Sunday, March 27, 2011

Peter Corr's Warwick 82 Aiyana

On assignment for Scuttlebutt in the USVI is action sports photography Leighton O'Connor who provided this report:

At the International Rolex Regatta (March 25-27) in St. Thomas is Peter Corr's Warwick 82 Aiyana. Features include sculptures, paintings, a bar that turns in a bed, transom door, computerized steering, motorized sliding ceiling, Sub-Zero Freezer, Sapelle mahogany, joy sticks for main trim, lifting keel, tons of carbon fiber, server for six TV's... and still a damn fast ride.

Built in Antalya, Turkey, Aiyana was a seven year project for Peter, with her launch in May of last year. Part of his crew of 14 for the regatta include sailing rock stars such as Steve Benjamin (USA) as the tactician, Mark Bartlett (USA) as the bow man, David Sampson (AUS) as the mast man, project manager and crew chief Mal Parker (AUS), Silas Nolan (AUS) along with navigator and captain Rosco Monson (GBR).

Her first race was the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez Regatta last October in which she placed 13 out of 35. The warm up to the International Rolex Regatta was the International Caribbean Superyacht Regatta early this month in which they took a second behind Hanuman in the Spinnaker Division. Not bad. Next on her racing plate is the BVI Festival & Regatta.

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