Baltic 72 Grand Prix
Baltic Yachts has signed a contract for a mini maxi yacht with the target to compete with the fastest ones ever built. It is a joint R&D project with the owner, Mr Alessandro Rombelli, and delivery will take place in summer 2012. Baltic 72 Grand Prix is being designed by Rolf Vrolijk and his esteemed judel & vrolijk design bureau. Rolf Vrolijk was among other projects the chief designer for the America’s Cup winner, Alinghi, in 2003 and 2007.
Mr Rombelli is known as a very experienced and racing oriented sailor. In 2010 he bought Baltic 65 Stig, a high performance cruising yacht, which has been very competitive under the IRC rating rule against all-out race yachts such as the STP65. So impressed by the performance of this boat, he decided to go all the way and build a pure racing boat.
Mr Rombelli explains: "I have participated with Stig in various regattas with very positive results and I have had enormous fun. Therefore I decided to push this passion of mine to the next level and build a state of the art 72 footer to be able to compete among the pure racers.
The decision on the yard has been a very simple one. I like Baltic Yachts and I love Stig and I could not think of a different yard with the same quality and dedication. I'm convinced that the new 72 foot yacht will be built according to the best practices and will be a very fine yacht incorporating all the new technologies and developments."
In opposite from Baltic 65 Stig, which has a full interior, Baltic 72 Grand Prix will be a pure racer with a minimum of interior as required by IRC racing regulation. “Technology and performance will be the key factors for this project and no stone will be left unturned in the pursuit of building this racing yacht,” says project manager Daniel Wahlroos.