Baltic 72 Grand Prix
A pure racing yacht
Baltic 72 Grand Prix is a joint R&D project between Baltic Yachts and Italian owner Mr. Alessandro Rombelli. The boat will be delivered in summer 2012 and was designed by Rolf Vrolijk and his esteemed judel & vrolijk design bureau to comply with the mini maxi IRC rules. Baltic 72 Grand Prix will compete with the fastest mini maxis ever built, when taking part in prestigious races around the Mediterranean in the following seasons.
The predecessor was Baltic 65 Stig, a one-off cruising/racing yacht also designed by judel/vrolijk & co and built to the highest standards by Baltic Yachts. The owner was so impressed by the potential of this design and what the Baltic 65 Stig showed on the racing course that Mr. Rombelli decided to go full on racing this time with the same team. When designing Baltic 72 Grand Prix there was one area where the designers invested a lot of resources to improve speed and that was to get more effectiveness out of the restricted overall length of 72 foot.
Baltic 72 Grand Prix will have a prepreg carbon epoxy sandwich laminate with Kevlar Honeycomb core in both the hull and deck and as is normal for Baltic Yachts the weight of the project is being strictly controlled with both technical calculations and scheduled weight checks. Other special features are the fixed keel with an impressive draft and the retractable propeller system which enables a flush underwater hull while sailing.
The interior will be a mix of painted and untreated carbon with 14 pipe cots, a galley area and one head. Baltic 72 Grand Prix is also equipped with a Hall Spars carbon mast with racing boom and a composite standing rigging.