RIBELLE (2017): A CONTEMPORARY MASTERPIECE
The custom sailing sloop Ribelle is 32.64 metres of modern carbon and titanium, complemented with a bright and modern interior decor. She fully meets her experienced owners’ brief to experiment with new materials while simultaneously providing all the comforts of home on the water. Moreover, we have ensured she has the ideal qualities to excel in the world’s superyacht regattas.
Ribelle’s modern and slick naval architecture and exterior design were devised on the drawing boards of Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design. Built by our partners at Green Marine in the UK, her hull and superstructure are made from carbon fibre – a feat that required a great deal of careful design thinking. This resulted in a lightweight displacement of just 84 tonnes, permitting Ribelle to achieve speeds of more than 20 knots in moderate conditions.
GRACE AND REFINEMENT
Ribelle’s beam of 7.72 metres allows for unusually wide decks and cockpit, and she is characterised by beautifully designed and built helm stations. Her reverse chine, which runs from bow to stern, breaks up the freeboard and extends the perception of length, while her teak deck descends down the transom stern in elegant vertical lines.
On-deck highlights include titanium railings, anodised aluminium and stainless-steel hardware, carbon winches from Harken, and a super-sleek carbon fibre anchor arm, specially designed to be as lightweight as possible. The tour de force is Ribelle’s extraordinary glass canopy, composed of compound curves and carbon fibre frames. Its exterior framing elements are finished in high-gloss black, which matches the dark glass and creates the appearance of a single uniform whole. This ingenious structure makes Ribelle’s interior feel as open as the sky above.
A MODERN INTERIOR
Remi Tessier, renowned for his many modern motoryacht interiors, was responsible for Ribelle’s interior design. It consists of brightly lit spaces with contemporary styling, and is characterised by bleached teak, white leather and luxury detailing. It also makes for a striking transition from above to below deck: guests proceed from the canopy down a wide companionway through carbon support beams clad in polished copper.
The entire interior is typified by high-gloss copper accents, including frames, backsplashes and window mullions/beams in the deck saloon. This cutting-edge use of a vintage material is typical of Remi Tessier’s design philosophy. After a lengthy search, we sourced the actual metal from a specialist who produces bespoke metal components for the renowned luxury car producer Bugatti.
The other common metal on board Ribelle is brushed titanium, chosen for its light weight and appearance. The wooden elements are largely teak, mainly matt but with high-gloss details such as fiddles, tables and cabinetry tops. This interplay results in an exceptional vintage appeal.
Ribelle’s three cabins provide room for six guests, and there are additional quarters for a crew of five. The master suite features a walkaround bed that is placed in a slightly lowered position, and is enhanced by ambient lights that give the furniture a suspended appearance. The owners’ and guest areas have teak floors, leather cabinetry, teak & leather walls, and clear & dark lightweight mirror elements on both walls and ceiling. The ceiling is made of teak in the owners’ space and leather in the guest area.
Ribelle’s owners take on board cuisine very seriously, and all the surfaces, appliances and storage spaces in her well-equipped galley were designed according to their stringent requirements. The state-of-the-art equipment includes three ovens, a large induction cooktop, a blast chiller and a two-metre working island. The décor consists of glossy white-painted panels, mirrors and polished stainless steel. And the location of the exhaust hood under the induction burners made it possible for us to include a real window that lets plenty of light into the galley.
Being intended for both high-performance racing and relaxed cruising, Ribelle includes an energy supply and power management that guarantee outstanding comfort while keeping weight to a minimum. She therefore has a hybrid system with two lightweight generators and a fine-tuned lithium-ion battery package. This optimises fuel consumption and maintenance, while allowing the crew to determine the critical consumers and highest-priority sequence for each situation.
Ribelle has a simple self-tacking jib and furling downwind sails for short-handed cruising, as well as a high-tech racing wardrobe reserved for the world’s superyacht regattas. Auxiliary power is assured by a diesel engine. Ribelle has already performed well in several regattas, and we expect she will continue to make us proud in races all over the world in the months and years to come.
Type: 32,64m Performance CruisingSloop.
Builder: Vitters Shipyard
Hull subcontractor: Green Marine
Design: Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design
Interior Design: Remi Tessier
Owner’s Representative:Federico Biatturi
Length hull overall: 32,64