Launched last May at Baltic Yachts’ Jakobstad facilities on the coast of Finland, the new high-tech racer/cruiser Baltic 108 successfully completed her demanding sea trials before delivery to her Owner in June. This one-off from Baltic, named Win Win by her Owner, immediately set a course for the Canary Islands where she spent the summer months before crossing the Atlantic to winter in the Caribbean. It was an open ocean cruise schedule that could only command respect, especially if you consider the fact that the sleek hull with its length overall of 33 metres has a mast towering 45 metres above the water, equipped with a generous sail plan optimised for sailing the Mediterranean.
However, most importantly Win Win was designed and built both to cruise to desirable destinations in comfort with a small crew and to race aggressively with a full crew in the most competitive regattas. The result is a perfectly balanced representation of the best the industry can offer, achieved through intensive work with constant collaboration at every stage in the process, executed flawlessly by a coordinated international team of professionals. Win Win’s Owner and Finnish shipyard Baltic Yachts were joined by the Spanish firm Surge Projects led by Javier Jaudenes, which developed the naval architecture and exterior design, and the British firm Design Unlimited led by Mark Tucker, which devised the interior layout and interior design.
In addition, the Swiss company Gurit Holding, a multinational specialising in several sectors, also played a twofold role as both structural engineering partner and advanced composite materials supplier, as it has done before on numerous sailing yacht builds by Baltic Yachts. Win Win was built entirely at the shipyard’s facilities with project management from Garth Brewer of the Spanish concern A2B Maritime Consultants, supported by Håkan Björkström, Project Manager at Baltic Yachts, and Sören Jansson, Project Engineer at Baltic Yachts.
Achieving a finished vessel capable of yielding high performance while offering a high level of comfort was a complex process, requiring an in-depth study of the various project components and flawless development of specially created individual solutions. Three main aspects were taken into account: the hydrodynamic efficiency of the hull and appurtenances, the propulsion efficiency of the sail plan and the lightness of the build in order to achieve a low displacement value. Together with these, the greatest attention was paid to the operationality of the technical manoeuvres, the rationality of the spaces on board and silence as a key element of comfort. However, in particular, the hull shape and the sail plan were developed and tested using sophisticated CFD (computational fluid dynamics) and VPP (velocity prediction program) simulation software.
At first glance, the plumb bow of the hull is certainly a clear indication that Win Win was designed with high performance in mind. However, the yacht’s racer pedigree is also underlined by the power and size of the stern sections that afford substantial benefits in terms of achieving high speeds in stronger breeze conditions. The broad stern also makes it possible to increase the habitable space and create greater storage capacity, as well as a garage for the dinghy tender. The vessel is equipped with a lifting keel system with a stainless steel fin and lead bulb to vary the yacht’s total draught from a minimum of 3.5 metres to a maximum of 5.5 metres depending on navigation conditions, i.e. when sailing downwind or upwind in sharply rising wind conditions, which requires greater lateral stabilisation. All possible measures have been taken to avoid harmful drag effects that might reduce the hydrodynamic efficiency of the hull, ensuring maximum uniformity in the waterlines and complete continuity between the surfaces of the hull. These include the retractable propulsion system that retracts entirely inside the hull to ensure the vessel’s speed is not affected when under sail. It’s a similar story with the submarine anchoring system located in the far forward section of the bow, equipped with a hatch plate designed to merge seamlessly with the shape of the hull.
In much the same way, the deck layout is entirely clean and uncluttered, in spite of the Harken winches, Lewmar windlasses and Reckmann furlers present, and has been carefully designed to simplify the performance of manoeuvres as far as possible and make the vessel easy to handle in both racing and cruising mode.
The large foredeck area has hatches flush with the deck to avoid creating any obstacle, while the wide gangways can be traversed easily in any navigation conditions. The spacious aft deck and cockpit area offers maximum efficiency for rapid manoeuvring by the crew during competitions, and provides versatile twin sunbathing areas that can be transformed into a welcoming alfresco dining area. Above the deck, Win Win is sloop rigged with a four spreader mast and standing rigging. In addition, a removable bowsprit can be fitted for racing with big downwind sails, making it possible to fly asymmetric gennakers at their maximum efficiency. This is combined with a sail plan designed to generous dimensions, featuring a main sail of nearly 344 m2, a head sail of nearly 276 m2 and an asymmetric gennaker of approximately 965 m2. However, low displacement is key to achieving high performance. This is obtained by making efficient savings on the total weight of the build, achieved through meticulous work to optimise both the structural and technical components of the project. As a result of the extensive experience of Baltic Yachts and Gurit Holding, strongly focused on achieving minimal weight, both the hull and the deck were laminated in pre-preg carbon fibre and epoxy resin sandwich, with Corecell and Nomex used as core materials. To keep weight to a minimum, bulkheads and structural laminates were optimised, both the mast and boom from Hall Spars are made of carbon fibre, the keel trunk was laminated in-house and titanium was used in many of the fittings, including cleats and stanchions. The final figures for the boat are a light displacement of just 77,400 kg, 30,600 kg of which comprise ballast, so the light weight objective has been fully achieved. And this was done without compromising on sound insulation: good sound insulation and minimum weight are not easy bedfellows, so to fulfil both objectives requires excellent planning and design. The yard used its capabilities to the fullest, for example with the use of a 3D noise prediction modelling tool (SEA) in order to focus on hot spots only and to reduce any over-insulation, while a floating floor design with a new fixing solution ensures good panel closure while maintaining easy access to under floor compartments. Natural cork-cored sandwich, meanwhile, was used for both non-structural and other interior panels to achieve better acoustic damping, and the carbon fibre / foam cell / rubber cork-cored floor panels are the result of an engineering collaboration between Baltic Yachts and the Dutch firm Van Cappellen Consultancy. The numerous other technical features that make Win Win stand out within her category include an innovative system of automated glass bulkheads that disappear completely into the structure to visually unify the external space of the wheelhouse with the interior space of the salon. Finally, in terms of interior layout and interior design, as Win Win was designed as a serious sailing yacht, she is well able to offer great technical performance alongside high levels of comfort on board, with solutions superbly well suited to both regatta conditions and cruises. The interior layout is modern yet highly functional, and entirely based on fundamentally rational choices so as to use the available space as efficiently as possible. Although this intensely practical approach translates into a somewhat minimalist look, the furnishings are full of light and tranquillity. To create this open, serene atmosphere, the interior design uses washed oak and limed oak veneers for the floors and carpentry, while white high-gloss painted lacquered overheads aid in reflecting light throughout and concealed light panels help maintain the atmosphere of clean simplicity. In combination with soft tones and natural finishes throughout the décor, this strategy has delivered a clean, elegant look.
Sailing photos by Jesús Renedo.
Exterior and interior photos by Jeff Brown.
Win Win Technical Specifications
|Deck equipment||Titanium pulpit, pushpit and lifeline stanchions from West Engineering.|
|Deck hatches||Hybrid composite|
|Hull||Sandwich construction of pre-preg carbon fibre and epoxy resin.
Core material is Corecell.
|Keel||APM lifting keel with stainless steel fin and a lead bulb.|
|Deck||Sandwich construction of pre-preg carbon-fibre and epoxy resin.
Core material is Corecell.
|L.O.A.||33.04 m / 108’40’’ ft|
|D.W.L.||31.20 m / 102’36’’ ft|
|Beam||7.63 m / 25’03’’ ft|
|Draft||5.50/3.50 m / 18.04/1148 ft|
|Light displacement||77,400 kg|
|IM||45.10 m / 147’96’’ ft|
|J||12.00 m / 39’36’’ ft|
|P||42.54 m / 139’56’’ ft|
|E||13.38 m / 43’89’’ ft|
|Bow & Stern thruster||Hundested propeller A/S|
|Drop down windows||RM Nautical|
|Anchor system||Custom-made and hydraulically operated ‘submarine’ system.
|Fuel tanks||Two tanks with a total capacity of 5,500 litres / 1,452.94 US gallons|
|Water tanks||wo tanks with a total capacity of 2,200 litres / 0,581.17 US gallons|
|Air conditioning||Marine Air|
|Main engine||Cummins QSB 6.7-380 ID|
|Propeller||Ship motion retractable propulsion system|
|Gear box||ZF 286 IV|
|Mast and rigging||Hall Spars carbon mast, four spreaders, SCR standing rigging.
|Batteries||Mastervolt 10x Li-Ion MLI 24/5000|
|AC system||Shore converter Marpower SPC-II Hybrid 50 kW, Battery chargers
for service batteries (24 V 100 A), Inverters (5 kW 230 V).
|Electronics||B&G H3000, Sailor 6150 Mini C, Sailor 250 Fleetbroadband,
Furuno Radar, Navtex & Navnet, Yachtspot, Globsurfer, Icom VHF.
|Generators||Northern lights 2 x 32 kW|
|Interior||Washed and limed oak veneers|
|Noise and vibration||Van Cappellen Consultancy|
|Naval architect||Javier Jaudenes|
|Interior design||Design Unlimited|
|Project management||Garth Brewer, A2B Maritime Consultants|
|Shipyard||Baltic Yachts Oy Ab Ltd