Dutch yard Royal Huisman has been busy this year pushing their latest fast racing sailboat towards completion. Her name is NGONI and her owner is determined to ensure that she is a beast on the regatta circuit.
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Currently NGONI is in the finishing shed at the Vollenhove shipyard in Holland. Her carbon fibre mast is currently being completed by Huisman’s on-site partner Rondal.
The word NGONI stems from Zulu culture and originates in Zambia. Undoubtedly this has some sort of connection to her new owner.
This sailing sloop has performance racing built into her every fiber. Maximum hull speed is said to be a whopping 17.5 knots, meaning NGONI will be extremely competitive on the water. Her plumb bow adds to a long list of features designed to ensure absolute efficiency; her furling gear has even been tested in the wind tunnel!
NGONI is due to be launched in 2017, so may even be seen at next year’s Caribbean Regattas.