On board the second WallyCento

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Project manager Bob Wylie provides the guided tour to Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones' new Magic Carpet 3
The second WallyCento is launched, sailing and had her first regatta at Gaastra PalmaVela earlier this month. While the first WallyCento, Sir Charles Dunstone’s Hamilton was a Judel-Vrolijk design built at Green Marine in Hythe (read more about her here), the new Magic Carpet 3 for Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones is a Reichel-Pugh design, built at Wally’s own facility in Ancona, Italy. Magic Carpet may have been second to launch, but she is the ‘original’ WallyCento, the boat (along with Owen-Jones’ ideas for it) around which the class was designed. Sadly an opportunity for the two WallyCentos to compete is unlikely to occur until the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in September with Dunstone scaling back his race program this year due to some large scale developments in his already consuming business life. But in Porto Cervo they will be in the same waters (but annoyingly probably not the same class) as another new 100 footer, the Finot-Conq designed Maxi Dolphin built, Nomade IV. Even if there are at present no other WallyCentos in build, with Nomade IV, Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard and the two WallyCentos, there is now the beginnings of a class for 50 tonne 100ft maxi racer cruisers, with completely fitted out interiors (as opposed to the stripped out pure racing maxis like Rambler 100, Esimit Europa II or Wild Oats). The latest Magic Carpet follows on from Owen-Jones’ first Wally 77 (still raced hard as J-One) and his previous much campaigned 100 footer (now sold). The third Magic Carpet was launched mid-April in Ancona, on the east coast of Italy, before being delivered to La Ciotat in the south of France, where all her systems were run up, with crew training taking place both there and in St Tropez before PalmaVela. Surprising, considering that they are both built to the same