|Cutting-edge Silandra V making waves|
The 76-ft Silandra V was designed by Italian Luca Brenta and built in 2006 by Nautor's Swan at its shipyard in Pietrarsari, Finland. Brenta is famous for having designed many other superyachts including the 123ft Ghost, the 107ft Kenora & Wally B, & the 98ft Chrisco.
Silandra V is totally customized with all systems being designed by her owner, a passionate sailor. The yacht was built for him and his family to sail around the world in. The owner had a very clear idea of what he wanted from his boat. He wanted a fast cruising and racing yacht able to cross oceans in speed and comfort. Having vast sailing experience, the owner knew what problems could occur during a long navigation. He knew also how important it is to be self sufficient when you are in very remote places. For those reasons he designed the systems on board with the concept of "reliability and redundancy". All the systems on the yacht are double: double battery charger, double water maker, double generator and double engines. It is very rare to find these kinds of features on a light-weight sailing boat. Although she has every system doubled up, her weight is quite low. She weighs around 38 tons, of which 18 are in the retractable keel and bulb. The boat is made of a composite sandwich of carbon fibre and PVC foam, and liquids like diesel and water are stored in 10 different inflatable PVC bladders. This made the distribution of the weight a little bit easier so engineers and designers could position smaller and lighter tanks in the lower and more central part of the boat.
Describing Silandra V, Captain Riccardo Benoni says "Keeping up with the maintenance of this beautiful vessel is double the time and the effort since every system is duplicated. However, she is great fun to sail. She is fast on the wind, light and very responsive when the wind blows from theaft quarters. When the spinnaker is flying she surfs very easily. In rough wind her stiff hull cuts the waves with power. A very small crew can manage to sail her in any condition of sea and wind. Cruising on Silandra V has been so far a great adventure: The owner comes on board with his family and they enjoy exploring very remote parts of the planes - with a two year old on board everything became more challenging. Anchoring in shallow bays is not a problem because the keel can be lifted to 2.7 metres, while sailing it goes down to 4.5. The double GPS and navigation program give us the certainty of not losing our fix.
"Racing Silandra V in the Raja Muda and in the Phuket King;s Cup last December has been the cherry on the cake: we arrived in Phuket at the end of November last year after a 5,000 mile delivery from Brisbane, our last port of call. We had just three days between our arrival and the beginning of the race, so we had no time to take off all the cruising gear we collected during the last four years cruising around the world.
"However, it has been great fun. The owner enjoyed sailing hard his yacht around the beautiful scenery of Phuket. We often cut the finish line first, in front of the bigger yachts."