New Baltic Racer

Baltic Yachts has started construction of the second Baltic 68 Cafe Racer which will be optimised for racing.

15 June 2022


Commissioned by an experienced owner who is familiar with the Mediterranean regatta circuit, the Javier Jaudenes-designed Baltic 68 Cafe Racer will have a deeper draft at 4.7 metres, a higher righting moment, a single rudder and one electric propulsion unit instead of two seen on the first yacht.

Like Pink Gin Verde, she will be an unplug and play, all-electric boat in terms of propulsion and her winch package, with her free-wheeling propeller able to charge her lithium-ion battery bank while sailing.

With her Marstrom swept spreader rig, the new Cafe Racer will be able to race with no runners or backstays up to a wind speed limit of 30 knots, as Baltic Yachts and the rig manufacturers continue to refine this easy-to-use, lightweight option.

The new yacht will again make use of structured luff technology within its sail wardrobe.

With her hull and deck built in pre-preg carbon and bulkheads and interior in similar advanced composites, the new Baltic 68 Cafe Racer is essentially a 100 percent carbon version of hull number one with a resulting displacement of around 20.6 tonnes.


“The first 68 was a hugely successful exercise in developing new, sustainable building materials, examining electric drives, hydrogeneration, micro-turbine range extenders and an easy-to-use rig, hull number two will be even more high performance orientated enabling the yacht’s full racing potential to be realised,” said Baltic Yachts EVP Henry Hawkins.

The new yacht will be fitted with an 18 kW Fischer Panda diesel range extender which can be used to boost the lithium battery bank, although there’s likely to be sufficient charge for a full day’s sailing.

She will also have solar panels fitted to the superstructure and cork decks, which have proved to be extremely successful on the first 68.

With construction well underway, the new Cafe Racer is scheduled to launch in spring 2023 and, in a first for Baltic Yachts, may be shipped to Palma de Mallorca for commissioning by the company’s growing Service and Refit operation.

The new yacht will be based in Palma, from where she will conduct her racing program. She will be one of three Baltic Yachts’ launchings in 2023, including the Baltic 110 and high-performance Baltic 111.

They will feature in the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations which will run throughout 2023 and culminate in a spectacular Baltic Yachts’ Rendezvous event in Porto Rotondo, Sardinia in September.



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