Ambrogio Beccaria’s Class 40 AllaGrande is almost ready for launching


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Class 40 AllaGrande
Ambrose Beccaria on the bow of the Class 40 AllaGrande. Photo Giuffrè/Sailing Newspaper

Ambrogio Beccaria’s new Class 40 AllaGrande, designed by Gianluca Guelfi and Fabio D’Angeli, with Pirelli main and lead sponsor and Mapei global sponsor, is now close to launching. The boat will go into the water within a few weeks and will participate in the Palermo-Montecarlo crewed race as a first test. Then it will be Beccaria’s turn to sail to France, make the Route du Rhum qualification solo, and be based in Lorient from the end of the summer where he will prepare for the transatlantic that will depart Nov. 6 from Saint Malo.

Class 40 AllaGrande – The VIDEO under construction

Ambrose Beccaria at work on the Class 40 AllaGrande. Photo Giuffrè/Sailing Newspaper

Our Mauro Giuffrè visited the Milanese skipper there where AllaGrande is being born, namely at Sangiorgio Marine in Genoa, the new Italian shipyard dedicated to high-tech boating, founded by Edoardo Bianchi.

Class 40 AllaGrande – The Project

Class 40 AllaGrande
Ambrose Beccaria studies the curves of the Class 40 AllaGrande. Photo Giuffrè Sailing Newspaper

As mentioned, the design of the boat was developed by Gianluca Guelfi and Fabio D’Angeli, while the sail studies were done by North Sails Engineer Michele Malandra. The boat will have a distinctive trim, with a rather high bow, thanks in part to a keel with a blade that is fairly sloping toward the stern.

The goal is to be able to push hard at bearish swells without having major problems with nose diving, the bowing that slows the boat and puts a load on the mast and rigging. The boat in addition to transatlantics is also planned to race around the world, perhaps in 2023. The bow will be scow style, as in the latest design trends of the class.

Class 40 AllaGrande and the Sangiorgio Marine

The Genoese shipyard that is building the boat, led by Olympian and builder Edoardo Bianchi (already on the team that built the last Luna Rossa) is Sangiorgio Marine. The Class 40 AllaGrande will be the first Clas built from scratch to come out of the new shipyard, and it may not be the first, indeed.

Edward Bianchi

Sangiorgio Marine, in addition to dealing with the construction of new racing boats, takes care of refits of sailing megayachts, including those over 100 feet, and specializes in composite machining with a focus on carbon. A new high-tech reality entering the world of Italian boating has married Ambrogio Beccaria’s project with Pirelli and Mapei.



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