Seascape 27: what numbers in the Adriatic, 27 feet from offshore!

For some time now we have been watching with interest the growth of this new classse: the Seascape 27. A Slovenian boat that shares a common DNA with the Mini 6.50 and is finding great success. It is the numbers that support our observations: during the last Jabuka Race (the largest offshore regatta in the eastern Adriatic) there were seven Seascape 27 entries with crews from Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden and Slovenia. Une regatta that is somewhat reminiscent of “our” Giraglia: starting from Tribunji and heading toward the volcanic island of Jabuka (this year’s edition saw an outward leg characterized by light winds and stronger winds, up to 35 knots in the second half of the course). The German crew finished 11th overall and first in ORC where second place went to the Norwegian crew, not bad!


Born from the pencil of Sam Manuard, a designer and experienced sailor in the Mini class, the Seascape 27 rides the wave of success of its “little brother,” the 18-footer that won European Yacht of the Year in 2010. Our Alberto Mondinelli tried it a few months ago. Here are his impressions.

The weather is the kind that leaves you with little hope: leaden sky, just no rain. Yet Lake Garda is capable of surprising you once again: a north wind in the 7 to 8 knots reassures me that I have not made the trip for nothing, the Seascape 27 can be tried.
Mind you, you don’t need to be a racing “handle,” just have the passion and sensitivity to “feel” the boat, and immediately the Seascape puts you at ease.
Immediate and sincere in reactions, even the searing accelerations that some wind reinforcements over 10 knots impart to the boat are experienced with pleasure without ever fear: the dimensional stability given by the width and the edge that runs along the entire hull serve their purpose perfectly. They explain to me that in 30 knots of wind, all it takes is a coat of reefing and the smaller furling jib (which has its dedicated attachment aft of the anchor locker) to safely tackle them even with an inexperienced crew.
Conversely in light breezes you can rig up the Code 0 (but a Code 1 is also available) furling directly on the tangon and the slack will be exciting all the same and in total safety. Upwind we sail at 5/6 knots steadily and hoist the gennaker to try to glide on the slack: under gust we touch 9 knots and the feeling of great ease of conducting is confirmed even at this gait, the regret of not having a nice Ora tesa available is a lot, but considering the day there is already to be satisfied with what I managed to do.



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