Unbreakable David Thomas design that has all the kit for serious passages against winds and currents if you must. Legendary sailing, perfect for sail training, adventures or for rugged family adventuring the planet over.
WHIRLWIND is being offered for sale in full cruising trim. She was immensely successful operating in the UKSA’s mile building programme and is a great training yacht in all conditions. In her current ownership she has been substantially updated and has been operating successfully as a training yacht. She is only now being offered for sale as the mix of yachts in the owner’s fleet is being changed.
Being used in our sailing school based in Brittany, WHIRLWIND gives a feeling of power as well as inspiring confidence: she’ll never let you down even if you deserve it! Being strongly built, one feels confident aboard. With 10 berths for students, she’s able to sail across the Atlantic as well as up in the North Atlantic without effort. According to the size and the tonnage of the ship, anticipation is the right word to sail, which means security. Transat, tall ship race, training session, corporate regatta, charter… All these programmes are perfect for her!
The Challenge 67' Class yachts were designed for The Challenge Business by David Thomas, specifically to race around the world “the wrong way”. The design brief called for exceptionally strong, seaworthy, fast, attractive, modern, steel yachts that were able to sail to windward across the Southern Ocean in relative comfort.
Safety was paramount both in terms of structural strength and crew safety. Because of the One Design nature of the race, the design was not influenced or distorted by any rating rule and a sensible displacement was specified. Other important design considerations include, ease of access to the structure, equipment, systems, wiring and fittings for maintenance and inspections both at sea and in harbour. Every piece of equipment had to be robust enough to survive a race around the world with minimum maintenance.
Many of the design principles were based on Sir Chay Blyth’s (then unique) experience of sailing around the world single handed against the prevailing winds and currents.
Devonport Yachts (DML) were chosen to build the fleet to Bureau Veritas highest notation. The construction method allows relatively simple and cost effective alterations to the interior layout.
WHIRLWIND was purchased from the Challenge Business in 2003 by UKSA & has been used for training purposes up the present. Since this time she has been routinely maintained to a high standard. She is coded to MCA Category 2.
All the Challenge yachts have been built under Bureau Veritas supervision to their highest yacht notation. Subsequently, a rigid regime of regular inspections and surveys developed by The Challenge Business & UKSA has been conducted by independent Surveyors.
Note: A full and detailed service history of this yacht is maintained by UKSA.
The yachts were designed to be exceptionally strongly built of steel in order that they could face all that the Southern Ocean might throw at them, with absolute confidence. The hulls are constructed of high tensile steel shell plating over “T” bar longitudinal and angle ring frames. A full depth skeg and ertalite bearings provide support for the steel rudder and good engineering ensures absolute reliability.
The entire deck and superstructures are of stainless steel in order to reduce maintenance to a minimum. The stainless steel fuel, water and sullage tanks are provided with good access for cleaning. The International Paint coating systems are the best that current paint technology can provide with the result that on return from the world’s toughest yacht race, the yachts looked as if they had returned from a summer cruise.
Above the waterline the hull and deck are lined with approximately 60 mm of sprayed Polyurethane foam to provide thermal and sound insulation. The extensive use of Warerite laminates in the interior fit out, ensure light, bright accommodation, which is easy to maintain and keep clean. Maple hull liners and Afrormosa trim are highlighted by the white bulkheads and provide a warm comfortable feel to the accommodation.
The deck layout was designed to be safe, seaman like, efficient and provide as much protection for the crew as practically possible, even in extreme Southern Ocean conditions. The deck hatches are defended from wave action by plinths. Dorade vents keep the accommodation well ventilated even in extreme conditions. The aft cockpit is particularly comfortable and the bridgedeck area ideal for corporate entertaining.
During their circumnavigation's both Mike Golding and Sam Brewster illustrated that the yachts can be sailed single handed fast, safely and efficiently.
The deck equipment was selected for its efficiency, robustness and ease of maintenance. All the equipment used fully justified its selection and remains in good condition.
The Challenge Fleet were designed to be self-sufficient and have adequate stowage to enable them to stay at sea for up to 55 days in any part of any Ocean. The Challenge races have illustrated the yacht's ability to do this with a surprising degree of comfort, in absolute safety. A multitude of handrails & pillars allows safe movement below decks. The saloon is light, airy and dry with good ventilation, which enables food to be prepared in tropical or Southern Ocean conditions in the galley. The comfortable seating area has fabric upholstery.
The fourteen berths are situated in 6 cabins. All berths have high leecloths for security at sea and comfort at any angle of heel. A box stowage system enables dry and orderly stowage of clothing and personal belongings in each cabin. Each cabin has a cowl vent and hatch/skylight.
The sailroom is situated aft of the collision bulkhead and the full inventory of sails can be stowed here together with all the warps, fenders, sheets and guys. The main & kedge anchors together with their associated chain and warps are also securely stowed in this compartment. A central passageway runs aft from the sailroom to the deckhouse.
Head & Shower Compartments:
Head/shower compartments are situated on either side, each with Jabsco toilet, washbasin and shower.
Mirror image cabins are situated aft of the heads compartments. Each has two berths and box stowage racks.
Each amidships cabin has three berths with box stowage outboard at the forward end.
The navigation & communication equipment is situated around the full size chart table, as are the Perspex covered switch panels. Off watch seating allows good visibility through the deckhouse windows.
With hanging/drying space for a full complement of foul weather gear.
14 berths in 6 cabins. All berths have very high leecloths for security at sea. A box stowage system enables dry and orderly stowage of clothing and personal belongings.
The whole crew can be seated around the saloon table. Stowage areas and cupboards are arranged outboard and below the comfortable seating.
A gimballed 4-burner domestic size Calor gas hob is mounted in a custom-made stainless steel housing. Substantial fiddles allow safe preparation of food at sea in virtually any conditions. A separate Calor gas oven is mounted at the forward end of the proper sea going galley.
Each aft cabin has two berths and stowage
All the mechanical systems are robust with good access to permit easy and efficient maintenance both at sea and in harbour. The equipment was chosen for reliability and long service life.
All the electrical wiring together with the switch panels and fittings are of high quality for reliability and safety. The major cable runs are easily accessible with no wiring below the cabin soles. The major systems are all 24 volts.
Batteries: Gel batteries. Service - 4 x 200 amp hours, Engine start - 2 x 90 amp hours and Generator start - 1 x 60 amp hour (12 volt).
Switch Panels: Newmar electrical panels with circuit breakers, ammeters and voltmeters.
Electrical Standards: Bureau Veritas approved cabling and components.
Ships Onboard Instrumentation Raymarine.
Battery Monitoring Equipment Heart Interface Link 200 battery monitoring system.
Yachts Challenge Business 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 were part of the ten strong fleet, which raced around the world in the British Steel Challenge in 1992/93. During the autumn of 1995 they underwent a series of detailed surveys and inspections. Whist the yachts and all their systems/equipment were found to be in exceptionally good condition, they underwent a major refit.
The refit amounted to a virtual rebuild with all the systems and equipment being replaced. This included new plumbing, wiring, engine, generator, batteries, pumps, deck equipment, steering gear, mast, spars, rigging and sails. Exactly the same amount of equipment and components were supplied to the “original yachts” for their refit as for the new yacht build. Shot blasting and repainting further ensured that the yachts were returned to 'as new condition'. As a result it was virtually impossible to identify from which build period each yacht originated. The specification was identical to the newly built yachts, as was their structural and cosmetic condition.
Yachts Challenge Business 31 through to 35 were built during 1994/95 and launched, together with the refitted yachts, in April 1996. All the Challenge 67' yachts benefited from the lessons learned in the outstandingly successful British Steel Challenge, with many detailed changes/developments being incorporated during this refit.
The Challenge Fleet have now sailed a combined distance of over two million miles since the proto-type was launched in 1990. The fourteen strong, BT Global Challenge fleet has proved to be extremely reliable with identical performance.
The Challenge 67' Class yachts have proven themselves to be outstanding yachts; they are probably the strongest and most seaworthy fleet ever to have raced around the world.
The yachts have an almost legendary reputation for their performance in difficult conditions, comfort at sea and confidence inspiring ability. Their strength and ability also makes them ideal for high latitudes and gives almost unique access to many places that are inaccessible by other means.
The design lends itself to a wide variety of uses as well as Ocean Racing. The deck layout and accommodation makes the yachts suitable for corporate entertaining, adventure sailing, chartering and private use. The accommodation layout could be economically and quickly changed by virtue of the fact that the bulkheads do not penetrate the cabin soles.
The Challenge 67' class yachts quality equipment and sound engineering ensures reliability and low maintenance costs. The frequent and stringent regime of surveys and inspections has illustrated that well built and maintained steel yachts can race around the world at least twice in the worlds toughest yacht race and still remain in Bureau Veritas highest notation. The surveys also show that the yachts are in extremely good condition and ready for further Challenges.
Please note - These details form no part of any contract.
Lymington, Hampshire SO41 3YL