UPDATE, APRIL 26, 2022: Nearly 50 days after her launch, Sørvind, meaning “southern wind” in Norwegian, left Southern Wind in South Africa for her maiden voyage to the Med.
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The decidedly Nordic nameboard Sørvind graces the latest launch from Southern Wind Shipyard. It’s suitable, too. In her owner’s words, he wanted “a high-performance bluewater yacht for fast and comfortable sailing that embodies a Nordic Cool spirit.”
Sørvind is the fifth hull in the shipyard’s SW105 series, which includes recent deliveries like Taniwha. The team behind the series includes Nauta Design for styling and interiors, and Farr Yacht Design for naval architecture. Notably, too, this new sailing superyacht features the work of Studio Hermanides inside. Nauta Design and Studio Hermanides collaborated on yet another Southern Wind yacht, Seatius. Showing off a similarly chic Nordic look, Seatius subsequently won a few design awards.
The décor scheme was important for the owner’s personal enjoyment, but also for the charter guests he intends to cruise aboard Sørvind. It complements a layout where the master suite sits forward and three guest staterooms are amidships. This is a customary layout for Southern Wind clients. Sørvind is a raised-saloon design, therefore with a nice amount of light coming inside. Finally, the crew area sits aft, accommodating six hands in three cabins. Although you may not notice it at first, the coachroof is slightly softer in looks than other raised-saloon SW105s.
When Sørvind isn’t under sail, the crew can launch a handful of watertoys for the guests to use. In fact, judging from those toys, the owner and guests will be pretty active. For instance, sea kayaks will be onboard, as will stand-up paddleboards. Windsurfers and even road bikes will go in in the tender garage and special lazarette stowage as well, alongside a 14-foot (4.3-meter) jet tender.
Since the owner is looking forward to sailing, of course, Sørvind should do well especially in lighter winds. Light weight aids that performance. She has a fully carbon fiber hull, deck, and bulkheads. Even deck hardware is titanium to trim pounds. The same is true for the Flexiteek deck material.
The sailing superyacht is remaining in Southern Wind’s Cape Town facility in preparation for sea trials. She’ll then take to the oceans to make her way to the Mediterranean for her maiden voyage.
Farr Yacht Design farrdesign.com
Nauta Design nautadesign.com
Southern Wind Shipyard sws-yachts.com
Studio Hermanides studiohermanides.nl