Delivered in 2007, Valkyrie is a 78 ft custom yacht built by Nautor’s Swan. VALKYRIE fills the role of Bill Tripp’s concept of a Café Racer, a fast, sleek and comfortable yacht. She features a carbon hull, deck and mast blended with a lightweight interior and a race friendly deck layout, VALKYRIE, is at home on the marina at Porto Cervo or the RORC Transatlantic Race. Thanks to a lifting keel system, the yacht affords superb sailing qualities as the deep ballast keel allows lightweight with high stability. The foil shape, unlike the typical cruiser racer, is deep and sleek – not compromised by draft restrictions – while still allowing access to the harbours and shallow anchorages making cruising so enjoyable.
The hull form is a low ratio displacement/length hull with a near plumb bow and narrow water lines. Powered by a modern sail plan, ‘Valkyrie’ utilises the latest improvements in sail handling such as retractable bowsprit, furling headsails and asymmetric spinnakers, as well as Code Zeros.
The deck is composed of a low profile coachroof house and a flush foredeck with flush hatches. Guests can relax in the comfort of the large dedicated cockpit, with flush dodgers, which are well separated from the spacious, well conceived aft sailing cockpit.
The hull construction uses advanced composites with pre-preg carbon and Corecell core. Valkyrie has a teak laid deck with large well-positioned flush mounted deck hatches providing high levels of natural ventilation to all cabins and communal spaces. The deck layout has been developed to provide fast and easy sailing through slab reefing and roller furlers on the Jib, Staysail and Code 0. Harken hydraulic cross tracks are installed for sheeting in the jibs and staysail, operated by push button at primary winch stations allowing you to get the very best performance out of Valkyrie.
The slim keel box is integrated into the interior design from the outset, forming the bulkhead of a major cabin, while tying the deck, hull, and mast step together as the main structural element. The yacht has a fully fitted out interior. A central, open, saloon capable of hosting 6 to 8 guests in both a dining and a seating area. The style of the interior is elegant and modern, yet functional, blending honey European maple furniture with dark grey leather upholstery.
As one would expect on a yacht of this design and quality of build, all the joinery is beautifully finished with soft rounded corners and capable but understated fiddles to retain items when heeled. All lockers are closed with flush mounted retractable catches and the interior is well lit when required with both deckhead and reading lights. The cabinetry uses foam-cored panels to reduce weight.
The Owners Cabin is forward where it provides a well-proportioned cabin with a queen size bed, en-suite facilities and copious storage space, including hanging lockers. Further aft there are three guest cabins; two are double berth with en-suite heads and the other with twin bunks. As with the owners cabin they also feature good storage areas and hanging lockers.
The Crew area is located in the stern, with an independent companionway hatch to the sailing cockpit. This area is practical, spacious and private. It is composed of a well-appointed galley, a dedicated and recently upgraded nav station and a double bed crew cabin.