Aquitaine Innovations: World’s coolest yachts

Published on September 6th, 2022

Yachting World has been asking top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times, and when they turned the question to one of the world’s best sailors, Nigel Musto nominated Aquitaine Innovations. Here’s the report:


Aquitaine Innovations was one of those breakthrough boats that precipitated a step change in sailing. Yves Parlier was, and continues to be, one of the sport’s great innovators and the boat was a showcase of his ideas. Aquitaine was the first Open 60 to use deck spreaders, allowing a full-chord carbon wing mast.

It was a game changer. In it Yves won the Route du Cafe and Route D’Or (New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn), while the boat also won the Route du Rhum (skippered by a young Thomas Coville after Yves had a hang gliding accident).

In the 2000 Vendée Globe, the race Parlier should have won, he famously dropped the rig in the Southern Ocean but – unassisted – sailed to the Kerguelen Islands, repaired and restepped his mast alone, and continued to finish in 13th place, living on seaweed in the final weeks having run out of food.

The very latest and innovative IMOCAs, like Kevin Escoffier’s new PRB, still use a carbon wing mast with lower spreaders, more than 25 years later.

Aquitaine Innovations stats rating:
Top speed: 26 knots
LOA: 18.2m/60ft
Launched: 1996
Berths: 1
Price: Unknown
Adrenalin factor: 80%


For Yachting World’s list of cool boats, click here.

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