The Southern Sorceress

Southern Wind Shipyards is proud to announce the delivery of the Sorceress, the first unit in the SW96 miniseries.

Photography by Southern Wind Shipyards

07 June 2017


Living up to their aim to “build yachts of superior quality that will perform beautifully in all weather conditions”, Southern Wind has shared that the SW96 Sorceress has left Cape Town for her maiden voyage to the picturesque Mediterranean Sea.

“SW96 [Sorceress] represents the first unit in the brand new SW96 min-series,” said Willy Persico, founder and CEO of Southern Wind Shipyard. “Her owner was looking for a yacht to use in both coastal and transoceanic races and for blue water cruises. He wanted a very low displacement and all the comforts typical of a cruising yacht.”

Jim Schmicker, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design, responsible for the project’s naval architecture, proudly explains:

“The goal was to achieve an entirely new level of design. [We] incorporated features of the highest performance yachts such as wide transoms, twin rudders and ample sail area and stability, melded with the well-known characteristics of our previous Southern Wind designs like easy handling, excellent balance, comfortable ride and a solid feeling of seaworthiness.”

“The SW96 has been engineered on FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to achieve the best results concerning rigidity and performance”, said Marco Alberti, the shipyard’s General Manager.

The SW96 also represents a significant step forward from previous designs, in both the visual aspects of style and in measurable levels of performance, as Schmicker further explained. “The final hull shape balanced a visually stunning style with numerous technical achievements including low drag, minimal longitudinal trim with heel, excellent hydro-aero interaction, nimble and responsive steering and minimised slamming. The SW96 performs beautifully, handles well and rides comfortably throughout the typical heel range with easily achieved performance targets.”


The interior layout features a large saloon above the engine room which is accessible through a full height control room. The owner’s cabin forward with en-suite, an “office area” and three guests cabins amidships offer privacy for all on board.

“The SW96 makes the best use of all the General Arrangement advantages that come with a Raised Saloon coachroof such as a large, open space saloon with sweeping views through the hull portlights. From an engineering standpoint, the system distributions point and the pre-engine room area are both close and easily accessible from the crew quarters. This is a very convenient feature during long distance cruises as it keeps crew areas separate from guest areas,” said Massimo Gino, from Nauta Design – responsible for the yacht deck and interior design.

The yacht will make her debut at the 2017 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (Porto Cervo, Sardinia) and will be displayed as a world première at the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show. Sorceress’ owner will sail his brand new SW96 #01 on her maiden voyage together with a professional crew and friends.


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