Walt Thirion’s bright blue C&C30 Themis won a challenging C&C30 One Design Class at Quantum Key West Race Week. Over a week which saw conditions ranging from 10 knots to blown out, the lead changed hands multiple times with almost half the fleet recording an individual race win. In its first year as a class the C&C30 with 11 identical boats on the start line was the second largest fleet at Key West Race Week, with competitors coming from as far afield as the UK and Norway. Images Max Ranchi / Quantum Key West race Week
Great Quantum video from onboard Extreme2 with some fun downwind legs.
Footage of one of the Maxi 72 Class races at Key West Race Week including our 72 Caol Ila R and her owner Alex Schaerer. Caol Ila led early on and ultimately finished second in a very high quality fleet.
Great drone footage of Concubine sailing up the Derwent River towards the finish line of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015. With thanks to Kyle Gardener from Aerial Vision Australia for the video.
An extensive R&D program was undertaken for WallyCento#4 with our R&D Partners KND/Sailing Performance, including hull and appendage CFD studies in both panel code overseen by partner Roland Kleiter, and RANS headed by Dimitri Nicolopoulos which including appended modelling in waves. These programs build on their experience developing the 2014 Maxi72 World Champion Alegre, foiling IMOCA 60’s, and the Volvo 65 VPP.
A key component of the process is targeting the design to a carefully defined weather and course model reflecting Wally Class events in the Mediterranean, using a decade of historic weather data both from logged event data and data recorded by weather services adjacent to sailing venues. The final hull shape exhibits a combination of low drag in lighter conditions and increased stability in more wind that makes her more versatile than previous generations. The single rudder chosen reflects this optimisation to the condition set which includes a mix of windward/leeward as well as coastal courses.
Mills Design is excited to have been chosen to design the next high performance Wally 100. When asked by the client for the most refined high performance solution to Wally’s 100′ Racer-Cruiser WallyCento rule we assembled a team of specialists with the most open minds to review the options and create something special. Our core design partnership comprises R&D specialist Dimitri Nicolopoulos from KND/Sailing Performance in Valencia (also providing design management), Giovanni Belgrano of Pure Engineering overseeing the engineering, and Gautier Sergeant lead designer with North Sails. We sat down in late 2014 with a clean sheet of paper to combine the comfort and style demanded by Wally with the performance and refinement expected by all of the team, and the result is WallyCento#4.
WallyCento#4 is currently under construction at the Persico Marine yard in Italy. “We suggested Mark to the client because I was impressed by the performance of the Maxi72 Alegre.” says Wally founder Luca Bassani. “Since the first meetings, we shared with him the same visions of the innovations that can be applied to this type of yachts like the cutting-edge deck layout that combines our flush-deck with bulwark introduced in 2006 with Esense, with the ramp deck of Alegre, perfectly reflecting the Wally DNA of improved functionality.”
Significant progress has been made in a number of areas of design and engineering, one of the first targets was optimisation of the accomodation and structure to reduce structural weight, improve hull stiffness, and centralise the significant machinery weights to reduce pitching inertias. Key to this process has been the involvement of the Project Manager Carlo Torre of MYT in Monaco and the Persico team, who have been creative and flexible throughout the extensive development process, assessing numerous alternatives before a final layout was agreed. As part of this the extensive systems necessary for these boats have been incorporated from the outset instead of being added at a later point, to ensure the most refined layout and structure.
Deck development is another significant thread, combining the simple sleek aesthetic that Wally has pioneered with a more functional race-able layout encouraging quicker easier manoeuvres. Drawing on the ramp deck first seen on Alegre this geometry was developed firstly to fit over the interior accommodation mandated by the wallycento rule in the most efficient way possible. The combination of sloping deck fore and aft with the raised central cockpit floor not only achieves this but provides an easier deck on which to operate. The key crew roles are concentrated centrally between the wheels and the pit winches, promoting communication and allowing the largest number of winch combinations to come into play.
The complexity of a WallyCento requires many specialists functioning together to achieve an optimised outcome, construction is well underway and we look forward to the launch of WallyCento#4 in spring 2017 as another example of the strength of team solutions in a project of this scale and scope.
The Premier IRC 45 Concubine built for Australians Jason Ward and his wife Shevaun Bruland, seen here with Project Manager Silas Nolan, arrived safely in Adelaide last week, installed the Hall Spars rig, and has already started sailing.
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Photographer Fabio Taccola put together this overview of the Vismara 62 Mills SuperNikka’s year from conception to competition for a celebration dinner in Pisa in November.
Some great footage from the C&C30 One Design fleet at the STC Annapolis Fall Regatta. Won by Dan Cheresh’s Extreme2 the 9 boat class enjoyed great racing as momentum builds towards Key West.
‘Concubine’, the first of our latest IRC45′ design for Premier Composites Technologies in Dubai is nearing completion, prior to being shipped to Australia to prepare for the 2015 Sydney-Hobart race. An aggressive approach to the inshore/offshore brief produced a light wide hull shape with plenty of form stability when heeled to produce the versatility required to succeed in a wide range of conditions. Developed with the team at Premier, Concubine’s project manager Silas Nolan, and the teams from Pure Engineering, KND Sailing Performance, Harken, and Hall Spars we are looking forward to seeing her perform.
‘SuperNikka’ the silver Vismara 62 Mills Racer/Cruiser of Roberto Lacorte won the Mini-Maxi Racer class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in the beautiful setting of Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Racing on challenging coastal courses under the tactical guidance of Tommaso Chieffi she counted a 1,1,1,2 to take the Mini-Maxi Racer class after very close competition between the top three boats.
SuperNikka is a high performance hybrid, combining racing speed with a genuine cruising capability including tender garage, recessed dodger, lifting keel, and a spacious light interior. Hulls 2 and 3 are under construction at Vismara Marine in different configurations to reflect each owners wishes. Photographer Fabio Taccola followed SuperNikka throughout the event, producing some fantastic images of a superb week. In the Maxi Class Mills Design assisted Windfall with a new bulb and sprit, fitted just before the event to help win her class.
Bob Steele’s new MAT1180 Quest led throughout to win their class at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and with it the Australian IRC National Championships with a race to spare. The Quest team chose the deep draft option, specified a large sail plan, and added a grinder and reels to Hull 02 after it arrived in Australia to optimise for their conditions, highlighted in the footage of the first race below. Interesting Sail -World article with further details here. http://www.sail-world.com/M-A-T-1180—It-s-all-in-a-name-/137972
Never off the podium, her success across a range of windspeeds confirms the competitiveness of the new 1180 design of which 7 have been sold. An amazing sailing venue, Andrea Francolini’s great shots show off this stunning Great Barrier Reef location. In second was the evergreen DK46 Khaleesi.
Bob Steele’s new MAT1180 Quest sailing away from their class in Race 1 at Hamilton Island Race Week to an 8 minute corrected time win.
Concubine, the first of our latest 45′ IRC design was demolded at the Premier Composites facility in Dubai this week. Project managed by top sailor Silas Nolan she is on track for a December debut for her Australian client. With structures by Pure Engineering, rig from Hall NZ, and R&D managed by KND we are very excited.
The Vismara 62 Mills ‘SuperNikka’ for Roberto Lacorte was launched at a gala celebration last week, attended by hundreds in the beautiful new port of Marina Di Pisa in Italy. This aggressive 62’ Cruiser/Racer was developed with a team including Vismara Marine, North Sails Italy, and Roberto and his wife Luisa. The first event for this hybrid part racer/part family cruiser will be the 151 Miglia, an offshore race created by Roberto some years ago and now growing to be one of the strongest in the Lugurian Sea. Construction of a more cruising oriented version of this design is already underway for a second client.
Matt Sheahan the technical Editor of Yachting World has been doing quite a few Sport boat tests this spring. In this Boat Test he took out the Checkmate Sailing Sailing C&C30 on a beautiful Solent day – and his verdict? “I really like this boat.”
Another BAYK Series Weekend, another win, this time with two bullets. Nice on-board video of them racing, here beside the Ker 40 ‘Arkas’.
The new McConaghy’s-built IRC 41 Ambush 2 launched in Hong Kong last week, on-weight, on-schedule. Inshore/Offshore boat for repeat clients, focus on keeping things simple and reducing water ingress. Feedback very positive, look for sailing shots next week. Second hull available, please ask for information.
The new MAT 1180 has hit the water and been sailing, looking powerful and getting great reviews from the crew as they start working her up.
The new MAT1180 is coming together at the MAT facility outside Izmir, we will add more images as the fitout proceeds.
Andy Soriano and his Alegre team were crowned World Champions at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Worlds yesterday in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. In perhaps the best Mini-Maxi fleet yet assembled including previous champions Ran in their latest boat and past winners Bella Mente, Alegre remained on top of the 7 boat class from the first race to the last. “It’s a great achievement for the team to be World Champion,” said Soriano. “I’m relieved, it’s something we strove for, we’ve been (in this position) twice already and we finally were able to get over the last hurdle. We sailed our own race; loose, relaxed, confident like we have all week. This year the level of the competition has been raised, more than any of us could have imagined.”
Alegre, the second Mini-Maxi from Mills Design for this owner, was aimed at winning this event and showed her boatspeed and crew handling advantages by comfortably winning both coastal races. Having been forced into the runners-up spot on the last day twice in previous years, and with only three points between first and second going into the final day, the pressure was on the team in the worlds highest quality Owner-Driver event. Supported by tactician John Kostecki and a tight-knit crew they played the odds on the final day to ensure the series was wrapped up with a race to spare. “I am very happy for Andy and the whole Alegre team” said designer Mark Mills “It’s just reward for the dedicated and focused campaign that they have run. I can’t thank Andy enough for the opportunity to be playing and winning at this level. the success of the design would not have been possible without the involvement in the design team of R&D specialists KND and engineer Steve Koopman of SDK, and the passion of builders Longitud Cero ”
Our latest IRC 41 design is currently under construction at McConaghy’s, the result of a long and detailed R&D program aimed at optimising the performance for Asian conditions both inshore and offshore. The first boat is for repeat clients in Hong Kong, and reflects their experience racing locally in their previous custom Mills 41, as well as their views about the best way to approach the fleet with a new design.
The design process involved a comprehensive CFD driven VPP study with our research partners KND / Sailing Performance, looking at multiple hull shape options, foil configurations, and sail plan sizes. This work built on our previous studies for new designs based on increasing form stability when heeled, resulting in significant gain upwind in a breeze. The focus for this design was to ensure these gains could be combined with strength in light/medium airs, as well as breezier conditions offshore in events like the Vietnam Race. Since these ambitions are not always mutually compatible, it became clear that including as much modabilitiy as possible into the basic boat would offer a range of benefits: firstly it provides the client a far wider range of competitive configurations by adjusting the key components of Draft, Displacement, Trim, and Sail Area. Secondly in the light of the IRC rule’s transition in recent years towards accommodating lighter faster designs including wide modable ranges in as many parameters as possible opens up the ability to respond to future rule adjustments flexibly, extending the competitive life of the boat. Thirdly it allowed the basic hull shape to deliver a wider range of possibilities for other clients looking to optimise future builds of the design more significantly for different conditions.
Our latest project is the sleek and aggressive 62′ SuperNikka for Italian owner Roberto Lacorte. Built in semi custom series by Vismara Marine as the VISMARA 62 Mills she is a unique combination of light powerful carbon racer and fully featured family cruiser, based on a chined light offshore-oriented raceboat hull with tall rig and deep lifting keel, perfect for targeting Mediterranean racing with his existing team. A keen racer and creator of the 151 Miglia offshore race Mr. Lacorte also enjoys cruising every summer with his family, and needs his yacht to be as functional as it is fast to provide the best of both worlds. To help deliver this in 2013 he asked Mills Design to join the team producing his latest yacht, including builder and experienced designer Alessandro Vismara of Vismara Marine and North Sails Italy who have been part of his previous successful programs.
We were excited to join this group tasked with producing the exterior geometry: hull and deck surfaces, appendages, and rig, allowing us to focus on performance with our R&D partners KND in Valencia, while the Vismara team produced the interior and engineering, integrating her aggressive racing character with amenities such as the lifting keel, a dinghy garage in the transom, and underdeck dodger stowage. Due to launch in Spring 2015, hull lamination is complete and deck and bulkhead construction is well advanced.
The new C&C30 One Design was launched and went sailing this week, getting a lot of attention in busy Newport. A shakedown sail with top sailors Brad Read and Jesse Fielding and US Watercraft head Randy Borges provided a lot of positive feedback on the boat in 12-16kn upwind and down. The latest high performance One Design with a carbon keel fin, fixed sprit, and inshore and offshore capabilities proved to be an exhilirating and hugely enjoyable ride. More information at http://c-cyachts.com/.
The MAT1180 is an exciting next-generation IRC raceboat design which is the product of a long and careful design, engineering, and development process initiated by long term clients Alp and Cem Somer of MAT. Mills Design and MAT have worked together very successfully in the past on the MAT1245 and MAT1010 IRC designs, and we are looking forward to continuing this relationship with the new MAT1180. MAT’s interest in taking their successful production operation to the next level began with a preliminary design exercise in 2013 to investigate fully the changes in IRC affecting lighter designs in the 39’ size range. It became clear that there was space in IRC for an aggressively light and fast design if well-engineered and well-built to produce the right weight and distribution of mass. more
Welcome to the NEW Mills Design Website. We hope to use this new platform to better communicate Mills Designs’ successes around the world with more regular News and Results updates. With the help of the guys at xava.ie we have developed a new format website which retains the feel of our previous web presence while opening up more screen space to make for a brighter, more exciting, and more informative experience. It is fully responsive for optimal viewing across a range of platforms so we hope you will become a regular visitor using your tablet, phone, or PC. If you notice any problems or have any suggestions on how we can improve the experience, please contact us.
Mills Design scored a remarkable first and second in IRC 0 at the Rolex Giraglia Trophy series in St. Tropez with our latest launching Alegre winning on her first outing. She was followed by Alex Schaerer’s IRC69 Caol Ila R in a light-medium air inshore series boasting the majority of the IMA Mini-Maxi racing fleet in the 27 boat class. Designer Mark Mills said “For two of our boats to top a full strength table is a vindication of the team we have assembled and the work we are doing.”More on Alegre 3
Our latest design, the IRC 72 Alegre has been launched for owner Andy Soriano. Boasting an innovative deck layout and numerous unique solutions to produce a cleaner, lighter, and stiffer design which is easier to sail, Alegre enjoyed a week of workup and crew training prior to joining the Mediterranean IMA race circuit. A feature in the June Seahorse Magazine describes the design process and we are privileged to use the images of Jesus Renedo.
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When Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth continued their excellent run of form by winning their second straight China Coast Regatta it marked more than just their ongoing success in the most competitive annual inshore regatta in Asia. It marked the fifth year in a row that a Mills Design boat has won the IRC 1 class, comprising perhaps the most competitive 40′ IRC fleet anywhere in the world. Mills Design wants to thank the owners and crew of the three boats responsible for this extraordinary domination: Drew Taylor and Joachim Isler of Ambush 2008 and 2009, Helmuth Hennig in Blondie 2010, and Nick and Fred in 2011 and 2012.
The Mills 39 Dignity was part of the victorious 2012 Commodores Cup winning Team GBR Red, the boat’s second back-to-back win in this event having previously raced as marinerscove.ie with the winning Irish team in 2010.
We started counting the Quarter Tonners we have been involved with, and found that in the 2012 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 7 of the top 11 boats used our original Espada keel design (below), and for 4 of them we had designed the sail plan. 5 of the last 7 Quarter Ton Cup winners have benefitted from our performance input, as well as some Half ton Winners. If you are interested in upgrading an old IOR design please get in touch.
Andy Soriano and the Alegre team repepated their 2010 performance to be named the International Maxi Association 2011 Season and Offshore Mini-Maxi Champions. Here is a YouTube video to remind you of what an Offshore in the Mediterranean can be like.
Mills Design is excited to be developing plans with Summit Yachts for a limited-series build of our latest 45′ raceboat design. The product of extensive CFD research and built of carbon in female molds by a leading raceboat builder, this light and exciting design offers a Grand Prix raceboat at a significant cost savings, achieved by sharing the start-up costs. The final configuration of the design (flush deck, wheels, etc) can be adapted for each clients needs, for more details please contact us or Summit Yachts directly.
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Andy Soriano’s IRC 69 Alegre won the 2010 IMA Mini-Maxi title after a tremendous season, sailing and winning in places such as Palma, Portofino, St. Tropez, Porto Cervo, and Capri, culminating in a close run second place at the Maxi Worlds.
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On the final day Mariners Cove stormed around the last inshore race in winds over 25kn to record another race win by 3 minutes, and thus win Class 2 and help secure the 2010 Rolex Commodore’s Cup for Ireland. David Dwyer’s (second from right below) Mills Design IRC 39 along with teammates Antix and Roxy decisively grasped the prestegious biennial title by dominating the mix of inshore and offshore races competed for by 10 three-boat teams from around the world.
Hong Kong secured second place, sailing intelligently in the double-points final race to record a major upset over teams such as previous winners France and Great Britain. Team members Summit 40 Blondie and the Mills 41 Mandrake meant that 3 of the 6 boats in the top two teams came from the pen of Mark Mills, the designer with the largest representation in the fleet, with boats sailing for GBR and South Africa, including the last days big boat class winner the Landmark 43 Windpower.
Mills was excited by the success of the Irish team: “They meant to bring it back this time, which was reflected in the preparation, the boats, and the execution. In particular I am very happy for David and his team who deserve this after setting such a high standard with the extraordinary success of the boat”.
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Andy Soriano helming his IRC 68 Alegre has won the 57th edition of the famous 243 mile Giraglia Race from St. Tropez to Genoa via the rocky outcrop of Giraglia off Corsica, as well as the preceding Giraglia Rolex Cup inshore race series held in St. Tropez. Alegre finished at the head of a tightly packed Mini-Maxi fleet composed of the worlds latest Grand Prix IRC Racers, most of whom owe her time producing a significant IRC win in her class. Alegre earlier won the intense three race Giraglia Rolex Cup inshore series held in St. Tropez over the weekend, including a coastal race corrected time win by 7 minutes. Owner Soriano said “the racing was truly tight all the way through, with all the mini-maxis coming up to the windward mark even on port …amazing”.
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Mark Mills was honored with the Asian Marine & Boating Best Designer Award 2010 at the Louis XIII-sponsored China International Boat Show (CIBS) Gala Dinner in Shanghai last week. The award was collected on Mills’ behalf by the Irish Vice-Consul in Shanghai John Lynam, below.
Mills Design has racked up a string of IRC Championship titles this year Mariners Cove has been crowned the Overall British IRC Champion as well as winning the Irish Championship, Argie Bargie won the Scottish IRC Championship, and Ngoni took the Italian IRC Championship. These and other successes for both custom and production designs at events like the NYYC Annual Regatta, Scottish Series, and Red Funnel reflect the balance in IRC and bodes well for future projects.
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Mark Mills was honored with the Irish Independent / Afloat.ie Sailor of the Year Award: “Globally successful yacht designer Mark Mills of County Wicklow is the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent ‘Sailor of the Year 2009’ after a year of exceptional achievements which built on his original accolade as Sailor of the Month a year ago.”
Mark Mills was a featured speaker at the International Yacht Forum 2010, the Future in Offshore Yacht Racing held in Hamburg on February 13. A very positive event organised by the German Offshore Owners Association with a tremendous turnout from all around the Baltic requiring a relocation to the city’s convention centre, this meeting represented the major interest in reviving Big Boat events in the Baltic, starting with the new Hanseboot IRC Baltic Open series in 2010.
Soozal the King 40 owned and driven by Dan Woolery with a strong team including Robbie Haines and Scott Easom has continued her winning streak in Florida with wins in the Montego Bay Race-Pinaeapple Cup and 8 bullets in the Acura Miami Grand Prix. She now returns to a busy season in the Bay Area.
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The Mills Design website has been upgraded with the addition of a Proposals page to showcase the design work we have performed on preliminary and proposal designs. New ideas often show up first in these plans intended to get design discussions underway, without the pressure of implementation to limit creativity. Perhaps they will form the basis of a new design discussion we can have with you.
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The leading US magazine Sailing World has announced the King 40 by Summit Yachts as their 2009 Overall Boat of the Year. Topping the list of winners for Sailing World’s 25th annual Boat of the Year contest was this IRC Racer/Cruiser from Mills Design, which won the award from an independent panel of experts who inspected and sailed the 17 nominated entries during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis earlier this year.
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Alegre the IRC 68 Mini-Maxi of Andres Soriano III sailed an extraordinary race to win a tough Rolex Middle Sea Race. This extends her record of success in major Mediterranean offshore events after first to finish victories and Mini-Maxi class wins in both the 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race and the 2009 Rolex Giraglia Race. In very testing conditions with large waves and up to 40kn of wind producing significant numbers of breakages and retirements, Alegre led the fleet on handicap at each of the passing marks after Stromboli, approximately a third of the way into the race. Beating boats like the SuperMaxi ICAP Leopard and the 80′ Beau Geste on handicap and staying ahead of larger Mini-Maxi competitors such as the 72′ Ran II on the water was a testament to the non-stop team effort. Owner Soriano summed it up “this result shows what hard work, team spirit and supporting each other can do. We’re just friends sailing together and I’m so proud.”
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The first Summit 35 was launched on Sept 5 and after 2 days sailing went straight to the Newport Boat Show where interest exceeded expectations, boats sold, and she was awarded the Best Sailboat title. Pictured are the heads of the team responsible for the Summit 35 including Peter Truslow of Edgewater Boats, Tom Whidden of North Group, both partners from Summit Yachts, and Mark Mills.
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Soozal driven by owner Dan Woolery took the top spot from Tony Buckingham’s Mills 40 Ngoni after a tough ten-race Acura Key West Race Week . In a competitive fleet the fight for top spot went down to the last day, with the very successful Mills 40 Ngoni (ex-Tiamat) only needing to make up 3 points over the last two races, but Soozal looked rock solid and finished the day strongly for a series lead of seven points, counting a first or second in nine of the 10 races.
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Performance Cruiser with looks as well as pace for Cruising Division fun around the globe.
The first md35 matagi was launched in the UK this summer for a UK owner who believed in the idea of a slim, stable, containerisable gentlemans daysailer. With performance, looks, and handling which has caused industry testers to gush with enthusiasm the md35 is poised to become a large and lasting success worldwide. More info on the md35