Built by the award-winning Italian shipyard Perini Navi and with naval architecture by Ron Holland, SY Perseus^3 comes with an impressive pedigree and a performance edge that gives her the lead on the regatta racecourse. I stepped aboard during the St Barths Bucket to see why this superyacht is making waves.

Perseus^3 is the second hull from Perini’s highly successful 60m series. Her lightweight carbon fibre mast towers an incredible 78m and this, combined with her unique bowsprit arrangement and A2 spinnaker, delivers an adrenaline-fuelled ride. Sloop rigged, her sail wardrobe comprises two asymmetric sails (A2/A3), a code zero, reacher, blade, a spinnaker staysail, one working jib and an imposing main sail – all from Doyle Sails and providing a total combined 10,000sq.m of sail area.

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To ensure safe and optimum sail handling, Perseus^3 is equipped with advanced systems and hardware. Along with captive reel winches and furlers, her jib winches can pull a load of 30 tonnes at a line speed of 40m per minute. With such credentials, Perseus^3 is highly attuned to regatta competition. Past events include the 2015 Perini Navi Cup, 2016 and 2017 St Barths Bucket regattas, and the 2017 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, where she won her class.

This year’s St Barths Bucket, saw her classed as a ‘Les Grand Dames des Mers’, and racing alongside her 60m Perini sistership Seahawk, as well as Rosehearty (Perini), Hyperion (Royal Huisman), Aquarius (Perini) and Columbia (Eastern Shipbuilding). Perseus^3 made a great start to the week, taking first place on day one. She lost out to Rosehearty on day two with Hyperion coming in second and nudging Perseus^3 into third place, but day three saw her regain ground and finishing in second. Overall, Perseus^3 finished second in class, with just one point separating her from the class winner.

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Perseus^3 is equally impressive on the inside with a classic, contemporary interior that features wood panelling and a generally neutral palette with accents of colour. In her saloon, a large u-shaped sofa is separated from the dining area and smaller snug by a fixed panel housing the TV, which also disguises the central staircase. Perseus^3’s versatile cabin arrangement makes her ideal for charter. Across her five spacious suites she can sleep up to 12 guests and her cabins comprise a full-beam master suite with a private lounge and study, two VIP doubles, and two twins with additional Pullman berths – all of which are en suite and have integrated audio-visual entertainment systems. She has separate crew quarters for a compliment of 11, ensuring exceptional standards of service and a friendly, attentive team to help make your time aboard effortlessly relaxed.

Perseus^3’s expansive foredeck, beneath which her two tenders are stowed, features a swim-in-place heated pool and is a popular spot with guests. Her large flybridge, with cushioned sun pads, multiple sofas and a BBQ for casual dining, offers incredible elevated views when at anchor or underway, and is a particularly thrilling yet safe place to sit when Perseus^3 is powered up in race mode!

On the main deck, more formal al fresco dining can be enjoyed in the cockpit, which is sheltered from the elements by a curve of glass and this continues aft to enclose the exterior lounge.

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Perseus^3’s many leisure and lifestyle features make her an ideal yacht for socialising and entertaining both family and friends. Her toy chest includes Seabobs, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, wakeboards, eight sets of scuba diving equipment and even a 6m inflatable waterslide that can be deployed from the flybridge.

With exceptional sailing performance and a successful charter record, this superyacht is perfect for an owner looking for the thrill of the racecourse without having to compromise on comfort and style. Presented in turnkey condition, Perseus^3 is listed for sale and charter with Perini Navi USA.

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