La Novia
World Cruising Yacht
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Designed by Van de Stadt, the renowned firm of Dutch naval architects, La Novia is a 60 monohull sloop.  The design concept was for a high performance cruising yacht, optimised for shorthanded circumnavigation with a high degree of comfort for long-term life aboard.

The performance is achieved by the advanced hull design, lightweight construction and large sail area.  Despite her power and speed she can be single-handed without trouble at sea owing to her unstayed, balanced rig - the Aerorig.

She was built by Johan Vels in Medemblick - widely regarded as the best wood core composite builder in Holland before his retirement.

Her hull is constructed of a multilayer composite sandwich of Cedar, mahogany, glassfibre and Kevlar, laminated together with epoxy resin.  This is further strengthened by bearers and ring-frames made of cedar beams reinforced with carbon fibre unidirectionals.

No other construction technique gives comparable strength, rigidity, puncture resistance, longevity and resistance to corrosion at such low weight.  At a dry weight of just 21 metric tons she is nearly 40% lighter than an Oyster 62!

The weight saving philosophy is pursued throughout the boat and every item used in construction was weighed and positioned to achieve optimum weight distribution.
Kauhehi Atol
In the Sling
Close Hauled from Astern
French Coast
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