply. Of her 24.5 tonnes, her internal fit out weighs just 1.5 tonnes. In short, Singularity is the first true performance cruiser.

Between the team at McConaghy, led by Jono Morris, and Dutch naval architect, Adrian Konyendyk of Lutra Yacht Design, and the owner's representative, Oleg Gulinskiy, they put together an international team of experts all of whom have contributed massively to the project.

They include:

Adrian Konyendyk, Principal Designer, Lutra Yacht Design, The Netherlands
McConaghy, Principal Yacht Builders, Australia
Gurit-SP, Carbon Structures Engineering, United Kingdom
Sven Korver, Supplementary Engineering, The Netherlands
North Sails, Sail Inventory, Australia
Design Unlimited, Interior Design, United Kingdom
Southern Spars, Mast and Spars, Australia
Marxcraft, Interior Construction, Australia
Central Coast Hydraulics, Keel Ram System, Australia
Olectric, PLC Control System, Australia
Boatworks, Systems Installation, Australia
APM, Canting Keel Bulb, Italy
MARIN, Tank testing, The Netherlands
YRU, Wind Tunnel, New Zealand
Rondal, Hatches, The Netherlands

Following her completion in February, Singularity underwent an extended period of sea-trials, specifically aimed at proving the theory that she would be fast. Singularity's boat captain, Andrew Jackson, was joined on the mission to put the yacht through an exhausting examination by round the world racer Bouwe Bekking, the yacht's racing skipper, and, Alby Pratt from North Sails Australia, coordinator of the inventory.

Singularity is not just a one-off; she has been developed with production in mind. The project team is already undertaking preliminary design research modelling for a larger version.

The program for the boat this year starts this week with the Superyacht Cup in Palma. This is followed by the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Full spec of the boat is here

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  • davidfirth 22/06/2010 - 03:36

    The structural engineering was conducted by the Australian office of Gurit-SP. With all materials supplied by Gurit-SP

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