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September 2002

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Angelo Colombo


In January 2001, at the Alloy Yachts boatyard in New Zealand, work began on the construction of a 41-metre sloop which will plough the seas with the name of "Harlequin". The maxi sloop is still under construction, but we have learned from the yard that the work is at an advanced state and that "Harlequin" will be navigating as from next October. Among the boat owner's plans is participation in the second edition of the NZ Millenium Cup, for superyachts and planned for February 2003. The launch of this sloop is expected to be in good time to permit its owner to be present at the Louis Vuitton Cup regatta first, and then the Americas Cup. The "Harlequin" design is the work of naval architect Ed Dubois, who is responsible for numerous successful hulls that have achieved important results in other regattas such as the Admiral's Cup, the Fastnet Race, the Sydney Hobart and the Sardinia Cup. "Harlequin" has been designed to offer high level performance, but the interiors have been created to offer maximum comfort. As a result we have before us a yacht able to tackle very demanding cruises in which the speed element has a particular importance. In order to obtain the performance levels required by the owner, the yard had to turn to technologies able to guarantee a high weight/mechanical resistance ratio for every component on "Harlequin". The mast is made entirely of carbon, as is the boom; the hull has been made with devices that create structural rigidity with limited weights and above all controlled in their arrangement. "Harlequin's" interior has been designed by Redman Whitele Dixon, who has followed the instruction given by the future boat owner, who wanted a boat owner's suite with an office at full width, two large guest staterooms plus a stateroom with four beds, all having their own lounge and private bathroom. Three double cabins in the bow area have been provided for the crew. Compared to other sailing yachts designed by the same Dubois and made in the Alloy Yachts boatyard, "Harlequin" has been fitted with a ballast keel which is deeper and thinner in section, in order to facilitate its control in "narrow" passages and also to increase the righting moment. Further details on this and other projects developed in the New Zealand boatyard can be found in the web site