Published in: Friday, 06 May 2011
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A Clean Approach

Approach Twizzle from a distance, and her sleek, sculpted profile tells you that this is no ordinary sailing yacht, and once you step onboard, difference becomes clear.

A fully-customised sailing superyacht is a joy known to a very select group of people. Performance under sail, the position of cabins, the layout of the deck, draught – all are built to owner specifications, and there’s no approximation of what a client wants.

Royal Huisman is a name well-known to the privileged few who own and enjoy fully-customised sailing superyachts. The Dutch builder has produced not necessarily the biggest (though Athena, at 90 metres, is among the top ten sailing superyachts by size) sailing superyachts, but they are often the most distinctive. A look at the yachts launched by Royal Huisman shows that no one yacht resembles another. And more to the point, Royal Huisman has made a name for itself with customised engineering solutions to match unique demands. In this, the latest yacht from the yard, Twizzle, is no exception.

From the beginning, this visionary project was driven by Twizzle’s highly experienced owners. They assembled the same design team that won awards and accolades for their previous 55-metre Feadship of the same name. Redman Whiteley Dixon and Todhunter Earle, plus Dubois Naval Architects, handled the hull and sailing systems. Royal Huisman was chosen by this esteemed team for their superior craftsmanship and proven track record.

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The result is a yacht that pushes the envelope in every direction, both in technical and design terms. A superb sailing performance allows her to compete impressively on the superyacht racing circuit – yet she is stable, comfortable and easy to handle when cruising with owner and guests, or under charter. She can race round the island or cruise round the world equally well. At the recent St Bart’s Round-the-Island Race at the end of December 2010, Twizzle managed an impressive second overall in a fleet of 18 yachts.

Her advanced mast, rig and sailing systems epitomise this dual purpose. The rig allows precision adjustment and rapid furling for fast tacking and racing in all wind conditions – the main and mizzen sails can be hoisted in less than two minutes. At the same time, with circumnavigation in mind, the Panamax sail plan is designed to clear Panama’s Bridge of the Americas at low water. Add to that the fact that Twizzle’s owners opted for North Sails’ 3DL Carbon/Aramid sails – something you’re likely to find on all-out racing yacht – and you know that Twizzle offers plenty of power for the sailing enthusiast.

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