Nicholson Yachts Brokerage Division Represents Buyer
Read Frers q&a about NEPHELE
Newport, RI — NEPHELE, the German Frers performance cruiser called IPANEMA when it raced to victory in the 2003 Millennium Cup regatta fresh from its launch, has new owners.
The elegant 112-foot sloop built by McMullen & Wing in New Zealand was listed for € 3.45 million by Y.CO; the American buyer is a repeat charter client for Nicholson Yachts of Newport, RI, whose brokerage division negotiated the purchase.
IPANEMA was the first vessel in New Zealand to be constructed from lightweight Aleris Alustar H321, a marine grade aluminum alloy. The rig is carbon fiber.
Her victory in the superyacht regatta on the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland in 2003 was hailed as proof that performance superyachts could combine “phenomenal comfort below with a seriously competitive turn of speed,” wrote Keith Taylor for Yachts and Yachting.
Not only was she fast and exciting to sail, her contemporary light interior of European Beech and her stylish accommodations, including an aft full-beam king size master suite and two other well-appointed staterooms, made her ideal for global cruising and charter.
As NEPHELE, she carried six guests and four crew in dedicated, separate quarters. Her charter rate in the Mediterranean ranged from €54,000 – €52,000. The selection of water toys included SUP boards, sailing dinghies, wakeboard, skis & snorkeling equipment.
Immediate plan of the new owners – they are the fourth for the yacht — is to cruise the Mediterranean before offering NEPHELE for charter.
German “Mani” Frers took a few minutes from his hectic racing and work schedule to answer a few questions about NEPHELE:
Q: When you drew NEPHELE in the early 2000s, she was IPANEMA, built for Brazilian owner Antonio Dias Leite. What were his priorities for the design brief?
MF: A yacht for world cruising with performance and kind sea motion.
Q: Was this a custom sloop for someone who wanted to race a superyacht in a regatta and cruise her too?
MF: While Frers designs always perform well, the superyacht regattas were just starting and the priority was a nice sailing yacht. Still at its launching we did the first Frers Cup which was a match race between UNFURLED (now SPIIP) and IPANEMA between the Louis Vuitton finals and the America’s Cup in 2000. It was an intense race — only a few meters apart — and great fun, which shows what good racers the yachts are.
Q: Did he specifically request the hull construction in Alustar?
MF: Alustar is the highest standard still today for aluminium construction and it was commonly used in our designs.
Q: Where were you in your career at that juncture, 2003?
MF: I was partner with my father and fully involved in America’s Cup racing, Volvo Ocean Race designs, Wallys, Swans and superyachts. My father followed the design and construction of IPANEMA.
Q: Speaking of charter … how have priorities for Frers design of custom yachts suitable for charter evolved?
MF: We are designing specific yachts for charter now. Superyachts — both monohulls and multihulls — and motoryachts.
Q: What endures without change?
MF: Good design! Beauty, style and performance.
Q: What do you hope the new owners do with NEPHELE, or , what are your thoughts about this new chapter in her life?
MF: I hope they sail her a lot and enjoy it!
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