Stephens Waring Shortlisted for the IY&A Awards 2014

Stephens Waring Yacht Design have been shortlisted for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2014, with their project Rapture entering the Yacht Concept Design up to 30 metre category.

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Rapture is a fresh new one-design from the drawing board of well-known American spirit of tradition design house, Stephens Waring Yacht Design. The striking blend of modern and traditional seeks to provide the answer to a gentleman sailor looking for high performance.

“Our combined vision was for raw and unique aesthetics while delivering distinctive and refined performance – much like a high end sports car,” describes Paul Waring of Stephens Waring Yacht Design.

Rapture has a subtle sheerline, daring reverse plumb stem and relatively broad beam with a chine hullform; this edginess produces a lively high-performance yacht that will plane off the breeze and impress with its upwind efficiency.

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Rapture hull and deck components will be built with a carbon fibre / e-glass composite, the spars will be carbon fibre, under-deck line controls can be either hydraulic or manual – depending on the owner’s wishes – and finish options include teak decks and varnished wood detailing for the deck furniture and cabin superstructure. The cockpit offers versatility that will provide for a leisurely day sail, an intense afternoon of racing, single handed sailing or a cocktail cruise. The aft helm and compact working area that includes port and starboard control stations makes enjoying the sumptuous and generous seating forward safe and comfortable. Weekender accommodations provide a refuge for a quick doze or to freshen up.

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Rapture is a sporty and eye-catching modern classic for an owner who enjoys finishing first on the race course while wowing onlookers at a Concours d’Elégance.

A unique day racer for the discerning sailing enthusiast.

A rare blend of top sailing performance with distinct style.

– Strikingly crisp lines

– Daring reverse stem

– Extreme tumblehome quarters define a dramatic twist on the traditional

– Broad beam with chine hull form promotes early planing

– Sumptuous upholstered seating

– All sailing controls at the helmsman’s fingertips

– State of the art composite construction

– Weekender accommodations

Rapture std side - large