Trials and Tests - Italia 9.98 ClubWe are the champions The Chioggia yard has turned a supremely victorious regatta hull into a boat suitable for cruising. With a few additions and very little being overlooked.
by @Niccolò Volpati / photo by Nicola Brollo – Barche – Agosto 2017
The question is a simple one, although the answer is a bit more complicated. Nevertheless we will try to provide it. Can a (triumphant) competition boat be converted into a cruiser? The boat in question is the Italia 9.98 which was world champion, not once but twice. Two world championships, one after another: 2015 and 2016. «A lot of the credit goes to the owner and the crew» claims Matteo Polli, the young designer from Italia Yachts who is behind the 9.98 Fuoriserie project. Perhaps he is right, but we have noted that they were two different crews. To us that means that the boat must also have brought something good to the table. Matteo thinks that the secret behind all these victories «...is a matter of balance. This is a boat that sails well in all conditions, never over or underperforming. The balance that we found is between the hull, equipment and sail plan. We got the efficiency that we needed to win the regattas from the harmony of these elements».
It’s a great pleasure for us to share this post from our UK dealer Nicholas and Nicholas Marine, about Italia Yachts.
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