Winch Design has designed sailing yachts for 35 years, delivering its first project in 1986, a 36ft Swan. Since then, the Yachts studio has completed over 40 sailing yachts, ranging from fast racing sloops to family ocean cruisers.
As the market goes towards a more environmentally conscious direction, there has been a resurgence of interest in sailing yachts. Headed up by Ignacio Oliva-Velez, who has over 20 years of yacht design and project management experience, the sailing yachts team of Winch Design is currently working on a number of ongoing projects as well as discussions of 100+ ft eco-catamarans, electric-drive mono hull sailing yachts and multi-mast ‘DynaRig’ concepts. The team is also designing a schooner with Ron Holland, collaborating once again to add to a partnership that has seen the delivery of iconic sailing yachts as Cyclos III, Sensation and Royal Eagle II.
Marking the third collaboration between Winch Design and Tripp Design, this 90ft sloop features a spacious and minimalistic interior with an open plan layout and an abundance of natural light. Stylistic inspirations come from the East coast of the USA and mid-century Scandinavian influences are peppered throughout with a combination of soft leathers and light oaks, giving the ambience a restrained and sophisticated elegance. She is scheduled for delivery in February 2021.
Few collaborations are as successful and long-standing as Winch Design, Jeanneau and Philippe Briand’s, having sold over 200 sailing yachts worldwide, including over 80 Jeanneau 64’s, making it the best selling 64ft production yacht of all time. Winch partnered once again with Jeanneau to develop the Sun Odyssey and Sun Fast fleets, this latest addition to the award-winning fleet, the Jeanneau 60, is set to offer unrivalled customization. Light woods, soft furnishings and a harmonious colour palette enhance her modular interior, and the light filled spaces will instantly calm you as step inside. Scheduled for delivery in January 2021.
100ft Solar Power
Developed in collaboration with Royal Huisman shipyard, this 100ft eco-concept features extending solar panels that fan out like a butterfly’s wings, twin electrical propulsion for 360-degree manoeuvrability and a widened stern deck to allow for increased underdeck storage. The withdrawable systems aim to maximise solar charging functions in a yacht for the 21st Century, resulting in unrivalled efficiency. Even the sail is an opportunity for solar charging. As with this concept, the main focus of future sailing yachts will be minimising their environmental footprint to zero, to leave no negativity on the planet whatsoever, by utilising current solar technologies as well as developing new technologies that harness the power of the wind and sea in the most efficient ways possible.
This new 85ft sloop is designed with short handling and pure sailing enjoyment in mind. At just under 24m of load line, it would not need to comply with some of the more restricting regulations, allowing for a more flexible layout with a reduced number of guests in mind. A pared back and minimalistic interior makes use of soft furnishings, natural materials and dark woods to create a sophisticated and refine aesthetic with a peaceful and relaxing ambience. Fully equipped for short-handed world cruising, this highly capable sloop will utilize recycled carbon fibre and plastic bottles in its construction, offsetting its development footprint. Powered by 100% hybrid propulsion and underwater power regeneration devices, the sloop will also make use of solar panel technology to allow for lengthy, self-sufficient cruises.
(Winch Design Sailing Yachts, here are the future projects – Barchemagazine.com – October 2020)