In early 2014 I was commissioned to shoot the final fitting out and launch of the 48m sailing yacht WISP in The Netherlands. Designed by Andre Hoek of Hoek Design, currently one of the world’s top marine architects (and the hand behind a number of the latest incarnations of the legendary J Class boats, including Lionheart and Svea) and built by Royal Huisman, one of Europe’s most prestigious ship yards in Vollenhove Holland, hull number “393” is the epitome of timeless classic yacht design.
With her elegant sheer line, two sleek deckhouses, raked bow and cutter rigged sail plan, Wisp looks every bit the traditional classic yacht, all be it writ large, but don’t let that nod to the past fool you. Underneath that revivalist exterior and luxurious bespoke golden oak and dark wenge wood interior from Rhoades Young Design, lies some of the most forward looking technical innovation available on the market today. With a 57.5m carbon composite mast and spars designed by Rondal, EC6 + Carbo-Link hybrid rigging with enhanced computerized sail handling systems, designed for both ease of use and top performance when needed, Wisp is very much both the supremely comfortable cruising yacht, and the Gentleman’s racing thoroughbred.- Nick Caro