Very few superyachts are built with racing performance as a top priority. The key to racing them successfully, therefore, is to understand the limitations we have to work with. That’s the fun of it, too, because there are always plenty of hands on deck.
I raced for three years on a 185-foot ketch that had a Steinway baby grand piano down below, as well as a pair of Napoleon’s cannons on deck, but we pushed the boat hard around the racecourse. With the yacht’s permanent crew, race crew, the owner and his guests, we would typically race with 40 to 50 people on board at once, and while it’s one of the prettiest superyachts ever built, it’s no light-air rocket.