The “super” Baltic Nilaya wins the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in the Virgin Islands


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Baltic-112-Yacht-NilayaThe queen among queens is her, Nilaya. Baltic Yacht’s flagship 112-foot sloop won in its class (1, the class reserved for larger hulls) the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. An event that draws dream boats from around the world to the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Nilaya was built by Baltic in collaboration with Nauta Design, which with Mario Pedol initialed the general plans and the exterior and interior design of the boat (Reichel-Pugh signed the water lines instead).

It is a totally custom boat, featuring a panoramic deckhouse: comfortable, oceanic, that at the right time-as evidenced by the result obtained at the Loro Piana Regatta and the first place in real in the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race. The hull and deck were constructed of sandwich and pre-impregnated carbon fiber with Corecell core. The boat features a rather low freeboard (and a very slender deckhouse equipped with large side windows) and is fitted with litfing keel. Thanks to skillful organization of maneuvers on deck, geared toward easy sailing, this 34-meter vessel can be safely led by a crew of 2-3 people. The maneuvering cockpit has two wheelhouses (and direct access to the aft crew area), while there is a central cockpit for guests.

In Sanskrit, Nilaya means paradise. The interiors are made of mahogany and the layout follows rationalist canons: the lines are clean and functional,benefiting practicality and brightness. It almost feels like being inside a Northern European apartment. After the large, full aft galley, the galley includes the chart area, the crew dinette (which has two double cabins plus the captain’s cabin). Proceeding forward, one encounters first a guest cabin with “twin” beds, then the large salon under the deckhouse, which is also accessed by descending from the guest cockpit. Finally, two double guest cabins and the master suite, with four large portholes at the side to ensure brightness and a double bathroom.


Right behind Nilaya in class 1 was the 40-meter Rainbow, chartered for the occasion by Pier Luigi Loro Piana, with Francesco De Angelis and Brad Butterworth aboard. The J-Class for the first time raced on handicap time against other boats. For being a replica (designed by Gerard Dykstra for Belgian Chris Gongriep based on a 1934 design by William Starling Burgess) of an 80-year-old boat, it looked super cool. Merit also goes to the “handles” on board.







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